Love It or List It? Let’s See!

by Cathy Baker @cathysbaker

A favorite HGTV show (after Fixer Upper, of course) is Love It or List It.

The premise of the show? One spouse wants to stay put in their current home {LOVE IT} and the other wants to sell it {LIST IT}.

One host, David Visentin, tries to help their decision making process by showing the couple new homes. The other host, Hilary Farr, does her part by fixing up their home to the point in which they can’t help but choose to LOVE their home by the end of the show.

In recent months, Brian and I have experienced a little reality ourselves, minus the co-hosts. Truth is, we love our old house. We remodeled it a bit and the location is certainly prime for city dwellers, but sometimes there’s a tug on the heart that simply can’t be denied.
It’s that undeniable tugging in the spirit that says maybe…just maybe, God has a bigger and better plan.
I’ll share more about this tugging and how it’s playing out in next month’s posts {beginning this Wednesday!} when we focus on the subject of change, and how it can be a beautiful thing, even for us creatures of habit.
Whatever is decided with our old house, neither of the two banter-loving co-hosts of Love It or List It will be involved. Only one Host will lead and guide in our decision making process. And one thing’s for sure⎯when God is leading, it’s always an adventure, right?
I hope you enjoyed this month of L-O-V-E as much as I have. I pray others were blessed as we loved with the kind of love that far surpasses one day on a calendar. 🙂
One more thing! This is the last day to enter the Herbal Rose Tea Giveaway {See below}.


If you’ve not tasted Herbal Rose Tea, you’re in for a treat!
Imagine sipping tea in a rose garden. {No fancy gloves required!} This is one of my all-time favorite teas, so I had to share a canister with my peeps in this month’s giveaway.
To enter, simply leave a comment on today’s post sharing your favorite flavor of tea, or ways I can pray for you, or both.
{I’m assuming you’re a tea drinker if you’ve read this far.} This
Wednesday, March 2, I’ll announce the winner of the random drawing done
via Random Name Picker.
Thank you and good luck!

A Favorite Find: Life Beautiful

Fall Issue 2014

by Cathy Baker

I’ve been asked what magazines I buy as it’s no secret I enjoy perusing the pages more than once. 

I’ve mentioned life:beautiful magazine in previous posts but it’s worth multiple mentions, especially the Fall 2014 issue.

This issue offers up a buffet of hospitality tips beneficial to both the Mary’s and Martha’s of the world, along with an array of delish dishes (some gluten-free!)

My favorite feature in the Fall 2014 issue is the interview with HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of Fixer Upper. They share both their faith journey as well as their journey as a family. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Other features enjoyed in every issue:

  • Calendar for daily scripture reading
  • Practical tips for turning our houses into homes
  • Stunning photography

Purchasing a magazine is an investment these days with many costing $6.95 +, which is another perk of life:beautiful. It’s a bargain at $4.95 and a great way to support faith-based magazines. (They’re definitely outnumbered on the Barnes & Noble shelves.)

So, what one magazine do you consider to be worth every penny?  

Joanna’s blog, Magnolia Homes. 

Except the Lord builds the
house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city,
the watchman wakes but in vain. Psalm 127:1 

Dreaming of a Tiny Tumbleweed

Tiny House
Tiny houses. I had a fondness for them before I even knew what they were⏤or should I say, what they would become.


Growing up, my family owned a few acres in the mountains. Atop mega tree trunks a tiny tree house was built—complete with bunk beds, windows, and stairs with a rail.

I didn’t realize it then, but those childhood weekends in our tiny cabin on stilts would become the catalyst for a life time of feeling drawn to the mountains. And dare I say, the desire to one day have a simple place of our own to visit on the weekends.

So imagine my delight the day I spotted a Tumbleweed house on HGTV. For the first time, I felt like my tiny dream could possibly become a reality in the future. Some Tumbleweed houses travel on wheels but we hope to ground ours on a sweet patch of elevated land with the sweet scent of Mountain Laurel surrounding it.


With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. -Lope de Vega


Lazy afternoons, cool lemonade, and a shaded hammock. Summer is the season for dreaming. So what are you dreaming of these days?


Here’s what we received in our mail today! This book is small but packed with relevant information, ideas, and plenty of inspiration for anyone planning {or hoping!} to one day build a tiny house.


Then followed that
beautiful season
Filled was the air with a dreamy and
magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the
freshness of childhood.
-Henry Wadsworth Long

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