Friday, January 1, 2016

The Surprising Highs and Lows of 2015

The most popular posts of the year happened to coincide with my personal highs
and lows.  This was kind of a surprise to me, but in a way it shouldn't be as I 
feel connected to my readers and when something big happens, good or bad,
I see it in the statistical numbers that registers on this blog.
Starting off with the most popular post was when I announced my home
would be featured in Matthew Mead's new magazine, DECORATING.
It was an absolute thrill to have him come and photograph my home and 
see it come to life in the pages of this glossy first class publication.
The second most popular post of last year was titled 
Our Family's Heartbreak. 
I shared the devastating news that my daughter-in-law's
adorable sister Taylor was in heart failure and needed a heart transplant.
One year later I am so happy to say that she got her new heart right after Thanksgiving,
almost a year to the day.  The old saying about if you don't have your health you don't have
anything is right on the money.  We are all wishing Tay a speedy recovery so she can start enjoying this new year full of vigor and excitement! And we, as her extended family, 
want to thank all of my readers and others who donated to her GoFundMe campaign 
to help her stay on stable financial ground so she can concentrate on just getting better. 
 The world is a loving place, and this post of  heartbreak has a happy ending. 
I said farewell to my shop Maison Decor and my role as shopkeeper.
This was the biggest high of my year, as it gave me back my freedom to 
do all things I loved and had missed in the three years I was on this personal detour.
Read my goodbye to Maison Decor post here. It was the third most popular post I 
published in the year 2015.  I don't miss it one bit by the way, as I am back to decorating
my home and blogging and raising my puppy and spending time as mom and wife at home.
The sudden loss of our darling dog Dillon was the 4th most popular post.
It is my low of 2015, and I am happy to say there were very few lows
in the entire year.  This was a big blow for us, 
and I found it hard to be at home without him.  The void was palpable.
And I guess as it should be, the stats pointed to my new direction
of fixing up the house and decorating it, as I did in the post 
Mr. Maison Decor and I added the French doors in the dining room just
in time for me to feature them in this Christmas decorating post.
I am looking forward to 2016 to do more decorating and home projects
along with my hubs as our new puppy, Colby satellites around us.
This dining room project was super fulfilling and we love the results.
Speaking of Colby....
he is getting bigger and minding his manners like a good boy now.
We had three parties over the holiday season and he was a STAR!
We are thrilled with him as our new addition and while there isn't a big 
ranking post on Colby, I just have to add him as another high for the year.
Looking forward to a year of everyday life and adventures with my hero
hubs and best all around guy in the world. 
 Hoping we continue to enjoy good health and all 
that life has to offer for us, our children and parents in 2016.
Wishing all of you a year full of JOY and PEACE and FULFILLMENT.

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