An Unexpected and Exciting Announcement

A story about moving on, following your heart, and not being afraid to take a chance.

navy bathroom with accessories

I have some really big news, so I hope you are sitting down.

We’re moving.

The whole thing has happened very fast, so I want to start at the beginning, and tell you everything. There are many chapters to this story, and it’s definitely not finished!

fall flowers in kitchen sink

Where It All Began

Most of you know that I have wanted to renovate our kitchen for a long time. For one reason or another, it has never happened, but I was determined that 2021 would be the year. To get the process started, I hired a contractor, and began gathering estimates.

As the estimates rolled in, so did the doubts. I’m very realistic when it comes to how much things cost…but all the same, I was astonished at the estimates that we received. A kitchen renovation was going to be much more expensive than I had anticipated. Still…I forged on, and continued to save money.

miniature schnauzer on sofa 2021

Summer 2021 rolled around, and I knew I needed to choose cabinets and a countertop, and begin to place orders. Lead time on cabinets was running anywhere from between 3 and 5 months. However, it was at this point that life got in the way. Just as I was preparing to begin the ordering process, our little dog, Kelly, passed away.

polywood dining set on patio

After Kelly’s death, I lost myself for a while. It’s hard to explain…and if you’ve never had a pet, it’s nearly impossible to understand. Because I was out of sorts, I put the whole kitchen project on hold. I attempted to collect my feelings, and took some time to concentrate on my family and friends. Which in hindsight, was the best thing I could have ever done.

traditional entry with blue rug

*Side note: for a few months, I had been stalking Zillow for houses that might work for my family. Not seriously, but I was looking. There was never a house that remotely interested me. Most were old houses that needed work, and I already had one of those. There was a new subdivision going up on the edge of our town, and even though the houses were brand new, we didn’t like the location. So every now and then, I would open the app and kill some time, but never seriously considered moving. Now…on with the story.

gardening tips for beginners fi

July melted into August, and September arrived when I wasn’t looking. We planned a trip to see our grandchildren, and left for New Jersey on September 15th. On the way, in the car, I opened my Zillow app…and it was at that exact moment that everything changed.

Finding The Sugar Maple House

There was a new listing…and it literally ticked every single box on my must-have list…and then some. I’ll get into all that later, but it was in the car that day that my husband agreed to look at this house. Well…he didn’t actually agree, but he didn’t say no! I contacted a friend, who is also a realtor, and asked if we could see the house when we returned from our trip. She said she would take care of it, so all that was left for me to do was pray that it didn’t sell before I could see it!

small master bathroom with navy vanity 2021

Our daughter came home, and the two of us looked at the house on Tuesday, September 21st. We took my husband back for a tour that evening, and we made an offer that very night. When the sellers accepted our offer, I felt like I had been given the most wonderful gift in the world.

So…can you guess what’s coming next?

Now we had to sell the house on Sutton Place. I hired a clean-out company, and in a few days, our attic, shed, and basement were emptied. The clean-out people brought a dumpster, so the day before it appeared in our driveway, I told my neighbors what was going on. We have lived beside each other for 28 years, and I wanted them to hear it from me.

two tufted chairs in living room with fall decor

Selling The Sutton Place House

It was then that we took the next step in this journey. My neighbors told me that their daughter had just moved to town, and was living in a rental with her family…and that they wanted to look at our house. I think my jaw dropped to the floor! I said that I needed a few days to tidy things up, but they would be the first people to come through.

I finished cleaning, fluffed my pillows, and made everything look as nice as I could. I showed them the house on Wednesday, October 6th in the afternoon. They made a full price offer that night…which we promptly accepted.

ivory tufted chair with blue pillow dresser background

When we accepted that offer, any shred of doubt still remaining in my heart disappeared. The fact that every step in this journey fell perfectly into place, one after the other, was not just coincidence. After Kelly died, I prayed for a sign that would point us in the right direction. That might sound dramatic, but what I mean is that I truly didn’t know what we should do. My husband wasn’t completely in favor of a renovation, which added to my doubts. Was it the right decision to plunge into a huge and expensive project? I was confused, and I needed guidance. The bottom line is that I believe God had a hand in this by leading us towards moving, and that my mom was sitting beside him, nudging him along.

Life presents us with choices, and it’s up to us to decide what to do. To be honest, I didn’t give my family much time to weigh the pros and cons of this choice. Because I was so sure it was the right thing to do, my entire family supported me. They never questioned me, or tried to steer me in a different direction. My husband would happily live the rest of his life in the Sutton Place house…but he knew I needed this move, so he did everything he could to make it happen. And happen it did.

pitcher of flowers on end table 2021

The Sugar Maple house officially became ours a few days ago. We’re moving soon, and I would love to take you along as I navigate this next chapter of my life. I’m sure you are wondering what’s going to happen to this blog, due to the fact that it’s called On Sutton Place. Well…nothing is going to change, except the house. I will still be sharing simple décor ideas, recipes, printables, and more. I believe that the blog, as well as our lives, will improve. The Sutton Place house will still be featured, and it will be joined by the Sugar Maple house, along with a collection of fresh and new ideas.

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A State of Mind

So going forward, instead of being about a specific house, On Sutton Place will become a state of mind. It’s not about the actual location, it’s about loving your home, and following your heart. It’s about keeping things simple, embracing new experiences, and not being afraid to make a change. It’s about being true to your own personal style, and transforming your house into a home.

I’ll be back soon with more of this story. We’ll say a heartfelt goodbye to the house on Sutton Place, and I’ll introduce you to the Sugar Maple house. I would be very honored if you would join me as I enter this new and exciting phase of my life. I am under no illusion that this is going to be easy, or free of emotion. We have loved our life here On Sutton Place…and this is the house that made me. The memories will all come with me, as well as everything I’ve learned along the way.

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As always, thank you for listening, but most of all, thank you for your friendship. Until next time…

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242 Comments

  1. My heart breaks for the loss of your little one. Hugs. Blessings and Congrats on your new adventure. We will anxiously wait all that is ahead for The Sugar Maple House. Your favorite quote is now my favorite…Faith

  2. Kimber Brown says:

    What wonderful news! I love how it all came down. Right place. Right time. Look forward to your new adventures. Cheers!

  3. Sandi Biquet says:

    Ann,
    Thank you for sharing your life and journey with us. We are also going through a time of transition as we’re getting close to retirement and want to downsize. For years I spent time looking at houses for sale on Realtor or Zillow. Most of that time I either loved the outside of the house but didn’t care for the inside or visa versa. I finally came across a subdivision and builder that I love. This is a time full of emotions as we’ve spent 20 years in this old home and our children have grown up here. I so understand where you are coming from.
    I’m sorry about the passing of your precious dog. I also know that pain but I’m so thankful and blessed to have had collies to love and now have a cat.
    I look forward to reading your upcoming blogs as you make your new house a home!
    Blessings,
    Sandi

  4. I am happy for you. God works in wonderful ways!

  5. Tricia Ann Rieger says:

    What a blessing of events for you Ann! Can’t wait to continue to follow you on your next journey- makes me think of Yvonne and her moving experience- she transitioned beautifully – I’m sure you will too! Best of luck to you- what a lucky family who purchased the Sutton Place home!
    Sending hugs from New Jersey 💗

  6. Congratulations, Ann, as you embark on your new adventure. Love your blog and look forward to following along as your make Sugar Maple your new home. ❤️🏠

  7. Jeanie Nichols says:

    I am so happy and excited for you! I can’t wait to see your new home. Best Wishes

  8. Sheila DelCharco says:

    Of course we’ll tag along! It will be fun to see how you add your personal touch that so many of us love, admire, and might I say, emulate. So happy for you and for your new adventure! Yay God for making the way plain!

  9. Oh, Ann, I actually teared up ready this! I believe there are no coincidences, and that when something is meant to be, it’s meant to be. Congratulations on your new home! Can’t wait to be introduced to the Sugar Maple house!

  10. Lee Johnson says:

    What a delightful and God touched story!!!! I love how God does things unexpected for us!! Thank you for sharing all the details and letting us go on the journey with you. Loved all the pics you took to share as you told your story. Blessings and hugs for the move.

  11. Melanie Green says:

    5 stars
    Amazing…congratulations! I think God is in the details and it sounds like he was in on this in a big way! Blessings on you and your family!

    1. michelle ramos says:

      your blog read like a novel and I can’t wait to see the next chapter. congratulations and I enjoyed how God was part of the plan. God is very important to me too. thank you you for being so open and sharing. you make me feel like a friend.

  12. Tina Blair says:

    I complete relate to your story, I lost my dog Roo after 13 years. My world stopped too. My blessing came in the form of my dream job, same company but where I need to be to be happy. God truly gives us what we need. I am so happy for you and can’t wait to start reading about your new chapter! Hugs.

  13. Wow, I love how it all came together, just like it was meant to be! Congratuions and I look forward to seeing your new home!

  14. I’m so happy for you! This is so exciting, I can’t wait to see what’s next! I’m in the pre-planning stages of retiring, selling my home of 29 years, and moving to a different state, all on my own! I’ll be following for tips.

  15. Congratulations! I have followed you for several years and love all your home decor and free printables. Best wishes in your new home. I know how you feel after losing a beloved pet/companion. Sending prayers your way. I hope your new adventure in your new home will bring you much comfort and happiness!

  16. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! I am looking forward to seeing all that you will do with your new home!

  17. Congratulations Ann! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see more of the new home. Your story is confirmation that God cares about every aspect of our lives. Love your blog, your stories and your faith.

  18. So happy for you! Looking forward to it all.

  19. Ann, I have followed you for several years, and I love your creativity, recipes and words of wisdom. Never had the courage to write a comment before, but must say I am so
    excited for your new adventure! I will miss Sutton Place house, but so looking forward to what you do with Sugar Maple house.
    You have been an inspiration to all of us and I’m so blessed by your listening to God’s leading.
    Congratulations, Ann.

  20. Jettie L Ditmarson says:

    That is so amazing!! Being in a similar period of life, I can’t express how happy I am that your dream came to fruition. Jerimiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you…..I believe you have been put into this life for a very specific purpose. We pray all goes well and so appreciate how you share your journey! Keep it up!! Thanks Ann!!

  21. Ann, I am so very excited for you! A new beginning and I can’t wait to see your new hone! Wishing you many blessings!!
    Anne

  22. CityMommy says:

    As someone who fell in love with Sherwin Williams Upward because of you, I will miss your beautiful Sutton Place home (I’ve copied other things besides the paint, too :), but am excited to see all you do with your new home, Best of luck on this next chapter!

  23. It is amazing to see just how many people “friends” you have made in the writing of your blog!! I, too am excited for you and wish you much happiness on Sugar Maple.I sure do look forward to seeing you put style into your ‘new’ home!! I hope you’ll include how you managed the move and how you eliminated objects you no longer wanted or needed ! Thanks, Ann we have loved following you on Sutton Place and are looking forward to your next adventures!!

  24. Becky Johns says:

    Ann I am so pleased for your next chapter in a new home! I have followed you for many years and you have so carefully changed, improved, and curated your home on Sutton Place. I am excited for you to have a fresh palette on which try out your present belongings and be inspired by a new space. I feel the buyers are very lucky to have gotten your home and will love all you have done to make it beautiful, including the garden.

  25. Ruth Eisenman says:

    When God works, he moves all the mountains in our way. So happy for your new journey

  26. 5 stars
    Ann this is such exciting news for you! I have been following your blog since I found you on IG a few years ago. I love your approach to making your home feel like you, not what is trending at the moment. Classic is timeless ❤️ I look forward to following your new adventure and how your make this “new house” your “home” ❤️

  27. How exciting! I’ve followed your awesome blog for several years and look forward to seeing how God blesses you on Sugar Maple, too!

  28. Ann, congratulations on your new home.
    I didn’t count the number of comments you received before I was able to send you my good wishes, and I was in awe of your supporters. I, too have been a long time follower of ON Sutton Place, started around 2010 or so before I retired from teaching in 2012. As a fellow Buckeye, I will state as I have before, would love to be your neighbor! I feel like you and I would be great at walking and sharing. I am truly sorry of your loss of Kelly.

  29. Hello Ann, So sorry for your loss of sweet Kelly! I truly know how you feel but I have to believe we will see our fur babies again one day. I am excited for you and the new house and can’t wait to see pictures. I enjoy your blog very much!
    Your friend in MS,
    Sonya

  30. Tiffani Scheel says:

    As I enjoy following you and a fellow believer, I too know God had a hand in all of this. We became empty nesters in 2018. We then had to put down our 14-year-old cat in April. I understand not knowing what is in store. However, I know God also has His hand in our next Chapter! Congratulations and I look forward to hearing about the Sugar Maple House.

  31. Stephanie says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your “pet” (family member!), but as they say…every cloud has a silver lining, and everything you shared just shows that this move was meant to be! Congratulations! How exciting! As for kitchen remodels, the prices are crazy. Our friends moved to town and the estimate for their cabinets ALONE was $36,000! When I asked my husband who’s a contractor to guess the price, he said, “$30,000”, so he was the only one that wasn’t floored by how high the estimate was. Oh, and he and I need a new fridge, and we were told that it will take four or five months to arrive. Thankfully, we know that it’s not the end of the world: just our new reality. And I’m glad that your new reality has a happy ending!

  32. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! Can’t wait to see the Sugar Maple House and all you put in to it. Maybe once you are settled in, you could welcome a new furry friend, who could join you on your new chapter, in memory of your beloved Kelly.

  33. This post made me want to cry in a good way! God has worked the same way for my family and I, and it’s so amazing and encouraging to hear how he has guided you and worked things out just right! His timing is perfect!
    I am honored and excited to watch your next steps in your new and exciting journey!

    1. This post made me tear up! I have been following your posts for a few years and so enjoy everything you share. I wish you so much happiness in your new home and this new journey that you are starting. I am sure you will make your new home just as wonderful as Sutton Place. Only the best to you and your family!

  34. Ann, being very new to follow On Sutton Place, I am honored to be present for such a time as this! Congratulations! We have faith in God, Ohio, the name Sutton, and losing ourselves for awhile in the loss of a beloved dog in common– not to mention loving blue, photography, and a well-dressed home. And what’s not to love about the name Sugar Maple?! Looking forward to your blessed future.

  35. Debbie Gasser says:

    What exciting news! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new home. God truly has a plan for each one of us–we just need to have faith and put our trust in him. I am so very happy that everything is falling into place for you and your husband.

  36. Congratulations Ann! I am looking forward to seeing the Sugar Maple house and your new adventures there!

  37. Congratulations on finding your new home and all the pieces falling into place for you. I cannot wait to see your new home and all the amazing things you will do with it.

  38. Ann, I am thrilled by your news. We had a similar God-directed move last year from a 5/5 to a 3/2. An expensive kitchen remodel at our old house spurred us to look in earnest at a new town and a smaller house. My husband fell in love with the kitchen at the new house and I was smitten by an indoor studio!
    I sent you a painting of Kelley at the Rainbow Bridge to the address at the bottom of your posts. I hope you received it and received some comfort. She was adorable.

  39. Janice Boucher says:

    How wonderful!! Congratulations and best wishes on this new step in life’s journey! How did the new house get the name Sugar Maple house?
    Janice

  40. Congratulations!! So happy for y’all!! This is how God moves, fast!! Can’t wait to follow the new journey!! 😊

  41. Joanne Durkin says:

    Congratulations! I’m excited to follow along as you make your new house your home!!

  42. Congratulations! This is so exciting. Good things happen to good people. Thank you for taking us along on this journey.

  43. Cathy-ScrappinCat says:

    We just did this very same thing. Sold our family home of 28 years, but we moved to a whole new state. To a 100 (yes, really built in 1921)year old farm house/project house. I was shocked at how easy it was on me emotionally. Usually I am quite sentimental. Equally shocked at how hard it was physically. We learned a lot about ourselves through it all. Still learning and loving the journey. I pray your transition is as wonderful. I can’t wait to watch and learn through your new adventures.

  44. Heddy Racinowski says:

    Such an exciting adventure ahead of you. Can’t wait to follow you with all things that you do in your new home.

  45. I’m very excited for you and your family. As always, I will look forward to seeing your posts and your journey.

    Many blessings to you friend.

    Annmarie

  46. Oh Ann, so excited for you! Can’t wait for all the wonderful changes!

  47. I loved reading this post and thank you for sharing it with your loyal followers and fans <3 I'm so happy that everything fell into place like it was definitely meant to be! Can't wait to see all that you will share in the future about your new adventure :) Let all of the new memories begin!!!!!

  48. Such exciting news! I have enjoyed your blog because our homes are similar and I like your ideas. I am at the point where I would like to have everything on one level, so I, too, have been looking at homes for sale. I can’t say how serious we are at this point, but all it takes is finding the right house. I look forward to seeing your new home and how you make it your own.

  49. I am so happy for you. You have been through so much in the last month! Thank you
    for taking the time to tell us all about what has been happening. When one door closes another one opens. Take care,Barb

  50. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    What wonderful news! I’m so happy for you! You and your dear hubby are going to be so happy in your new home!

    It will be great to watch you decorate your new place! I know you will have fun putting all your lovely personal touches in it!

    So happy for you that your beautiful home sold so fast! It is my prayer that God will continue to bless you with lots of happiness in your new home!

  51. Oh Ann!
    I’m a recent follower of yours and am so excited for you and your family! I mourned along with you after Kelly’s passing. I lost my spaniel in the Spring of 2018 and we had gotten him at 6 weeks old. He was practically our shadow for almost 17 years. Last year, at the beginning of the pandemic, my husband got a call from a friend. There was a breeder of French Brittany’s hunting dogs in Oregon that had a female puppy with a spinal deformity making her unable to hunt. We made arrangements to adopt her and it has been a game changer. God truly blesses us with opportunities especially when we least expect it! I look forward to your adventures and pray that they’re memorable.

  52. alda ellis says:

    As I have followed you for years, I never doubted God had His eye on you …I so understand the loss of your precious family member…been there and still grieving. Can’t wait to see your next adventure and share it with you along the way. Blessings and may God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand.
    sending big hugs!
    Alda

  53. What a wonderful story! Congratulations to you and I look forward to seeing the beautiful way you’ll decorate your new home!!

  54. Terri Herman says:

    Congratulations Ann! That IS exciting! Looking forward to all this for your blog! Moving is hard but wonderful if it’s the right thing to do. We sold our “dream home” my husband mostly built on family acreage over five years ago to move five hours away to be with our coming first grandchild. She is now 5, and number 4 is due in two weeks! Plus God blessed us with the cutest ranch house and I never dreamed I would live in s as ranch! So, I am looking forward to your adventures in moving!

  55. How wonderfully exciting, Ann! Congratulations and wishing you all the best as you begin this new chapter in your life! I look forward to watching you work your magic in transforming the Sugar Maple “house” into your new family “home”. So happy that everything worked out so perfectly for you and your family! Diane

  56. Soo very thrilled for you! Happy moving!

  57. Congratulations, how exciting….hope it will be a great next chapter in your life and you will enjoy every minute of being in your new place….

  58. Christy Keyton says:

    I am so excited for you. We just finished a renovation, sold our house of 25 years, and moved. It was emotional, but I am very sure we made the right decision! Can’t wait to see your new house.

  59. CONGRATULATIONS Ann on your new Home! I look forward to going along on your new adventure as you make this home your own! God’s Blessings to you and yours in this new chapter of your life!

  60. Wow. This adventure will have many opportunities for you, your husband and family to re-energize. Go for it!!

  61. Coreen Smith says:

    Ann, Thank you for sharing your heart and your journey. My husband and I are in a place of seeking and waiting, yet knowing the a change is needed. Your personal testimony has encouraged me to continue to trust in the Lord and lean not unto my own understanding. He has a plan and His timing is best. I wish you the best as you transition, cry, and laugh during this time of change.
    From the PNW,
    Coreen

  62. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see your new home. I wanted to move but my husband didnt, so we are going through an expensive renovation.

  63. Congratulations!
    What a great home story! Hoping you have a smooth closing and move. Looking forward to seeing how you will make the Sugar Maple House home.

  64. Ann this is grand news! I’m so happy and excited for you and yes I’ll be tagging along with you as you make your move to the Sugar Maple house ! Happy

  65. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻👏👏👏 Congratulations and well done! What a great new adventure you are on! To find the “perfect” house just when you needed it is truly a gift and blessing from God. I’m sure you cannot wait to show us your find and I know we are all excited to see it! Again, congratulations!

  66. Kelly Gabriel Guida says:

    Congratulations!!! 🎉🎈🎊
    Good for you for following your feelings!! ♥️🦋♥️

  67. Jan Ferris says:

    Such wonderful news, Ann! Knowing God’s hand brought this to fruition will bring peace and joy even in the emotional times while making this move. Blessings!

  68. Mary from Virginia says:

    Well if this isn’t some fun news! Can’t wait to hear more, and the new family on Sutton Place got a wonderful home!

  69. I am so excited for you! What great news. We’ve thought about moving…..our house is really a little bit too big for us, but, the question has been….where would we move to? We love our neighborhood. So, I will move vicariously through you..lol! Take care…and can’t wait to see the new place! ;)

  70. Paula Conley says:

    5 stars
    Oh, I can’t wait to see the Sugar Maple House! CONGRATULATIONS!!
    Maybe once you get settled, a new little puppy will enter your lives!

  71. Kerryanne says:

    What an exciting new adventure and so meant to be Ann.
    I look forward to see the next chapter!

    1. Patti Sears says:

      Kerryanne , so happy for you and your family. Can not wait for all the new blogs with the SugarMaple house. Good luck on an easy and smooth move.

  72. Jan Fusco says:

    So happy for you! It’s so comforting to know God’s plans for your life. I’m going to miss the Sutton Place house but I can’t wait to see all the wonderful posts you’ll share with us at the Sugar Maple house. Looking forward to your new adventures.

  73. God works in mysterious ways and he has certainly had a hand in every step of this adventure! Congratulations and looking forward to seeing your new home!

  74. Patsy s Worley says:

    Congratulations! How exciting to start a new chapter in your lives. I know your new home will be beautiful.

  75. Sue Daugherty says:

    I am so happy for you. I am looking forward to seeing your new home and how you make it your own. What a blessing it all worked out for you.

  76. Christine says:

    Congratulations on your new home! I am looking forward to seeing what you will share as you settle in. Everything fell into place for you finding your new home and selling Sutton Place so easily. It was meant to be.

  77. Vicki Kennedy says:

    Congratulations!
    I believe that things happen for a reason. All the stars lined up for this new adventure. I can only imagine
    the stress lifted from your shoulders when the offer came from the neighbors. Enjoy!

    1. Debbie Manno says:

      Congratulations Ann! That is all very exciting and a new chapter begins. I’m sorry about Kelly. I lost Lucy and my Mom within months apart. Not having Lucy here and my constant shadow I can relate to your heart. Best wishes. I’m so very happy for you.

  78. I am thrilled for you! I know this home will be as wonderful as the one you have created at Sutton Place! Enjoy your new adventure!

  79. Ann,

    Thank you for sharing your story.
    Congratulations on the new house. Sugar Maple will be another cozy and beautiful nest of yours.

    Peace,
    Bella

  80. Cindy Pierce says:

    Such exciting news!! Congratulations on your new home and adventure of making it your own. I’ll be following along as you do.
    Blessings to you and yours on this new journey.

  81. Congratulations Ann. Isn’t it amazing when the right things happen, a peace comes over you. Can’t wait to see the new house. I know you’ll make it beautiful.

  82. Stephanie says:

    Ann,
    Congratulations! And, may God bless you as you move into this new chapter. How exciting!!! I had a dear friend that also subscribed to your blog. In fact, she is the one that got me started on your blog. We would always discuss things together that we had seen on your blog. She passed away in August and how I wish I could talk about this post with her. I know she would be so excited for you. I look forward to your future posts on your new home.

  83. I have to disagree with something you wrote. On Sutton Place is not the house that made you. .YOU made Sutton House a home and you shared it with your family and all of us! Congratulations on your new house! Looking forward to going along on this journey as you make this house your home!!

    1. Congratulations on your new Home it’s going to be fun are your new Home decorating weather it be new decor or use what you have…….ENJOYING THE PAGE OF LIFE….. TUNNING THE PAGE EVA

  84. Rose Monty says:

    Congratulations on your new home! I love hearing how God works in people’s lives. I look forward to hearing and seeing about this next phase.

  85. I have been reading your posts for a few years, Ann. I had a similar experience this year. I wanted to downsize and spent 2 years looking at Zillow and not really finding something that excited me. This past May a friend suggested I visit her condo community. I was immediately impressed but thought I would never find one for sale. Within 3 days my friend had talked to someone ready to make a private sale. I looked at the property and fell in love. The seller took a deposit and I, too, set about selling my house. It sold in 3 day! I decided that the stars had aligned and this was meant to be.
    It was hard but rewarding to give up the old and start over. I moved in July. I am crazy about my new place and the new life I’m beginning.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you adapt to YOUR new place. Let the decorating begin!

    1. Julie Seiver says:

      So happy for you!! Can’t wait to follow you on your new journey! Wishing you all good things!

  86. Ann:
    I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been blessed and inspired to share in your life, story and blog!

    Your story touched my heart as I also recently lost my beloved dog of 14 years and am facing other very tough decisions about my future. But your words remind me that God is good and faithful and that a simple life in a safe, loving home is worth striving for. Thank you for your inspiration!

  87. Kris Wescott says:

    How exciting!! Can’t wait to see the new house!

  88. Kelly DeVol says:

    This is just so exciting! We bought a new place in March and are still trying to renovate it. Patience is definitely a virtue at this point in time. We are thrilled and honored to get to see this transition that you are going through. You inspire so many of us💕

  89. Barbara C. says:

    Congratulations! Could you please explain more about the services the clean-out company performed for you? I think I need that!

    1. Congratulations! On your new home. Can’t wait to hear of your sugar maple house! Love your blog.

  90. Miz Helen says:

    What a lovely journey you allow us to share. Often times we have to be still and know, then all of a sudden God has changed everything. My very best wishes for your continued journey, I am excited to be your reader!
    Miz Helen

  91. Congratulations! And thank you so much for sharing. This is, indeed, a very exciting time for you and your family. I will be praying for a peaceful and non-eventful transition to your new home! God bless!!!

  92. Holly Veihman says:

    How exciting and beautiful! I love when we know we are following God’s will and everything just falls into place! I have been feeling very strongly about moving my family from Texas, where all our relatives are, to New Hampshire of all places! I can’t explain it, but it feels right. The problem is my husband has anxiety and its very hard for him to process something like that quickly. I loved reading your house story, it has inspired me to press on with this very scary “idea” I have of moving so far.

  93. Ann, I am one of your mostly silent but faithful followers. However, The joy I felt reading about your next phase was a surprise to me. Other commentators expressed their feelings elegantly and I share their sentiments.

  94. Natalie Kieffer says:

    God works in mysterious and miraculous ways…may you honor Him on this next leg of our journey! We continue to pray for all leaders and people of influence that can touch the hearts and lives of so many. I know you will do your best to share your creativity with us. My hope is that many of our favorite bloggers will share more “made in the USA” products in their homes and posts!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Hi Ann,
      I read this from here in the UK and definitely believe in fate – this was meant to be and I will look forward to seeing your new house and the changes you make to it – to become your hone – Good Luck! Liz x

  95. I couldn’t be happier for you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with all of us. Can’t wait to see your new home and what delights you have in store for it. Congratulations!

  96. Ann I think your story is one of immense faith and I am so happy for you. Wish you and your husband every happiness and many new blessings as you move and make the Sugar Maple House your home. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

  97. Joan Mathieu says:

    So excited for your new adventure! Thinking about your sweet Kelly–we get the comic strip Pickles in our paper. October 10th’s strip was about losing a dog. The grandfather tells his grandson that because he’s lived so long, he’s lost a lot of beloved dogs. The grandson replies that people live long so they can learn how to be good, but dogs already know how to be good, so they don’t have to live as long. Kelly already knew how to be good.

  98. Congrats to you and so exciting!! Looking forward to seeing your new adventure!!!💕
    Marcy

  99. Ann-this is exciting news, and I am so incredibly happy for you and your husband. Kelly’s passing through the Lord has paved a new journey for you both. My family is in a similar situation as our plan fell right into place.

    All the best and will await your future news.
    God bless!

  100. Your blog is one of the first I started following many years ago and remains one of my favorites to this day! Such an exciting new chapter for you and I can’t wait to follow along. God Bless and Congratulations! 💙🤍💙

  101. Ann,I couldn’t ‘t believe what I was reading ! Your post brought tears to my eyes in a good way.You join the list of several people I know that recently moved to Florida including my son.I am so happy for you and the new chapter you’ll begin.I believe things are meant to be and all things will fall into place.I wish you and your husband much happiness and new memories.Can’t wait to see your new home, congratulations !!

  102. Georgia Bingham says:

    Congratulations…interesting the path life takes us…it’s a difficult decision to contemplate, but you’re not going far… Our daughter just sold the house they have worked on for the past 4 years. I spent many days flying down to help her remove tons of white stone from all the flower beds…I think I cried more than she…however like you, a young family will move in and make it theirs….it’s not the house…but the beautiful memories created in it…best wishes…😍

  103. Your love for On Sutton Place, has always been front and center. Blessings and joy in your new adventure. For those of us who have lived in the same home so many years, and are trying to figure out the next chapter….. your story gives me hope.

  104. Susan Honeycutt says:

    Congratulations on this new & exciting chapter in your life!! Looking forward to seeing the Sugar Maple House & all that you do with it!!

  105. Congratulations on the next chapter of your life! It’s sure to be as satisfying as the first.

  106. Patricia Ritchie says:

    So good to hear about your new home.
    Hope everything goes well and your house is everything you hoped.

  107. Kimberly - KKAbsherWrites says:

    Oh, Ann, This is fabulous news for you & your family! I love how God took care of every detail and stopped you from an unnecessary renovation. The new owners can put their own spin on the kitchen while you put your spin on Sugar Maple. 💙 We unexpectedly lost our sweet Kiley to cancer in 2019 and I sobbed for weeks. She was my velcro baby. She nursed me through infertility and autoimmune diseases presenting themselves. Can’t wait to read more. Blessings to you & your family on this new venture.

  108. Congratulations Ann! I’m a fairly recent subscriber, but I could feel your desire to move and having everything fall into place as it did…icing on the cake. I’m excited to see your new house as you make it into your home as you did Sutton Place. What a wonderful turn of events to end this year! Blessings!

  109. Congratulations, how exciting
    Looking forward to all your new exciting idea!

  110. Marcia Mason says:

    Wow! Sounds wonderful. Short story. Approximately 30 years ago, I prayed that the Lord would send us to the house we were to buy and that my heart would leap for joy when we saw it. Our 100 year old farmhouse served us well, through 3 kids and numerous pets. It’s time to move on, but it’s especially hard for my husband who loves it here at Fair Havens Farm.
    I’ve been on several real estate apps for years now. I’m praying for a new move, too. Would appreciate prayers for clarity.
    Congratulations on your new home. Be blessed!

  111. Jenna MacLachlan says:

    Ann, I too am always looking at local real estate because I feel that I have “another house in me.” My husband is starting to agree. I can totally relate to your Zillow searches -especially while on car rides! I also feel that when the right house comes along, I’ll know it. In the meantime, I will continue to refer to “On Sutton Place” to make my current home into its very best self! Good luck, I’m so excited to live vicariously through you on this journey!

  112. Ann,
    God works in mysterious and wonderful ways! I’m happy for you and your family, and fresh new beginnings.
    My husband passed away four years ago, and I ended up selling our beautiful home that he built for me. It was too much for me to care for; forty acres, a huge house, barn, and shop! It was a difficult decision with so many memories to leave behind, but now I am in a cute little house, a nice neighborhood, and close to my children and grandchildren. I believe God has put me where I belong.
    Best of luck at Sugar Maple!

  113. This is incredibly exciting Ann!! While I love Sutton Place, it will be so much fun to journey with you on the new home decorating adventure. I have so many questions and can’t wait to see your home.

    In regards to Kelly there are no words as our furry friends just don’t have longevity. I will miss her too.

  114. Monica Kostak says:

    Congrats on the new home and so sorry to hear of the loss of your fur baby. I understand change can be challenging and exciting. I retired with over 34 years with the DoD in September and am still adjusting….your blog has always been warm and full of inspiration and I look forward to reading as your share your new journey. Thank you!

  115. Dear Ann, So happy for you to be on this journey. The street name, Sugar Maple, just pulls me right in. If you are like me, by the second tour of the house, you were wondering where to put the Christmas tree!! Blessings to you and yours . Mary

  116. Congratulations! I’ve followed you for many years and have enjoyed every bit of Sutton Place! I’m sure the adventures in the Sugar Maple home will be just as exciting! Can’t wait to see it! Yes, God does work in mysterious ways…it’s best that we listen and be patient. Good luck with the move!!💙

  117. Dear Ann….a huge congratulations on your new home and I can’t wait to see it and how you make it your own. Best wishes, best of luck. How exciting…for you and for those of us who follow you. Much happiness!!

  118. Melissa Houston says:

    Dear Ann,
    Congratulations! I’m excited to see the new house and what you’ll do with it. I’m so grateful to you for all the inspiration you have shared over the years. The Sutton Place house is lovely, and I’m sure the Sugar Maple House will offer new and beautiful opportunities for growth and renewal. It is such a gift to have things fall into place, especially after sorrow and loss. God is very good, and your new journey is blessed!
    Thank you for all you do!
    Melissa

  119. Many blessings as you begin this next adventure in a new place, the one you will design to become your home. I too enjoy reading On Sutton Place when I open my email, so I be anxious to follow your new journey. Best wishes!

  120. Wendy Moorhead says:

    Congratulations and enjoy the new house! I love your blog and look forward to seeing your new adventures. Now you will get a whole new perspective on where to put your holiday decor—so exciting!

  121. Linell S Loncorich says:

    Congratulations on this decision! We, too, have been contemplating a move from the home we’ve lived in all our lives and raised our family. It’s so uplifting to hear you knew when you found the right place. I love your positivity and look forward to seeing your new home!

  122. Freddie Ann says:

    This will be exciting for you and your family. Allow the old memories to follow you and the new memories to take hold. I’m excited to follow you along on your new adventures. Of course Kelly will be watching you and enjoying your new adventures as she is enjoying her own.

  123. Congratulations 🎉🎉 after almost 2 years “no life” it’s uplifting to hear a “getting back to normal” story. I’m sure you will make your new home as beautiful as your home on Sutton Place.

  124. Debra Matcovich says:

    What a wonderful new endeavor. All the best for you and your family. I can’t wait to have a peak at your new home.
    Regards
    Debra Matcovich

  125. So happy for you. Such a blessing when God shows you a path. I love your blog and feel a kindred spirit as I love to cook/bake/decorate and enjoy having people in my home. Your art is an inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  126. Carol Audette says:

    Congratulations on your new and exciting endeavor! So enjoyed reading your exciting news on this very chilly Sunday morning. Can’t wait to read about your new home and all your ideas that you will put into place. Looking forward to your next chapter. Thanks for sharing with us Ann!

  127. Ann, I am so happy for you. I always enjoy and look forward to reading your blog.
    The Lord does have a plan for all of us. We just need to listen.
    God bless you and your family.

  128. I believe you truly made the right choice in deciding to move! I wish you many years of good health, happiness and more beautiful memories being made in your new home! God and your Mama most definitely had a hand in this! Good luck💚

  129. Susan McKim says:

    Oh my! What a wonderful story I’m reading with my Sunday morning coffee. I, like many others, can’t wait to see Sugar Maple.

    1. What an uplifting story. It made me cry! I wish all the best to you and your family on this new adventure. I look forward to the Maple House as well.😍

  130. Ann,
    I am so happy to hear of your move. It will be very exciting and yet a very welcome change!
    God has his plans for all of us!
    I look forward to meeting you at Sugar Maple!
    Take care and stay safe!

  131. Abundant grace, peace and joy as you journey forward. Thank you for sharing your life with us….
    Erin G

  132. Oh Ann, I am so happy for you! After the heartbreak of losing Kelly a whole new chapter is about to begin. What exciting news! I have loved your blog and your home on Sutton Place for years. You have such a beautiful and gracious style. I will gladly follow you to Sugar Maple house and can’t wait to see the house that guided this huge decision.
    Best wishes, Bobbi

  133. What a heartfelt story. Congratulations to you and your husband and family on a new adventure. God always has a plan, we just have to be patient and wait for that plan to become a reality. I so look forward to following you on your new adventures.

  134. Huge news, Ann – congratulations!! Im excited to see your new place and the things you do with it to make it your own. 😀

    1. Congratulations, How exciting for you and I will so enjoy and anticipate with you , your new journey. God Bless

  135. Ann, congratulations and thanks for sharing from your heart concerning seeking God’s direction in finding a new place to call “home”! I love your style and you continue to inspire and encourage your readers! My story is very similar to yours as we have lived in the same house for 38 years and our kitchen still has the original oak cabinets that are now worn and orange in color. Our family has outgrown our house with eight grandchildren now and I have been praying daily about a possible move for us as well. I, too, look at the listings on a daily basis. Thanks for confirming what the Lord has been speaking to me concerning a move. His timing, His way, His plan is perfect and if it is meant to be, the doors will open wide and we will know, without a doubt, (just as you did) that it is meant to be. Prayers for your family as you transition into The Sugar Maple and say “see you later” to your beloved The Sutton Place. We rejoice with you and can’t wait to see your new place soon. Love and blessings to you in the coming days, weeks and months. You are truly a blessing to all!

  136. Debra Oliver says:

    This is such exciting news and I too have been right where you are several times. It’s true but sometimes we just KNOW when God is leading us and He takes care of the times and details. I’m so happy for you and I’ll be following you along the way. Enjoy the process. You guys are in my prayers!

  137. My favorite part is that in following your intuition, you have made someone else’s dream of beginning a new chapter in a beautiful home a reality.
    You give so much to so many. Karma. It’s a thing! Enjoy the process!

  138. Congratulations. This is wonderful. I love hearing about a dream that falls into place. The name of your new home is charming and I know it will be fun to follow you along the journey of making it your own.
    Best to you.
    Karen

  139. Jennie Auld says:

    What a marvellous adventure ! I’ve done similar recently, and it’s better than a holiday in the sun. It’s rejuvenating, and hopefully will give you wonderful new memories going forward. Hope this move goes well and all the best for the future.

  140. Ellen Sorce says:

    Congratulations on this exciting new chapter of your life. And YES! we would love to travel with you along your journey.

    Best wishes,
    Ellen

  141. Congratulations! Your story sounds like our story. We moved to our new home in July after 51 years in the house where we raised our sons. We had never expected to move but things just started falling into place in spite of us! Enjoy your exciting new journey. We will all enjoy following you.

  142. Congratulations—I love it when things just fall into place!

  143. Carol@Blueskyathome says:

    Ann, thank you for sharing your new home story. Life does throw us curve balls that bring us to where we should be. I’ll excited for you and can’t wait to see the new home and how you decorate it. My question: once you are settled in, will you get a new puppy?

  144. Pamela J Prueter says:

    Congratulations Ann! So happy for you! I did hear this from a little birdie, but reading this makes me even happier for you and your family. Looking forward to you new posts💗💗

    Pam

  145. This is a wonderful story and congratulations on your move. I will miss your home, as you have made it so lovely, but am looking forward to seeing your new home. I understand your grief after losing your beloved pet. We still talk about our wonderful dog that died decades ago.

  146. Dear Ann,
    I am thrilled for you and know that the timing is right for your move. How perfect that everything seems to have fallen into place.
    You will make wonderful new memories in your new home. I wish you all the success in the world!

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      I know how hard a move is after living in a home for 25 yrs then up and moving not only to a new home but a new state as well. Took some adjustments but now fell it was a good decision for so many reasons. My higher power definitely was in on this move and now after being here for 8 yrs this is now my forever home. I am so happy for you and wish you years of happiness.

  147. Teresa Rose Aikens says:

    Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new home. A change is as good as a rest. Take Care, Teresa.

  148. I’m so excited for you! God works in wonderful ways….congratulations 🏠💕

  149. Dear Ann – I am thrilled for you! Ross and I moved from our neighborhood of 41 years in 2019 for a slightly smaller home in this marvelous town close by. Best decision ever for the next adventure of life and you have the same ahead! I am particularly delighted to read about the new family who are lucky enough to be close to loved ones. Our daughter is now 4 min away!
    I can hardly wait to see your lovely things in their new location and to continue enjoying our online friendship at The Sugar Maple House.

  150. Congratulations and while I will miss Sutton Place I’m looking forward to your new home. It’s amazing what the Lord does for us.

  151. Congratulations Ann, so happy for you! And I’m looking forward to following along on your journey to make this new house your home.

  152. Barbara Edwards Armacost says:

    OMG this is so exciting!! I am so happy for you. A new house just in time for the holidays!! Cannot wait to see the new house and what you do to make it your own.

  153. Today we are celebrating the first anniversary of our move into our new home. We lived in our previous home for 24 years and had wonderful neighbors, but the house needed many updates and we really wanted to leave ” the big city”. After much indecision, I also prayed for a sign, which God graciously provided. We closed on both houses on the same day, and 2 days later, our wonderful movers completed the job. I wish you many blessings in your new home, and look forward to seeing it on your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey. Your blog and emails always bring a smile!

  154. Barb'ry Allen says:

    How wonderful and exciting! Your forever home I hope! Funny how life works out sometimes. Turning the page on the story that is your life……….. a new chapter.

    1. Congratulations looking forward to seeing your adventures

  155. Wow!! Sounds like everything fell into place perfectly. That’s a good sign that maybe all of this was meant to be. And how exciting for your neighbors to have their daughter next door and to have a house that has been taken such good care of! I’m sure your new house will be as lovely as Sutton Place and exciting to have found what you wanted. Good luck on your move and I look forward so seeing the fun projects at the new place!! Sorry to hear about your dog.

  156. I’m so happy for you. My sister introduced me to your blog several years ago and I’ve enjoyed and appreciated your practical, common sense approach to decorating and to life. My husband and I retired at the beginning of 2020. Like you, I wanted improvements or a different house and my husband preferred to stay put. This July we made an offer on a house but did not get it. My husband died suddenly and very unexpectedly at the end of September. Like you, I see God’s hand guiding my life. I’m so grateful that I am not alone in that new house which would be too big for just me. I believe God is guiding you, too. And I’m so very happy for you. Enjoy your new home and all it brings to your life. God bless you!

  157. Wow 🤩. That is big news and Congratulations 🍾.
    I am so happy for you and your family and can’t wait to get the introduction to Sugar Maple 🍁

    1. Like several of the comments, you have described our own lives and the choices and changes we make. It truly sounds like all things “happened for a reason” and I am happy curious to see the path this takes us along with you as you plan your new home. Wishing you many blessings at your new address.

  158. Dear Ann,
    Oh, how I know that the decision to move was a God thing. We moved two years ago after 30 years in our home that we raised our children and said “goodbye” to sweet pups. It was a lot, but our children were very supportive and God has been with us through it all. We love our new home and hold fast to our memories of the past. I so look forward to seeing your Sugar Maple Home. Blessings!

  159. What truly exciting news! I’m so happy that all your plans have fallen into place, and you can now move on to Sugar Maple house. We have lived in our home for 40 years, and I am also thinking a move needs to come in our future. I love looking at what real estate is offering, but haven’t found the “one” that ticks all the boxes like you were able to find! Looking forward to following the adventure of your new home, and wishing you a nice, smooth move!💕

  160. Kim Gibson says:

    As, I am so glad your new adventure fell into place so beautifully! I am sorry to hear of your pup, I’ve always had at least one dog or cat, so I know precisely how losing one affects our hearts. I am so glad God was able to use that for good, for an exciting, thrilling new chapter in your life. May He continue to bless you mightily.

  161. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and excited to follow along on what you do with your new house!

  162. Kaylar Page says:

    First of all, I’m really sorry for your loss of little Kelly. It is very hard to lose your loyal companions. 2nd, Congratulations on your exciting move news! We, too, need to renovate our kitchen – which I just totally dread! So, it may not happen for a long time. I don’t think we’re quite ready for a move although I do look at Zillow, too.
    Best wishes on the move, the settling in and meeting new great neighbors. I look forward to hearing all about it!

  163. Mary Ellen says:

    I’m so happy for you. We bought our little house with a very similar experience – and definitely lead by the hand of God, for sure :-) Ann, I think we’d all follow you to the Sugar Maple House and beyond – because it’s where you are. Your tips and advice, your sharing of life, and most of all your heart – will be wherever you are. Wishing you blessings and a move that amazes you in how easier and more smoothly it goes for you all. We’re here – and await the new stories. <3

  164. houseofmar.com says:

    Awww first off I’m so sorry about you little dog prayers and hugs… I lost my dog in April and I understand the out of sorts. It’s heartbreaking this feeling. God knows what we need and he sure makes sure to bring us to it. Congratulations on the move and new season in life! I’ve followed you for a long time and love your home on Sutton Place! I’m so excited to see what you do with the Sugar Maple home! Oh and today I’m fostering my first little rescue, my heart feels open to helping these misplaced fur-babies. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!

  165. So happy for you
    Your hubby is a treasure
    I have read you for years and enjoyed your journey
    So sorry your pooch went to heaven
    Am excited …your new adventure is about to commence
    Safe move….

  166. Isn’t it amazing how God can pull together all of the details? “Beyond what we can ask or think”?!? I’m so happy for you!

  167. Tina Powell says:

    I am so very excited for you. The same thing happened to us, two years ago. Everything simply fell into place when we weren’t looking, but I firmly believe God had a plan. I have to tell you, you have been so much inspiration to me. I love the Navy door, and the door to my new house is Navy. I love your simplicity. Thank you for taking us along on this journey. I look forward to it!

  168. Congratulations! Looking forward to the new adventures & inspiration you will be sharing. Congrats also to the family who lucked out with your Sutton Place home.

  169. Cathrine Mckay says:

    His wonderful for you! I know the feeling of excitement of moving to a new home! We took a leap of faith and moved from California to Oklahoma in 2007, bought a home and in 2019 sold it once we both retired. We rent now in a wonderful home and we are blessed with the best landlord on earth! Enjoy your new adventure!

  170. Don’t comment much. But this story was spellbinding. Perfect. Love the old on with the new. So sorry about Kelly. His angel was with you.

  171. Jan Brown says:

    Ann….I am so excited for you! Looking forward to seeing the new house and watching you decorate you “blank canvas”. It literally brought a tear to my eye when you said you prayed about it and God led you in this direction. I had the SAME experience back in the spring. I lived in the same place my whole married life and we were ready to make a change. My husband found this brand new “spec” house and we moved in on our anniversary May 28th! I wish you all the happiness in your new home! (Coincidentally, I grew up on Sutton Place in New Orleans!)

  172. Congratulations on this new adventure! I can’t want to read your next chapters!

  173. Congratulations, Ann, on your new home! I’m delighted to hear another example of how the Universe steps in to guide us in unimaginable ways when we least expect it. What perfect timing. I know you will enjoy your new adventure and I look forward to you sharing all your upcoming ideas and projects! Xoxo

  174. Jan Teaford says:

    So wonderful to have your dream come true, and your neighbor’s too! May you continue to be richly blessed in your new home, I can’t wait to see it transition to everything you want it to be.

  175. You had one dream with Sutton Place and now you have a new dream. The fact that it feels right tells you that your honored your gut instincts. Will be fun to see what’s next. Take some of your favorite plants to the new house. That’s what I did to help with the transition when we left the house we built to buy an older home. I cried…but now I love this place too

  176. God always leads us in the right direction. Sometimes there is roadblocks along the way but if you have faith you will be amazed of the outcome! It will definitely be another road for you to travel! How excited it will be for your husband and you! Can’t wait to here all about your new on Maple Avenue❣️

  177. Marjory Woodburn says:

    Best of everything Ann! I cried over the “ rainbow bridge” I chuckled over the avalanche of changes (talk about a fall!!!) and I applaud your rear view mirror look at On Sutton Place knowing God definately is in charge! Good luck with the move….been there-done that…..and I look forward to the coming issues of your blog!
    Marjory

  178. Ann, I am so sorry to hear about Kelly, I know that pain all too well. Eagerly waiting to see your new home!

  179. 5 stars
    WOW congratulations and I just feel it was meant to be.. I have followed you for years and I don’t always post but have enjoyed your amazing ideas. Especially the plate rack That I immediately asked my son to make for our downsized kitchen. Enjoy your move it’s not easy but one thing at a time it will be a new adventure. Best of luck Bunny

  180. Congratulations! This is very exciting news! Can’t wait to follow along!!💙

  181. Mandy Allen says:

    Fantastic news, and life sure moves in mysterious ways. This sounds a little like our move 2 years ago. To cut a long story short, life ‘after cancer’ left me depressed and very unhappy in the house I’d once loved, and we decided that moving was probably the best option. I’d seen a house online about a year before which just stood out, and which we saw first on our house hunting trip (to the south of France from the north). It was just so much better than all the rest, so we bought it! We have been really happy here for the last two years and my post chemo depression lifted straight away.

    I wish you well in your future journey and look forward to reading more about the new house (which I hope has a kitchen which you like!). xx

  182. Chinita Hayden says:

    How wonderful Ann. Oft times, or most, it takes a certain amount of heart, bravery and trust mixed with a large portion of faith. You trusted and combined it all together for a beautiful new start. Good for you. I can’t wait to see what’s next. You encourage me. Thank you!

    1. My heart hurt for you when you lost Kelly. I know that pain. I’m delighted for you that you’ve found a new path forward and excited to see what comes next. Best wishes with the move!

  183. God’s timing is always perfect. So happy for you. I love your style and the fact that you too love navy blue and white like I do. Blessings to you on your new journey!

  184. Yes, I agree this is God’s hand at work. He has such a plan for us we rarely see until we are in it. I know he orchestrated the house I am in. He is good all the time. Looking forward to seeing this new home. God bless Ann💕

  185. Good morning Ann, Thank you for sharing your exciting news! When you mentioned you had big news ahead, I thought perhaps you had replaced your dear little Kelly, although I know she will never be replaced in your heart.❤️ Can’t wait to see pictures of your new Sugar Maple House (love the name)! I’m sure it’s beautiful! As you mentioned, moving after 28 years on Sutton Place will be bittersweet. We, too, have been in our 2-story colonial house on a cul-de-sac for 28 years. Love my house, but I stalk Zillow, too, just in case my ‘dream home’ pops up, just as yours did.😉 So happy for you! ‘Happy Moving Day’ and take care.🥰

  186. How exciting. I love your decorating ideas and look forward to seeing photos of the new place. You will build so many new memories. Such beautiful names for streets too! Sutton Place and now Sugar Maple! I’m jealous. The majority of our houses have been on numbered streets. Sugar Maple beats North 30th Street any day! Enjoy!

  187. First, I am so sorry about losing Kelly; I have experienced that pain myself a number of times. You learn to live with the void but it’s never easy.

    On the positive side, I am so excited for this next chapter in your life!! We have moved 13 times in 38 years, so I wish you a good move, little/no damage, and an organized unpacking. LOL I’ll enjoy following along as you settle in and begin to make Sugar Maple your own. :-)

  188. Congratulations! As I read your blog this morning I chuckled at the many many many similarities of your story to “ours”. Kitchen, 28 years, full price offer, an older home that I love (my hubby wanted the move, I did not). Yet I agreed to look (half heartedly) and I am the one that actually found our new home. We even bought in October and sold in November after cleaning out the half story and basement ~ lol ~ and went to both of our neighbors of 28 years to let them know. I am so happy for you and the journey you are about to take. Looking forward to your unfolding story. God bless.

  189. I love this:
    “It’s not about the actual location, it’s about loving your home, and following your heart. It’s about keeping things simple, embracing new experiences, and not being afraid to make a change. It’s about being true to your own personal style, and transforming your house into a home.”
    Sugar Maple house has a sweet ring to it!

  190. How exciting! On to a new adventure! Yes, the Lord certainly had his hand on every detail! Can’t wait to see the new chapters of your adventure! Congratulations to you and your husband.

  191. I am so happy for you . I have always loved your Sutton place home . You have made it so warm and cozy but life hands us changes and when it is time everything just falls into place. So excited to see your new home. I am sure it will be wonderful.

  192. Ann, I am so excited for you and your new adventure! We are embarking on a kitchen remodel and the kitchen will be torn out tomorrow! I can’t wait to see your new home!

  193. Beth Seman says:

    A “meant to be” kind of story! Congratulations!

    1. Mary Choi says:

      I am so excited for you! What an exciting new chapter for you and we get to share the journey with you. I can’t wait!

  194. Sandra Long says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you. Can’t wait to see the new house.

  195. Gods timing is always exciting! Hoping the move goes well, (nothing broken) and you enjoy this new home and journey.

  196. Kathy Lux says:

    Ann, I’m so excited for you as you move forward. Thank you for sharing your story with us and I look forward to seeing the new home you create. Isn’t God good!

  197. Isn’t it interesting how loss often rockets us into a refreshing change? I am sure your next few days will be filled with mixed feelings, but I hope excitement underlies all of them. God is so good to us! I look forward to seeing how the next chapter unfolds, Ann.

  198. I am sure this is bittersweet, but change is GOOD! We have lost a few of our fur babies over the years and it takes so much out of me! Anxious to come along on this journey. Take care.

  199. How exciting! Thank you for sharing your heart. The Lord has plans we don’t always see until they’re unfolding, but I’ve learned along the way that he can always be trusted. Your blog has been a light in my life and I look forward to following this next chapter! Hugs :)

    1. Congratulations!

      We moved after 31 years in the same house two years ago. I thought it would be hard to leave but surprisingly it wasn’t! We have the same stomping grounds and see our old neighbors often, though not as often as before.

      I’m looking forward to seeing your new home and hoping your transition goes smoothly!

  200. Jennifer Berryman says:

    5 stars
    Blessings and joy for you and your family as you enter this thrilling chapter of an adventure yet told.

  201. Congratulations 🎊🎈. I’m so happy for your next adventure. We did the same thing five years ago (at probably your age). It’s rejuvenated our lives and we are so happy we made the decision.

  202. Wow, I had an inkling that your news was going to be big! So very excited for you and look forward to seeing what you do with the new Sugar Maple house. Your blog will be exploding with so many different posts, it will be interesting to see how you create your new space especially during the holidays. Can’t wait. Enjoy!

  203. Kay Bowman says:

    So Happy for you! We are going to look forward to this move with you! Happy days ahead!

  204. sharon hudson says:

    5 stars
    Love, love, love the way God led you to make this exciting change. It is not a coincidence or accident, it is real blessing from the Lord. Best of everything to you Ann, I will stay close to hear about your new adventure.

    1. Michelle Humphreys says:

      5 stars
      GOD works in mysterious ways‼️‼️‼️Thrilled about your new adventure‼️

  205. What a wonderful Story and I know God had a hand in it all. I can’t wait to follow you on your next journey.

  206. I am excited and happy for you. I look forward to following you as you make this house your new home. God Bless!

  207. Isn’t it so wonderful how God really knows our heart. So excited for you and your family. Many blessings and wonderful new memories made in your new home .

  208. I lost my precious dog, Bensor, this year and life has not been the same without him. It’s like part of me stopped living. I am glad that you will be starting a new chapter in your life. It will be exciting and give you a new story to tell. Thank you for sharing.

  209. Tammy C Bennetts says:

    I love witnessing the Lord’s hand at work as it clearly is here. Congratulations and looking forward to the journey.

  210. Glenda Wilcox says:

    Thank you for including us in your journey. Good Luck !! Moving day is no fun !!
    But it will all be worth it !

  211. Congratulations!!! So excited to see your new home!

  212. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see pics of the new place. I’m very happy for you-a fresh start filled with so many possibilities!

  213. Barbara Moore says:

    Oh, Ann! How exciting for you! I see God’s hand in every step of your amazing new journey. I can not wait to see your new home. I’ll be eagerly anticipating every new post.

  214. I hope you have an easy move, Ann. I am happy for you and am looking forward to your blog in the new house.

  215. Elizabeth Davidson says:

    So beautifully written and such a pretty name Maple Sugar House xx

  216. So very happy for you!!!

  217. Paula@SweetPea says:

    What exciting news! I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to see the new house.

    1. Good luck in your new adventure. I think your news is exciting and can’t wait to be a part of it.

      1. I love your story. Can’t wait to ride along with you on this new adventure. Tell us everything!

    2. Dear Ann,
      I am gratefulful for your path to healing and can hardly wait to see your new home!! I believe that the stall in the kitchen and also Kelly’s passing was the time necessary for God to provide you the desires of your heart. I loved your home and all you have accomplished but I am excited for this new adventure!!
      Anxiously awaiting,
      Carol

      1. Jeanne Kleinberg says:

        Congratulations, Ann! What a wonderful surprise for all of us, your readers. I look forward to watching you create another new home. I truly believe that the secret to a long and happy life is to always have a project and always look to the future! Best wishes.

        1. Ann, I am so happy for you! I’m a little sad though, too. The photo of your house was no surprise to me! I had pictured that very house in my mind as I read your blog. It is a popular style where I live and it made me think of you as a neighbor. You addressed things that were relevant to me and my lifestyle. Enjoy your new adventure! Mary