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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Castles in the Air

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.    Henry David Thoreau  (1817 - 1862)

This quote has always been so inspirational to me, so much so that for many years I kept a copy of this Mary Engelbreit lithograph on display in my kitchen.  This is the quote that spurred me to join committees, do volunteer work, build my resume while staying home with children, and ultimately it inspired me to go back to school.

Little did I know, all those evenings, cleaning up the kitchen, looking at the lovely Mary Engelbreit image, I was going to feel inspired so literally by it!  Not just the saying, but by the sweet way the artist illustrated it.  As a young mother, I would sit in the kitchen in the evenings and dream and plan and clip coupons and go over to-do lists.  And sometimes I would find myself reading these words, and remembering myself and my husband when we were courting and playing on the beach, and dreaming dreams.


Those of you who were reading this blog during our house hunting days may remember when I talked about a house we found on a beach, destined for the wrecking ball, begging to saved.  I could not stop thinking and dreaming about this house -- our very own sand castle! 

And we dared to dream a dream.


This ocean front home had lost it's lovely view, due to a growing sand dune.


So, we began to literally dream of a castle in the air.


And now we are putting foundations under it.


Who knew that a sweet drawing and a Thoreau quote would inspire us to build a sand castle in the air?




504 Main

24 comments:

  1. It's coming up fast, and looking great!

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  2. I really can not imagine a more fun project.
    Looking good so far... : )

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  3. What an uplifting post!!! Read Proverbs 13:12.

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  4. I love following the progress of your castle in the air. I like it even more, knowing that you and I have that much in common - at a time when all my contemporaries were leaving their children with nannies and day care I stayed home, did committee work, expanded my education and when they were grown, stepped up to the castle in the air for which I'd been slowly building a foundation.

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  5. So inspiring! I'm currently in that "young mother clipping coupons and dreaming" stage. I would love to see your project when it is finished.

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  6. Such a beautiful view. Its really coming along!

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  7. Your dream house is really working! I want to see the view when you are finished.

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  8. Hey! It is coming together! Sooo great...and Happy AlphabeThursday!

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  9. so exciting to see a dream take physical shape. would love for you to link this on my fridays unfolded @ http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/03/fridays-unfolded-8.html

    now following so i can see the rest of the journey.

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  10. your castle is going to be beautiful! So happy for you to see your dream coming to reality.

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  11. AMAZING! So happy for you that your dream is coming through!

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  12. Amanda - Thanks for the link. Have fun at your amazing new/old beach house!

    ~Mary

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  13. how wonderful to be inspired all these years by art and a quote ... only to have it come true ... enjoy your castle ... i am loving the progress you are making on this project! I can't wait to see come together!

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  14. OMG!!!! I am a huge fan of hers. How did she find your blog and know that you wrote that????

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  15. how wonderful to be living your dream. The work you have done so far is amazing. Can't wait to see more.

    Ruth

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  16. Wow, I admire your "make it happen" attitude...it's very inspiring.

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  17. Simply inspiring: Saving a house and gaining an incredible view as your reward.
    Jane T.

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  18. Wow! That is so wonderful! (And I am jealous of your castle in the air!)

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  19. This is such a fantastic project- I love seeing all that is going on!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  20. What a perfect quote for your dream.

    You will have to get that framed or needlepointed or painted over the entryway for someday when you live in your dream castle.

    I really enjoyed this link.

    And I am loving watching your progress here.

    A+

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  21. awww, how wonderfully wonderful! so happy for you!
    gail

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  22. Wow...it is just magnificent and what you are doing to make this your castle in the air is amazing.

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  23. I love this post. I love the fact that this inspiring quote is a little bit of what makes you who you are. To dream, to believe, is a great leap of faith, and faith is a wonderful thing to have.

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