Friday, January 21, 2011

Seeing the beauty

"Here," wrote Rosemary, of Content in a Cottage, "is your sign of hope."

This morning I won the gift of a wonderful classic enamel sign from Danish company Ramsign on her blog.

We were still holding our breaths, waiting to learn whether we'd get the house in the woods or not.

"My cottage waited for me," she told me, "and yours will wait for you."

And so it happened. God has gifted us with the opportunity to rehabilitate this place. 
We have signed the papers; a new chapter begins.

The ruined house was for sale for well over a year. Everyone saw the ugly sheds littering the view, the mildewed boat piled with dead leaves, the old junk used for target practice.

We looked past the mess and saw what it can become with love and elbow grease. The cottage has sound bones that can be saved. A dumpster and hard work will do wonders. And yes, a little money, too. We'll have to be thrifty. Very creatively thrifty.

This makes me think: do I make that mistake with people? See the ugly on the outside and miss the jewel that would shine if only I put in some effort to look deeper?

Note to self: pay attention. Don't trust the first glance too much.

The woods are lovely and spring is coming, full of hope.

Hope for the tiny cottage, for the people we hope will find rest under its roof, for laughter and memories for family and friends who will gather to sing and toast and listen for an owl in the moonlight.


Sharon Hermens said...

I am sooooo happy for you!!!

les said...

oh yes!!! I see it now. As an artist we can see the end from the beginning! HOW FUN!!! you are going to have so much fun!

Rachel VanHook said...

You got it!!!!! I cannot wait to see what happens to this lovely little cottage....the process of taking something like this and turning it into something YOURS is so rewarding. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have some new jewelry pictures to add over the next couple of days....

Debbie said...

Congratulations, Sharyn! I'm looking forward to seeing you help this place out of it's cocoon. It won't be easy but birth or re-birth seldom is.

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Linda:

This little house can surely become your new home in the woods. YEA!!!! I can hardly wait to follow as you love it into a jewel. I am still loveing the Cricut cartridges you did. I have three , are there more ? take care friend ,
Linda in the cold Utah.

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Mary Lou:

i just couldn't be happier for you. and i must say there is no doubt you see the good in people and your environment and that is why you got this place. THIS IS TRULY AWESOME. way to will enjoy the work , it wont be a task but pleasure to make your cabin beautiful. it was meant to be.
your pen pal.
mary lou

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Kim:

Congrats on getting cottage! Great news. heres a good chance to do a before and after with pics.
When do you get started?

Christen said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Linda:
I am sure that the work on the cottage will be daunting But you have a vision of what it can be and that is really the first step to making it become the haven that you seek. The woods around will be filled with birds and the Quiet of the country. Have faith and you will enjoy the journey as well as the destination. just wear good gloves. and take care of you Mr. Wonderful. Linda

Kathleen said...

So exciting! I have no doubt good things will come of this new adventure! (Which reminds me to ask - what has become of your friend's remodel - the other home that needed a lot of elbow grease and TLC?)


Millie said...

Hi Sharyn - I'm a blog chum of Rosemary's & just came over to add my warmest congratulations on your exciting purchase. Joan & Dan over @ have been renovating an old farmhouse in NH. It has been a true labour of love for them too & their blog is food for any renovator's soul.
Millie x

Terri Conrad said...


what a blessing to be able to see beyond what our eyes reflect. This appears to be a little bit of heaven on earth. May you and your husband enjoy a bountiful journey in bringing heart into home.


for the love of a house said...

(oh, it was sweet Millie who introduced us!!)t

so thrilled and happy for you Sharyn! I look forward to following your adventure and watching this wonderful cottage become a home!


Barbara Lanza said...

Sharyn,if walls could talk, these are singing for joy that you have rescued them from neglect. All best wishes for many happy hours in this tranquil getaway.