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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thoughts from my desk - on blogging, 2013, and life

Happy New Year!  Today is actually my blog-iversary.  Our Fifth House (the blog) is a toddler  - happy 2 years to me.  ;)  I actually started the blog in the fall of 2010.  However, it was January 1, 2011, when I decided to make blogging a fairly regular part of my life.  That was the day I officially fell down the rabbit hole.

And as crazy as this might sound, blogland is a lot like Wonderland.  There have been many adventures, friendships made, and surprises for sure.  Who knew you could actually make money blogging?  Ummmmm.......definitely not me.  Who knew real, hug you around the neck, friendships could be formed online?

Andrea and Me 
Who knew creativity could be inspired by something as simple as a blog challenge?




Blogging has been such a wonderful creative outlet that has turned into a part time job in a way, though I hesitate to call it that because it certainly doesn't feel like work.  Committing to this blog was just the inspiration and motivation I needed to create a special place to call home for my family and I.  After being on the moving train for quite a while, I was feeling overwhelmed and not just by all the unpacked boxes.

last picture at our 4th house

Making a place feel like home takes love, time and desire.  When I started this blog, I was running short on all three.  This little blog lifted me up, encouraged me, and renewed my passion for creating a home.  You all will never know what a wonderful gift you have been to me.

I spent over 10 years moving around, never living at a single address for longer than 3 years, moving unpacked boxes from house to house, never really feeling settled, and always wondering when we'd be moving again.  My life felt very temporary.  The crazy, funny, mind blowing thing is over the past two years God has used this little blog to teach me something so awesomely amazing!  No matter where I live, no matter what my address, no matter what number house/apt. I'm on, I'll always be living in my temporary home.   Say what?!?!?!?!?!?    Yep, that's right.  My forever home is being fabulously decorated in Heaven.

Planning and dreaming about things I want to do to our fifth house is just a part of who I am and yet knowing that a home is created by so much more than diy projects and pretty mantels is something He has really been showing me, especially lately.

I have learned so much through this blog.  And I thank you for being a part of the journey.  You see projects, rooms being painted, closets getting organized, but what really makes my house a home I'm afraid has not been talked about much on this little blog.  The laughter, the cuddles,


the dinner conversations, the random dance parties in the kitchen,


the tears we've cried together as a family, and the many prayers we've lifted up to Him -



that is what truly makes this house feel like home.

My goal for 2013 is to focus on Him - to let my light shine - to love my neighbor as myself.  As cheesy as this might sound  - I'm starting with the woman in the mirror.  ;)

Of course, fear not, there will be house projects (I've already warned/announced to my hub that this will be the year of the bathrooms!) - organization - crafts - I mean c'mon - you know me right?!  But, I will seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and He will give me everything I need.  I plan to spend 2013 not just believing in Him but believing Him.  I give in - He's always right anyway.

Here's to 2013!

over and out -
Carmel Latte - (that's my new nickname - silly story - you don't wanna know)

34 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! A-men sista! I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in the house we forget the whole reason for our home and also that it is all temporary. Thanks for the reminder today! Love your heart. Blessings to you and your family in the New Year!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! Reading that really inspired me! I have told you before I love your blog, your taste, all of it! I just started my little blog in Oct. of 2012. It is just a baby. But I am having so much fun doing it! Good luck in 2013. I will definitely be following along!

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  3. I love your goal!! Love it!!! I love your perspective and that even though you blog about home decor you don't take it too seriously and know it's all temporary. And even when you're not talking about it, the REAL stuff that makes your house a home comes through - your love of your family and your life together!

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  4. I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

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  5. Awesome post and reminder. Happy New Year!!
    Ruth

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  6. Beautifully said Carmen! I think you're spot on with your goals for 2013 and thank you for bringing us along for the ride. You inspire me!

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  7. Happy blogaversary and looking forward to 2013.

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  8. Best goal ever :) Happy Blogiversary Carmel!!!

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  9. Lovely, lovely thoughts, thank you for sharing them! I feel so much the same about my blogging journey . . . and what home means! Happy New Year and blogiversary!

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  10. Happy Blogiversary and Happy New Year Carmel! Awesome goal :) Look forward to seeing what 2013 brings!

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  11. Amen!! You have inspired me so much. I feel so similarly to you as far as the blog being such a creative outlet. It really has given me so much more energy. Happy New Year, friend!

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  12. What a great post to start out the year! Happy Blogiversary girl. I too am inspired by your creativeness and your loving heart. What a fabulous goal for 2013!

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  13. I found your blog this year, and it has become my favorite thing to check during "Nappy Hour." Thank you for providing beautiful inspiration!

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  14. You are my go-to blog for inspiration! And now to hear your perspective on blogging for 2013 just gives me one more reason to stop by daily! To Him be the glory for everything in our lives!

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  15. Carmel I am so glad you started blogging and that I got a chance to meet you last summer. Congrats on being so successful with your blog!!
    Sherry

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  16. I'm excited to follow along with the blog!

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  17. I have been following your blog for a year or so (I totally stole the pegboard idea from your son's room!) and had to tell you this post really touched my heart. I am a Christian who is also an interior design student. I have been struggling with the balance of the temporary v. the eternal in terms of whether I can really justify a career that focuses so much on our temporary home here on earth. I have come to the conclusion that home here can and should point to home there. I can do that by creating a spiritual atmosphere that glorifies God, and by reflecting the beauty of heaven in my decor. You are an inspiration, Carmel. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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  18. i am totally dying right now because i heard man in the mirror last week and started crying because it was how i was feeling and i was thinking i should quote it and then i forgot! i am so on the same page, friend! you are such an amazing woman, mom, friend, beautiful outside, but more importantly beautiful where it really counts. looking forward to this year ahead, where we love our neighbors and make the world a better place, for you and for me! (quoting another cheesy song here)

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  19. Some of the things you said in this post gave me chills! Especially the part about BELIEVING God. Like you said, He's always right!! Here's to a wonderful year. (:

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  20. Yes, Carmen! Your words echo my heart! I believe God gives us our passions, so he has surely used you and your blog to glorify Him, and you listened! Amen, indeed. Blessings to your family in 2013!

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  21. Happy blog-iversary and New Year! Thanks for always being such an inspiration!

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  22. Happy blogiversary
    This is your absolute best posting.
    It is so great to realize how many Christians are blogging and have some fantastic tutes

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  23. Ooops, typo, sorry, Carmel!!!!!

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  24. Thanks so much everyone! I so appreciate all of your comments!

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  25. Putting yourself out there is a beautiful thing, girly. Love reading your blog! And I love all the projects you do. Something about the way you write keeps my inspired vs. feeling like i can't keep up. Thanks for keeping it sweet and happy birthday, OFH!

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  26. I love this post...so true! And congrats on completing year two! I'm excited to follow along.

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  27. WOW wow wow. YES to all of the above! I love that quote- our forever home is being fabulously decorated in Heaven. I can't wait to get there :) Thank you for reminding me of this and sharing God's plan and purpose and truth with your readers. One of my goals is to share more of God's love on my blog this year. So thankful to know a great woman like you (and love that it was through blogging that we "met"!) Happy 2013 xoxox

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  28. Happy Blogiversary to you- I thought you had been blogging much longer! Many blessings on you and your family this year- I love all the pics you posted- seeing babes/families pray together always gets me.

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  29. I just found your blog and am still exploring it, but I wanted to let you know that you have already inspired me. Your home is gorgeous and I can't wait to use your great ideas in our new home. We are getting ready for a cross country move from upstate NY to Northern CA. I love that your projects are so DIY-able and SOOO beautiful. Thank you for blogging and sharing and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

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  30. Carmel! You are such an inspiration.. I just love you to pieces:-))))

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  31. I am way behind, I just found you today. I enjoyed this post and congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. I found you searching for make your own chalk paint, but I have been caught up in your inspiring blog for the past 2 hours! love your house, your wit and the icing on the cake was to find out you are a sista in the Lord. Keep the great ideas coming.

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