The Heaping of Coals

from right to redeemed quote

We drove home that night in silence. Not an uncomfortable, awkward silence but rather the kind that you have when there are sleepy kids in the back of the car and you are all looking forward to climbing into your nice, warm beds.  As we turned into our neighborhood, my husband reached over, squeezed my hand and gently said to me, "You know, I think what you did was heap coals on her tonight." I didn't answer right away, as I replayed the events of the evening in my head. The sting of the insult. … [Read more...]

Cabinet Makeover

paneled painted cabinet

Not too long ago I shared with you the history behind my daughter's bedroom furniture and why I will never paint it. I said that I believe there are times to paint furniture and times not to paint furniture and you were all so supportive of the fact that I had chosen to leave it in it's original state. Welp...I thought maybe since I had shared a time when I didn't paint something I would balance things out by sharing with you a time that I did. … [Read more...]

Window Seat Decorating

Vintage fabric scrap garland window treatment

If there was a club for people who struggle with having too high of expectations, I would be the president. I've been known to have my expectations dashed when it comes to everything from birthday parties to relationships. I tend to build things up in my head only to be brought back down to reality with a THUMP. I'm really trying to be better about this and believe that I've come a long way in lowering my expectations. But sometimes, well sometimes, the expectations get blown out of the water … [Read more...]

Wood Typography Scripture Sign

laurens sign

"Mommy, I need some privacy please." I was in my daughter's room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed.  I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing. It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there. … [Read more...]

How to Make a Memory Bench


Happy New Year, At the Picket Fence friends, from! It's brutally cold up here in the "mitten state" (Michigan), but I'm making the best of it by keeping busy indoors which can be nice and cozy with a hot cup of tea. However, on the other hand, we traveled through Canada to Western New York last weekend and I captured this unique photo on the New York State Thruway, that I thought would be fun to share with you. My husband was driving and I saw the sign approaching … [Read more...]

That Time I Was Almost Awesome

Awesome life quote from

Oh friends I was so close to being awesome yesterday!! And this was going to be a totally awesome blog post showing you an even more awesome Valentine's Day gift idea! I had one of those 'stroke of genius' moments and I was so excited to finally be feeling creative again and had it all planned out. It was going to rock!   … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Paint Furniture

cabbage rose pillowcases on oak bed

My mom grew up on a farm in Michigan and as a little girl I absolutely loved hearing her tell us stories about her childhood. She would recount the time that she and her best friend were determined to sleep in the barn one night only to be frightened out of their wits by her older brother who couldn’t resist tormenting his little sister. She would tell us all about what it was like attending a one-room, country schoolhouse with her aunt as the teacher and how she loved having her very own … [Read more...]

She Wants a Pink Room

Vintage Vanity table At the Picket Fence

I'll never forget the joy with which I decorated my daughter's nursery. The journey of having her join our family was one that was both painful and beautiful. On the nights when sleep was elusive because I was overwhelmed by fear and anxiety, decorating her bedroom in my mind was the only thing that seemed to calm my anxious heart. I would lie there and envision every single detail from the curtain rods to the rug on the floor to the books in the bookcase. … [Read more...]