Somehow, inadvertently, this has turned into the week of 2016.

It kind of happened all on its own.

First, there were the top ten projects of 2016.

Then there were the top ten before and afters of 2016.

But as much as I love decorating a room or making wood slice banners or stamping silver or making bookshelf decorations out of twigs in my yard….

….my heart always has been and always will be with the stories.

I had forgotten about most of them.  That’s why I write the blog because this is where the stories find a home.

Here is my heart.

Here are my choices for the top ten stories of 2016.

Happy reading.

Number 10: Click here to read: Practicing My Lines

Number 9:  Click here to read:  Always Remember to Dribble Right

Number 8:  Click here to read:  Lessons From a Recipe Wall

Number 7:  Click here to read:  One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

Number 6:  Click here to read:  How About Them Apples

Number 5:  Click here to read:  It Was Almost Like a Movie

Number 4:  Click here to read:  There’s a New Singer In Town

Kentucky Barn

Number 3:  Click here to read:  Always Look for the Amazing

Number 2:  Click here to read:  The Day Mother Nature Came to Town

Number 1: (and this one is TOTALLY my favorite story EVER)

Click here to read:  A Moment Like That

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  1. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Oooooh #1 is a great story (all are wonderful tho). Such a proud Mom you are- love his comment "other hand Mom"!!:) We DO love our kids♥

  2. Image for Jill Jill

    Love your blog and always look forward to your stories. Happy New Year to you and yours! May 2017 be filled with love, joy and laughter!

  3. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I have to apologize to you. Yes, I do. I know how hard your work on your photos, it's not easy capturing incredible rooms, and beautiful nature shots, and wonderful family portraits. But once I start reading your stories I'm totally oblivious to anything but your words. They hold me captive. Only after I've ready every word, usually wiped away the tears, only then do I go back and look at the photos. I read all ten stories. And yes, I teared up again. Your stories touch my heart. Thank you!! I'm looking forward to your book. I know I'll cry again. Have a Happy New Year, my friend! Sending hugs -- hope your day is full of sunshine.

  4. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    KariAnne, you are such a gifted writer. Every time I read those stories you sent today in your blog (and I had already read every single one of them), I tear up. That's because they touch my heart strings. I know your book is going to be Wonderful and a Blessing to those who read it.

  5. Image for Mary Mary

    KarriAnne, Thank You for making my quiet time each day that much better when I had the opportunity to enjoy a different perspective on every day life events. Your antidotes have been enjoyable to read. Looking forward to your book, I know it will be a success. Here's to a wonderful 2017!

  6. Image for Loryl Loryl

    You had me at baseball! BEST STORY EVER! I too love your FYI, decorating and photos. But the best part of your blog are the stories. You write like we're having a conversation at the kitchen table and I ❤ that!


    KariAnne, you are "the best" story teller ever! I enjoyed reading each one again -- with a tissue in hand! HAPPY NEW YEAR! God bless you and your dear family!

  8. Image for Terry Terry

    Every single one, a delight! You are so gifted, thank you for your faithful sharing of the talents God has blessed you with. It's like my little dose of sunshine when you arrive in my Inbox!

  9. Image for Preppy Mountain Farmer Preppy Mountain Farmer

    I love all your stories, KariAnne, even if I don't comment very often. I also love all your pictures of your house. Your white kitchen has inspired me to make a big change to our own farmhouse kitchen next month as we go about a renovation. We're going from beautiful (but dark) early American colors to an off-white for everything except the wood floors and wood countertops. I am beyond excited. It's going to look and feel like a totally new kitchen. Your decorating tips are such a help to me, and I enjoy your blog tremendously. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  10. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Your stories never grow old and they are enjoyed over and over again! I'm sure that I could not choose just ten for the whole year, they are all the best- each and every one. You are a gifted storyteller who brings tears and smiles to every day with your words. Thank-you for the memorable stories of 2016 and I am awaiting many more in 2017! Happy New Year to my best never met friend!!

  11. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I'm excited to find out how your family gift exchange went! You are all so creative. Please tell us when you get the time. Happy New Year!!! xoxoxo

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