the front door

For the last five weeks .. .

I've been Christmas decorating.

I've had so much fun.

I have purchased some new things. .

but mostly I have used up every cherished memento that I've held dear over the years.

On the first advent of 2009. . .

in my year of Jubilee ..

I welcomed friends into my home for an open house.

It was so wonderful.

I met people face to face that I feel I know.

I met people face to face that feel they know me.

I welcomed friends into our home that have never been here before.

It was wonderful.

I enjoyed it more than I ever imagined.

For those of you who didn't come ..

the pictures are forth coming of course.

I may be my beloved's wife .. .

a mom and a grammie. .

but every weekday morning at precisely 4 am PST.

I'm a blogger. . .

and I love it.

All for now. . .


  1. What a wonderful way to celebrate such a special time...I'm looking forward to the photos! :)

    I've been away for a week...I have a lot of catching up to do!

  2. Yes I celebrate the beginning of Advent the waiting for the birth of the Christ child. I have the Spirit of Christmas on my sidebar so that I don't forget the reason for the season. You are so welcoming I love to visit your blog.

  3. I love it Lovella! An open house on the first Sunday of Advent - how perfect! Your Christmas banner is gorgeous. I'm hoping you show lots of pictures of your Christmas decorating - I'm not talented that way but I admire those who are and copy their style with gratitude!

  4. I'm another one looking forward to the pictures - I love an open house!
    Your front door is beautiful, with that swag.

  5. For those of you who missed the event, let me tell you...Lovella's home had such a nostalgic touch, one that came right from the heart.
    I particularly enjoyed he she made all her specialties come to life...
    It was absolutely an honor, and most of us have walked life with her as a blogger, but what an insight as one walked through her demonstrated all who Lovella really is...there was absolutely no fluff...
    We'll vote you in next year again Lovella.

  6. You did a wonderful job, Lovella...making it all so warm and inviting. Every nook and cranny of your home looked amazing!

    How special to have open house on the first Sunday of advent...on your 'jubilee' year. Thanks for having us all in!

    How did Terry fare...being banished to the shop for the afternoon?

  7. I'm so glad I could be there to see. . . more charming than any decorating magazine pictures. You did so much work! I say that because it wasn't about purchasing a lot of new things, but about thoughtful little accents, using greenery, flowers, candles and special keepsakes.
    As for me .. . I'm glad you're a blogger who desires to encourge and inspire. You do that well.

  8. I agree, Lovella! your home is simply an expression of who you are! Your Christmas decorating gave the message - welcoming, warm and beautifully loving!

    Even though I saw for myself, I am still looking forward to your photos!

  9. The front door decorations are wonderful!! :) And open house sounds like it was a lot of fun!

  10. So good to meet you! I felt like I was sort of meeting a celebrity :)
    Everything was beautiful. I'd like to move in, actually.

  11. Lovella, it was such a privilege to be a guest in your beautiful home. Everything was perfect and absolutely charming. I cannot tell you how awe-inspiring it was to have followed your snippets on the blog and then see the reality of your hard work. I'm with Rachel about "moving in!" and that the welcome made one feel that they should just "sit a spell!" or longer. Thank you... Elma

  12. I too enjoyed the home tour on Sunday and particularly loved seeing your home decorated for the season with many of the treasures your Mom handed down to you, and seeing how you incorporated everthing in such a charming way.
    I think many would have loved to have sat and had tea with you all afternoon. The other homes on the tour were so lovely as well. It was a very enjoyable way to spend Sunday afternoon. Kathy

  13. I so wanted to do the tour this year and I had a nephew's party that just couldn't be missed. I would have loved to see you and your beautiful home in person but it wasn't meant to be. I heard glowing reports from my sources though. :) I believe that your decor reflects the beauty inside you.

  14. You did such a wonderful job with your decorations -- and it does sound so fun (thought not when the house is full of little ones). Wish I could have come through in person but it's been fun to see all the pictures.


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