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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Happy!

Today as I write this post I am feeling so…contented. I had to smile as I wrote those words because life is certainly a bit topsy turvy at the moment given that I will be moving to a new state in just a few weeks, our current home has not been sold and our future home has yet to be found.

I think if I had to choose a cake to represent my day today it would be this one:

Lakeland love this cake, made with our Topsy Turvy Cake Tins!

Life and how we choose to see it really can be just mind over matter. I am truly so thankful for my dear husband, two children and the two fur boys who are always ecstatic to see me. I have a bevy of good friends and family who I am blessed to know. Contentment indeed.

With any birthday you get one wish. I remember as I child this was almost an impossible task because there were so many material things that I wanted. I am thankful that I have outgrown this way of thinking and I strive to be happy with what I have, as opposed to what I don’t.

Sure, I could use a new purse as mine is almost falling off my arm. This one captures my fancy:

But other than health, happiness and world peace there truly is just one thing I want~ a happy home. Most of us know that cannot be bought. But if it could mine would probably look like this:

Beautiful Cottage & Garden

Or this:

Beautiful Mediterranean house and garden

The sitting room would be warm and welcoming with collected meaningful treasures.

Sitting room

Maybe I’ll create a gallery wall in my new office.

Pretty office

I have been wanting to add some color to my life. The laundry room might be just the place.

skirted sink and window treatment

The kitchen should have a bit of this:

My heart says yes to this stove.

and perhaps a dash of that:

I adore Jane Moore's kitchen and her confit pot collection.

When the work is done I’d love a nice bathtub to soak in.


It’s so nice to have hopes and dreams as I begin my 46th year.



Auntie Em said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday! I think all your requests are quite reasonable. Wish away!!! :)
It is so unsettling to have things changing around you and not being sure of the answers to so many questions but you have so much love and an amazing family so no matter what, you are already in a better place than most.
Enjoy your day and all the love around you. You deserve it all! {{{hugs}}}

BTW, that purse is awesome but if you are like me, you will overload it with too much stuff and hurt your shoulder or neck. It would be an awesome overnight/carry all though! :D

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday dear friend! I hope your day is filled with happiness and a fancy cake, too! And that all your wishes come true. You have an exciting year ahead! Sending you bunches of birthday HUGS, your buddy, Diane xxxoooxxx PS And a new handbag is a must for Fall! ; )

Linda said...

Happy Birthday!!
I think still having wishes is what life is all about.
Hope you enjoy a beautiful day,

Rita C. said...

May happiness of home, health and family be yours, Laura! Best wishes for what will, undoubtedly, be an eventful year! can never have too many purses!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Happy birthday sweet Laura! I hope you find the home of your dreams today!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! I hope it is the best year ever.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Happy birthday! Love your attitude. I've been dealing with very similar issues like moving, house not selling, etc. and it is very unsettling. Looks like I should take my cues from you:) Love each one of your photos, you have great taste!
xo Kathleen

Vel Criste said...

Happy Birthday dear Laura!!!!!! The best news is, you ALREADY HAVE YOUR REAL HAPPY HOME in your family! CHEERS and hopefully, your next home will be your birthday gift! Mwah!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! I know this will be a wonderful year for you, filled with surprises and blessings!

Marianne said...

Happy Birthday to you! I pray this will be the best year ever!!! and that new house... it's coming!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Happy Birthday you "ole girl" you! I am waiting to hear you found that new home in Texas! Make sure it has a guest room!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Happy Birthday, Laura!

Christine said...

Happy Birthday and remember, dreams do come true.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Happy Birthday and may all your dreams come true!

lnb said...

A very happy birthday to you, young one!

Lorrie said...

Happy, happiest to you, dear Laura. May this year be filled with God's good gifts.

The Boston Lady said...

I am late to the party due to a busy day, but my wishes are true blue sincere! Laura, you are about to embark on yet another adventure and we wish you all the best. Happy birthday! Ann and the rest of the bunch

Bettyann said...

Happy birthday dear Laura...may aall your hopes and dreams come true. :)

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Happy Birthday to you! Make that wish in faith!

Angela said...

Happy birthday, Laura! Everything will work out better than you've imagined *hugs*

Denise said...

A VERY HAPPY birthday to you, dear Laura!! I hope this year will bring you many joys and pleasures! I'm just tickled pink that you're moving to Texas and embarking on a new adventure with you family. :) I can't wait to see the house you choose and how you decorate it and put your own personal stamp on it.

Again, Happy Birthday and many happy returns!

Warm Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Debbie said...

Happy Happy Birthday, young chick!! Of course, at this point it will be a belated birthday wish.
I love your house shots, and I love your wish for a happy home even more.

And how great does that cake look to symbolize where you are right now and where we all ought to be, seeing the real beauty in our topsy turvy lives.

lynn cockrell said...

I hope your birthday was the best ever, sweet friend! This is such a lovely post and that wonky cake is really cute. I hope that the rest of your year will be wonderfully filled with blessings of love, life and adventure!

Gypsy Heart said...

Wishing you a belated, but very sincere, Happy Birthday! I hope all your wishes come true and each year brings more happiness.


Liz Hockamier said...

I hope you had a great birthday! I remember as a kid, we always moved over my brother's birthday. August 10th. The last weeks before school started.... ugh! I always felt bad for him.

Janet W. said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Laura!