Engagement Photos, Tree Hugging, and Amazing Views

When my son asked me to come visit him and his fiancée to take engagement photos, without hesitation I agreed. I’m not a people photographer, so I was a little nervous.  But if they weren’t too picky about how they turned out, I was willing to try. Here’s a quick collage to give you an idea of the photos I shot. If you want to see more photos and hear about my “adventure” taking their photos, you can see more below. {Read More}

He Saved the Best Rock for Last | A Love Story

There once was a little boy who climbed onto his friend’s bike that was too big for him. He tried to ride it down the driveway, but he fell and broke his arm.   A few years later, that same little boy climbed up another friend’s bunk bed, got his leg stuck in the ladder rung, and fell and broke his other arm. Years passed, and his poor frazzled mom thought he’d outgrown his arm-breaking tendencies, when she got a {Read More}

Farm Fresh Eggs and a Terrifying Hen

Farm fresh eggs. Those three little words conjure up wholesome images of barns and chickens and kids running around barefoot through the grass to collect them, don’t they? But my mom has a different image when it comes to farm fresh eggs …

Kittens Seem to Find Us

Our family seems to be a magnet for kittens without families of their own. I vowed we were not getting any new animals. Three of my kids are young adults, and one has only a few years left in high school, so I don’t want to be the one left to take care of all the animals once all my kids fly the coop, but … You knew there was a “but,” right? My son was at his friend’s house and they {Read More}

Projects with Potential, But I Need Your Ideas

I’ll warn you up front, I’ve got nothing pretty to show you today, but I’ve got a few projects that I know have potential, once I decide what direction I want to go in with them. That’s where you come in! 🙂 I know you all will have ideas for them, and I’d love to hear them. First up is this cabinet door. It’s the “twin” to the DIY word wall art sign I shared last week. I sanded the loose {Read More}

Farmhouse Totes – Farmhouse Friday

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If I asked you to name one piece of decor in your home that not only looks great, but is functional as well, what would your answer be?  #1 on my list has to be totes. They are hard-working and can be used in any room in the house, from the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the craft room – even the garage. You can buy vintage totes, upcycle a thrift store tote, or make them from scratch. My favorite {Read More}

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Cafe Lights in the Guest Room

When your kids are babies, life is all about cute little outfits, decorating the nursery, and getting photos to mark their 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th month moments, and nobody really warns you about what may be coming in the days ahead, do they?

All Good Things

When you read the three words in this post’s title, “All good things“, I’d be willing to bet your mind automatically filled in the remainder of the proverb with, “must come to an end“, didn’t it? The funnest vacation you’ve ever taken eventually ends, Your brand new car eventually starts looking like a used car,      Downton Abbey ended, and there’s no season 7.  Sigh… So when I discovered one of my favorite good things was suddenly gone,

a Bridal Shower, a Quick Trip, and and Mother’s Day

This weekend was a total whirlwind.  Actually, the entire week was! My daughter’s best friend is getting married in a few weeks, so today we hosted a bridal shower at our house for a small group of her friends. I spent the early part of last week doing a house purge to get all my in-progress projects hidden away, which was a huge job, but they’ve been best friends since they were in kindergarten, so I was more than happy to do {Read More}

Lucy and Ethel and My Heartfelt Thanks

To all of you who shared your own stories of loss, and left condolences on the passing of my dad, please know I read every single one of them, and they meant so much to me.  The first day after he was gone was so quiet and strange.  We had become accustomed to the sound of his oxygen machine, and when we turned it off, the silence was deafening, and we’d become so used to talking in whispers, that it {Read More}

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