Monday, April 14, 2014

Missy (builder's supervisor) said that to me this week. I am totally devastated. But I'm finding a little comfort in those words.

Even this doorbell made me smile.

I can't explain this yet, but eventually I will get there. There have been too many unexpected things... once upon a time I thought I knew the story God was going to write. And then He wrote something completely different.

Posted by Katy On 6:35 PM 30 comments


  1. oh I hope you aren't selling your beach house :(

  2. Oh Katy, I don't know what's going on but I'll give you my one word for getting through tough times...


    Just get one breath at a time. That's all you have to accomplish right now.

  3. Oh no......this doesn't sound very good Katy???

  4. It is gorgeous, Katy. Just beautiful. And I know that there will be many MANY more works of art flowing out of that creative mind of yours. xoxo M.

  5. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this ...

  6. Hugs and prayers my dear. Stay strong as He carries you through whatever is happening right now.

  7. I'm not dying and my kids are okay, so that's the important thing. Thanks for your comments ladies, I will write more eventually. :(

  8. Oh my heart is aching for you. Praying that God will fill you as you walk through what ever is in front of you. Keep breathing.... Dee Dee

  9. Great pictures, Katy! The house looks amazing; knobs, doors, floors, ext. fascia/soffit trim, kit. sink, door bell, stair handrail... all of it. Wow!!
    Ok, so I get your title. I go through this with every house... not that I'm an artist, but I put so much into my projects (every detail... like you) and it's hard to not want to keep them forever. It's definitely easier now than it used to be, plus when I think of the house I'm on currently and realize I wouldn't be here if I'd kept any of those first one's... then it makes more sense to me.
    (Really love that third pic of the magnolia w/ bright siding & white trim in the background.)

  10. Katy, I don't know what all has transpired but I do understand God taking us in a direction (more than once) that was completely unexpected and often not what we wanted. From reading and following your journey, I know your faith (& trust) has grown and I believe God has amazing things planned for you though maybe not necessarily what you thought they would be.

    Your beach house has been a labor of love that has taught you that you can face challenges, overcome obstacles and still create beauty despite them. You did something that I would be too intimidated to even attempt :). The ending may not be what you envisioned and your dream house may become someone else's dream but the journey creating it will always be yours.

    Thank you for taking us along on this journey. I hope some day I have an opportunity to visit your little beach house cause I would smile seeing your heart in every part of it :)

    Tyana :)

  11. Katy - I have had to sell a couple of places that I truly loved and wanted to keep. Life has forced me to move forward and make the most that I can, of a bad situation. What I have learned is that old expression about the one door (I prefer the term chapter) closing - and then another door/chapter opening is true. I also had to learn to let the path just unfold as it's meant to's somehow worked out for me and I have a strong feeling that it will for you as well. having read your blog for some time now.....your strong and determined. Like me, you'll make it through any tough time you may be forced to face. BTW, margaritas do help! :) Hang tough.

  12. Kate, it is always hard to let go of these projects that we pour our life's blood into. We are parting with a log cabin we built. Blood sweet and tears into. I remember lifting tongue and groove boards up to make roof/ceiling. Will the new owners appreciate all the hard work. But, for reasons beyond my controll I have to let it go. I would have loved that house till my dying day. Now I hope someone else will. Whatever you are facing, the great spirit of life will walk you though it. We carry these projects in our heart. You beach home is stunningly beautiful...

  13. It just occurred to me that putting my hopes out on this blog, detailing the travails of the last few years and all my projects, has brought me in touch with some seriously smart, wise, genuine, kind, supportive, and loving people, who leave comments that make me feel better.
    Trent - I admire your work so much & I take everything you say to heart :)
    Teri - you've been here and done this - you know what it's like. Thank you :)
    Tyana, you are such encouragement to me and I hope I am to you, too ! :)
    DeeDee, Meg, XOXOXO
    Sharon I have had several people tell me stories about how they lost their dream house after years of hard labor on it. It's devastating for everyone, at least we can share the misery. I'm sure that your log cabin was gorgeous.

  14. Well, whatever is happening, I'm sorry if it's not what you wanted. All the gorgeous! It will all work out...hang in there!

  15. My prayers ~ for you.

  16. Katy,
    Thinking of you.

  17. I have always found that when something happens that you were not expecting (job loss etc.) it is because something better is waiting.

    It is often the push you need to go find that better something.

    I do wish you all the best as I love to read your blog and see your ideas come to fruition. If you keep it and want to rent it, I am seriously interested. Coming from Canada to the 'south' would be a lovely vacation.

  18. Katy, update. Log cabin soen. Tons of worry washed away. Trying to figure out what the next project should look like.. Buy land and build again some where in the mountains or find a fixer and rebuild it with my ideas. I thinking go a blue house white trim and deep fushia front door. We can dream. Hang in there girl. There are lots of strong women to be examples. It will all work out..

    1. Can you explain to me what soen means?

    2. iPad typing sold my cabin..

  19. Hi Katy, just be strong and patient - something better will turn up - God knows what's best for you. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  20. Katy- thinking and praying for you. I wanted to email you but have misplaced your email and my computer is not set up to link to your email via outlook. Praying everything is ok.

  21. Thinking about you - checkin when you can

  22. Hoping you get to spent this three day weekend at your dream home. Even if only for an overnighter..

  23. Hoping everything is ok, makin' us all nervous not hearing anything! Online friends are weird, I don't really know you, but just a note to let you know I'm thinking about you and hope you and your fam are ok!

  24. You have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. Hope you are doing ok. <>

  25. Still thinking of you, Katy. I hope you are doing ok.


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