Thursday, October 11, 2018


Continuing with the 31 Days To Telling Your Story Challenge with prompts by Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Friday.

Today's prompt-door

Back in 2012 I was participating in a month long photo challenge and one of the word prompts was door. I remember writing that post (you can read it here) and how much I enjoyed looking back at some of the doors hubs and I have walked through in our married life. We'd had eight homes by then and have added two more doors to the mix since.

I guess we never stop opening doors.

I liked that post. Writing out our moves in timeline form helped me see with the clarity of hindsight how one seemingly random place we called home was not so random after all. How one stop in the road of life taught us things, grew us up, made us ready for the next.

Almost two years ago we walked through door number ten.

This house.

The one we could only imagine would stand where the trees grew thick and the red clay ran deep.

The one we built from the ground up.

We live here now.
It's home.

Two years ago we opened the door and once again invited change into our lives, perhaps more change than any move we'd made previously.

Location, lifestyle, people, circumstance.

Most of the pictures I take here are from the back side of my house because the view is lovely there. You see that's the thing about doors, both the literal and the proverbial...

You have to open them to know what's on the other side.

And wherever that door leads you...well as they say round here, you'll need to sit a spell. Put your feet up, pour some coffee, catch your breath.

Of all the many moves we've made, I've probably resisted this last one the most. I blame it on mid-life, the empty nest, this unsettled feeling I have most days of not knowing quite who I am in this new season of life.

So I write about it, and it helps. I read what I wrote in seasons past and rest in the knowledge God is still teaching me things.

Still growing me up.

Still making me ready to swing wide the doors in front of me and walk on through. 


  1. Let's hope after all the effort it took to get you through your current front door you won't be closing it behind you as you move on to #11 for a long time yet. Great post Joyce.

  2. What a beautiful home and what a beautiful post. :)

  3. Well done, Joyce. It was fun seeing these photos again, too! What a wonderful journey!

  4. Wow, you have definitely walked thru your share of doors over the year. But, none could be any lovelier than what is on the other side of this door. It's just a beautiful house with gorgeous surroundings. Happy everything!

  5. You are so blessed, your home is perfect!

  6. What a stunning place to live. I like your perspective on doors here and will be back to read more of your story as we move through the rest of this challenge. Thank you for sharing. Your FMF 31day neighbor #5

  7. So enjoy your writing, Joyce and you bless us by returning to it and sharing. Thank you.

  8. this is one of my favorite posts you have written!