Hello! I am pleased to make your acquaintance!
My name is Dawn, and I am so glad you are visiting!
It seems I may have too many passions, for it is hard to pinpoint the exact purpose of this blog. It began as a Journal of thoughts and photos to document my family’s journey. Then I started recording Recipes to share with my 9 (Nine!!) nieces. Soon it evolved into a featuring of the Holidays… I wanted to remember what we did with whom. Then I hopped up on my Soap Box and gave a few written lectures… and so it goes on…
Oh, and I must not leave out the Cottage… It is my hope that my husband and I are creating a peaceful, safe, encouraging, comfortable retreat in which our only son, guests, and family may be nurtured and loved. I cried when I read the last page of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book, Anne of Green Gables, and vowed at the young age of 8 that I would name every home lived in from that day forward (it’s the red hair). And so, our present home is aptly named “Blue Willow Cottage.” Readers will find the transformation of our home documented in the pages of this Blog. You will find me to be an zealot when it comes to decorating. Even so, we have lived in the beauty of imperfection in Blue Willow Cottage for 4 years; the metamorphosis from Fifties Décor to French Country Chic/Shabby continues as inspiration and finances allow.
Jesus is the LORD and my Savior of my life. I pray and study His Word daily, and strive to become transformed into His Image with each breath I take. One of my most frequent prayers is that I will bring Glory to God the Father through my life, and through the activities/postings on this Blog.
Gardening is another strong passion… a cherished hobby which supplies our kitchen with Herbs and Organic Vegetables for the meals and recipes featured on the Blog. I share my interests in health and good nutrition throughout. To go along with this, you may not be surprised to learn that I am an RN (with a Master’s Degree in Nursing with emphasis in Family and Community Dynamics). I adore working with young families, and have served as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for 18 years. It is my joy to have welcomed at least 2,100 of God’s little ones into this world, serving Daddies and Mothers, and assisting Obstetricians as a Nurse (and even safely delivering 2 babies with my own hands).
Did I mention that we Home Educate our 12 year old son? Mandarin and Life Skills are in the Curriculum, along with Sermon Writing and participation in the Puppet Team at our local congregation. “Typical” is not a word that describes our family, of that you can be sure.
Now and again, I may share my paradigms for motherhood, childrearing, loving, being a helpmeet, and faith. You will find glimpses of memories from my childhood sprinkled throughout the pages of this site, also. And my favorite quotes; they are here, for I simply cannot keep them to myself!
Since beginning this blog, I have discovered that I love to write! I love to share my thoughts, happenings, photos, recipes, and life with others in this media format. It is something I long to do… I love visiting other blogs, too. I love learning… Oh, and I have SO much to learn!
If you are new to my Blog, you might enjoy getting to know me and my family better by starting out reading the following posts:
Thank you for reading, and please do leave correspondence in the form of comments when you are able. I look forward to sharing and making friends.
Have a Blessed Day,
Dawn of Blue Willow Cottage