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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Layers,Changes and An Announcement!!

One of the many things I think we share in blog land is the need for inspiration and change!!

With the beginning of the New Year our minds wander into the thinking process of, "What will I do this year?"

I don't make any resolutions per say. However, I do think about what I want to start doing in this wonderful gift of a new year in my life.

I look at my life as having many layers.
The first layer is the most important to me and it is the layer that is my core, my spirit, my soul.

This belongs to God and I know if I keep my focus on HIM and not on myself and my concerns, He will guide me. It might not always be the direction I think I want to go, but it is His plan and His plan is perfect.
I usually spend my New Years Eve at home quietly like most evenings. The one thing I always do is to pray the New Year, "IN!"

I never want to start out anything new without God at the helm.

The other layer is concerning my family and the love I have for them. Oh, how I love them and that is never going to change. Family is the one consistent thing besides God in my life.

Friendship! I am so blessed to have a wonderful circle of lady friends that play a wonderful part in my life. I call many of them soul-sisters because our friendship goes deeper than just the things we have in common.

Obviously this blog and my love for home and design is another layer. This is where I do make changes and I do look forward to doing things more efficiently and creatively.

I am so glad I discovered blogging and can share my thoughts and inspirations with you all. I also take great pleasure in visiting your blogs and getting inspired to make changes.

I am looking forward to a fun New Year on my blog. Tomorrow is my," One Year Blogaversary!" It is hard to believe an entire year has gone by and I have written 289 post.

I never in a million years would have thought I had so much to say. (My husband had no doubt in my ability to talk and express my opinions, if you know what I mean?!)

Since it is a special day tomorrow  I thought it would be fun to do a Giveaway on my blog.

 Come back tomorrow and help me celebrate!!

Kathysue is still....

"Enjoying the Process"

I hope YOU are too?!!

32 comments:

sissie said...

Good Morning Kathysue!
What a sweet and endearing post. You are such a sweet and special person and I feel honored to know you.

I'm glad that you spoke your heart this morning.
Congratulations on one year of blogging. I'm looking forward to another wonderful year of reading your beautiful posts and looking at your photos.

hugs
Sissie

Kimberly said...

Happy New Year to you and congratulations on your one year anniversary! May you have many blessings throughout the new year!
Kimberly
http://thehopechestblog.blogspot.com/

Hamptontoes said...

Kathysue,
You and I are both celebrating our one year anniversary in the blogging world! I will be back tomorrow to help you celebrate!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

You've only been blogging a year? Could I now be any more inspired? I think not. I love what you wrote, and I am so impressed by such an open statement of God first. Totally refreshing. Perspective and priority are everything. This, my friend, is why your readership is big and your heart (as I've come to see it) is as well. Happy New Year, again.

Debby said...

Happy New Year, Sweetie! I too am glad you started blogging... love my visits here. Happy Anniversary! xo

Mariette said...

Dearest Kathysue,

Very well put and you've written quite a number of blogs in one year! You were able of course, doing so, not paralyzed like I was at first... But indeed thanks to God in our lives we find the strength to move on. That gives us wings to bridge many an obstacle that comes our way.
Wish you once more a Happy New Year with your family!

Love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Your priorities show up in the way you conduct your life, and it's been a privilege to get to know you this year. You do have many layers, and it's been fun seeing them through your blog this year. Your design sense is sharply honed and you have much to share to help others find inspiration. Never be timid about giving your expertise! I'm convinced we'll get to meet one day...maybe even this year, and I know that 2011 will be a year of wonderful blessings for us all. Happy New Year KS!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Happy 'blog' birthday. And thank you for all of the wonderful ideas, sugestions, and inspirations you have shared with us.(-:

La Dolfina said...

Oh how exciting!!!
I can't believe it either!!
We need to celebrate in person :)
XO

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. You have been such an inspiration to so many of us. Your posts are always interesting, informative and inspiring. Thank you so much, Kathysue. Congratulations!
XO

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow, has it been a year already? I love reading your posts and of course you know I love your home and your loving family. Can't wait to see what all you have to share and create for the new year. Hugs, Marty

Kat said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful post Kathysue. I can't believe it's been a year already! Time really does fly. I can't wait to see what you have to share with us in the New Year, you always inspire me. Hugs, Kat

vignette design said...

Well congratulations Kathysue! One year and 289 posts is quite a milestone! I can't wait to see what you have to say in 2011!
I am blessed to have you as a friend and hope that in this new year we can spend lots of fun times together. What a beautiful post and from your heart. Love, Delores

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How did this year go by so quickly for us?
I have so enjoyed your blog and your friendship! I love that you have God as part of your new year, so important! Can't wait to share 2011 with you!
XO
Kristin

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohhh...this is just how I feel, my friend! I prayed the New Year in as well! I have done that ever since I was saved 31 yrs. ago! I can't imagine beginning a new year without seeking God and His will for my life! Anyway, wishing you and your sweet family many blessings in this new year, my friend! Also wishing you continued success with your delightful blog! Happy first Blogaversary!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kathysue! What an inspiring post! And...has it been a year? Unbelievable! Happy blogaversary, dear friend! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathysue, Congrats on your one year blogaversary! I didn't find your blog until a little later in the year but I always thoroughly enjoy my visits here. Thank you for all the inspiration and your friendship this past year. Have a blessed 2011.
xo,
Sherry

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I am so blessed to have you in my life, as well as, all the other Neighborhood friends. What a special connection we have huh? I never doubted your abillity to blog, and just want to add AGAIN....what took you so long? :)

We really need to start planning our gathering for 2011. Maybe a Cali trip this year since you have come East twice now, or maybe you get your dose of Southern when you come. Either way, I'm in! :) Hugs, Barb

ps - really need your advise asap. I posted something in the Neighborhood.

classic • casual • home said...

Thanks for your sweet comment. Your boys must be proud of their talented mother. I added you to my blog roll. See you tomorrow for the give away!
Mary Ann

Marcus Design said...

Such a beautiful post Kathysue, I am so excited that we share the tradition of 'praying the New Year in', that is exactly what my family does as well. Happy Blogaversary, you are a gem in the blogworld and I am so blessed to call you a friend. Here's to many many more blog posts!!
Nancy xo

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Kath

All the best,
Kathy :)

Kathysue said...

Wow!! You all are really pulling on my heartstrings today. Thank you , Thank you to each and every one of who has taken the time to not only read my blog but to leave me such kind words. I am truly touched beyond words,
Kathysue

chair up said...

Loved your post Kathysue. With God at the "helm" we know all things will work together...
What wonderful comments you have received. I am off to check out the blogs of some of your commenters and I sense my blog roll will grow as I do! :o)
Angex

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Life is a process, isn't it? Happy new year and happy 1 year!! What a special time to celebrate!!

Amy

Averill said...

Happy Blogoversary! One year is a huge milestone and you should definitely celebrate. I've so enjoyed getting to know you over the course of the past year -- you've been such a source of sunshine in my blogging life. :)

Here's to 2011!

Jeanie said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I've always said that at the end of every day, you have to answer two questions about your "work" in the affirmative: 1) Did I make a difference today and, 2) Did I have fun doing it? You certainly make a difference every day and it's obvious you have fun doing it! You are awesome!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Congratulations Kathysue and I loved your layered post today! Has it really been a year? Keep it coming, sweet friend!

lvroftiques said...

What a beautiful post Kathysue. Has it really been a year?? You are a natural born blogger my friend! I look forward to reading you for many years to come. Hopefully you'll rub off LOTS on me! *winks* Vanna

Haven and Home said...

OH Kathysue, what a great post! I love praying in the new year! Congratulations on your blogiversary, you are such a great blogger. I am so glad we became friends in this blog world!

xx,

Marianne

9405018--Pat said...

What a great post today...and congratulations on your bloginersary...thanks for sharing...pat h

Allison said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary, Kathy Sue! I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your posts so much. Beautifully written today! I look forward to following you in 2011 and wish you a happy and healthy year.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

OMG, I almost didn't get here to congratulate you on your first year! But you know I love you! Great giveaway too. The CS started right here in Dallas and I've been a fan for a very long time. You know I'm a follower as well.
So glad to know you, Kathy!