Welcome friends new and old! I am so glad you are here! I have to admit it’s been three years since we moved in to our home and this is the first year I have decorated for a season before it was almost over.
Seriously, most years I feel like I am hanging on by my finger nails…. but not this year! I’m actually prepared….
Come on inside and check out what’s been going on. But, before I let you in check out my fall front porch… I have some amazing planters that were given to my by Southern Living Plant Expert Carmen Johnston.
A few weeks ago my husband, my four year old and I took the 40 minute drive into the heart of Brentwood, TN..
You know, the place where all the mega country music stars live…
We didn’t go there to check out their houses … oh no… we went there for one thing and one thing only!
Oh and a quick side note. My husband was in Brentwood yesterday and guess who he ran in to?
Nicole Kidman! Yep, she’s just as nice and pretty in person. It’s been confirmed.
Okay, back to the story… the day we went to Brentwood as a family … the only shining star I saw was HomeGoods and a cornucopia of fall decor.
We found tons of great stuff! And Jude, our 4 year old, was all into shopping for fall and Halloween decor.
Some of the stuff Jude picked did not really fit my idea of fall decor.
Like the skeleton newlywed snow globe. Although very eccentric, it just really wasn’t my style. But boy did he love it.
And these dishes…. Don’t get me wrong I thought they were cute but they are super small. And they only had four. I wanted six.
But I saw how much he loved them and I put them in the cart.
Then I started decorating and they grew on me.
Then a few days later, Jude and I took a trip to our local nursery to get some more plants for our front porch and to our surprise they had amazing gourds.
We giggled hysterically as we both carried arms full of gourds up the stairs and to the cashier.
And we dropped them….
And they rolled through the store….
Did you all just GASP?
What does she mean “for once” she had a good time?
Well, you see for so long I’ve been so laser focused on making things perfect, like my house, my kids’ behavior, this blog….
That I kind of lost site of enjoying it….. I mean any of it.
And for once instead of worrying about gourds rolling down the isles at the store… and if someone was going to be mad at me…
I stopped… I listened to his laughter and I laughed too.
It was AWESOME!!!
That day in my journey to constantly try to find the “calm” ……
I stopped and realized that it was right there in front of me.
In my child’s sweet little laughter.
Taking that time to just let go of control and let him have fun without worry about what others thought brought me so much peace.
Letting go of having to have my perfectly decorated fall tablescape ended up in an unexpected way…..
And that makes this tablescape perfect….
And the memories we make around this table makes me calm….
and his laughter brings joy to my heart and peace to my soul.
And seeing his little hands wrapped around the eccentric skeleton wedding couple snow globe and the big gigantic smile on his face, reminds me that these childhood moments are precious.
And like the glitter in the globe they swirl around us in an exhausting flurry but one day those moments will be gone and they will be grown ups.
And the days of getting excited about snow globes will no longer exist. But the memories will… so I will take time to enjoy them… That’s my promise to you.