Open House was a Blast!

My story is a great testimony of how God can take ugly life circumstances and turn them into something beautiful and good and looking back 2 years ago, when my life seemed to be falling apart beyond repair, it’s with His amazing grace that I celebrate my Open House with all of you.

I so had a great time at my Open House!  The weather couldn’t have turned out better.  After a few weeks of rain, I was so glad to see sunshine again and the sky was blue and the air crisp. A perfect day to get out and about.   Meeting many of my readers from the area was so much fun. They feel like they know me and my family and I feel such a kindred spirit with all of them as well.

Open House Balloons

With three Open House balloons flying high, no one could miss my house.  Was so happy that the sun chose to shine too.

FOod table

My sister, Renee, came over early and she and my roommate, Rhonda and I all worked together on getting some food on the table to serve the guests.  Finger sandwiches, shrimp, veggie tray and cheese platter were all ready to go.  The shrimp wasn’t on the table when I took these pics.


Veggie tray ready to go.


My mom was so sweet and baked lemon tarts, brownies and cookies for everyone too and they looked so pretty on my 3 tiered stand on the buffet.


Strawberries are just coming in from Florida too, so I had to get some of those.


Dad was ready too and I gave him instructions to not leave until 3 pm and he accommodated me by staying and visiting. I think he really had a good time talking to all those ladies and I know they enjoyed meeting him.  I told him he has a lot of fans online, but he’s not sure about all that stuff.

You can see I got my new drapes up in the dining room.  Love them and I’ll share details on those later on.


Mom was ready to meet and greet as she always is.  I learned everything I know about hospitality from her, she is a gracious hostess and always has been.


My sis, Renee.  We were all caught up, food ready and waiting for the guests to arrive.

Rhonda Rhoda Renee

Rhonda, me, and Renee. I wanted to be sure and take lots of pics to  remember the day.

mom and dad

One of my guests, Nancy, snapped this nice pic of my parents and shared it with me.  It was a happy day all around.


These 3 delightful ladies were some of the first guests to arrive and they cracked me up when I went to the door to let them in!  I had a blast talking to them and I’m so sorry I didn’t get all 3 names (I know it’s Rita and Helen from left to middle), but they knew everything about the house renovation and my family too.  They were so much fun and I loved showing them around the house.  They definitely looked at every single detail.

One of the comments I kept hearing was that the house was even prettier in person than on the blog, so there you have it!

Judy Mom

My friend, Judy came in early too and she knew some of those girls above as well.  In fact, it was so funny how so many people that came in, knew someone else that had arrived.  Lots of connections between them all and that lets me know that it is, indeed, a small world at times.

Heidi Laura

Sweet blog friends, Heidi and Laura.  Love these girls and have so enjoyed getting to know so many bloggers from Atlanta now that I’m back here living again.
Shirley Kim

More sweet blog friends, Shirley and Kim.  Blogland is full of creative women and they are all so supportive.

Living room

At one point, the living room was buzzing with people.  It was so much fun to see all those smiling faces come through the door.

Rebecca and Rhoda

This sweet gal, Rebecca (I think I got her name right!), came over from Birmingham, just to see my house.  We had met when I lived in Birmingham about 3 years ago and she knows some of my old friends from church.  I couldn’t believe she made the drive over with her son, but was so happy to see her.   She’s a sweetheart!

Kim and Dad

Quirky Kim, one of my new blog friends, who wanted to pose with my Dad.  Dad is a hero to many out there, I do believe.  I had several ladies try to hire him out, but he’s not going for that. 🙂  Besides, we have a screened porch to tackle next!

Kim and Sally

Kim and Sally, another Atlanta blogger, checking out the kitchen.


These ladies took over the den and had a good ole’ girl party. I was bouncing around the house, trying to greet everyone.

family friends

Some of our old family friends dropped by too and mom had a great time catching up with them too.


This mother and daughter duo were so much fun to chat with.  They are beautiful ladies too.

Visiting in LR

I only got a snippet of all the people that did drop by, but I imagine it was at least 50-60 people total.  Talk about fun,  it was thrilling for me to be able to show off our handiwork to everyone, since you all  have been reading along and being so supportive through my journey of getting into a house.

My real estate lady, Dottie, came by too and she was blown away by the house in its after state. She knew I was serious when I said I was going to transform this place and transformed it is.  I can honestly say that I’m so glad I went ahead and jumped in there when I did to get a house.  From what she tells me, the market is really even tighter with foreclosed houses getting snapped up by investors, so chances are I would have lost out on even more houses and the prices have risen too.  God’s timing is perfect timing!

Thank you ALL who came by the open house, I so enjoyed meeting every one of you!

I’m so content in my fixer upper house and it really is home, sweet home.

There’s nothing like having your own place to call your own, is there?


The Lovefeast Valentines winner has been posted here!

- Rhoda


  1. It sounds like everyone had a fun time! I wish I had been there!

  2. SoCalLynn says:

    Looks like so much fun! Congratulations!

  3. You’re so sweet to host an open house for your blogland friends!

  4. Gwen Callahan says:

    God is good all the time…..all the time God is good! I have enjoyed following your “work in progress”! I call myself a “shade tree decorator”… know like a shade tree mechanic!!!! So watching what you have done has been a fun trip for me!!!! Take a moment and enjoy YOUR view!!’

  5. I have no doubt your parents are proud of you too. You can see it on their faces. Simply beautiful. Lori Lucas

  6. Laura @ the shorehouse says:

    Looks like an amazing time! This is one time for sure I definitely wish I lived closer to you (this, and yard sale season. 🙂 I am so glad you had a good time — so well deserved.

  7. I am so happy for you I could just cry for joy!!! I am so glad to see it all come to such a beautiful and wonderful conclusion. Of course there will always be tweaking going on!! The joy of all of this and your wonderful family to enjoy it with you is just so beautiful.

  8. Rhoda, you are one first class decorator. It’s the people that make a house so much prettier in person than on a blog though. I’m sure everyone loved meeting you and your sweet family. Wish I could have driven from Texas to see for myself.

  9. Beautiful! I wish I could have come too but CA is a bit too far I’m afraid. I admire your tenancity in completing the transformation. You did a remarkable job. How wonderful to have the help and support of your lovely parents. I can’t wait to hear about your dining room drapes. Love them!


  10. Rhoda, you and you what you’ve done with a bowl full of lemons is SUCH an inspiration! So glad you celebrated how far you and your home have come with this great party. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished in the past year. There is something about your parents that is so endearing – how wonderful, all the support you give each other.

  11. Rhoda, I had the best time and your home is prettier in person. Thanks for having us.

  12. Paula Lusk says:

    Rhoda- What a wonderful day for you, your folks, and new and old friends. So happy for you. Everything looks beautiful.
    Blessings Paula Lusk

  13. Looks like you had a great day Rhoda! 🙂 Your parents are so cute!

  14. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    What a thrill of a wonderful time….I am so happy your folks were able to attend as this grand home renovation is so much a part of them too. I am so happy for you..thank you again for sharing…Love & Blessings

  15. This was such a fun post! Thank you for sharing. Your parents are my heroes! Oh, and you, too!

  16. Rhoda, thank you so much for opening your home (and your sweet heart) to all of us on Saturday! I so enjoyed meeting your mom and dad (how wonderful are they?) and seeing their pride in all you’ve accomplished with this amazing home. It’s beyond beautiful. A delightful afternoon all the way around.
    Heidi 🙂

  17. Wow, what fun! I so wish I lived in the Atlanta area, if not just for your open house, but also to meet your wonderful dad, he should know what a hero he is in our eyes. Your house looks magnificent, every single detail is just spectacular.

  18. What a joyous day! The photo of you, your sister and Rhonda is bee-you-tee-ful! I’m so happy for you Rhoda. 🙂

  19. Looks like a fabulous day and your home looks so cozy and inviting. I get a kick out of your Dad,your Parents must be so proud!

  20. So happy that you had such a lovely turn out. Sure wished I could have driven up from Florida to see the house in person. It sure looks beautiful. I would have loved to meet your parents too – they are such troopers and real heroes to me! Enjoy enjoy your lovely home!

  21. Looks like an amazing open house party!! So glad you all had a wonderful time, everything looked beautiful!

  22. Your Open House looks fantastic and so much fun….the only way it could have been better???? if I had been able to be there!!

  23. Mary Cummings says:

    Hi Rhoda, I wanted to come to your open house but had scheduled a luncheon for some friends. I attended the church your parents pastored for a few years and truly love them. Did I spot Penny C? I miss everyone from the church so much. I last saw your parents at a funeral a few years ago. Your mother remembered me. Please don’t post this on your blog but I wanted to reach out to you and ask that you give my best regards to your folks. I still remember sermons Bro. V. preached; such a blessing! I’m so thrilled for your success and that God has restored what the locust had eaten (Joel 2:25). I love your house and your blog is awesome. Thank you for sharing. — Mary

  24. Rhoda, I am so truly happy for you and your beautiful new home. YOu have worked so hard for it and you are so blessed to have such a wonderful family. I wish you nothing but continued happiness and success. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

  25. Oh, Rhoda, this must have been such a thrill! Everyone looks so happy and you just look beautiful. Your little mom and dad look so proud. Now if I lived within driving distance, I would have shown up with bells on! Your home is so beautiful and I’m so proud for you and you are so right – God’s timing is perfect.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  26. What a wonderful day……your story is a wonderful one…I love seeing pictures of your new beautiful home. It brings a big smile to my face and makes my heart so Happy…..for you. Thanks for taking all of us along. your mother and father are priceless… and your sister are so lucky!

  27. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all! Your parents are absolutely adorable! You are truly blessed to have them by your side.

    Love your rug in your den. Would you mind sharing where you purchased it?

  28. Rhoda…I cannot tell you how great is was to see you again and to meet your wonderful parents (they are so cute!) your sister, and Rhonda…I had such a fantastic time seeing fellow bloggers and touring your gorgeous home…I can truly say that pictures do not do your home justice…It is just so beautiful….just loved seeing how it transformed from the “caterpillar to the butterfly”…..Thanks again…I had a wonderful time!

  29. ILona McFerrin says:

    Thank you for the post Rhoda. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Do you mind me asking where did you get your 3-tier dessert stand? Thank you very much. Ilona

  30. Rhoda, you and your dad did a really nice job on the house, it is quite the transformation.

  31. It’s such fun watching what you do with that house! So glad you had a lovely day, and if I ever get over there, can I knock and get a coffee?!!!

  32. I enjoyed seeing this post so much Rhoda. You have come a long way over these couple of years!

    Your home is beautiful! Your spirit is amazing!

  33. Rhoda, I enjoyed your Open House via your blog! I am so inspired by your open hearted sharing of your ups and downs.

    Your home is definitely full of heart! I would have loved visiting in person but miles were too many. Looking forward to seeing more of your “new home”.

  34. Rhoda, thank you so much for opening your home to us Saturday. It was so nice to meet you & Rhonda. The house is beautiful- even more than the pictures. My husband was impressed with the paint treatment in the master bedroom, and he’s ready to tackle board and batten, thanks to what you’ve done. I can’t wait to see what magic you will work on the back porch. I told Rhonda that is going to be one sweet spot when you do! Blessings to you for such an open heart and a giving nature- it is reflected throughout the house.

  35. I really like how your parents were there for the open house as well. Such a beautiful gathering of love all under one roof.

  36. Rhoda, I enjoyed your open house via your blog, your comments and pictures make me feel like I am walking thru your house with everyone. Your house with decorations is beautiful, love your decorating style. Please continue to share projects with pictures and instructions with us. I know we will get many new ideas when you decorate porch. I have learn so much by reading your blog. Your parents look amazing, look like they enjoyed the open house, give them a hug from your fans (and their fans), you are so blessed to have them with you. You have made them famous on your blog! You have the ability to make people feel like a friend of yours with this blog. Again, thanks for sharing open house with us. From a middle Ga. fan of yours

  37. So glad you and some of your local “Rhodies” were able to celebrate God’s blessings — your new home, your hard work, your wonderful family. I only wish I were closer and could have joined in on the fun!
    Your Friend,

  38. Elizabeth H says:

    So wish I could have attended, to see everything in person and I would have wanted a pic of your parents with me! Your family is great. Nice to have such support. Everyone is proud of you.

  39. Joan Walker Page says:

    Hi Rhoda!
    Wow! What a fantastic day! I was sorry to miss as I traveled to a wedding in Athens, Georgia that same afternoon. I am sure that you learned all that you know about hospitality from your dear MOM, because your sis, Renee has all of those same great qualities, as well. YOUR DAD is precious, too!

  40. Rhoda, Looks like you had lots of fun…Everything is so inviting… So happy for you…The food looks wonderful, I must say…

  41. Wonderful post! Sorry I couldn’t make it to your great event. I must agree, your Dad is a HERO!

  42. Rhoda, we enjoyed your open house — everything looks awesome! Your hard work has definitely paid off! And it was great to meet you — I think I got out a few more words this time 🙂

  43. So glad your open house went well. You look so happy in all the pictures with your followers.

    P.S. I wish you would do a post on “make-up.” Yours always looks perfect and I think as we age it gets harder to apply cosmetics in a flattering way.

  44. Rhoda, I know I fell off the blog scene a couple of years ago, but you have remained an inspiration to me and I have been keeping up with your journey on your blog. Your new house is so beautiful and I am so happy for you! Love all the pictures! I am thinking about starting to blog again, but not sure I have the time. Working 12 hour shifts in ICU, and caring for my aging parents is all I can manage most days. But at least I can live vicariously through your blog and others! Blessings to you in the New Year!

  45. It seems like everyone had a great time! Your mom and dad looks so sweet! You did a remarkable job fixing up your home and it is so beautifully decorated.

  46. Wow! The place looks fantastic! I see a lot of familiar faces from Haven!

  47. It looks like a great time was had by all–
    but none more than YOU for getting to share, 1st hand, all your hard work and creativity~what a FABulous transformation!
    Your blog pictures show a beautiful home that I’m sure IS even more beautiful in person! Wish I could have been there too!

  48. Dearest Rhoda, I read this post with tears in my eyes. What a good thing God has done. Love you! 🙂

  49. Amazing job. You all look so happy. I’m blown away by your energy and creativity.

  50. The party looked so pretty and like so much fun! I wish I could have come. And, Rhoda, you are just a beautiful lady! I am so happy for you to be on this side of the renovation. Ahh, kick back and enjoy it!

  51. Hi Rhoda, I have noticed that I haven’t received your updates via email, wonder what happened there. Looks like you had a wonderful time, and you look so pretty!

    I finally changed my blog name — from Dagmar’s momsense to a now more appropriate Dagmar’s Home and am so excited about the new look. I hope you’ll come by soon!

  52. I want to come live in your house! Seriously, would you consider doing an online consultation? I love your style.
    I live in Kansas so I cannot come.
    Maggie Fieger

  53. Looks like I missed a great party! Congratulations on “breaking in” your new home with an open house! It’s been fun watching what a great job you’ve done. Thanks for sharing with your online “family!”

  54. Your witness of hope, change, and rebuilding home touches me very deeply.

  55. Rhoda,
    Congrats on your Open House…looks like it was a lot of fun. Happy to see that your parents joined in on all the fun…you are one lucky gal to have them.


  56. It looks like a huge success. I knew Shirley and Kim were coming and wish I could have been there, too. You’ve done a remarkable job.

  57. Love your blog but lately I can’t get it to open any thing new. It just sits there and then tells me it is an invalid site.has any one else had this problem?

  58. Rhoda, what a fabulous day! Your home turned out just beautifully. Wish I could have been there to see the look on your realtor’s face! 🙂

  59. Rhoda,
    I’ve been admiring your tenacity since before you packed up and moved from Birmingham. It was that gorgeous wallpaper in your office alcove that brought me to your site. Since then I’ve been a big fan and admire all that you’ve accomplished! Awesomeness. Congratulations!

  60. Cindy Hancock says:

    Looks like your open house was a lot of fun! Wish I could have come! Your home is beautiful! Your parents are amazing! Can’t wait to see what you do next! 🙂
    Blessings, Cindy

  61. This is so heart-warming. And I absolutely LOVE seeing your mom and dad together after all these years. It almost brings tears to my eyes. Your house is lovely. God’s timing is certainly the right timing.

  62. Darn, I wish I could have come! It all looks great.


  63. I think you need to do a blog post with your Mama’s lemon tart recipe! 🙂

  64. Lovely! looks like it was a great day. I have the same fabric for my family room and kitchen window treatments as you have in the dining room! I just love that fabric…. I can pull out so many colors to accent, changing with my mood…

  65. Oh Rhoda! I’m so happy for you. Looks like you had an excellent open house. What a great idea to open your home to family, friends, and folks in blog land. If I lived in the area I would have definitely dropped by. Your story is an inspirational testament to the power of faith and hanging in there. God’s grace and your unfailing faith pulled you through. Your mom and dad are delightful. It’s been great meeting your family on your blog and thanks for sharing them with all of your readers. I love they way your share your journey and that your blog isn’t only about projects and home decor.


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