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February 18, 2010



Kim, First of all, I definitely should be in bed by now but I couldn't help reading your entry for today. What sweet, precious writings from a little girl's heart. I also had this exact diary in red and remember how faithful I was writing something I felt was important for that moment each day. Your music causes me to tear up almost instantly. My mother loves Acker Bilk and I remember listening to Stranger on the Shore when I was in high school. My father, who has been gone for many years, absolutely loved Moon River and I honestly feel his presence whenever I hear it. How stunning that you would have both of these songs on your playlist! What is even more amazing is that my sister sent me the link to your site and told me to listen to the music-not realizing that these were songs from our memories-she just knew they meant something to her. Thank you, Kim, for the thought and time that you obviously put into your site, it is a joy that I will love coming back to. God bless you. ~Julie~

Sheri and Sophee~a

That is sooo sweet. I wish I would have kept a diary. The closest thing to a Diary for my blog.

It was fun to see a glimpse of what you were like as a child :)

Mimi Sue

I'm so glad you were able to keep your diaries. Something for future generations to treasure. We moved so much that I don't have much left from my childhood. Very sweet. Mimi


Oh Kim, just reading YOUR innocent handwriting moved me to TEARS! I must be hormonal! I had a diary just like this. And now I will go to my parents house tomorrow and find it!
And Kim, I'm glad you are YOU! You are a wonderful person who makes so many people feel joy when they come to Daisy Cottage. thank you! :)


Awesome! All I ever wanted to be was a wife and a mom. :)

After that, what else is there?

I so enjoyed the dairy postings. :)

You are too sweet. :)


Wonderful post, Kim. Thank you for sharing with us.

My career goal was to get married, have kids, and NOT have to work. I acheived my goal. :)


clare's craftroom

What an amazing post ! That is an incredible treasure you have and how wonderful that you have it , thankyou so much for sharing that .


That was a really special post. I sometimes wonder if I have grown up because sometimes it feels like the little girl in me is still so close to the surface that everyone can see her. Those diaries are little treasures. I still have all of mine too.


My sister has her diaries from those same years. We read them occasionally and laugh our silly heads off.


O, dear, Kim...I, too, have a cedar chest given to me by my parents in sits at the back of my walk-in closet. In the very bottom is a "secret" drawer and in that drawer is a red diary I had growing up. I've not had it out of that drawer in so many years, I can't even remember. As soon as I can, I am going to retrive it and read it all again....* was SUCH a long time ago....


How Dear!
What a special window into a sweet child. Do save them for the next generation,sadly their diary is on line,with no Handwritting that personal touch......
I pray all little girls have such sweet dreams,and that they come true...


Thank you for such a beautiful trip back in time to share some moments with a sweet little girl.


Oh, this is so heartfelt that it brought a tear to my eye. I wish that I had the diaries that I kept when I was younger. It would be nice to go back and reread them.


What fun to see the little girl you were. I still see a lot of her in your writing and a lot of you in hers! I had to laugh at your comment that "the class subsided", subsided! what a big word for a little girl:>) You are right of course, no matter what changes we go through, we are us all along.

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

How fun to see a piece of your childhood! I loved the pieces of your diary that you shared. The innocence of childhood always makes me smile. Thank you for sharing a part of yours.

xo, Jennifer


What a sweet post, Kim. I used to have a diary, but somewhere along the way it disappeared. There is such a sweetness to those posts from a young girl growing up.



How cool is that! Don't you just love looking back at your thoughts and dreams as a child. Thank you for sharing!

Marianne Robinson

What wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing snippets of your diaries with us...What a wonder when you can look back and see today that child within you. I can still feel my inner child. I am the same child with a little more wisdom. I wish I would have kept my diaries. Thank you for sharing.


Hi Kim-love this post! I kept diaries too,but sadly,in a fit of cleaning out when I was younger,disposed of them! How stupid was that? Ah,well....
The little girl on the cover looks like you! Perhaps your dad thought so when he bought it for you.
Thanks for a lovely post.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

Oh, I love cedar chests - they are like treasure chests waiting for someone to open them and discover their secrets. And what gems you had in yours! It is clear that from a very young girl you were thoughtful, kind and compassionate. Definitely a girl who knew herself. And we really love who you grew up to be!


Best, best post ever! So revealing, you let us inside your very soul. I think I have my diary somewhere, just not sure where! You've accomplished much in your life...the important things that make you a good person.

Jennifer S.

How Fun, Kim! I had that same diary with the lock when I was small. Right now I am reading my husbands grandmothers diaries. They begin in 1938 the year before my father in law was born & go through the early 70's. My parents had this questionnaire we would fill out every year or so. One of the questions was what we would be when we grew up. I always answered Mommy & Sunday school teacher. Have been a Mommy for nine years & a S.S. teacher for 18.

Doris Barile



Oh my goodness Kim, that was such a dear post. You were a very special little girl and you have not changed at all :) Thank you for sharing YOU with all of us.


Kathleen Gauthier

What a fun post. I love your sweet entrys. I kept diaries from time to time,as a child, but blogging is the most consistant I've ever been.

Kim McLaughlin

Absolutely precious! Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Hey, have you entered my blogaversary giveaway yet?

Lavender Dreamer

I feel so honored this morning to be able to read your diary. That's such a private, personal journal, no matter what your age....or how long ago it was written. You have always been so sweet. What a treasure to have your diary and be able to look back and remember the 'exciting' times! God bless you! ♥

Dreaming Bear

Greetings from Iowa! Just found your delightful blog, and LOVED the peek into the diary. So cool to look back and see what was on our mind, isn't it? I also LOVE your that your house? It's gorgeous! I want to live in a yellow house! Wishing you well...thanks for sharing.

black eyed susans kitchen

Kim, I have two daughters, one is 27 and the other 19. When I told them about cedar chests and stashing away things for our future they laughed their heads off! I have an autograph book from 6th grade that is similar to your diary and I love looking through it. I love the romantic spirit of the cedar chest and that you can look back with clarity on your childhood...and I love that you shared it with us.
♥, Susan


Dear Kim
What a blessing for you that you kept your diaries. We are all still little girls at heart and it was so neat to see that the essence of who you are now is the same as it was when you were little: loving your dog, caring about others, having writing talents, and just generally the sweet person you are today. Thanks.
Rhondi xo

Susan Freeman

Your diaries are just precious. Thanks for sharing those memories with us.

Susan and Bentley


And she was prolific and tenacious! What a little treasure you have there. And I love that you didn't just keep a list of things you did. You actually wrote about your feelings and documented a lot of what it was like to be a child of those times. Terrific!

Valarie Kraft

How lucky you are to still have that sweet diary. I bet it brought back so many memories. My sister saved all of her things, and I did not. I am sorry about that so often. THanks for sharing such a sweet post.
xxoo Valarie


What a wonderful post. It shows the writer in you. I am not a writer and my Diary's from youth would prove it I never wrote more than 3 or 4 days in the diary and even then I made things up because I wanted something exciting in there.

Just thought it was wierd that the first entry you showed was dated 08/23/1968, that was the day my sister who is my very best friend was born..I'm 2 years older.



Well Kim.... I always start my day at The Daisy Cottage and this day has been just one more time when you have touched my soul. I'm grown up now, but still that little girl inside of me wishes and wants to do great things with my life.

Love To All...
Ruth :0)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

How sweet, my friend! I so wish I had kept my diaries, just so I could go back & read what I thought was precious & all consuming at the time. Childhood, oh the memories.


Kim, Your diaries are precious! Thank-you for making me smile. Even at that age you had a way with words. I had a diary once but we moved a lot and got rid of a lot of things every time we had to make the moves. I suppose the diary was one of those things I didn't think was worth keeping. :-(

Love, Debbi


How wonderful and special that you have that to read. :)

Esther Sunday

Oh, Kim.... I so enjoyed this!!!!! With Love, Esther

Bella StyleBook

Well, Kim, I suppose you were always meant to have a blog and be a blogger. For isn't that truly what blogging is all about...writing down your thoughts?

Have a good day today. No one can take that away from you.

Debbie from Texas

So sweet! I have an old trunk filled with memories-old writings, school work, even paper mache that I made.......I look at it once in awhile and the days came flooding back to me.
Nice treasure to have. Enjoyed so much seeing yours.

Peg Gilham

Dear Kim,

How very precious! Your sweetness has not changed and you have blossomed as a woman. May all of your dreams always come true and may you continue to share your sweet thoughts with all of us. In this world of turmoil it is so wonderful to get an e-mail from you and have your spirits fly and make the rest of your day so delightful!.


Terri Morse

Kim, I was so touched by your diary. You were incredibly wise in choosing to appreciate what you have and not dwelling on what you don't have. I'm a better person for having gotten to know you. Every time I come to visit you, you inspire me to live my life and find joy in all I have been given. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Hugs, Terri

Betty Jo

Kim this is absolutely precious. I'm sending link to my daughter-in-love who just bought my nine-year-old granddaughter a first diary. Thanks for sharing!! ♥

Laura Ann

Beautiful post, it makes me want to rummage through my hope chest and find my old girlhood diaries and see what they say. Thank you for sharing, truly precious.

God's blessings to you and yours.

Daily laying it at the Master's feet!
Laura Ann


So sweet you are, so sweet you were....EVEN THEN. Such a wise soul you show in those sweet little entries!


Absolutely wonderful post. It's so sweet to see ourselves as little girls! It's like we literally step back in time.

Thank you~

Pink Pearl Studio


Kim, what a SWEET post, and you were so sweet! And you're sweet now too! I used to write in a diary....wish I would have kept them.


Chris@Cats on my Quilts

So cute and brings back such memories. I have the exact diary as your first one. I think that one was my second diary-my first was pink. And I still have them all!

Kimberly Padilla

Thank you for sharing so many notes about your life when you were young. I wish I had a treasure box full of my childhood, but I have lost all that due to my life being so unstable at times. Memories are so precious though, and my mind is full of them. Bless you!


Kim...You are so precious! Seeing that diary reminded me of the one I had exactly like it years ago...such a long time ago. I would give anything if I still had it would be so fun to read now! I said to myself while reading your words in your diary that Kim had wonderful parents that molded her into the sweet lady she is today. When you were in the 4th grade writing in your diary I was Sweet 16 and getting married! LOL! 1970....40 years in September.


What a touching post, Kim! I loved it. Must have brought back so many memories. What a sweet, sweet treasure to cherish forever. :)

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

What a treasure your cedar chest held! You were a wonderful writer even as a child--loved your entry about your dog's birthday bone. Thanks so much for sharing this.


Oh Kim, thank you for this post, it has inspired me to dig around for my childhood diary, I sure hope I still have it! I just love the innocence & honestly in children when they express themselves. A childhood diary is a family treasure, your children & grandchildren will cherish them for years to come! You wrote with as much love & compassion as a child as you do now, so heartfelt, THAT is so YOU!


In my cedar chest you will find that exact diary with the little girl on the front, letters from boyfriends past, girl scout badges etc. I was also in marching band. I enjoyed reading your diary entries. I didn't do near as good a job of keeping up with mine each day as you.

Lore D'Sa

Dear Kim,

It was so touching to see and read your precious diaries of when you were a girl! I also had a bright orange diary with a floral design on the front cover. It was very similar to yours in style. I'm sad that I did not keep my diary. I guess I went on a cleaning rampage long ago?!? Thank you Kim, for sending us a very important message, through your loving photos and words. Remember and hold on to your youth, both in mind and spirit!

Your Friend,


Brenda Kula

Kim, what a compelling post this is! I truly enjoyed it, and reading the one before. You seem to be in such a good place these days. Not that you weren't before. But I can feel something a little different in you recently. A lightness of being. As though your bloom has fully opened and you are letting the sunshine soak in.

Danielle Jones

Dear Kim,
This sounds silly, but it is so amazing how the little girl writing the entries is so "you," as in the you we know today.
Thank you for sharing!

Julie Harward

I LOVED this post Kim...I too have a ceder chest and over the years have kept my childrens precious little cards and gift in there and their school work etc. I too have kept journals...they are so wonderful to have. I have so enjoyed your sharing the little girl you were and grew up to glad I found you! Come say hi :D


Sweet Kim, You are a kindred spirit - of all the things I wanted to be when I grew up being a wife and mother and having a happy, comfortable home was number one. I feel so blessed that I have that and now I am a grandmother I am even more blessed! I love your blog - it is a celebration of just being yourself. Someday soon I hope to start my own blog, I have a good example in yours! Have a wonderful day. Lisa

I don't know how you do you keep coming up with such wonderful stories that ALWAYS put's a smile on my face!

Thanks for being you!

Giovani Saintiny

Hi, Kimberly!

Thanks, for posting! :O)

Again, I'm a guy but have my own tastes, etc, & have been hunting for several years for what I thought would be ridiculously easy to find. NOT!

I'm looking for a plain pink (preferably light pink or close) diary with gold tone lock. Ideally, it would have the words Dear Diary in script or italic gold leaf at the front. It could have an ornate border, like the white (cream?) cover diary you showed, or not. It would most likely have gold leaf at the page edges, but I can take or leave that.

It should have divisions on the inside, suggesting the appropriate length for each post, and should be lined. Obviously, I'm flexible about the details--especially about what's INSIDE the diary. I'm just describing something I know I've seen & always covetted. I had no idea it would become impossible to find! :P

I may be forced, someday, to have these specially made & suspect there'd be a market--if only for the nostalgic among us.

If you learn about these for sale, would you contact me, Kim? We're friends on twitter & I presume you can view my email info, privately--feel free to contact me. :D

Sunshine & Blessings,

I have kept a dairy since I was 12, I call it a daily journal of life now! Great post ~ I love to turn back the hands of time.. Thanks dear for a wonderful you...


Oh how wonderful that you have all these memories stored away in your treasure box. I think diaries make great memories. Thank you for sharing this with us.


How neat to have kept these! I wish I had some diaries to jog my childhood memories! I am amazed at your writing ability and vocabulary for such a young girl! When you said the class subsided it cracked me up! Too cute! Hopefully you'll share some more treasures from your cedar chest! Such fun! Sherri

Dear Kim,

What a wonderful post! I never kept a diary, but, I wrote a LOT - to Donny Osmond! I wrote him a letter everyday telling him all about myself and what I was doing in school. I REALLY wanted to marry him! Well, that didn't happen, but, I did end up getting married to a very special person and having the two best kids I could have ever imagined.

When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. I had a huge antique slate chalk board in my bedroom (my mother still has it out in her garage and it weighs about 200 lbs.!) and used to do my homework as if I was teaching my class. I always put out name tags, had a seating chart, a whistle for recess, and I even wore fake glasses. Well, today I am a substitute teacher and I am just a few courses shy of being a full fledged licensed Integrated Language Arts teacher!

I so enjoyed your diary entries, what a sweet little girl you must have been.

Thanks for the great post!


Christine Ishmael

You were & still are adorable...I loved the posting on January 8th, my b-day...I kept a diary and remember writing about Angelo Oliva pulling my desk closer to excited I was because I thought he liked me...I'm a N. Hollywood girl, raised in Sacramento..where did you grow up? Love the mention of the Rose Bowl which my Burbank family can appreciate! Anyways...I enjoy your blog..please stop by mine sometime.


This is my first visit to your site and I wonder what it means that two of your diary pictures are dates around the day I was born. August 28, 1968. Of all the dates in all of the diaries that you could have shared, there were two close to my birth-day. I think that it's interesting. I guess I will have to come back to this site and visit


Aw, I love this! I have my childhood diary, it from my best friend at age 9 (1969). Not much in it except peace signs & my love for David Partridge Family was very big then). Mine had a key to the lock, but I lost it and had to cut the tab...and, then one day I left it out while I raced off to school. When I got home I noticed papers strewn all over the front yard - "what's that?" I wondered. I got closer and was diary, my life was shredded up all over the place. I grabbed what didn't blow away & tried to piece it back together. It still shows the muddy prints and teeth marks all over it. It is one of the very few things I still have from my childhood.

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

I rarely read your post to my husband. Today I just had to share it with someone. The words used to describe you today are sweet,adorable,amazing,compelling,innocent,precious, compassion,heartfelt,delightful,special,awesome,touching, lucky,wise,blessing and honesty to name a few; all good, all true. Your mother is a blessed woman along with your whole family and us your friends.
Your friend,
Nancy M.

Dreams and Decor

This was one of the sweetest posts I've ever read!!! (It also brought back memories of keeping a couple of diaries when I was a kid--have no idea what ever happened to those!) Thanks for sharing such a precious piece of your past with us! Patti

Alison Gibbs

Kim how wonderful that you still have your precious diaries etc. such special memories.

kim Ananian

Dear Kim I loved reading your diary. It brought back so many memories of writing in my own diary when I was a young girl (especially of my brothers trying to pry open the lock). Wished I saved my diaries. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring blog!!! Kim


what sweet memories :) i didnt keep a diary. i was always afraid of someone reading it. like my parents or sisters. they would have teased me to no end.

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, that post was just beautiful it is amazing to see that you are the same today as you were then just beautiful. Trish xox :)



I didn't realize we were about the same age.

I had that EXACT diary when i was a little girl.

Both my mom and dad died, and after I came out of the fog of losing my last parent I decided to go totally Feng Shui and threw away all of my diaries and old notes and GS stuff- all of it. I even had my first Valentine when Denny Mitchell said he loved me. (Ha!)

I kept a diary for 12 years and never missed a single day.

I sure hope someone in the landfill doesn't find them and share with the world, I would really hate that - or my family will, I will be long gone by then - I hope.

I regret it sometimes, and then I realize I had to simplify my world, too..................and days like today i regret it.

Loved the post. So nice to be reminded of our youth and tenderness.....and how far we've come, if only for handwriting and spelling, haha.

Thank you, once again, for the smiles.


Fay Marie Torzsok

Hi Kim

Thanks for sharing a part of your childhood with us.

I never kept a diary, but I did have to leave a lot of my precious childhood souveniers behind when I left my Country to come to Canada, just could't bring everything.

I'm glad to see that you cherish all that you have from your past. I think it's part of your personality anyway, and that's a good thing

Fay Marie


Kim, what a treat to peek into your diary. I love that your parents were "overprotected", heehee. I too have a diary from my childhood. It is really fun to recall what was important then and how we thought about life.

You always have so many photos and that is very satisfying, thank you.

Linda@ Restyled Home

That is the most lovely thing I have ever read. You were obviously a sweet, thoughtful child and became a kind, nurturing woman.

I am happy to "know" you.


I LOVED this post!!! It was easy for the teacher in me to see the budding writer in you! Wonderful! Thanks for visiting my blog.

The Decorated House

Hello Sweet Kim~
I loved this.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Donna




What a great post Kim ~ I love that you have your old diaries and can look back to see what you had written as a child.


Love it!~just LOVE it!!! :)

Toni from NC

What a beautiful post. I also have journals from when I was younger. I pull them out ever so often and think about my journey to now. Thanks for your blog. It always inspires me. :)

Kate Reddan

Thanks for reminding me of those years when I wrote in my diary faithfully each night before I went to sleep. I named my diary "Daisy" (after my grandmother) Interestingly, years later when I was all grown up I started a decorating business that I named "The Lace Cottage" so you can see how the Daisy Cottage would have special meaning to me. I wish I could find that diary, it would be fun to read about all the things that were important enough to write about back then. I'm sure the drama would be so funny to read today. Anyway, love the pictures and love that you let us peek inside your youth. You are a treasure!!!!
Kate Reddan


such a sweet sweet post!!!!!
The innocence of a child shines out through every word in your post . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK I LOVE IT....

Joann Loftus

I always love to visit here and this little diary is one of the very reasons why! How sweet it was to read all those entries. I remember when I kept a diary very similar to that (I was almost afraid that WAS mine!!). Thanks for sharing something very special!



That made me tear up....but in a good way.

I also just love the music on your site. My husband found that out (He sees me reading your blog all the time and hears the music) and bought me two Acker Bilk CDs. His father enjoyed Acker Bilk, so it's extra special to have it playing in the house.

Thanks for you, Kim!

Have a good week


I had a diary (it is still floating around here somewhere) when I was about 11. It was a 5 year diary but I added to it over many years.

Then I went to journaling on notebook paper when I was in the 9th grade. I still all of those.

I'm still journaling, cute little spiral bound journals, art journaling and blogging.

We've evolved.

A Romantic Porch

Kim, I just loved reading your diary entries. I had a diary too and have actually kept one of some sort most of my life. I know you didn't ask for all of this, but I just couldn't resist copying one of my blog posts from August over here to your comments. I hope you don't mind. Isn't it interesting how life has a way of carrying us along as we make the plans that we think will make us happy?

Been Thinkin' ' fabulous careers!
I never thought I'd be
a nurse,
but I'm always on call, even at 3 a.m., yes I am.
I never thought I'd be
a taxi driver through snow or rain or shine,
but I am, yes I am.
I never thought I'd have
the love of a man, a special one, faithful and true,
wasn't pretty enough, chatty enough, sweet enough,
but I do, oh yes I do.
I never thought I'd be
a music teacher,
and hear those random melodies become one with harmony,
and bear a song, a lovely song.
I never thought I'd be an octopus,
and perform with greatest of ease,
as though I had 8 arms and wipe a nose and
scramble eggs, as I talk on the phone and kiss and squeeze.
I never thought I'd be a philosopher,
and understand the lessons I learned as a child that would
serve me so well - now I know why.
I never thought I'd run a laundry,
and iron and fold my client's clothes.
I never thought I'd be a safety patrol,
and keep an eye on my children as they come and go.
I never thought I'd be a Doctor,
and work tirelessly to heal broken hearts
and mend shattered dreams.
I never thought I'd be a cheerleader,
tall and thin, with platinum blonde all shiny and prim,
but I am - "Way to go girl!" and "Woo hoo! Look at him!"
I never thought I'd be a vet or "bug-ol-ogist",
and harbor ferrets and crickets and an array of
other creepy crawly pets.
I never thought I'd be an author,
and write books upon books of cute things spoken or
record memories never lost or broken.
I never thought I'd be a translator,
of tiny sobbing voices, or baby ways of getting a point across, or teenage emotions - some lively, some cross.
I never thought I'd be a famous hairstylist,
cutting and clipping the mane of my men or setting a
bow all perky and trim.
I never thought I'd be an event planner,
turning meager meals into banquets and birthdays on a shoestring into an unforgettable bash.
I never thought I'd be a speech pathologist,
and instruct correctly spoken grammer to insure an appropriately perceived IQ!
I never thought I'd be a family counselor,
to balance the emotions of siblings of which they didn't get to choose.
I never thought I'd be an architech,
building doll house dreams, and making snow fort castles while
shaping lives and hearts to grow into a strong edifice of character.
I never thought I'd be a housekeeper,
and entertain the finest of guests for 18 or 19 years per request.
I never thought I'd be a theologian,
and strive to explain the mysteries of God to my tiny clan.
I never thought I'd be a nanny,
where other children are always welcome in our yard, that's best.
I never ever ever thought I'd be a teacher,
but my oh my the teaching never ends.
I never thought I'd be an astronautical engineer, (is there such a thing?),
making paper airplanes precise or simply upon a whim.
I never thought I'd be a boo boo kisser,
dream catcher, bible teacher, poison ivy scratcher, CIA secret keeper, liaison, miracle grower from babies to men, bad habit trimmer, devotional leader, lullaby singer, ripped knees repairer, driving instructor,
story teller, memory maker, tradition keeper, silent listener, complaint taker, homework tracker, bookbag holder, paper keeper, bed maker, yucky ucky job encourager, project manager, customer service rep. when my kids are away, list maker, temperature taker, hug giver, high five taker, bottom wiper, wave giver, um, oh yeah dish washer, tireless advocate,
unconditional love giver.
Hhmmm, should I go on?
I never in my wildest of dreams and extreme imaginations
thought I'd achieve such marvelous and fabulous success with all of these careers.
Oh, I LOVE what I do, passionately and true.
ALL OF IT, I do. I do!
For you see?
I'm just a mom! Yep, that's absolutely ALL I do!
Yeah, really, that's ALL I do!

{{{{{{{{{{many hugs to you kim}}}}}}}
Thank you Kim, I guess with the phase of life in which I find myself, it was good to think back through all of this.
Have a great day. I hope you are better!
xoxoxox rachel

Daisy Cottage

Thank YOU so much Rachel for sharing your prose here.

B E A U T I F U L.


Kelly McMaster

Thank you so much for sharing these sweet little pages!!
They are so important to keep around! In my Mom's last days we sat by her bedside reading her old diaries and scrapbook pages to her. She was 'in and out' but smiling as we all giggled at her innocent thoughts and "magpie" treasures glued into the pages. Your kids will love these too someday!


Hi sweet Kim :)

I'm just now catching up with you and it's funny... I wrote about what I wanted to be when I grew up today and that am just now rediscovering it.

I had diaries like yours too. I think I need to read them again ;)



Oh what a blessing this post was and how it brought back memories. I too had a diary when I was in Grade 4,,I have continued to journal and LOVE it...It was so beautiful to read your entries....Thank you for sharing

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  • Kim I just wanted to thank you again for allowing us into your sweet home! I absolutely loved being there and looking around with you. Your hospitality and sweet spirit make the home even more beautiful! Thanks for reminding me that one day I too will have my "dream come true!" ~ Ida - MOPS Member

Thank You Jane!

  • "I just discovered your blog and am blown away with the comfortable, almost nostalgic feel of it...almost like finding a long-lost friend after many years apart...somehow familiar, but all so exciting and new." ~ Jane

Thank You Dena!

  • "Kim, I love your blog. I so appreciate you sharing every day. I miss you when you're gone. Losing my dear sweet baby boy in Iraq has made me treasure life and those so dear to me. Reading your blog is such therapy for me. You have made me treasure the finer things in life that I use to overlook. Birds singing, flowers blooming, my home and all of the treasures within it. I'm not sure that I ever looked at a teacup or saucer and saw such detail and beauty in it." ~ Dena

Thank You Grace!

  • "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

Thank You Francesca!

  • "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

Thank You Kathy!

  • "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

Thank you Rue!

  • "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

Thank You Jeanette!

  • "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

Thank You Lenna!

  • "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

Thank You Rose!

  • "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

Thank You Lisa!

  • "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.

Thank you Pamela!

  • "I am so touched by your words and photographs. Whether in happy or sad times, you inspire my heart and soul. We all need each other's light and you offer us that dose of sunshine." ~ Pamela

Thank you Joy!

  • "Your blog has helped me start to see the beauty in life again." ~ Joy

Thank You Anne!

  • "Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been "lurking" but had to share with you how much you have helped me embrace the fun of decorating. I came to your blog looking for pictures to inspire me as I redecorate my house with cottage style. Today I was so tangled up in doing it "right" that it was really depressing me. I visited your blog again for some fresh ideas and came away realizing that there is no "right." Just me being me and enjoying my home! I am laying here in bed with tears in my eyes - tears of happiness that it is okay to be me and let that shine through in my house and what I wear and what I make with my hands. You are God's gift to me today and I thank Him and you." ~ Anne

Thank You Tracy!

  • "Your words and thoughts of encouragement help me see myself with value. You are a blessing. Thank you." ~ Tracy

Thank you Karen!

  • "Your humble spirit has not changed through your many posts here in Blogland. You have been blessed with a special gift and I am very thankful you share it with us." ~ Karen

Thank You Betty Jo!

  • "You truly inspire me to do whatever I can in my own little nest. I've always been an artistic dreamer, but you've enlarged my dreams with your way of seeing." ~ Betty Jo
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