Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Welcome November

November

All that we behold is full of blessings.  ~William Wordsworth

Today I am thinking about all the things that I am Thankful for. I am not going to list them but my heart is full of gratitude for the place I find myself in today. Life is not all happy and care free but I have peace and hope and isn't that what we really want and need? Peace in the midst of this craziness and hope for a future that is still enveloped by peace.

I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving this month. Feel free to start being thankful now no matter where you find yourself. We all have a great deal more than we sometimes realize. If you find yourself in a place where the pain in your life overshadows a thankful heart please know that I am praying for you. I pray for all of you who read this blog and believe that God knows what each of your needs are and He will meet you there.
This is page 1 of 5. The next four posts go with this November post/mini mag. Just scroll down. The pages are not in order. I will work to remedy that issue as I have time.

This is a partial post from last year.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


From reading No Place Like Home you may have picked up on the fact that I place great importance on my faith but this is not a place to deeply discuss life but more the stuff of life.

The stuff of life cannot compare to life itself. That goes much deeper into the core of our being and who we really are. Our homes can express our personalities but who we are runs so much deeper than what many of the public or our friends and sometimes even our family see.

I began to work on a website this Spring/Summer where we can encourage each other on that deeper level. The website is public as of today and I would love to hear your input.

Please stop by and leave your comments at blackorchidministries.com My desire is to have a very interactive web site and not just share my life but to share in the lives of others. A safe place to ask questions or a place to share your personal experiences and wisdom that could be used to encourage someone else.

Thank you for all your continued visits even when I haven't been able to update the material as often. You have been amazing, encouraging and inspiring to me.

At this point my plans for No Place Like Home are to continue to provide ideas and inspiration for a more beautiful life but maybe just not as often as I had first envisioned.

God Bless
Have a wonderful week!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. ~Charles Varlet de La Grange, Pensées, 1872

Ok so this is the weirdest and one of the longest posts I have written. I have a love and don't like so much relationship with Facebook and blogging and Social Media in general as I am sure many of you do. On the down side I feel like I'm reading or writing for People magazine and then at other times I feel like I am sharing in someone's life and they are sharing in mine.

Not all of you have been to our home. I cannot tell you how many times people have said, "You should be a decorator" or "I love your house, can I look around." or "I need you to decorate my home."

Our house is not special, in fact it is pretty modest, kind of old and still pretty in need of repair in places. We have worked on it in stages through many years but I am kind of the nesting type. Put me in a mansion or a trailer and I am going to make it all it can be to reflect who we are and to be welcoming and comfortable to viisitors not who House Beautiful says we should be.

My husband, being the entrepreneur that he is, has said on several occasions, "You should be a decorator" along with many other people who have been to our home. I have no interest in going back to school and learning the finer points of design. I worked with a decorator when I was younger whom I admired very much.  She said to me one day when I was thinking about future career and college that you can have all the school in the world of design and decorating and if you do not have "the eye" you will not get very far.
 I never did go to college. I got married and pursued my own personal career of design on all the homes we have lived in.

If  any of you are serious and really do want me to come into your home and share some ideas and encouragement on how to make it a stylish reflection of you I really would love to. It will cost you a cup of coffee, maybe two. :)  I first will ask you to describe yourself to me and, what do you like or dislike when you go into someone else's home or see a photo in a magazine and what are the specific needs of your family when it comes to home life and lastly how can we create that feel to your home but stay within your budget. I can maybe help you define your taste and get started with what you already have.

 I am not a professional and I happen to know a lot of you are very talented when it comes to your own nesting and you know already what you want your home to be and feel like and how to get there, and to some it is not even important to you. For as we all know home decor consists of the "stuff of life" not life itself.

I have told so many friends already that, yes, I would love to come and share ideas with you. call me whenever, but this is my formal invitation and feels a little bit awkward to do it via this venue but there you have it. My girls are grown and now I have the time.

Now you feel like you have just read People magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

As always,



Sunday, August 17, 2014

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green, @NatureSpirits

Good Morning, I apologize to those of you who have tried to view this site and received the pop up of possible Malware. Not sure how long this has been displayed since like many of you I have had a crazy insanely busy summer and have only sporadicly posted entries. I found the intruder and kicked his butt out. So we are live on blogger once more. Just have a few summer photos to share as we wrap up this busy season.  For all my google friend connect followers the gadget is no longer working on my site but as far as I can see you are all still connected and following. Please let me know if this is not the case and sign up for e-mail notices on postings.
Have a wonderful week! 

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