Thursday, June 29, 2017


Yesterday, we got back from a trip to England!  I went over for a week with Gretchen to explore the English countryside and tour gardens (such a luxury!), and Bryce and the children came over for a week to explore London.  I'd never been to England before but I have to say that the countryside completely stole my heart.  To say that I loved everything about it would be an understatement.

With all the devastation that has taken place in and around London, Bryce and I had some serious discussions about moving forward with the trip, but it was, by far, the right decision to continue on with our plans.  We did everything we wanted to and never felt afraid (I will admit that I was uncomfortable riding the underground) and I will cherish the memories we made as a family exploring this wonderful, charming and historic city!

Lots and lots of pictures to follow!

P.S.  The above picture is of Grace's countdown!

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Desk and Chair

The library is really starting to come together and I find myself wanting to spend my time in there with friends, with my coffee, with Bryce or just reading a book.

Right when we bought this house, I found a beautiful desk at a local consignment store.  While I'm not always one for cream/gold furniture, I loved this one, especially the beautiful wood top.  We've set it under a window (that needs to be cleaned!) and I love how pretty it looks.  Also, it turns out that the white/gold paint nicely mixes up the furniture as we do have several dark wood pieces.

The old, old french chair is a favorite addition.  I wanted a chair that could be used as a desk chair but also turned around to use as an occasional chair and this one is just perfect.  I did have it reupholstered in a sweet, beautiful fabric that has all the right colors in it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Advice for the Morning

As you may have noticed, I don't post a ton anymore about the children.  As they've gotten older, I want to be sure to be respectful and not put anything out there that would embarrass or upset them. It's a tricky balance for sure, one that I know I'm not alone in because Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc. make it so easy for us to share our and their lives with others.  However, I did ask if I could share this little vignette in Grace's bathroom.  She created them herself and while I consider her a happy, (fairly) confident teenager, I think it speaks to how nerve wracking those teen years can be. I love that she put some sage advice to herself by her bathroom mirror.

calm down 
u r beautiful and ur gonna do grt today
wherever life plants you bloom with grace
everybody grows at different rates

Monday, June 5, 2017


Hello?  Is anyone still there?  I didn't mean to not post for so long, but while lots and lots was going on, nothing was quite complete and then I let updating go too long and it seemed overwhelming to cull it all together!   So there we are; a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit lazy and a lot going on.

 So I think I'll just give a general, sweeping update!

For six weeks my in-laws, Al and Marilyn, were here!  Al worked like a crazy person on our unending list of to-dos!  I will eventually be sharing it all but please know we made more strides in 6 weeks than we have in the past 9 months we've been living here.  Things were going along swimmingly and then Marilyn fell ill and ended up in the hospital for 4 nights.  So that was a disappointing way to end their stay but the good news is that she is feeling much better and was able to safely go home.

Harris went on his class trip with Bryce accompaning as a chaperone.  They went backpacking and while the weather did not cooperate (we've had a rainy, chilly spring) it was a growth inducing experience for the class.

The garden is coming along, slowly.  It's taken up vast amounts of our time and I've come to acknowledge that this is a building year and it will take time for my vision to come to fruition!

Rosie.  You guys, we love this dog and she is so sweet but wow, she's a lot of work!  A week before she was scheduled to be spayed, she went into heat!  This was after she all of a sudden starting peeing inside.  Let's just say it's been a trying month or so.  I've spent more time getting stains of the carpet and floor than I would like to admit.

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