August 18, 2011

Empty Spaces


School is back in session and while I am excited about it, I did get a little mopey that first morning. I did great on our way to take her to school. Then she actually got out of the car. Then I sobbed a little. Or a lot. It depends on who you ask. Lucky for me my Sweet Hubby was there to drive me home, pick up the pieces and sooth my soul.


(Gratuitous adorable dog picture.) Millie was also feeling a little mopey.


Then we came home to a quiet house. Then we went to a movie and out for lunch. Then I remembered why I love the school year. Then I cleaned Emma's room for the first time since Summer began. Then I sighed with satisfaction knowing the room would stay clean until at least 3 o'clock. Then I took pictures for you.


Every girl needs a soft place to rest her head. My girl prefers to do it on vintage and mismatched bedding.


  Every girl needs collections.


And more collections.


Every girl needs a place to collect inspiration.


Every girl needs a list of her favorite things.


Even if things like rocks and pencils rank higher on that list than her very own Mommy. At least Mommy didn't come in dead last like Daddy.

31 comments:

  1. i just did three outloud smiles. you know what i mean right?
    dan is sitting beside me & he wondered "who" i was reading.
    i said...oh, this is my sweet friend jen. & look at that millie.
    and i really like this girl.
    & then i took pictures for you...how cute are you.
    i was feeling a moment of mopey today too. no lie=brinkley was laying down looking mopey and i took a picture of him too, to post later of course.
    glad you sweet man was there to soothe your soul <3

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  2. I felt the same way on my girls first day of school! then I remembered what it was like to have a few moments to myself :) Love her bedroom and her mismatched bedding, adorable. Love all of the photos!

    ~Shanon

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  3. I'm just reminiscing about my wondrous night spent sleeping in E's dreamy, vintagey bed! :) That girl. I love her list and her collections.

    And lunch AND a movie??? Oh, I envy...

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  4. It's so hard to see them grow up, but so exciting, too!
    Your dog is adorable and so is your daughter. She has fabulous taste- must get it from her mom. :)
    Lovely,lovely room- and the little bit of embroidery above her list is so pretty, too.

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  5. okay, first of all, it's entirely too early for school to be in session. Great post.

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  6. I love her list.It makes me want a girl back up in my empty girl rooms.sigh.

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  7. The list is adorable! Stufft animals? I'm dying. Forget your placement on the list...you made the list!

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  8. Just sent my boy to grad school, and missing him very much! so I know how you feel. Love your sweet girl's bedroom. I must know what color the walls are. Still looking to freshen things up a bit here. You are doing a beautiful job with the cottage. Jackie

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  9. i love your daughters mismatched vintagey bed. so pretty. what a sweet post. i always missed my kids terribly when they went back to school. i love having them home.

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  10. I've always been the type of mom whose been excited for my daughter when she reaches a milestone but I have no doubt I will be a blubbering mess when she leaves for college in 5 years! (As you can see I'm stressing already!) Your daughter's room is beyond sweet!!

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  11. I adore your daughter's style sense. She is adorable! My baby girl is now 27 and in her own home. Breathe in every moment with your daughter, one day you will turn around and she will be grown. Sending you hugs!

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  12. Your daughter has a dream room. And a dream mom.

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  13. Love the list...poor daddy! The first day is always tough but then the possibilities kick in and your off and running. Any pictures of your craft studio yet?

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  14. How precious Jen I too love the list and the sweetness of her room. It is lovely the mixing to textiles is wonderful.

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  15. I'm dreading back to school a bit, I love summers home with the kids. But your prove a good point, LOL, time for US! :)
    I love Emma's room! Perfect room and loved the peek at her bulletin board! So cute! Madi has all mismatched vintage bedding too! :)
    Kristi

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  16. hi jen, i just love your daughter's room. I especially like the lampshade with the beautiful butterflies. did you make that?
    I too was dreading back to school because that means i am back to work but the good thing is i am only working part time this year woohoo! I look forward to reading your posts and seeing more pictures of your new home.

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  17. Ha-ha! I got a good laugh from the list. Such a pretty bedroom. My boys will soon be 13 and 16 and I work at their school in the front office so we are together alllllllll the time! have a great weekend. Tammy

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  18. This post makes me smile! I love her list! Love her room! You can tell she is a very "together" young lady by her room. Daddy may have come in dead last on the list but from the adoring look in her eyes in the photo...I think not.
    xo, Cheryl

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  19. Sweet post. Your little girl is so cute posing with her daddy. Love her room. So nice that you could spend the day with him. It is so hard being a mom. You do so much for your children and then having them go off without us, just how are we too feel.......how dare them to grow up so fast.

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  20. It's great that she has her own bulletin board with inspirational pictures! You are a thoughtful Mom to encourage her! Her room is adorable. - Lana www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com

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  21. I recall the day my youngest daughter went to school. I cried half the day. I knew it was the beginning of a new era...
    Brenda

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  22. Your post makes me smile. Even when my girls were going off to the first day of college, I sobbed. And they even lived at home....LOL Kit

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  23. What a wonderful post!!! Your sweet Millie looks like our Clancy boy...with the sweetest eyelashes.

    Your daughter's room, her collection and that list...what a wonderfu list. Many memories and much love witnessed in this post.

    xo,
    Lesley V.

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  24. that first photo is perfection! look how they adore each other! and emma's room is so full of personality - and she obviously listens quite carefully to her mama, even if it's on the sly! sounds like a wonderful, bittersweet day ... i still have two weeks until i can, ahem, "miss" my kids during the day! ;o)

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  25. I adore that daddy and daughter photo.

    Cass from Learn How To Read Tablature

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  26. hmmmm...I noticed the "mother/daughter book club" books. They caught my attention. Please tell me more.
    Julie

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  27. i love this post.

    my boys return to school on wednesday and i will have a very similar day.

    xo
    elyse

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  28. I was just catching up and loving the sweetness of every word, every lovely touch in your home, town and life - but none made me quite as happy as seeing my little sampler pinned so lovingly to Em's board! Keep stitching, Em and Jen! Love your cottage nest!! xoC

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  29. What color is this room?? I love it!

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  30. I LOVE this!!! That last one made me SMILE! :)

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