When I was growing up, my parents in their infinite wisdom somehow convinced all their children…

…that they could do anything.

Yep.

Anything.

If it could be imagined or conceived or dreamed up over ice cream cones on a napkin? It was possible.

You should have seen our house. There were creative experiments and giant marble machines that filled entire rooms and painted projects and sewing creations that we wore and plays that had 17 acts and impromptu stages set for a family musical.

The house shook with creativity and imagination.

Literally.

The most incredible thing? It wasn’t something that they said to convince us all in our invincibility. It was what they did. Because whatever the creation, whatever the project, whatever the experiment? They found the amazing in it. They showed us how we scaled the mountain. They found the success in everything no matter how small. They told us we could, and we did.

And then?

One day, we all grew up.

And became parents.

And decided to pass everything along to the next generation.

Remember the space that was just beyond this gate?

The new backyard area?

Now that it’s getting colder, we are using it more and we need more seating. We had four chairs on the patio around a firepit. I decided I wanted to add a sectional bench to the outdoor space. And then I priced them. YIKES. I was planning on getting one on sale at the end of the season.

Except.

Except even on sale, the outdoor benches were SO expensive.

So when my son, Zack, mentioned that he was coming home to surprise the twins for their birthday, I asked him if he could build an outdoor sectional for me.

Now let me give a little background. His entire building career consists of a coffee table and corn hole boards that he built to make some extra money this summer.

Yep.

One table and some outdoor game equipment.

But when I asked him?

He didn’t even hesitate. “Of course, Mom,” he said.

So I showed him an idea of what I wanted and he came home and measured the space outside and went and bought the lumber and cut the boards and planned out how to create it and made the seat and built the legs and added the sides.

And sanded it all.

And in THREE and A HALF HOURS without any formal plans….

….he built this.

Can you even believe it?

Exactly what I wanted.

Exactly the right size (85″ x 85″).

Exactly the right look.

And now?

I have the perfect outdoor bench.

We painted it black and added pillows and mums and pumpkins.

You can comfortably seat 10 people out here now.

I think that’s the perfect amount for smores.

And cool crisp fall nights.

And laughter and conversation.

Life is full of things we’ve never done before.

Things we’ve never tackled.

Things we’ve never experienced.

We CAN DO THE HARD THINGS.

Truly.

From taking a step out on faith to climbing a mountain that seemed unclimbable to starting something new to building a bench.

Sometimes all it takes is someone to believe in you.

Someone to tell you that you can.

Someone to go first and show you the way.

I am so thankful for parents who did that for me.

And because of them?

There’s another generation of believers. 🙂

PS And speaking of hard things.

This is ME stepping out of my comfort zone to encourage YOU today.

I took this picture yesterday to celebrate losing 20 pounds. My husband snapped it at the end of the day yesterday and I didn’t touch up my make-up or worry about my hair or even put on shoes. I just took the picture because I was so happy.

Joy is in the journey friends.

Together we GOT THIS.

Together we CAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Image for Jennifer Dynys Jennifer Dynys

    Girl you look AMAZING!!!! Good for you! I love this post! My kids make fun of me because I’m always telling them they can do this or that for a business. But they can!! The bench is perfect!

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    Wow. Love the bench & that any college kid would say yes to the build. . . . it takes confidence. (What will Mom think of next?!?!) Keep up the hard work of weight loss, we all need that boost, staying home and close to the snack cupboard is not a good thing for me.

  3. Image for Joanna Joanna

    WOW!!!! Congratulations! You look FANTASTIC! Way to go! I love the beautiful bench your son built too. Thanks for sharing all of your successes! We all have so much to be thankful for....

  4. Image for Maggie Rowe Maggie Rowe

    KariAnne, I love your posts and don't usually have time to comment, BUT this one in particular makes me so happy! Thank you for the shoutout to your supportive parents, for showcasing the work of your son (blesses my heart as a mama), and for encouraging the rest of us who are working towards healthy weight loss. So proud of you and thankful to God for inspiring us through you!

  5. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Beautiful bench! Yes, he absorbed so much at home...including an honorable attitude!!! You look fabulous and glowing. 🎃

  6. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    The bench is amazing. I love it! Your yard, your home and you are beautiful. Today, I am told, is the day of gratitude. I want you to know that I am grateful for you. The way you share ideas, the way you make me laugh, the way you gave me comfort when my husband passed two years ago. You are the first blog I ever followed and you give me joy every time you post. Thank you for being you. I am grateful for you.

  7. Image for Theda Theda

    You're looking fabulous, as always! Congratulations!! The bench looks perfect too. You gotta love it when multiple good things happen!! Happy Monday : )

  8. Image for CAROLYN CAROLYN

    I love your posts. You're a great story teller. And I love all the pics you post. So many of them are close ups of the details, which I also love. BUT, I would also love it if you stepped back a little once in awhile and gave us at least one comprehensive pic of the projects you write about. For example, I would love to see a pic of the ENTIRE finished bench Zack built in its full glory. :-)

    1. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

      Carolyn, You must have missed the unpainted finished bench and styled bench.. Easy to do when caught up in the wonderful story. Scroll through the photos again to see Zack's entire bench.... one photo of unpainted project and a photo of the completed project with black paint and loaded with plants, cushions, and pumpkins. Judith

  9. Image for Janice Janice

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story:). We need these stories always, but especially at such a time as this....

  10. Image for Linda Linda

    Oh Karianne! Congratulations! You look simply wonderful! (Actually, you always did, that smile gets us every time.) And I think you may have a furniture designer in your family that's going to fall in love using his twinkling eyes to catch a wonderful someone just like his mother. The bench is amazing, Have a great week my friend.

  11. Image for Renee Bayes Renee Bayes

    So impressive.... your son is not only talented but also a very handsome young man!!! You have passed on to him many virtues. Great job, Mom and you look amazing!!!

  12. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    WOO-HOO!!! LOOK AT YOU!!! You look mah-va-lous, little Miss Skinny! Way to go! Congratulations! 👏 And that bench! Way to go, Zach! What a great job! And in 3 1/2 hours? That's incredible! I love it. Kudos to your parents. I would have loved to have been a mouse in your house, sitting in the corner watching all that was going on. So awesome! You always make me smile! 😀 ❤

  13. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Your handsome son is absolutely amazing! (How can he not be with two such awesome parents!) Boy does he have a beautiful head of gorgeous hair!!!!! He is going to break some hearts being so cute and talented. THAT BENCH IS OUTSTANDING!!!!! And that last pic I looked at before reading anything and my first thoughts: 1.) OMGolly, KA face looks so skinny! 2.) WOW I love her Boho hair, she's so cute Congrats - on a petite lady 20 lbs is like 40 on a normal sized person. Keep it up, you look amazing. Love your bench - love love love loooovvveeee it. It's so perfectly envisioned. Have a fabulous week!

  14. Image for Mary Mary

    Good job Karianne! I’ve battled weight my whole life and I know how hard it is. And the bench is so cute, and it’ll be so useful too. Happy for you!!!

  15. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    Well don't you just look so pretty and happy?? But, you always look happy. Now, if I could just have my son build me that cute bench, but he is 4 states away, so I will have to settle for the bench I have but will but pillows, pumpkins and flowers just like yours. Thanks for the cheerful start to my day.

  16. Image for Maria Becker Maria Becker

    Love the bench! Congratulations on the 20 pounds ....I escaped for 2 days I’m at the coast in seaside Oregon with my two pups looking out onto the Pacific Ocean with my coffee ... may you have a wonderful week

  17. Image for Judy Judy

    Girl, you look amazing! So happy for you over your weight loss! Also love the bench! It is just what i needed to see as we are redoing our backyard. hope my husband can replicate it!

  18. Image for Esther Esther

    That bench is amazing - and so are you!! Congratulations on the weight - I struggle with it and I feel like I've gained 10 lbs with COVID! But I am determined to get back into the right eating/activity patterns! Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

      Denton, What a great son! So supportive! Another amazing thing learned in your parents' house... supporting one another. Sorry, I just couldn't help myself today from leaving 3 Comments. Judith

  19. Image for Linda Kinder Linda Kinder

    I love your stories!!! You're going to get so much use out of that bench! It's perfect. You look amazing!!!! A fantastic BEAUTIFUL ROCKSTAR!!!!!!

  20. Image for june june

    What a great bench Zach! I would love to have one like that in my backyard. You are so right Miss Karianne...joy is in the journey. Your blog shows that with every post. You look extra happy in that picture...you always look so amazing❤️

  21. Image for Connie Connie

    Your son is amazing and the bench is beautiful and perfect for your area. Sons are amazing!!! Congratulations on your weight loss. It’s hard work and you nailed it! As one who is listed in the later years (79 at end of the month), I am happy to wake up each morning and breathe. Lol I used your color Naval in a new way, I painted my very old Tell City dining room furniture and love it. Also, painted two Tell City credenzas in my hallway in the same color. Love the change. Never too old for a change. Thanks KariAnne for the encouragement.

  22. Image for marilyn ackerman marilyn ackerman

    Best post ever. full of happiness and encouragement and great results all around. After Hurricane Michael here in the Florida Panhandle, my well house ,which was metal, ended up down the road folded up. My grandson visited about a month later and proceeded to build a new one of wood. He hadn't built anything before and he built an 8 x 10 building for me. Oh its a little airy where some of the lumber doesn't quite meet, but encouragement is the key and it was a experience for a 16 year old. I actually was amazed. You are looking good by the way.

  23. Image for gail Cunningham gail Cunningham

    KerriAnn, you are blessed with your dear family, and you are a blessing to your readers! Being raised that you can do anything empowers me with courage as I soon begin to tile my Kitchen backsplash, really! The bench is beautiful, and you are too...congrats on your 20# WL, taking care of your health so positively! God bless, Gail

  24. Image for Cathie Collins Cathie Collins

    Isn't it amazing what our children can accomplish!!! Great job on the bench! Brava to you for looking great and I'm sure feeling lighter! Godspeed

  25. Image for Cathy Cathy

    I saw your picture before reading rest of post and though, “Wow, Girl, don’t you look good!” Congrats on the weight loss and the bench is gorgeous,

  26. Image for Susan Susan

    I just love of all of this post! Congrats to you for taking care of yourself as well as looking fabulous, too! The bench is absolutely beautiful. It's so special to have something like that made by your son. He did a great job.

  27. Image for Becky Becky

    I thought you looked thinner in that photo and truth be told, quite adorable. That bench is amazing. If the college thing does not work out, he has an incredible talent for furniture building and design. Next summer, he can up his ante and make lots of cash with talent like his. I always look forward to seeing what you, your siblings and now your children come up with. love it all. Hugs, Becky

  28. Image for Maureen Provost Ryan Maureen Provost Ryan

    Karianne,, I love this post! I loved your recollections of your encouraging parents bringing out the creativity in the children! How wonderful that you do this with your children! That can-do spirit continues on through adulthood—just the best! Ps. You look great and so happy—living your best life.

  29. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    You are amazing and beautiful, inside and out, congratulations, I know it wasn't easy but you did it,wow! Love the bench your son built, he did a great job. Have a great time on that bench this Fall.

  30. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    You look fabulous! But you always do. Want to know what makes you even better than ever? It’s all that joy shining out of you. And because of your kindness all that joy shines straight into us. Blessings abound. ❤️

  31. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Oh and Zach is going to be a wonderful Mr Fixit Husband one day. Almost wish I had a younger daughter to introduce to him.

  32. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    This is a beautiful post in so many ways. It touched my heart. Go you! You look AMAZING! Good work, friend. Go Zack! Such a great looking bench. Another absolutely beautiful space in your home! Here's to going after the hard things!!

  33. Image for Lou E Gipson Lou E Gipson

    WOW! ROCKSTAR~you continually amaze me! this post was simply awesome!!!!! I saw your pic and thought WOW she's lost a lot of weight! and then i read the words! Congrats! and thanks for the JOY and delight you share/inspire with every post!!!! You my dear friend are AMAZING!!!!

  34. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Great work Zack!! The bench will be host to many special gatherings in the future 💜. How awesome to get to spend time there together!!! And....wow! You look fabulous and I can tell by your smile that you’re feeling that way too!!! Way to go ⭐️

  35. Image for Jan Jan

    Wow, I saw the picture first of you holding the pumpkin and thought, she looks like she's lost a lot of weight, then read where you had lost 20 lbs. Great for you, I've been dieting since the first of August on Weight Watchers WW and I'm taking their slow route. It is slow, I'm down 7 so far, but have a long ways to go. I'm determined though. Do you have any tips or secrets? Please pass them along if you do. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful family with all of us and for all your great tips on decorating, creating, etc. Love your blog. Jan

  36. Image for Nita Nita

    The bench is perfect and YAY to Zach for saying "sure Mom" without a second thought!!! Love it all and You've done a great job decorating it. Also, congratulations on those 20 pounds...now if I could only be inspired to stick to a determination to watch what I eat. Not necessarily a "diet" though! You always look awesome!

  37. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    You look fabulous Karrianne! Way to go! I have always thought you have. I to am on a journey to be healthier. Lost 7 lbs. already. Need to lose more. Zack did a great job with the bench. Looks perfect painted black with all the pillows and mums.

  38. Image for Kris Kris

    Before I read what you wrote, I thought, what an amazing picture of KariAnne! And your hubby was so smart to get a little above you to take the shot--we all look better from that angle. :) I will be bold and say I think you look better (and younger) with a minimal makeup. Meanwhile, I love your family's philosophy on letting your kid's creativity shine. I hope we are following in your footsteps. Your son's bench is amazing.

  39. Image for Darlene Darlene

    You look fantastic! Gotta love those talented boys. Handsome too! I have four grandsons like that As well. God bless your family KariAnne.

  40. Image for Diane Ruebel Diane Ruebel

    The beautiful heart of your family shines through in the ways you pull together and encourage us all at the same time. Love the bench and love you, Diney on Camano Island

  41. Image for Sue Sue

    Good for you Mom for being so encouraging to your kids! You obviously had great examples to follow. That bench will always remind you of your son and his willingness to make it for you. And he will have that bench as a reminder to his abilities. I love reminders like that around me. They’re like little kisses on the cheek or a quick hug from the creator. Have a blessed day and thank you for sharing with all of us.

  42. Image for Diane Cross Diane Cross

    It’s beautiful...a great addition to your space. Love that your son is so handy! Love your stories about family too!

  43. Image for Linda Linda

    This made my day! Your son is awesome and so are you for encouraging him. I love the bench. He did an amazing job! You always look fabulous! With or without makeup! Congratulations on your weight loss and your healthy eating journey. Have a lovely day!

  44. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Everything about this is wonderful! Your son (I have a son Zak, too, also a sweetheart. Lucky us!), the bench, your weight loss, your outdoor decor. I'm inspired, as usual! Thanks Karianne!

  45. Image for Ann Ann

    Sooooo awesome! I have lost over 20 lbs since March so now how you feel. What a wonderful life experience your parents gave you.

  46. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, AMAZING! Everything... Zack's bench, your backyard (those stenciled pavers !!!!,) and your weight loss. The first thing I noticed when I saw your photo before reading below it was how amazing you look! Judith

  47. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Wow - first of all - you look absolutely amazing! Your patio looks wonderful - what a wonderful job your son has done. May I also say he is very good looking!! He will be ready for marriage to a decorator with your help. We raised our daughter to do her best, and she has never disappointed - painter, tiler, electrician, home seamstress, knitter of a gecko for our granddaughter, - I could go on. She is a professional, but she says that these home projects are actually very relaxing. Enjoy that patio.

  48. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    And he's good lookin' to boot! And you! Look at you! It's coming off in all the right places. You look great. With the rest of the news these days, it was a relief to read some good!

  49. Image for Susan Johnston Susan Johnston

    What a wonderful weekend! He surprised the twins, you celebrated their birth, he built a bench just because you asked, and you lost 20 pounds!!! God is so good!

  50. Image for Judy Judy

    What a great looking bench...what a talented son you have! You look great too! Congrats on the 20lbs...It's not easy.

  51. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    My parents were exactly the same. I will take on any project without even a thought that I might not have the skills to complete it! I'm impressed though - I can hardly get my (late) teenage son out of bed, let alone to build me something. That's just amazing. It's really beautiful. Well done.

  52. Image for Mary Mary

    Congrats on losing the 20 lbs! I had to look twice to see if it was you or one of the twins! You go girl! As for the bench.....beautiful job!

  53. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    OH! Miz karianne......the minute I saw your picture I said, wow....you look like you've lost weight. And you did! Good for you, so proud of you and thank you for sharing! And Zack....awesome job. Love that bench but love the can-do attitude even more. You have some of the best kids, karianne!

  54. Image for Carrie Carrie

    YOU , Zach and the bench~ such cuties. Congratulations on the weight loss~ and for raising children to believe they can do it all!!! Such wonderful parenting. What a blessing.

  55. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Zack did a wonderful job on that bench. It looks like he has a new career-making things for mom. You look wonderful. Pretty soon, people will think that there are triplets living in your home. Congratulations on losing twenty pounds By deleting sugar from your diet.

  56. Image for Linda Linda

    You look so pretty. Keep up the good, I mean hard work ! 20 pounds. Wow. That's a lot ! Your son is not only talented but really handsome ! Wish you all lived closer I have a beautiful 18 year old granddaughter. .....:-)

  57. Image for Marjorie Marjorie

    Congrats to you for the incredible weight loss. You look great! Zack did a fantastic job on the bench. I need him to come and visit!😊

  58. Image for JoAnn McM JoAnn McM

    That bench will be all the more special because your son built it! And congratulations to you. You look great!!!! Did you just go cold turkey with no sugar or did you switch to a sugar substitute? (Asks your fan who has a big sweet tooth..)

  59. Image for Rosanna Rosanna

    Miss KariAnne.... You look fabulous! But, I get it...it's a bit hard to get IN FRONT of the camera....I wrestle with it all of the time. One other teeny little thing....may I borrow your son for just a hot minute so I can have that bench too?! Good Thoughts, Rosanna

  60. Image for Sue Sue

    Way to go Zach!!! As soon as I saw the photo of you, I thought you looked like you had lost weight. Way to go Mom on passing the "believe in yourself" to your children and in your achievement also.

  61. Image for Melinda Whipple Melinda Whipple

    Your health journey is so inspiring. I prefer behind the camera as opposed to actual photos of me so kudos to you for being brave! I LOVE the sectional and especially that it was built for you by your son. How special! My husband is a handy woodworker and many times I show him a photo saying I would like something like this and he gets right to work. Spoiled...but I love it!

  62. Image for Melinda (Mindy) Melinda (Mindy)

    Your health journey is so inspiring. I prefer behind the camera as opposed to actual photos of me so kudos to you for being brave! I LOVE the sectional and especially that it was built for you by your son. How special! My husband is a handy woodworker and many times I show him a photo saying I would like something like this and he gets right to work. Spoiled...but I love it!

  63. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Wow Karianne, you look fantastic! What a wonderful incentive! I hope to find a diet that will work for me! By the way, what a great job from your parents raising such creative well rounded children. And how wonderful to pass it on you your own children! Zach’s project is a perfect example of a beautiful and loving rearing! Beautiful bench!

  64. Image for Susan Spinney Susan Spinney

    One of your best posts ever! Love this. You are so creative and I love that you are fostering this in your kids. As far as the picture of you...I think that you lost 10 years! You should be so proud of EVERYTHING you have done...I know I'm proud of you:)

  65. Image for Tamra Tamra

    I absolutely love your new bench. Your son did a wonderful job building it! I need to hire him😉 Kari, you look stunning!! Some women take offense when someone compliments them on their weight loss so I'm hesitant to do so, however, you mentioned it so I want to tell you how wonderful you look. I've been on weight loss journeys myself and I know they're a lot of personal work both on the inside and outside - but so worth it! Congratulations...

  66. Image for Jayne Jayne

    Amazing bench, amazing you and amazing creativity in your house! I encourage my kids like this too and they know they can achieve anything they want to!

  67. Image for Janette Janette

    WOW, what a fabulous job Zack did he is amazing and I love the paint job too, its so gorgeous well done Zack, as for you Kerrianne, you look brilliant you really do, well done you too, its hard losing weight you look so young.xx

  68. Image for Debbie Guess Debbie Guess

    I know you are proud of Zach, what a great job! And great job on the 20 pounds!!!! You look great and so does your fire pit area (and your whole home to).

  69. Image for Sojourner Sojourner

    Karianne you are so pretty. You don’t even need makeup. You look just like your daughters in that photo. You have the blessing of knowing how to find happiness in life, and I love how you share that with others. Thank you.

  70. Image for PJ PJ

    Hooray for Zack and his bench building skills! Oh, how I wish I had paid better attention to all the wonderful skills my dad had. A quick question: What paint did you use for the bench? And by the way, you look amazing, but you always did! Weight loss is tough, especially when we are past our twenties. Good for you!

  71. Image for Carol Anderson Carol Anderson

    Karianne, The heartfelt encouragement you've given in your 9/21/20 post brought me to my knees in thankful prayer for finding not only your fun n learning blog, but for having you in my crazy, non normal family life. (Going through "stuff" right now) via your blog. Thank you! You have boosted my spirit n freshened my heart. I'm able to carry on again with mothering in the ways needed for our family. Carol

  72. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    KariAnne, how wonderful to have been raised by parents that instilled in you a believe in yourself! So many grow up without that encouragement and it is amazing to see what it does to people. YOU ARE AMAZING because not only are you are creator and inspiration to your family, you raised your children with the same believe and each and every day in some way you encourage those who follow you in the same way. I've never ever had the pleasure of meeting someone with your energy, kindness and believe that EVERYONE can be WONDERFUL and FABULOUS. That is your gift and I thank you for that.

  73. Image for Mona Mona

    What a beautiful bench! It looks so nice in the garden. What a wonderful childhood you had that helped nurture you creativity and imagination! ❤️It explains so much about who you are and you are passing it along to your kids. And you look AMAZING! Congrats on the 20 pounds!

  74. Image for Lori Howard Lori Howard

    First things first...CONGRATS on the weight loss! No matter what size you are or were, if it makes you feel wonderful then I say fabulous! Now...please give some more info on that bench Zach made. I'd love to have his pattern or plan. What size of boards and wood type? I guess if your painting it (which I would) it wouldn't matter what wood was used. I'd like to make a bench for our back yard's small space. Did you see the "I" used here...? I am no wood worker! Zach did a great job merging the two sides which would have been my struggle. I'd like mine to sit out by a new rose bed I've been working on...once our small trees grow to where I have me some shade that is:0)...time...yes..in time:0)

  75. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    KariAnne! You look great! Congratulations on the weight loss. I think that's the hardest thing to accomplish ever! Beautiful bench, too.

  76. Image for cynthia chilson finger cynthia chilson finger

    That is my favorite workout phrase ... "We can do hard things!" Congrats on losing 20! You look amazing, and the bench is pretty awesome too!! Happy day to you!

  77. Image for Annemarie Annemarie

    You are such a source of inspiration. I read your stories and they lift my heart. Thank you so much for another lovely story. You and the bench look just wonderful!

  78. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Zack is amazing! You look amazing! Congratulations on those 20 pounds! Remember, when I told you I was giving up sugar and white flour in January? Since then I have lost 63 pounds!! I have switched to a Keto plan and I am working on losing another 40. You can do this!! You can do anything, remember???

  79. Image for Joy Joy

    You look fabulous!! Even before I read your caption I knew you had lost weight! Congrats! What are you doing? I sure need inspiration!! And the bench is beautiful!!

  80. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Love your stories, always so heartfelt! Great job!! You look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Tell Zach he did a great job on that bench, betcha saved quite a bit on it!

  81. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    You are on the right road girlfriend! From raising a talented son, to losing all that weight!!! (That is a lot of weight with you being so short!!!) You keep going girl!!!

  82. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I LOVE THIS BENCH SO MUCH!! Please let Zach know he did an incredible job!! Now....if he can just provide a shopping list for this project for me...new benches may be created all around. One for the back porch...one for the deck...one for the patio...one for the fire pit. It's so perfect for all of the conversations in all of those locations. Thank you for sharing!!

  83. Image for Sally Brown Sally Brown

    Please send Zack to my house... The benches he built are exactly what I want my husband to build!!!!! Pennsylvania isn't that far!!

  84. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    .I got a little behind reading all the e-mails and am finally catching up! KariAnne, what wonderful parents you were blessed with! And, what wonderful parents you have been to your dear children! God has truly blessed you! What a nice picture of Zack! He is so handsome! The bench he built for you is lovely -- and so special! I just love his attitude and willingness to help you in so many ways! I know you are very proud of him -- and all your precious kids! You have done good! Bless you all!

  85. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, I forgot to mention how cute you look in your picture! So happy for you with your weight loss! You are such an inspiration to us in so many ways! We appreciate you so much and thank God for you! You are such a ray of sunshine!

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