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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Summer Bucket List






I love filling out our Summer Bucket list! And I find if I don't jot down our list we never remember everything! Here's a printable to get your started! 

What's on your list this year? I will be sharing some of ours in the next couple weeks! Happy planning!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day Baskets



I love a good May Day basket! When I was a little girl my Grandma Marion always celebrated May Day. And now I am trying to continue that tradition!


#usewhatyouhave

tins = My parents received a big box of candy for a Christmas gift years ago. I have been holding onto these candy tins since then.

flowers = a floral banner kit

vintage light reflectors

vintage ribbon

and of course I used my stamp kit from Paper Source

a may day poem

candy from our local candy store

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Henry's Confirmation | Our Family




Yesterday we celebrated Henry's confirmation. It was a beautiful day filled with lots of sunshine and family. 

We have a non-traditional family, or do they call it a blended family? We just call it family. It's not what I ever would have chosen for Henry. Can you imagine?  "When I grow up, I hope I have a baby and I am not married to the dad!" I struggle with the guilt of this still 15 years later. It never goes away. And maybe I have parented a bit differently because of it too! But here's the cool thing about our family . . . we all get along! There have definitely been some lows and some fights and some hurt feelings, but we have always tried to put Henry first and what is best for him. And we want to be a positive example to our other children too!



Yesterday, as we all stood around H during the "Laying on of Hands" I couldn't help but get a bit emotional. First, as a mom it's always emotional seeing your children growing up. Second, to have his grandmas and grandpas, his siblings, his mom, his dad, his bonus mom, his bonus dad, his grandpa's girlfriend, Henry's friend's dad all stand with him and pray with him and for him . . . made my heart so happy. But I also had a sense of pride knowing we are being and doing our best for him.



Henry chose this verse for his faith statement during confirmation. I think he chose this verse because he really loved the friendship part of his Wednesday nights and found comfort in those new friendships. But as I re-read it again today,  I instantly thought it was a fitting verse for Our Family.












Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Signs

A couple weeks ago I discovered the most adorable greeting card line called, Stripy Arms. I added several of her cards to my collection and I also, added this print. I almost cried when I found it on her site!

Here's the deal . . . around the same time that I found this print, a friend had just told me I was "too much" for her. A 13 year friendship finished. Hard words to hear . . . heartbreaking nonetheless. I was also helping a friend with all of her marketing for her new store called, The Bees Knees! So if those two things weren't enough to convince me that this print needed to be in my home. A friend then pointed out that the girl in the print had short hair. I just cut off all my hair! EEEEK!!

Do you believe in signs? I call these God taps!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring, where are you?


This midwest girl is ready for spring!! A little Mary Poppins to get us in the mood!
{download it here} Happy Spring, friends!



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello 46


This is 46. I have earned every one of these wrinkles. The best ones i can safely say are the laugh lines around my eyes. I know that I have laughed far more than I have cried. I am working on being proud of this body. The body that made me a mom. The body that fed my children. The body that allows me to run and bike and climb the stairs. I am working on it.

I have the best little family who really is something else. A cute husband that makes me laugh every day and two kids that I couldn’t be more proud of and of course our Sully dog. Want to know what unconditional love is? Get a dog! It really is one of  the best gifts i have ever given myself. I have an amazing group of friends. As you get older your friendship circles change. Some leave on their own and some you choose to gracefully exit, but I don’t regret any of those friendships. There is always something good that comes out of people sharing chapters of your life with you! Look, I promise you will find something.

I have found things in my life that make my heart happy. That are my very own. Photography, helping our furry friends find their forever homes, running an Etsy shop and most recently, working with some amazing women to help make our community a better place . . . things that I hope make my kids proud of me!

Saturday, Henry and I are heading to Flordia to spend a week with my parents. Another reason to celebrate. I have two parents that are always on an adventure and we want to tag along. We still have time together. I really want to make it count!

Hello 46! It’s great to be here!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine Word Find




When my son first started to read he loved doing word finds so this may be a hit with your new readers as well! You can find the printable here! This one is super easy . . . just two cuts and you have 4 cards! Boom!