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It has been a long time. I know.

It was MY plan to get back to blogging over the summer and God had other plans.

Our family lost my father this summer through unexpected tragic circumstances and that kind of dictated how we spent our summer.

We are back into the swing of school and have stepped out on faith and put one in school and have two left at home. Our oldest is finishing up her last year in the local college and has plans to transfer to a university after graduation in the spring.

So last November… We didn’t just move.


We have never owned our own home before. I am looking forward to blogging about decorating it and making it ours.

It has been quite a process, this moving business. We have accumulated so much stuff in almost 25 years of marriage.

This move has and continues to force us to face our STUFF and downsize and decide what we really need to keep and what can be purged.

A year later and we are still trying to wade through all our “wonderful treasures” that we seem to not be able to delete from our lives.

We moved from a four story house that had a full walk in attic and basement which were both full of clutter and books and stuff we have dragged halfway around the world and back again.

Our new house is a bi-level which is really a glorified rancher with an extra basement room. I always said I would never want to live in a bi-level but… this one captured our attention with it’s huge flat yard, shorter paved driveway, and wood fireplace and is perfect for us and is an answer to so many prayers. One being “Lord, please help me to clear the clutter.” I am still struggling with that one.

Our new home has a school area/studio area in the basement. I am overjoyed about this. I finally don’t have to clear school completely off the kitchen table to put our dinner on the table. Sigh of relief.

I am looking forward to using my new studio space more. Though we have been here a year and our house still looks like we just moved in. So many boxes.. still … in almost every. room.

There are things that have gone missing over our 14 moves that I am looking forward to finding as I unpack each box.

I am sure I sound like a broken record to many as I have yet to really reach any of the goals I set years ago in my blogging and art and life in general. But I am trying really hard to move forward and get out of the slump and now I have several Gorgeous Girls who are cheering me on and encouraging me forward in many areas of my life. I am so glad to have their support. God has greatly blessed me with some very good friends in Christ.


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  • Dottie SimonidesOctober 16, 2017 - 10:35 PM

    Clearing clutter and tossing unneeded things is an ongoing project for us all. I cannot figure out how “neat-nicks” do it. The mail keeps bringing more stuff. I have notepads and address labels to last till I’m 150. I have great difficulty tossing stuff that’s useful. I’m only happy if I can give it another good home. And during this downsizing project, so much else needs to be done: pay the bills, do laundry & dishes, clean, bake something for [so many events] and take someone to ball practice. Oh, and make supper (and maybe shop for it). It’s tough clearing out while you’re living in the space. I’ll keep at it because I really want to downsize and get into a place where there will at least be no more exterior upkeep. Maybe in ten years? Best wishes to you and your endeavor!ReplyCancel

  • StacyOctober 17, 2017 - 7:30 AM

    Hi! I was happy to see your new entry pop across my blog feed today. I am sorry for your loss 🙁 we are also sending our oldest to school this year but it’s been so challenging. Praying it goes well for you! And your home is beautiful!! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth WeaverOctober 17, 2017 - 10:27 AM

    I’m so glad to see you blog again. I have three half finished blog posts I’m sitting on. Ugh. It’s hard. I got out my art supplies for the first time in a year and what I sketched was SO BAD I cried. It takes time. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. All of it.ReplyCancel

Hiking Toward Home enters it’s eighth year today!

…and as the blog gets another year older so do I.

In the last post, I blogged about our last RENTED home.

Praise the Lord, He provided us with a home of our own. This is the first time we have ever owned a home.


Our new home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood, on a dead end street.

I love it!!

The neighbors we have gotten to know so far are very nice and friendly and, as we found out this week, very helpful when it comes to clearing away snow.

I never thought I would be happy in a bi-level. My OCD never liked the split stairs as you open the front door of a bi-level home. However, this house has so many other wonderful qualities, its bi-level-ness faded into the background.

For one thing, just look at that paved driveway!! In the recent snow we found that it did not take but a few hours to clear it. My husband was very thankful. He was even more thankful that the neighbor across the street came over and cleared most of the drive with her snow blower. What a blessing that was!!

And that double carport! I can see into our future and picnics and parties will be enjoyed and rain will not ruin our parade!!

I fell in love with the YARD!! I really like that the house sits back off the road and the yard is FLAT. There is a small garden across the front of the house which I look forward to clearing and re-planting.

I would like to paint the front door turquoise… someday. Currently the shutters are a nice marine blue but I am not going to go with that on the front door. The sun hits that door almost all day and it gets so hot you can hardly put your hand on the door handle, so it needs to be a light color. Right now it is a dull gray.

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  • StacySeptember 11, 2017 - 2:33 PM

    Beautiful home! I wanted to introduce myself as a new follower 🙂 I found you on the Married to Ministry blog hop on A Preachers Wife, and really have enjoyed reading your blog! your new home is absolutely beautiful! My husband and I have been married and renters for 11 years now lol, and I can’t wait for the day, whenever and wherever that may be that we buy our first home. 🙂 Loving your photography as well! I’m glad I found your blog!ReplyCancel

    • SharonOctober 11, 2017 - 1:16 PM

      Stacy, I am so very sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. Thank you for introducing yourself! and for visiting my little corner of blogland. I am trying desperately to get back to blogging. Please stick with me. 🙂ReplyCancel


No, I did not fall off the face of the earth.

I took a year long blogging break. I haven’t blogged since last February.


A lot has happened in the mean time and I am looking forward to sharing all sorts of news here on the old blog.

The biggest news…  We moved!

Before I jump into the new place, a few things about the old place, a rental that we lived in for five years.

The house itself, its layout and design, I really liked. The house had an open floor plan that I enjoyed.

However, we did not like the fact that it had no back yard. It had a drainage ditch instead.

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It also had a very steep front yard with a very long gravel driveway. No where to play soccer or volleyball or badminton. When it came to snow, the gravel long driveway was a back-breaker to shovel.


Though I love living in the rural countryside, my husband and I grew up in a planned community, in the land of neighbors close by and streets with curbs and paved driveways. He wanted community and I wanted country.

God gave us both.


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Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know I am Guest Posting over at Tiffany’s “In Grace Always” blog today. Tiffany has been running a series of guest posts on the topic of Hearing God. I feel honored that she invited me to join in. Click on over to Tiffany’s to read along and leave some love over there by way of comments.

If you are here from Tiffany’s blog, WELCOME! Let me invite you to hike along with me by subscribing in that little box up at the top of the right hand sidebar. I’d love to have you along for the trek.

Thankful for each of you.



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So I said in my last post about Sushi that there was another post about sushi coming.

Here it is.

Who knows if there will be more…

On Friday night, I went out with my brother and the sushi was so good I just had. to. have. more.

I said it was a new addiction.

I asked a sweet friend of mine, who I knew posted about sushi on her Instagram account, where she like to go for sushi that was close by where we live. She told me of a local sushi place and raved about how it was her favorite place to have sushi. Many others I have spoken to since going to Johnny’s have spoken highly of Johnny’s and how it is the best sushi in the vicinity of where we live.

Now I have got to say. I have driven by this Johnny’s many times and thought, “Really? Sushi in Ceciltucky?” and I am not the only one who thought that. I found a review on YELP! by a Jamie S. called “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” and I laughed when I read the review because it said exactly what I thought.

I’ve been driving past Johnny’s since it opened and just now tried it last weekend. Wow, I’m impressed. What took me so long to check this place out? Oh, I know. Because it’s a sushi house in Ceciltucky. For years all signs pointed to “[…]!” But that’s the sushi snob in me talking. Came in here with my lady to finally try this place out and our expectations were surpassed by quite a bit. Now, let’s talk about the 4 stars here. We need to grade on a curve because this sushi joint is located in Perryville, MD so that already makes me a bit iffy. It was not the best sushi I’ve ever had but I was not expecting that. But for Cecil county sushi? I’m a fan.

So I am not the only one that had doubts about a sushi joint in Ceciltucky.

After church on Sunday, my husband took the younger kids to go watch the Superbowl with his mom, leaving my parents and my oldest daughter and I on our own.

So, off to Johnny’s Sushi House we went!

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was so delicious!!

Again, I started with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura. It was very good.


It had different vegetables than Joss had offered.

Both places though served Sweet Potato Tempura and it was my favorite in both restaurants.

My daughter and I chose two rolls apiece and decided we would share them piece for piece. That was a great way to order because we ordered what we chose but were able to try the other’s choices of rolls.

My daughter ordered a Paradise Roll and a Sweet Sixteen Roll.

The Paradise Roll consisted of a center of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber rolled and then topped with cooked shrimp and avocado. One thing we both liked about the Paradise Roll is that you could taste the smokey flavor of the salmon but it didn’t overwhelm the other flavors in the roll.

The Sweet Sixteen Roll consisted of a center of cooked shrimp, cucumber, cream cheese, and mango. The outside of the roll consisted of crabmeat, crunch, and sauce.


I ordered the Coconut Shrimp Roll, figured I would again “stay safe” and order cooked food as opposed to raw.

The Coconut Shrimp Roll was very tasty. The inside was Shrimp Tempura, cucumber, cream cheese, wrapped in Soybean paper with flakes and sauce. Although I don’t see any “flakes” on the outside of the roll, whether it was inside the wrap or not there at all, it was still delectable.

The Hawaiian Roll was crab meat, avocado, cucumber and mango rolled up and covered with cooked shrimp, and drizzled with strawberry and mango sauces. This was another scrumptious dish.


I have no idea what my parents ordered. They ordered some sort of combination that included a chef’s choice so even though they ordered the same thing, they both had something a bit different from the other but it all looked good and they were quite happy with it.

Mom’s combo platter:


Dad’s combo platter:


I enjoyed everything my daughter and I ordered. I don’t think I can pick a favorite because it was all good and there is nothing I would not order again. We were all quite satisfied with our meals and I would recommend Johnny’s Sushi House and plan on going there again very soon.

My dear sweet wonderful husband has yet to have sushi with me.

He won’t commit to saying he will go with me for sushi. He’s funny. Every time I bring it up he changes the subject. I am working on him though.

I am determined. I will wear him down.

Or at least drag him along and make him watch me eat it!!

The good thing is that each of these places do offer food that is cooked and Johnny’s does have other menu items more along the lines of a chinese restaurant included on their extensive menu.

(Disclaimer: Johnny’s has no idea I have written this post. I have not been compensated. These are my honest opinions.)

(**Clarification: Self-proclaimed Rednecks, who live here, call our county- Cecil County, “Ceciltucky.” It is a reference that, though we are somewhat northern (though south of the Mason – Dixon line), our county is very “southern”.**)

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