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my outdoor patio space

While my backyard was spiffed up (for our tour), I snapped a few photographs of our patio area. It all started when we moved in, beginning with our diy patio. Much has evolved over time but currently our space looks like this:

For kicks, let us peek at what this space looked like three years ago.

Obviously, we've crafted this space to feel like our own and it's now a highlight of living in our little bungalow. By sectioning off the yard into different areas, we feel like we actually have more space on the lot.

We love entertaing outdoors, and often have movie nights and bbq's throughout the summer. Even just my husband and myself relaxing after a long work day is wonderful.

Another (hopefully) short note. My insecurities too often prevent me from posting images like these. I fall prey to the expectations that my life "should" look a West Elm catalog. Partly because I believe I COULD style a West Elm catalog (don't kill my dream!), but mostly because it's human nature. Especially in our post Pinterest/Instagram world. CLEARLY I do not have a West Elm budget (or home or photographer), so why the unrealistic standards!?

A quote I find super helpful, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick

I'm being intentional to do better. To not let comparison stifle my own creative sharing. How about you? Do you find you hold back because of expectations?

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I love the quote. It's perfect.

I just now hopped on the computer for a quick check-in (um...no idea how I ended up here!) and found a message from an old friend. She linked me to the new listing for the sale of her home. It starts like this: "A Castle in the Hills..." and the slideshow is stunning. She filled me in on the details of her glorious life.

I, on the other hand, am at this moment, escaping the aftermath of having five 9-year old boys here for a sleepover. Call me crazy, but it was awesome.

I was contemplating how to answer her "what's new with you?!!" question. Literally comparing my behind-the-scenes to her highlight reel. Stalling, I click/clicked and landed here. I just love how God cross-references us at the most random(not) times.

Comparison truly is the thief of JOY!

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

@Becca So true! Love the random (or not so) timing of things! Thanks for sharing!

// Amanda Joy

August 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

I loved your concept of trying things in outdoor patio space, there are so many ways in which we can improve the look of our outdoor patio space and one of them I love the most is the use of mosaic to creat great pics on the walls. They always look great and a bit of hard work will give you a way to keep yourself beautiful.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSoe Keith

I have been hiring the Cape Town based paving specialist, Anton Bidlingmaier for renovating my home and commercial premises, and he has always surprised me with his creative design ideas.

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