What I Learned in 2014 #imperfectionistsunite

blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places

Today I’m linking up with my sister, Emily from Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned in 2014….

I love this community more every year. I cannot thank you enough for your love, acceptance, spelling corrections, laughs and general putting-up-with-me-ness. We are kindred spirits.

2014 was my favorite year yet as far as blogging, do you remember all we’ve been through….

everything1. This year I learned  Why today was spectacular in an ordinary way.

freedom2. That you’ve got to have guests when your house isn’t perfect.

i don't always have walls3. I can take out a wall in a fit of rage with my bare hands while wearing a bonnet.

truths4. Decorating truths you won’t see on HGTV

makers, say no boldly5. That the World Needs the Makers to say No Boldly

rest6. Why you have to choose your absence (my post at (in)courage)

change is my favorite color7. How to Change up a Room in one Hour

chair8. That sharing the imperfect is worth the risk.

kitchen9. The one thing I’ve figured out about kitchens – it changed my attitude about my kitchen

dining11. Arrows are a secret weapon in decorating

thrifted12. How to turn a house into a home on a thrift store budget. A one room makeover and video series with Lysa TerKeurst

master bedroom wall diy13. That Dashes, Risk & Imperfection are related

starting is progress14. Why it’s worth it to take one microscopic step forward.

imperfections put people at ease15. What progress really looks like.

walking each other home16. If you’re in the midst of a mess, join the club.

barn renovation17. Big, huge projects happen one day at a time: our barn renovation before & after

happy barn

I could look at this picture forever.

 

 18. That you have to dance in your kitchen….

 I loved sharing this year with you. Happy 2015 friends!

 

Your grace will never be forgot
Your mercy all my life
Will be my source forever song
My story and my light

From mountain top to valley low
through laughter and through tears
Surely the goodness of my God
Will follow all the years

For all that You have done for us
for every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

You know our failures and regrets
You always led us home
Redemption’s arm has raised us up
Our triumph in the storm

For all that You have done for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

(You’re faithful through the ages)

In unity we’ll stand as one
As family we’ll go
Shoulder to shoulder
Hand in hand
Into the great unknown

For all that You have done for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

“For All That You Have Done” by Rend Collective

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