Tuesday, December 30, 2003

My Front Porch

It's Official!  I have a front porch!  And I must say that it's the most beautiful porch I have ever seen anywhere!  Even my mailman thinks so.  He told me so when he stopped by on his route today.  It took my son two and a half weeks to build it, but it was worth all the aggravation we went through and every penny we spent.  Transforming this house into a home has been quite an adventure for me.  It's been very expensive, time consuming, frustrating and even painful at times.  But it has also been very exciting, satisfying, educational and down right fun and enjoyable, too.  It was a great opportunity to explore my artistic side, test my limits and impress my family and friends.  I amazed myself too, which was even bigger challenge.  But more than that, much more, was the fact that I got to work with my son the entire time.  It gave me the opportunity to really get to know him and to actually see for myself what kind of man my little boy grew up to be.  A wonderful man.  Honest, hard working, loving, smart, responsible and independent.  A fine craftsman.  Everything I had ever hoped that he would be.  I couldn't be any prouder of him.  I hope that he also got a better understanding of what kind of woman his mother really is, too.  I'm going to miss him now that he won't be here everyday, but I'll be enjoying his work  for as long as we live in this house.  There isn't one room that my son hasn't remodeled in some way.  I look forward to working with him again, and I hope we can start renovating again in the spring or early summer.

In the meantime, Ray and I will get the chance to really start living our lives together.  We have a lot of memories to make and I'm eager to get started.  I know it won't be easy. It never is and I wouldn't want it to be.  Like this house, great things take time and hard work.  Only then can you really enjoy them.  But we'll be together, Ray and I.  Through thick and thin... for better or worse.  Do I hear bells or is that just the sound of the new year coming in?  Don't touch that dial!  Happy New Year everyone!  

12 comments:

kymllr said...

Love it love it-its a whole new place-and the porch and steps are AMAZING-please keep writing-love your wit and hearing about the things that happen to all of us-cept getting to renovate lol-although my son built me a porch and shed this year :)luv ya kay in montana

readmereadyou said...

Does this man of yours realize what a terrific job you did with the house? The porch is gorgeous! I love the way you designed everything. What a difference!
I'll bet you're really happy. Speaking of happy, Happy New Year to you and your family.
Angela

onmiownnow2 said...

Yes, Angela, he does! I make him look at the pictures every chance I get! LOL! Thanks! Lisa (The... Occupant)

redhdka said...

I love the before and after..WOW. You should have been an interior designer. Its gorgeous! Your son is a real Man. I am proud of him and he isn't even my son. LOL You and the baby are both very cute and beautiful! Happy New year!

somenuttychic said...

And so this chapter gently winds to a close in time for the close of the year. Perfect timing. :-) <happy sigh> Lovely story. And fabulous pictures! You're BOTH gorgeous! Here's wishing you a fabulous new year filled with good health, happiness, prosperity, fulfillment and countless warm memories.

Congratuations!

Nikki

deanhuns said...

Ray must have the patience of a saint. After all this, I hope he has enough sense to block out the Learning Channel. ( Just kidding, I think. :) Happy New Year.

wayoutdacloset said...

GLAD TO SEE THAT PORCH IS FINALLY FINSHED.. WELL JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE AND WISH YOU THE BEST IN THE NEW YEAR~BERLY

duckebride323 said...

God, that's gorgeous! What a change! Congrats, and Happy New Year. :)

redhdka said...

My 12 year old son loved this journal at first he was like..oh big deal its a porch. Then I was like.."LOOK AT THE BEFORE!" He was completely amazed. And he agreed you are pretty lol. he is so into pretty houses. I told him he better do good in school to get what he wants.

sonensmilinmon said...

Wow, the porch looks really good! You son did you proud! :)
Monica

sonensmilinmon said...

Wow! I just looked at all the before and after pictures ... the house is BEAUTIFUL! Great work! Thanks for sharing.
Monica
Whoopie, my life is gonna be. ...

mdkjic said...

Your moving parts deer are cute! The first time I saw moving parts deer was at my mother's house. I must tell you I was reading "The Shining" at the same time. My son was running across the yard and I saw the deer head moving...I immediately thought it was possessed and tracking my sons progress. I ran a few steps towards my son before realizing I was a loon. Anyway. The deer are great for both Christmas and Halloween.