When I started developing Sarah by the Sea earlier this year, I think on some level I hoped that it would spark a miracle that would mean we wouldn’t have to bid farewell to the beach when school started. But hope is not a strategy, and there was no miracle. I looked at some options for staying on and getting our own house, but ultimately time wasn’t on my side and the kids returned to school in the country this past week.
We don’t own a beach house yet. The kids and I are blessed to spend the summer at my family’s home, but now that everyone is back to school, we’re back in our cozy little house.
For the past two weeks, I have been back at The Country House, getting everything ready for school and doing some much-needed painting. During this time, as much as I wanted to write here, I just couldn’t. Maybe it was too much going on or the heavy knowledge that we are still in our starter home after all these years, but the words just wouldn’t come.
The other night, I had a little smack-in-the-face wake up call though. I was working behind the scenes here on Sarah by the Sea when a glitch took all recent posts offline. Frankly, I was lucky I didn’t lose everything. But the bounce back was a long process of manually bringing everything back and re-adding all the images to posts. Three hours later, I had rediscovered why I started Sarah by the Sea. (Also, apologies to subscribers who received numerous alerts as I bought all the posts back online. Sorry!)
I’ve been asked what would happen to this site now that we are back in The Country House. The answer is simple: it will keep growing. Our dream of living at the beach hasn’t changed. Heck, it’s probably more intense when we aren’t there. And while I wish we could have pulled off a miracle and found a way to rent out our house and rent another house for this fall, the best dreams take hard work, dedication and patience. This is worth waiting for.
So, what can you expect?
The kids and I are back from The Cottage now. However, we’ll still be visiting that beach and other beaches. You can expect lots of gratuitous beach shots as well as fun DIY stuff (I have a bathroom re-do planned for The Country House that will bring a lot more beach to it). And I will continue writing about being a freelance writer, beach-inspired decorating, our road to our dream and so much more. There will also be some fun travel-related features coming up too.
Thanks for reading this summer as Sarah by the Sea got off the ground and running. And I hope you will stick with me through the long journey to our dream of living by the sea.