Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year Review 2013

As the new year approaches it seems fitting to reflect on this last year. What a crazy busy year it was! In addition to all of the "everyday" things we kept ourselves busy with, we bought a house 6 hours from where we were living and tried to make it livable on the occasional weekend we were able to travel in preparation for the possibility to return home. And during this crazy time of "everyday" activities: work, volunteering, school, kid activities, and making our new house livable, we started our blog. I must admit that years ago (even after many asked me about starting a blog after seeing many of the pics I posted on my personal Facebook page) the thought never really occurred to me to actually write a blog until after we purchased our new house. I thought it would be awesome to have a place to write about our journey in making our new house into our home. And thus, our blog was born.

Since we were no where near ready to actually write about our new house,
I started our blog with some of our older projects
and mixed in some new to update our happenings 

while waiting patiently for the time to be right for us to include our new home.

That time finally came in June. We were able to share
our exciting news and that's when our blog really kicked off.
Since our move, our home has been
a whirlwind of activity while (at the same time)
trying to settle into a routine.
Our Tree Cutting Adventure
Cutting Down The Bushes
Cleaning Up The Bushes
Cleaning Up The Front Yard
Cleaning Up The Left Side Yard

Side Porch Stenciled Planters
Rock Garden
Side Porch Inside Reveal!
Side Porch Outside Reveal and Rock Garden!
Side Porch Furniture


Very Mini, Mini Fairy Garden

We also took time to enjoy the local festivities.
Sandwich Fair!
Wandering Wednesday

After spending the summer cleaning up and adjusting 
we decided it was time to enjoy the holidays.

Our Home ~ 2013

Side Porch Autumn 2013

Hot Chocolate Bar

 Christmas Side Porch 2013

And if you follow us on Facebook or Pinterest you were able to keep up
with what was new when I didn't have time to write a post.

Wow, we have accomplished a lot this year! But, of course, we still have so much more to do. We still have projects we started this year that will be completed in the new year, along with many new projects/ideas to get done in the new year. Our ambitions are big! On the list this year: Finish kitchen and dining room, downstairs bathroom, toyroom/office, family room, sunroom, floors, painting, lighting, plumbing, backyard deck and so much more.

We love being home and close to family. We are enjoying this new journey. And we appreciate this opportunity to share our experiences with all of you while turning our new house into Our Family Inspired Home. We hope all of you have a Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting Our Family Inspired Home!


  1. How many wonderful things you have done! And I love the way you change to look of the sofa corner with the cushions. Also the birthday theme was really beautiful. It gave me ideas, although mine is a boy, so I need to change it some :)

  2. Thank you so much, Joanna! Glad you will be able to use some of our ideas! :)

  3. You've done a lot this year.....and now I feel like I am in serious need of those HOME pillows....they really caught my eye!

  4. I love your kitchen shelves, your treats, and your pillows!! I am inspired by all of your creativity. Pinned :)