Things Have Changed...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

I began my blog back in November 2010.  My life and blogging were much different back then...

I'm still a southern girl, very thankful for the blessings and grace that God has so richly shown to me.  Our children have grown older and are now both married.  My days are still filled with things close to my heart; my Lord, family and friends, tending the garden, fluffing my nest, remodeling our cabin,
and these days my heart is overflowing with so much love for our first grandson born this past December.

I still love family heirlooms, the old and well worn, and believe our homes reflect the heart of those who live there, telling the story of who we are, I still enjoy filling my home with special pieces having tugged at my heart.  I love nice things that are practical, comfortable, and keeping the budget in mind I still find that searching and patience go hand in hand.  Above all, I still hope our home is a warm and cozy place for all who enter.

My favorite quote and verse are still why my blog is named Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home:
"We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us." 
Winston Churchill
"Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Psalm 23:6

I truly believe we shape our dwellings and our families by all the hope, love and encouragement we invest in it and them.  I truly believe when Jesus is the Lord of our lives, His goodness will fill and guide our lives and one day when our life here on this earth ends...those who put our trust in Him...can look forward to dwelling with HIM in heaven, forever!

Lately, I've been sharing less but have continued with my weekly blog party, Amaze Me Monday.  I am so thankful for all the friends I've met along the way and for all who come to party here each week, but for now Amaze Me Monday will be on hold.  For me, right now, I am investing in the amazing people in my life.  They come first.  I'll still post, as blogging holds a special place in my heart...but it is not my priority.

Much love to you all and I hope you will continue coming to see me, as I will you!  And follow on Instagram...I’ll be there!


  1. Hi Cindy, I'll miss your linky party but totally understand your decision to honor your priorities. And who couldn't DWELL on that adorable baby? Best wishes to you and your family. Pat (

  2. Oh your grandson is darling!! I understand your decision and will continue to stop by to see what you are up to. Happy Mother's Day!

  3. I absolutely agree, and amen. Your priorities are so very right. I think a lot of us have cut back that have been blogging since the early days. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, blessings, Debra.

  4. You are as beautiful inside as you are on the outside and I have been blessed to come to know you through your blog. I take extended breaks from time to time to watch children grow and change because the years are fleeting and will soon be gone.
    There is nothing in the world like that first grandchild and they place they hold in your heart. I am just thrilled for you---what a beautiful, beautiful child!
    I will watch for posts from you--when and as you feel led--- Love to you- Diana

  5. Cindy,
    Thank you for your inspiration in the past on your blog and from your weekly linky party. I appreciate all your encouragement by featuring posts from my blog and leaving wonderful comments.

    Blessings to you and to your family during the upcoming days and years making memories of a lifetime with them.

    Happy Mother's Day,


  6. Cindy, Thank you for hosting your party and all the time it has taken to do so. I understand completely, grandchildren won’t wait. He is adorable and enjoy him and all of your family, it is what is important. Wishing you God’s richest blessings...and sending my love, Pam

  7. What a blessing a baby is to the whole family! Precious photos my friend. And I thank you for all the wonderful Monday parties we've had over the years! Enjoy this time of your life! Sweet Southern hugs, Diane

  8. I totally understand your decision, Cindy. Enjoy that precious grandson and time spent with family and friends. Happy Belated Mother's Day 🌷

  9. Blessings to you and your beautiful family Cindy. I don't blame you at all, I would grab hold of that beautiful grand baby of yours and never let go. Enjoy your time with loved ones and I'm gad we will still hear from you from time to time. Best my friend. xo- maryjo

  10. Cindy,
    Blessings abound!
    I agree, time with family & friends is far too precious,
    especially at this time in our lives.
    I, too, continue to blog for my creative outlet,
    but I do it out of the love of blogging, not to meet a deadline.
    I used to get such a thrill out of the parties. . .
    and I still enjoying visiting them when time allows.
    Oh, your lovely family photos warm my heart.
    Savor the moments.

  11. This is a lovely post! Grandchildren are such wonderful gifts from God. I have learned so much about life through my children and grands. What a treasure you hold in your hands and when they smile your heart melts.

  12. Thanks for all the wonderful link parties that you have thrown over the years! Enjoy your beautiful life and keep us posted on updates.

  13. Your grandson is adorable and I totally understand wanting to spend time with him and the rest of your family. Thank you for all the wonderful parties you've invited us to. Keep us posted!

  14. Thanks for hosting Amaze me Monday for so many years. I have four grandchildren, so I fully understand wanting to spend more time with your family. Enjoy your family time!

  15. Good for you have the right priorities for sure. Your grandson is so adorable.
    and Grandchildren are just the most fun.....we adore our lil granddaughter and love the time we
    get to spend with her, and grandparents are very important and special to children as well.
    Thanks for hosting your linky party all these years, we have all appreciated and enjoyed it.
    You will be missed but hope that you will get to post at times. Since my hubby retired and
    we are working on an online greeting card business together, I am not posting as much as I
    used to does change and we have to change with it.
    Best of Blessings to you sweet friend, and enjoy that wonderful lil bundle....

  16. I completely understand this and have slowed sooooooo down - blaming my grand daughter because if I have time I want to spend it with her. In fact, I am back for the first time in a half year! And of course I shared a post about her love of pink, haha.

    Your little grand is adorable - and they change us so much for the better. Savor every second.

  17. Cindy,
    You have many wonderful blessings in your life!! We also have a new grandson and spending time with him and other family and community obligations have keep me away from blogging. I blog when I can, about what I want. You’re right, blogging has really changed over years. I miss it being just a fun way to share homemaking ideas and passions with like-minded people. Thank you for all of the fun, inspiring parties!! Enjoy that handsome fellow and the rest of your family. I’ll look forward to any posts you share in the future! Zenda

  18. Cindy, congratulations on the new grand! Your life is going to be full of joy! Thanks for all these years of blogging, hosting, and mostly friendship. I feel much the same about my blog. I post when time and motivation allow. All the best! I will look forward to any posts you share.

  19. Cindy, congratulations on your grandson's birth, as well as all the other life happenings that make your heart sing! Enjoy your world. We'll be here to enjoy reading when you choose to share the precious moments such as these.

  20. Cindy...I am just now seeing this post. First of all, congratulations on that precious grandbaby of yours! How adorable is he?? Loved seeing all the photos of your family too. I just want to say "thank you" to you for being one of my (if not my first) followers from the beginning. You made me feel so welcome in blog land and gave me such encouragement as I linked in to Amaze Me Mondays nearly every week for quite a while. It seemed like you kind of took me under your wing at one point to help my itsy bitsy blog get least, that's the way it felt to me. I will never forget how you gently asked about a photo that I had gotten off the web to use in one of my headers...I think you knew it wasn't mine...and I had no idea I wasn't supposed to do that! I learned a good lesson that day and I appreciate you teaching it to me by not really saying a word. Although I haven't linked in to Amaze Me Monday for a little while, I checked in regularly to get ideas and see the progress on your mountain home. You are doing what you need to be doing! Blessing to you as you take this break...however long you choose to make it last!


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