Morning Coffee and Beginnings

I’m not sure where to even begin.

Beginnings aren’t easy.

Sometimes they’re downright intimidating.

Like our backyard on the day we bought our house here in El Paso.


Rocks, Litter, Dirt, and the extreme absence of grass.

I remember we took turns raking the rocks across our dusty blank canvas.

Which is exactly what a new beginning is – a blank canvas.

Then we planted grass.
We watered the seed.
And we waited.
And waited.
And waited.

Suddenly our blank canvas, began to show the merits of hard work and patience.


The challenge, was to remember to celebrate these small victories -
without being discouraged by the big picture.


Because although we had tangible progress,
there were still untouched areas that were still at square one.

Like the designated ‘garden’ corner of our yard.
It was largely untouched during the first 8 months.


Now here I sit. Fifteen months have passed since that first picture was taken.
Our children can run barefoot in a yard that was once full of broken glass and thorns.

I had no idea what kinds of challenges we would face when we moved here over a year ago.
But I can safely say in retrospect, it has all made us stronger.

Morning #coffee on the back porch #lifeisgood

Our family is finally thriving in the desert.
And I can begin again, to tell our story.

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24 Responses to “Morning Coffee and Beginnings”

  1. Hallee the Homemaker Says:

    This makes me so happy. :)
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  2. KatieJ Says:

    YEA!! So happy to read this. Your yard looks wonderful :)

  3. Kiersha Says:

    Looks great! What kind of grass seed did you use?

  4. Fontaine Says:

    I’ve missed you and often peeked back here to check on you. I’m glad you are back in a thriving place. <3

  5. Juls Says:

    I can’t believe it’s been that long! It feels like an old friend picking up where we left off. I am so glsd to hear your are all thriving in your new habitat. That your blank canvas is slowly filling up with new and amusing memories.
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  6. Constance @FoodieArmyWife Says:

    I love it! so glad to see how far you and your home has come!
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  7. Kristen@Chasing Blue Skies Says:

    Love you, Ann Marie. You are brave and beautiful.

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  8. Sidnie Says:

    Sweet mercy- dear, you are back!

    I love seeing you here again.

    So much love, friend. So much.
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  9. Tara O Says:

    Welcome back!! I’ve missed reading your blog!
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  10. Kate Says:

    I’ve missed you blogs so much! Thank you for such a beautiful post!
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  11. Amy S Says:

    I love you Annie Mae!!! So glad to see you back! xo xo xo (more than you know!)

  12. Julanne Kowalski Says:

    It’s really, really nice to see you back posting, and to read the line at the end of this post. Thriving is a very good word.

  13. Tara Says:

    Welcome Back!
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  14. Sarah Bond Says:

    So proud of you. Looking forward to bouncing on the trampoline with the kids again soon!
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  15. Melonie K. Says:

    So glad to see you blogging! Your yard looks amazing. The past year has been hard for us too – maybe it’s a Texas thing? We’ve got to be tough to make it here? LOL Looking forward to catching up on your doings. :)
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  16. Kristi Says:

    Wonderful! I have missed your blog. I haven’t done the blogging thing in a while but yours is one I never forgot.

  17. Amanda Says:

    Goodness I have missed your posts! I’ve checked at least once a month since your last post for a new one. Happy that you’re back and your yard looks beautiful!
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  18. Jessica Says:

    Welcome back!
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  19. Jenn Says:

    Missed your posts! So glad to see you’re back in action! :)
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  20. Amanda Says:

    So happy that you’re ready to start telling your story again! The yard looks beautiful.
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  21. Fran Says:

    Welcome back!

    Tell me your secrets! We just moved to El Paso and our backyard is so, so sad. I miss grass!
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  22. Sarah Says:

    Welcome back! So glad you are back to blogging because I always find such encouragement and inspiration when I read your posts!
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  23. Teresa Says:

    so glad to see you back! Hugs