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  1. It’s so hard sometimes to not let circumstances dictate our feelings! Thanks for sharing your journey to contentment and enjoyment in what you DO have not what you have to do! I’m kind of in a place with our new (old) house that it seems overwhelming and one project already went very badly – and there won’t be enough money to do it again for a LONG time. But I do have so much – family, friends, a great house, grace and a Redeemer who gave more than I ever can! So blessed.

  2. Hi Sarah
    Love your positive attitude
    Everything you said is so true, isn’t it great you’ve become aware and grown along your renovating journey, that’s something money can never buy, something we have to discover ourselves
    Hope that all made sense!
    Great post
    xo

  3. Hello Sarah,
    You are such a delight, I love reading your blog, and seeing the inexpensive way you make everything around you so beautiful. It gives me hope.
    Hugs, Cindy S.

  4. hi sarah. i hope this note finds you well. what you say is true weather you move your family millions of miles away or like me go through a divorce right at home. its funny because i used to have to convince my kids that thrifting was fun and we weren’t doing it because we had no money. now they are all believers and either come with me or run out to the car on a saturday afternoon to see what i’ve found. not only has thrifting brought us closer together but it’s given us a beautiful home that we are so proud of.anyone can spend money at the furniture store.i wouldn’t trade my garage sales for all the high end stores in the world.keep doing what you’re doing and your ship will come in and i hope that yours has a fabulous old trunk on it!

  5. Sarah, I love how you weave the spiritual and physical together into lovely words that change the way we see our lives. It’s easy to see you have a gift of bringing beauty to wherever you are…and you most certainly have brought it here. Thank you!

  6. This is lovely! -from a fellow friend by the sea, in Miami, who just found something sweet for her beach nook, via Craigslist! 🙂
    This is a good reminder…thank you.

  7. Wonderful post, Sarah! I too believe that your life is defined by your attitude. Keep it positive and enjoy all the little things, as they truly are the big things in life!
    Have an awesome day!

  8. You nailed it Sarah and in the process you have a beautiful beach cottage. Never underestimate the huge leaps you have taken to bring you here to Australia and your cottage by the sea.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  9. It’s so important to be grateful for what we have, and stop moaning about things we don’t. Once we get those things anyway, there are new things we crave for, or at least THINK we want – or need. You inspirer so many bloggers (me included) and I love everything you do…he he…I must say, I just LOVE the floorboards. Oh well, one day…ha ha….in the meantime I just have to live with the crappy, ugly floors we got.
    Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see your next project.
    Have a lovely and happy day 🙂
    Wenche ( http://lobeliahjem.blogspot.com/ )

  10. PERFECT POST.
    The same thing happened to me.
    Lived in my 4000+ sq. ft DREAM HOME in a big city.
    Forced to move.
    Cried for months.
    Moving into a COZY home was not my choice.
    But I have learned what is important.
    FAITH.
    FAMILY.
    LOVE.
    ALL THOSE REMAINED THE SAME…AND SO NOW I LOVE MY COZY KITCHEN BY THE SEA.
    ALL BECAUSE GOD knew what he wanted for me.
    If it were up to me, I would have been in my Dream Home, not knowing how UNHAPPY I REALLY WAS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Sarah – your attitude and words you write each time you set yourself in front of your laptop always touch a multitude of people. Thank you for this wonderful post. I’ve been along with you on this journey for close to a year now, and I’ve watched you grow in confidence and spirituality and find it wonderful that you are aware of this too. Too many people go through life always looking at what they don’t have and forgetting all that we have been blessed with. Its so refreshing to see such an eloquent post that you’ve written by a lady that has chosen to work at staying positive, working with her hands, working with what she finds along the roadside, in a thrift store, tag sale and things she finds strewn on the beach. What a tribute your blog has become and such an inspiring site. As I’ve said before, once I found your site, I tell everyone about it, because to me it is a treasure and gem each day that I am gifted with receiving one of your blog link posts via my email.
    Keep up the great work Sarah, you are a gift to many of us fellow bloggers.
    Gretchen Schaumann
    Minnestoa USA
    http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com

  12. Beautiful Sarah.
    I am so blessed. At times, I’ve been pretty ungrateful about my circumstances. This is a sweet reminder of finding satisfaction (right where we are)!
    A beach cottage? Is a dream of mine!

  13. I love your positive attitude that you are sharing with us all and I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done to your beach cottage, its a gorgeous home and inspiration that it doesn’t take money to achieve so much, you should be very proud of yourself.
    I am so happy that I have found your blog.

  14. I love your blog and your cottage its beautiful! Isn’t it funny that our homes when made new again, go under a renovation and when we are made new again in Christ we go under a restoration! Be blessed ! What an awesome post:)

  15. your openness and humor are gifts to your readers, as well as the photos of your achievements. we all struggle from time to time, and it is helpful to hear about others’ hurdles and how they got over them. i think you got to the key to a good life: attitude. thanks for the reminder!