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.
With three Open House balloons flying high, no one could miss my house. Was so happy that the sun chose to shine too.
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, me, and Renee. I wanted to be sure and take lots of pics to remember the day.
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!
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.
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.
More sweet blog friends, Shirley and Kim. Blogland is full of creative women and they are all so supportive.
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.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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!
Wonderful post! Sorry I couldn’t make it to your great event. I must agree, your Dad is a HERO!
Katie @ deranchification says
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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
Wow! The place looks fantastic! I see a lot of familiar faces from Haven!
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!
Myra @ MyBlessedLife.net says
Dearest Rhoda, I read this post with tears in my eyes. What a good thing God has done. Love you! 🙂
Pat Smith says
Amazing job. You all look so happy. I’m blown away by your energy and creativity.
angela | the painted house says
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!
Dagmar ~ Dagmar's Home says
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!
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.
Jamie Wyatt says
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!”
Your witness of hope, change, and rebuilding home touches me very deeply.
[email protected] Charm says
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.
Kim Hites says
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.
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?
Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says
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! 🙂
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!