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August 22, 2008

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Elizabeth

Wishing some sunshine comes your way!

Jean Eakin

We miss you and your cheery blog too.I'm sure it is always sunny in Daisy Cottage. I wish we could get just a little of your rain here is southwestern Virginia. Your gifts are lovely, and don't surprises lift you up. What a special friend to brighten your day. Its hard to beleive its school time again, isn't it? You always miss your babies no matter what age they are.
You have a wonderful weekend.
Jean in Virginia

PamperingBeki

I wish I could blow some of this sunshine your way!

We'll all still be here when you are able to get back to "normal" so don't worry. :)

Rachel Going

Bless your sweet heart Kim. How does a mother contain all the love and emotions that she feels in her gently beating heart?...sometimes I think it just spills over. Savor the moments! xo rachel

paintergal

Ah, yes, I will soon know that feeling too. We're taking our two boys to college tomorrow. Empty nest for the first time! Hope I can handle it.

Kathy

I have my "baby" home for one more week and then we take her to University. I know it is going to be hard without her, she is my sunshine. Fortunately, she will only be a few hours away.

mary

Kim,
I feel your pain! It hurts when the little chicks fly the coop, doesn't it? My son didn't come home at all this summer. He went from college to his summer internship 4 hours away at the seashore. We visited him several times. But I do miss him here at the house.
Make some fun plans for when she comes home on the next break. I am sure you and your husband are so proud of her.
I hope the weather improves soon. Would love to have you come up north for a visit...we could shop till we drop. Lots of Thrifting and Antiqueing!
xoxo, mary

mary

Kim,
I just brought my son to the train today after a week home, and it doesn't get any easier. He stayed at school all summer. :(

I hope you are staying dry. Fay sounds horrible! Twenty-three inches of rain in some spots?! Yikes!

Love your new gifts -- so cute! Have a wonderful weekend -- here's hoping you get some sunshine. Of course, you know that a virtual visit to Daisy Cottage is a ray of sunshine for all of us in blogland!!!
xoxo,
Mary

Elizabeth Ann

Thank you, Kim, for that extra hug for my 8th grade "baby girl"...I have been known to hug her pillow and cry a little into it during the day when I miss her, so I know a little how it feels when they are gone for longer. But what a wonderful life your dear daughter has had AND has with you...love to her as she finds her way in the world.

Beautiful gifts from Alli..love a black/white pattern.

Oh, that rooster in the last picture looks like he's in charge, carefully guarding the chalks! hmmm...maybe he thought someone said "you go guard the chicks" I wouldn't want to mess with him.

Peace and joy be with you.

Hi Kim , we moved my g.son into the dorm at college yesterday . He wanted all three g.mothers there with him . So last night after we returned home from the trip , we all sat down and had a good cry . So I know how you feel sweet one .

Mimi Sue

It does get easier, I promise. I have four little chicks and they've all flown the coop. Now they're all bringing their little flocks home to visit with Mimi and Grandpa. It's the best! Grandpa and I are reconnecting, it's one of the best times of our lives! I highly recommend it...Love your blog, your home, your puppies. Best wishes.

tea time and roses

Hello Kim!

I know what you feel, it simply is the heart of a mother. It has been a while since my last visit, and I truly have missed Daisy Cottage!:o) I sure hope a little sunshine peeks through your way soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Smiles...

Beverly

Karen Baruth

I see a piece of Emma Bridgewater pottery! Funny that I just posted about mine. I understand how you're feeling. My oldest is in Kansas and I'm in California. It's way too far away! Thank the Lord for e-mail, texting, cellphones and blogging!

lulu

it never gets easy, you just make do..
hugs and prayers for your baby girl..

Brenda Kula

Kim, my girls have been gone for years. And it does get easier. When I visit, I get a little teary. But they grow up and out and have their own adult lives. And they readily remind you that they're adults when you fuss... It does get easier, hon.
Brenda

Oh Kim, I miss my baby too. I am ready to take a road trip to go visit her already. I wish all of you safety and hope "Fay" dissipates soon!! Sending all my love and hugs to you!

Teresa

Teresa Sheeley

Oh Kim, I miss my baby too. I am ready to take a road trip to go visit her already. I wish all of you safety and hope "Fay" dissipates soon!! Sending all my love and hugs to you!

Teresa

Deb

It looks like a few of us are missing our "babies". I loved reading all your sweet comments :-) My daughter Kate just moved into her 1st apartment getting ready to begin her Masters degree at University. Thank goodness for the internet and web cams :-)

Marsha

Thank you so much for your blog! It's ok thst it's a little sad right now. I remember when my oldest son went away to college for the first time. I was a wreck. My sweet husband, and my boys stepdad, spent the whole day trying to entertain me so I wouldn't worry and be so sad. My son drove his car to school. I was a mess.

Anyway, wonderful blogs and the creative inspiration is very important to me right now. My husband just checked in to the hospital for bone marrow transplant. We'll be here for 2-3 weeks and having the internet and the blogs I read keeps me sane!!

Congratulations on your magazine article!!

Marsha

bluemagpie

Dear Kim,

It’s fun to share with someone who has similar interests and obviously appreciates the little things as I do. I am at the other end of the spectrum; my baby is heading off to kindergarten. Sniffle. Sniffle. She’s gonna be a block away and it feels like a world away. As hard as these times are, I’ll miss them when they are gone. I can’t even imagine when she actually does leave the nest. I hope you are doing well. We are thinking of you.

Take care your baby knows you are thinking of her, keep her in your heart. You know you are in hers.

P.S. I had as much fun getting stuff together to send you as I hope you did getting it.

Take care, stay safe. The sun will be out soon.

Addi 

Becky

It has been a few years since my children left for college and now they live away from home. When they leave from visits over the holidays I find again what you feel right now.
I don't think it ever gets better. We love our children and we feel incomplete with their absence. So we just fill in the time and appreciate them so much more when they are home again.
A big hug and a pray.
Becky
Laceandlures.blogspot.com

Kat

Oh Kim, I remember that feeling so well. Bless your heart! It's so hard. Maybe Maggie will curl up and give you extra lovin'.

BTW...love your new look!

Happy Friday!

Hugs!
Kat

Andrea

oh my ~ my babies are little and I am not looking foward to that day when they leave ~hope you feel better..i am having a giveaway maybe you could come by and hopefully win something that will cheer you up! xoxo

Kim Hancock

I love your chalkboard!

Pam

Kim,Your post brought a lump to my throat as well. It is so exciting to see our children grow into young adults with all the possibilities the world holds ahead of them. That said, as mothers it is also hard to let them go. However, if they go easily then we have done our jobs as parents, raising ambitious, self assured son's and daughters. My baby girl starts her senior year of high school this Tuesday and my son is in his third year at U.C. and is living in an apartment near campus. Hard but exciting times for us Moms. Hang in there, sunny days are just around the corner. P.

linda@lime in the coconut

Awww...it is a bittersweet time for ya! But, do you have sun yet?? We finally do today!

Rosemary

Hi Kim, aw, where does she attend college? My darling daughter wants to go to texas tech next year and its NINE hours away :( Don't know what i'm going to do if she does...Hope the sun returns soon! Its been dreary here too. rosemary

rue

Hi sweet Kim :)

I'm glad you posted! I was starting to worry that you were swept away with that awful Fay.

I'm sorry you'll be missing your daughter while she's gone. Alex will be home for college this year, but he wants to go to Arizona after that and it's going to be tough. Where does the time go? I swear he's still a little boy until he walks in the room.

The gifts Addie sent are absolutely precious! How sweet of her :)

I hope you see the sun soon.

love,
rue

I miss you! I've been so busy this summer with the kids, I feel like it flew by in a matter of days! I'm sorry I haven't been good about visiting either. We'll catch up now that fall is around the corner. I guess it doesn't get any easier the second year, sending your daughter off to college. Here's a super big hug from me!!! At least she loves to come back home ;)

bethany

that last comment was by me! sorry :)

bettye

I adore your little chalk message board...and I have a daughter who will be off to school in a year and I'm already so sad it makes my heart hurt...

Row.

I'm so sorry your daughter is far away.
all I can say is take it day by day and know she is also.

Beverly

I'm sorry you feeling a bit blue. It will get easier, and hopefully she'll be back for a visit before you know it.

Chery

Kim, Last year when I first started blogging Daisy Cottege was my fist to visit. Your daughter had just gone away to college. My son Nathan was a senior at that time. I can't believe that year went by so fast. Well, I just moved my son to college & the tears just keep falling. I am so glad to hear that someone else understands that big lump in the throat. It is so hard for us mothers to let our kiddo's leave the nest!! Blessings!! cherysapplebasket.blogspot.com

sharron

Fay Fay go away and bring Kim & Daisy some much deserved sunshine!!!

Tara

Hi sweets!
I dread the day when I say goodbye to my little ones going off to college. Thank goodness Maggie is there to give you a snuggle. ((huggs))from your friend in Pennsylvania~xo

Alice Galiano

Kim I live in Rio De Janeiro and I love reading its blog, my son also was to live far in the college, I also feel much lack of it, semmorasse eno U.S.A. would go to know Dayse Cotage, a great one I hug Alice

Andi

It was so nice to see the sun shining through today! Fay lingered around just a little too long although we did need the rain here in Polk County.

Have a delightful week!

Sandy Toes

I love your pictures! They are so beautiful. The chalk in the teacup is great!!! You inspire me!
Sandy Toes at www.shellinyourpocket.blogspot.com

Dayami

Sending you some hugs your way. I dont know the feeling about a child leaving to college yet (Cristian is 5) but the thought of it gives me the chills.
So more hugs to you ;)

We've had lots and lots of rain here too. Yesterday was UGLY! I actually turned on the TV and said, "Watch, shes gonna be back!" It got really ugly, which I have to be honest and say that I actually LOVE when it rains and pours like that.

Have a great week ;)
Dayami

Beth

Kim,
I too still get the lump in my throat and tears still come easily. Our last two sons are in dental school clear across the country from us and our last child of four is engaged to soon be married. Where did the time go? It seems like we blinked and they started to leave one by one. We try to teach them to be confident young adults and make correct decisions that will ensure them and their future families a good life... You can feel good your daughter is making a wise decision to further her education. Bless you heart, i hope she will remain close through calls and home visits. Congratulations on all your success. I have been a quiet guest at your home for some time and LOVE it! Hopefully Fay will leave soon and the sun will shine again. My little Maggie is our darling sweet 5 month old granddaughter. May your beautiful Maggie bring you as much joy!
Beth

Chris@catsonmyquilts

Those college days never got easier for me-EVER. A lot of my tears used to fall. Then there was the time my son was in Afghanistan in 2002. I refer to that as the "6 months of no sleep". But they do grow up to be wonderful adults who present you, hopefully, with gandchildren and there is absolutely nothing like that.

Oma

Your blog is the only blog to visit for me...I'm sorry I've tried to venture out..but it doesn't quite feel the same...

Heres to one rainy day friend to another...

Regards
Oma

Devon Dumpling

Dear Kim,
You must be so proud to have your wonderful home featured in Romantic Country. I love seeing all the wonderful 'finds' that you come across, your tours and the brilliant anecdotes about Miss Maggie.
Best wishes
Hannah x

Donna

Wishing you some sunshine, Kim.

Hugs,
Donna

The sun is finally out so I hope it is bringing you some cheer. Those gifts would definitely help--how thoughtful.

I keep meaning to ask what you put in your frames to paint with the chalkboard paint. I have some empty frames I would like to make up.

Hugs to you and sweet Maggie,
Lallee

Jo

My daughter is only three but I'm already dreading that time. I think Motherhood is a series of learning to let go - no matter how painful it is for us. You have accomplished so much with rearing your beautiful child and giving her such a cozy and memorable childhood base. I remember Goldie Hawn's book discussed all her pain about letting go of Kate Hudson and I realised how universal this motherhood pain of the empty nest is. At least Dasiy Cottage is a pretty delightful 'empty' nest. Stay strong and be nourishing to yourself. xx

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  • "I would like to let you know what a joy it is to wake up each morning and read your delightful blog. I always feel as if you are speaking directly to me. Since I was diagnosed with an immune disease a year ago I wanted only to read positive and very inspiring blogs and your blog was the first I found. I think maybe the good Lord meant for me to find your blog and since then it has been nothing but smiles all around. I have tried very hard to stay positive about this disease and very up beat. I know that there is no cure and I have accepted this, but reading things with a positive message and filled with so much love helps. This is where you come in and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and to let you know how very much you and Miss Maggie are loved." ~ Grace

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  • "Oh my! I have just stepped into heaven. A nostalgic, magic, getaway place where folk love one another and life is sweet. Kim, you will probably never know just how many hearts you have touched with your site. " ~ Francesca

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  • "I visited my friends with their tasteful beige homes and sometimes questioned if there was anyone else in this world who loved the things I did. Then I found Daisy Cottage and a whole community of other women who shop the side of the road, paint their furniture fun colors, and aren't afraid to fill their homes with touches of whimsy and fun. What a relief! We aren't alone! I'm not alone. Thanks for all your inspiration and for confidently sharing your home and the idea that we can have fun with our decorating. I never get tired of visiting here Kim." ~ Kathy

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  • "That hankie is like you and your blog Kim. In the middle of all of the other beautiful hankies, it's the one that stands out and makes you feel at home." ~ Rue

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  • "Sigh.... between your music, red and yellow mellow feeling and wonderful writing I just feel so calm. What would I do without you in the morning with my cup of coffee." ~ Jeanette

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  • "My eyes have been opened to a world I never knew existed. Such vibrant creativity, such caring community: it literally takes my breath away. After so much loneliness and isolation it is overwhelming to me that such a world even exists. In time I hope to be able to fill my garden of life with lovely, loving friends instead of the weeds of loneliness. Until that time lace tablecloths will come out of storage, music and lovely scents will fill the air of this home. And I shall visit the Daisy Cottage when I feel despair raise its dark, obscuring head, for I know from experience, that it is ever lurking behind that next bout of pain and weakness. Your kind and generous response has strengthened my resolve, you have helped me more than you will ever know, my new-found friend." ~ Lenna

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  • "What I love best about Daisy Cottage is Kim. I love the way you appreciate every good thing in life and embrace joy in every moment." ~ Rose

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  • "Here's how I can best describe into words how your blog made me feel. You know when you wake up in the morning and there's an early morning thunderstorm and every room in your house is as dark as night? Then, the rain and thunder stop and the sun comes shining through all the windows and you just know it's going to be a beautiful, sunshine day? Well, that's how finding Dear Daisy Cottage made me feel. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Kim. You blessed my day and may God do the same for you." ~ Lisa B.

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