Shannon Berrey


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Two weeks from today, folks. I know I'm not ready, but it's been fun to add some festive touches to the house. Truth be told,  I may be just as excited about the arrival of this Monday -- Maris' last exam and her return home for the holidays. My sweet family under one roof...I can't wait! 

She is meeting up with one of her best high school friends whose family has moved out of state. She will come and spend a few days with us. I am so tickled to have these two under my roof. Her room will again come alive with loads of stories, and laughter and piles of dirty clothes.  

They will share college stories, eat too many chocolate balls, compare class loads, stay up way too late and sleep til noon. 

I know this Christmas will be different. She's a college girl now and she is finding herself, making new friends and learning new responsibilities. I know that she has grown and changed since being on her own. But, as much as she has changed, so has her brother, her friends and me. Life has a funny way of changing you.   

She has desperately wanted her room redecorated, grown-up, if you will. I know, I get it, it's what I do after all! But, I have needed it to remain unchanged if only for a little bit longer. This is probably a bit selfish on my part but, I find comfort in spending time in her room exactly as it was and quietly contemplating how far we've come. Handling her old photos and her handmade signs that her high school friends held up as they cheered for her on the court, remembering all of it.  And it certainly doesn't get by me that it's the brightest, sunniest room in the whole house. Quite appropriate.  

It's a weaning process. Soon, we will pack away the pink jewelry boxes, the floral pillows and the Nancy Drew books. But, not this year. This year it's bright and sparkly and ready for the silly girls that will soon be giggling atop it's pink pillows.


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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