My Grandpa

My Grandpa

I shared this on Instagram, but since my blog is a more permanent personal journal, I wanted to give an update here too. My grandpa passed away on Saturday, April 24. It’s hard to sum up what one person means to you in an Instagram caption or even a blog post, but here’s what I  shared about my grandpa: My grandpa passed away on Saturday afternoon. 💔 While it wasn’t unexpected and death never happens at a “good” time, I’m grateful I was already back home with my family during this time. This is a really big loss for our family. My grandpa, Ted, was […]

reflections: the loss of autonomy

reflections: the loss of autonomy

I’ve raised my voice at my kids. I’ve had adult temper tantrums. I’ve blamed my kids for my bad attitude and for sometimes just…doing things children do. I’ve had days where I didn’t like the way I showed up as a mom. I’m not as patient as I want to be. I’ve been so frustrated and annoyed and OVER IT. I was telling my therapist about a particularly bad day — one where I blew it as a mom. I cried as I told her I don’t want to be like this — an angry “bad mom.” She gently said, “you’re not a bad mom. […]

my faith journey & recent reflections on American Evangelical Christianity

my faith journey & recent reflections on American Evangelical Christianity

THE CHRISTIAN OUTSIDER: FEELING  “IN THE MIDDLE” & NEVER FITTING IN CHILDHOOD I grew up going to church. My dad was Catholic at the time, and often worked on Sundays, so my mom took us four girls to church by herself. That was my first time experiencing feeling “othered” at church. Everyone else showed up with both parents and I just came with one. I  often felt ashamed that only one of my parents identified as Christan; somehow this made me feel “less than” or “not good enough” from an early age. That somehow my Christian experience wasn’t as good or true or deep because […]

living room corner refresh

living room corner refresh

Hi! I’m so excited to share with you our refreshed living room! Well, a corner of it anyway. This room has never felt quite right to me and I’ve been on a mission to tweak this space so it functions a little better (hi, strategic storage and more floor space to play!) and looks a little better. We had a different sofa in here for about two years and while there was nothing wrong with it, the gray color made the room feel darker than it already is (with lots of wood trim!) and the ottoman took up too much space, so we could only […]

I have a thing for tulip pedestal tables

I have a thing for tulip pedestal tables

When you like something…you like something! Apparently, I  have a thing for tulip / pedestal tables whether it’s a dining table or accent table! I  like to say its a reoccurring theme in our house. Tulip (or pedestal) tables are “a wide, round, flat base that quickly tapered into a ‘stem’ of sorts; topped with thin, round or oval surfaces wider than their base” according to House Beautiful. I  love that they don’t take up as much space – literally and visually and add a modern flair to our (quite old) home. Here’s the ones we have and love! 2 Piece Concrete Pedestal Accent Table […]

greenhouse decor updates

greenhouse decor updates

Hi there! We recently made some big decor changes to our backyard greenhouse and I wanted to share! A little backstory on the greenhouse for you first! We bought our house in October 2018 and this space used to be a falling-apart, termite-filled garage. In November, E had the idea to tear it down and turn it into a backyard greenhouse. Our greenhouse is made out of recycled windows and doors we found in our neighborhood! The project wrapped up in April/May 2019 and for about a year, we used it solely as a functional greenhouse space. Plants only, really. Last spring, we decided to […]