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February 09, 2011


Ricki Jill Treleaven

How nice! I will visit the lovely Jen. You encouraged me to blog even though we have never met, Kim. I am not a wordsmith like you and Jen, I am more of a visual artist, but you inspire me to work harder ;P

Ricki Jill


How WOnderful for her and for you to hear (read)that. It shows you really never know how something you type-post-say can truely effect someone, and mean so much or lift their spirits- change their course or make them simply smile or make a better decision...
Thank God for an inspiring person like you..
I too, recomend a blog to every Woman I meet, such an amzing world to be apart of, so many have no clue it exist..
Thanks for sharing...


Thank you Kim! I am touched by your tribute. I love our history! And I swear you looked right into my heart about the writing. I have held that dream dear since I was a child and I WILL make it happen one day! Love you.


Kim ~ again your graciousness and love shine through. I will definitely go to visit the lovely Jen. You have also encouraged me to blog ~ something that I would have NEVER done on my own. It has opened a whole new world of friends for me. I wish to THANK YOU..and thank you for your kind words about Sammy Lynn ((((Hugs))) xo MARIANNE

Hi Kim,
I have never met Jen but I know the area where she lived and where she is now. She lives in the neatest village around that area. When my DH and I first moved to central Indiana, we looked at a house out that way but weren't able to buy one at that time. I am so happy to see her follow her dream - I know its a big change and one I know she will love.

You have helped me so much to be myself and "decorate' for myself instead of for others.

Thank you,



How wonderful to have such a loving friend.

So happens I am going to a tea party and slumber party later that day in Indiana!

I will be thinking of Jen on m y drive there.

Thanks, Kim, for being such a dear to so many.



So lovely, so sweet and so beautiful.......My wonderful, talented daughter set my inspiration into motion to create my blogs. Then I found so many wonderful people like you Kim that has given me so much encouragement!
Thank you.....
Linda @ Nothin But Country Living

Pam Mikel

hi kim: i read jen's blog today before i worked my way to yours. i'm sure i found her from your blog as yours was one of the first i read as a new follower, not a blogger, yet... what a beautiful tribute. jen expressed so articulately what i believe all of us who enjoy inspiring words and gorgeous photography feel. you inspire! and i thank you. hugs, pam in texas

linda moczan

as the saying goes - "once in awhile you meet a friend that will be a friend forever. you both are truly blessed with forever friendships. :) linda


What a nice note she wrote to you. I am on my way to visit her! She sounds like a real sweetie, just like you!



hi kim,

happy february!

when i saw the title of this post i had a hunch it might be about jen. i am also so excited for her. she is really a special gal and her posts are always full of eloquence and real inspiration.


Shelly Virtue

Surprised to hear your friend is moving to Indiana. Indiana is where I am at also! Where abouts is she moving?

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, isn't it wonderful when you witness something like this. You are a great encourager and sometimes thats all that people need, a pat on the back and a you can do it mate I know you can. It's amazing what people can achieve when they have someone that believes in them and willing to give them a little time and encouragement. Bless you!!!! have a great day xox ;)

Barbara Anne

How sweet! I look forward to popping over to meet Jen and wish her well.

You know, when you put yourself, your heart, and your soul out into the world, you never know how far your positive message will go. what hope it will give, what corner it will brighten up for someone, and perhaps how much good karma you spread around. Just imagine, Kim!



Awww...what a wonderful world the blogging world is. I'm so happy for Jent that she followed her heart and has found a wonderful New Place to fix up all cottage in Jen's special way.


Oh Jen, I am also in Indiana. Would welcome any of Kim's friends and would share my very affectionate Smokey with you
if you like loving little dogs. I love to sew and cook and I love Kim. It's because of her I have red and yellow fiestaware. She is a treasure for sure!


Following ones dreams! How exciting, love Jen's house too. Will have to follow along! You are an inspiration, Kim! One of my dream projects is to do something with my dull, sterile laundry room this year, inspired by yours! Can see why you and Jen are friends too. Love from Okla, Cindy

Carol Adams

Oh my, Kim..
I thought that Jen's house looked quite familiar to me!
I'm also here in IN and don't live far from this wonderful Village!
In fact, I've gone to a dentist there for over 30 years and have enjoyed strolls thru the streets and shops many times!
It's a lovely idyllic place!
So you have at least 2 readers/friends here in Hoosier land!!
I love her blog! So nice that she had encouragement from you!!
Isn't that the reason we are here on earth, to encourage and lift ea other up?!


oh how funny Kim!! I just found Jen's web site for the first time today... read her story on the house and about "Dreams" and then to my amazement ... her applause to YOU!! Amazing to me because you encouraged me thru an email to do the same last year ( not to give up on a dream)..... I am in Jax and live in a brick rancher. My dream is to someday have that cottage that I have pictured in my heart!! Your email to me was sooooo encouraging!!!! Do you know that you are an "Encourager"??!! THANK YOU

Tanya Murray

I found YOU through her!

Laurie at House to your Home

I've been a follower of Jen for awhile now and its been incredible to watch this all happen for her, I don't know her except for her blog but her writing is so authentic I feel like I do know her. So I should thank you for suggesting she start her blog!!


I am so happy for Jen as well!! She SOOOO deserves this! Isn't it fantastic! I can't wait to see her touch on this beauty! :)

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