I can't possibly choose a favorite room in my house. But if there is one in particular that makes a grin spread across my face, its our loft-style bedroom. I love the original gabled ceilings, the big window, the cozy feel. I chose the same airy cream paint from the living room for the walls, but included warmer colors for the decor to compliment the small, but so-very-sweet space.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Well, hello August. We haven't seen each other in a while. I wasn't expecting you so soon. You bring much-awaited fun, including a week-long family vacation and my daughter's second birthday. Hopefully you won't be too overly warm.
Goodbye June/July (because you two completely ran together and I can't keep up!). We had a good run this year. You had some hot days but made beautifully breezy and cool apologies on others. You held beautiful moments. You were full of good mamabird life.
Much time spent outside. On swings, at parks, down slides, with strollers. It's been wonderful.
Many stained toddler clothes. Rennie's growing might have slowed down quite a bit, but she's still going through clothes like crazy!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Yes... that is Rennie putting on her shoes behind the dresser. Such is taking pictures with a toddler in the house. <3
I love this little bedroom. It is a somewhat small space, so I've kept the decor simple and really love how relaxed I feel spending time here! We have a big, lovely window above our king size bed (yep, our king fit with some room to spare!), peaceful light gray walls, and our closet doors are mirrors so as to add extra light (hopefully pictures of them don't confuse anyone on where pieces of furniture are since, you know, mirrors make things backwards)!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The house tour continues! These two tiniest spaces in our home are every bit as cheery to me as our open living room. I opted for a pale blue paint color in both and I looooooooove how it turned out! All fixtures and large furnishings are white to keep the rooms bright and airy. Decor is *very* simple to keep from crowding surfaces. And, of course, the window in the laundry room is bedecked with live plants to complete the space.
For flooring we decided to contrast the light-and-bright of decor and walls with a dark gray "tile" floor. It transitions beautifully from the rich brown of the flooring in the kitchen/living room.
Andrew built shelves over the doors to store our paper towels and toilet paper. It works perfectly since we buy most of our paper products in bulk.
Monday, July 10, 2017
It is almost mid-way through the last full month that I am the mommy of a one-year-old. This second year with my sweet girl has gone faster than the first... maybe because I'm getting a bit more sleep now (still not full nights, but we'll get there). I'm trying to lock away those memories that aren't being captured on camera... there are so many and I just want to hold onto them. This motherhood thing ain't easy. I've been pushed to my limits (and even beyond them to new limits some days). My daughter is a strong-willed little person who doesn't respond to instruction so well... Reminds me of her parents a bit. But this journey is also one I would never surrender for an easier me-centered existence. Sure it would be nice to take a looooooong hot shower every day, but who needs clean hair?
So, here's some snippets of my mamabird life along with some of my favorite recent pictures... I will spare you the ones featuring my unwashed hair. ;-)
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
|from the loft doorway looking down|
I think it is high time I introduce you all to our amazing new home. <3 We have been living here a few months now and I continue to fall more and more in love with our little abode.
These pictures are of the combined living/kitchen/dining/office space that makes up the bulk of our home! I will share more pictures of the bedrooms/laundry/bathroom spaces in a future post.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Sunday morning meals are a challenge for both Andrew and me. We get up early enough that we aren't rushed getting to church, but we just tend to forget to eat. :-P Now that we have an always-hungry toddler, we've been reminded what a big deal breakfast is. One simple solution I've found (that doesn't require dirtying a pan like eggs do and is also a better source of protein than cereal) is Greek yogurt! I like to avoid a bunch of sugar, so here is the super easy, make-ahead version of berry yogurt I make on Saturday nights for us to enjoy in the morning! Andrew and Rennie both love it! I also made it for some family members and now they make it as well. :-D
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
My mother is an adventurer. And she reeeeeeaaaally loves spur-of-the-moment excursions. Hence a random trip on a Monday evening to the Indiana Dunes to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan. <3 While my introverted, planned-out nature doesn't always keep up with her so well, I'm very thankful for these sweet times. She definitely brings out the adventure in me.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sometimes I can feel like a dandelion whose seeds have been blown to smithereens and left a plain, strange stem. Not much to offer. Nothing special. But today my daughter picked several of them, dubbing them flowers like the rest, to present to loved ones. How marvelous that it just takes eyes of love for something small and ugly to become valuable and beautiful. Jesus loves me (and all of us) just that much. He sees our hearts of sin and extends His grace. He presents us before God, a treasure. But He also takes it a step further by pulsing new life into us so we can grow and thrive and LIVE. He makes an army from dry bones and beauty from dying weeds.
--- my instagram
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A couple months ago (I know... I'm really late sharing!) my family had some *amazing* pictures taken by a friend! I'm so excited to be sharing them along with the news that my sister, Jessie, and her husband have a little one on the way!!! She is almost halfway through her pregnancy now (due in November!) and I am over-the-moon excited to meet my FIRST niece or nephew this autumn! Pretty thrilled for Rennie to have a cousin too. <3
So, here are my very favorite shots (there are quite a few):
Monday, May 22, 2017
I recently joined the world of Instagram and it has been such a nice, simple way to share snippets of my crazy life without consuming minutes (and hours, ahem) of my time like Facebook sometimes does. These are some of the pictures I've recently shared along with some little updates.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
life has become this crazy-lull. explanation: there are days when overall very little happens and then these spikes of insane-busy occur. we are also getting very close to moving into our little house. anticipating crazy times can be almost as nuts as living them!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
here i sit, cold coffee beside me and baby girl slumbering on the bed behind me, wondering how time keeps disappearing. this poor blog of mine continues to be neglected as my life fills, but here is a brief glimpse into my life and thoughts.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
whew! when life is full, blog posts are few.
andrew, rennie, and i are slowly but surely adjusting. we are currently living in my parents' home while our own home is being prepared (more on that in a minute!). andrew will be starting his new job in about two weeks; in the meantime we are getting everything officially switched over to our indiana address and shopping for new-to-us (which means used, but still holding years of life!) furnishings. we've had many sleepless nights between fighting local sickness and rennie getting used to a new house and bed. we are pretty tired, but are surrounded by caring people (namely my family!) who have helped us so much.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
last week a chapter of our lives ended.
it was bittersweet.
last wednesday, rennie and i flew out to indiana. with no return tickets.
it was a crazy three and a half months living with andrew's parents with quite a bit of adjusting for all. it was so good though. getting extra family time and watching rennie bond with her amazing grandparents was such a blessing! i also got the chance to know my in-laws in a deeper way and will always cherish the time we spent together watching movies, playing games, and talking!!! (and the wonderful-albeit-slightly-stressful driving lessons my dad-in-law gave me!)
Monday, February 27, 2017
hehe, i've been wanting to share this list for a while. it's so real and true to what i have experienced as a mom (and, from the many stories I hear, what others experience as well). some of these things are true for all moms, working and stay-at-home, while others are specific to women like me who "don't work" (more on that later!). important note: this is meant to be a lighthearted post. no anger or attacking of anyone here! tone gets lost through written word at times and i want this to be clear. while these things can truly bother me when said, i know that most of them come from good people with good hearts. hopefully this can be informative for those who have said them (pre-mom me included!) so they can be a blessing to the moms around them and give other moms with similar struggles the knowledge they aren't alone (and maybe a chuckle here and there). under each point, i've included some positive thoughts and alternative ideas so you don't feel like you're walking on eggshells with every mom you meet.
there may be some things on this list that don't bother some moms or some things i've missed. this is just a simple list from my own experience and what i've learned from the mommies i know and love!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
mamabird life for me right now is...
- trying to keep up with my sweet, energetic toddler. she loves to climb, follow me around (even to the bathroom), give hugs and kisses, go outside, and try on my shoes!
- not seeing much of andrew these days. he's been working looooooong hours, BUT has been able to use up some of his remaining personal days to have a few three-day weekends. that has helped so much. i'm so proud of how hard he continues to work at his job. he is determined to finish well.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
With new haircuts come new experiments in styling. Most days I'm quite happy to have my hair straight (it's natural form), but other days I'm antsy for some curl. I have used a curling iron several times and that works fine, but it's also nice to have a heatless, non-damaging option (especially since I'm not terribly fast with curling my short hair yet!). This way I can wash/set my hair the evening before, go to sleep, and have fun hair the next day with very little work/time lost!
I thought I would share what has worked best for me so far! This could work for longer hair as well and if you're familiar to the headband technique it should be quite easy!
Friday, January 6, 2017
about a week ago my girl turned sixteen months! since her first birthday i haven't been super diligent with doing a monthly photo-shoot on the 28th, just randomly capturing new things and special moments. this last month though i did take a few pictures on the exact day she turned a month older so i thought i would share them along with an update!
Monday, January 2, 2017
i wrote this post several months ago... since it is now 2017 (happy new year!) and everyone is talking about their resolutions, this seemed like a very appropriate time to share what i've been learning in this area... more importantly, how i am letting it go and giving other things that high priority in my life. this isn't something i plan on writing about in detail over and over, but it is a part of my journey and will, hopefully, give context and clarity to future posts and conversations! <3