Last week was full of emotion as I said goodbye to my beloved piano students in Chapel Hill. By far the hardest part of moving has been saying goodbye to these sweet families. So much so that even after moving away a year ago, I’ve been commuting two hours one-way every week to continue teaching […]

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  • Kelly Strawberry - I’m sure you were the best piano teacher!!! So sad reading this post because I know this likely means you will no longer be joining us at Articles Club! You were such a wonderful addition to our discussions. We missed you this week!

    It definitely makes more sense to put your time and focus on your new life in Kinston. My commute to/from work is treacherous (not nearly as bas as yours) but about 2 hours per day total. That is over 20 days a year spent commuting! It is definitely something I wrestle with and pray about constantly. It steals my joy, which is so frustrating for me because I know there are people dealing with things much more stressful than a long commute.

    Praying for you and for the friendships and new opportunities that await you and your husband!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Kelly! I’ll still try to make it to Articles Club though it may not be every month! Missed you too! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Praying for you as well – commuting is definitely hard! I was so thankful to find a few really fun podcasts to listen to during my long drives! Let me know if you’d like some suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - This is so beautiful, Robyn! I can only imagine the wonderful impact you’ve had on the lives of these kids, especially considering how much they’ve clearly meant to you. That doesn’t go unnoticed or unfelt! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

Happy June, y’all! Summer officially begins this month and it’s hard to believe it’s been one full year since Jordan graduated and we began this crazy journey of moving away from our beloved Chapel Hill to a tiny town in Eastern NC! This month is going to be a bittersweet month, as I officially make […]

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  • Em - So proud of your neighbor outreach! ๐Ÿ™‚ And can’t wait to see the sunroom!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, Em! ๐Ÿ™‚ Coming soon!!ReplyCancel

We recently added to the scope of our exterior renovations and began the process of getting rid of one exterior door before we paint! One thing about our house that is odd is how many doors there are. While some people may love that, we weren’t as keen on it for two reasons: Security – […]

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  • Kelly - Our house has NINE doors that allow entry into the house. I’ve always thought that was a ton!! Every bedroom in the house has a door to the outside. My main concern is for when we have teenage kids, but I hope my future kids would never think of sneaking out of the house. I hope that I have perfectly obedient children…or I’ll need some really good door alarms. ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - WOW! Nine!!! You win – haha! We have six currently and we will have five once we get rid of the one, which we think will be just perfect for us! But the silver lining with a door in each bedroom is that y’all have very easy escape routes in case of fire! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will also hope for your sake that you have wonderfully obedient children that would never even think of sneaking out of the house!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Burns - I’m with you – sometimes less is more. We removed a back door during our renovation (went from three to two) and are so glad we did. Doors usually eat up valuable square footage so saying sayonara to one can create a more functional floorplan. I think you guys are smart to make the change now!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Happy to have your design stamp of approval! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad we thought of it now too before we finish the exterior! It must be so wonderfully simple to just have two doors in your home! I completely agree about being able to create much more functional floor plans with less doors!ReplyCancel