That Time I Was Almost Awesome

Awesome life quote from atthepicketfence.com

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...]

I’m in Better Homes and Gardens!

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Oh friends. I had been so looking forward to writing this blog post. In fact, I had it written in my head weeks ago. I've been waiting and waiting to get a copy in my hands and then I was going to shout it from the rooftops. I was going to say, "It's me. ME! I'm in Better Homes and Gardens!! Can you believe it?!"  And then I received my copy in the mail. I ripped open the package and quickly flipped to the 'I Did It' feature on the last page. There I was. All of me. ALL of me. Head … [Read more...]

Certain Uncertainty

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When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]

A Snowball Tree Love Story

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Because my snowball tree is laden (I LOVE that word!) with blooms and because looking at them today reminds me of this moment from last year I thought I would share this story with you again.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I … [Read more...]

The Almost Awesome Blog Post

Awesome life quote from atthepicketfence.com

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! And I was going to make my sweet friend proud and embrace my inner creative rock star. … [Read more...]

Of Hospitality and Julia Sugarbaker

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Some teenage girls wait anxiously for the latest issue of 'Teen Beat' or 'Seventeen' to come in the mail. I was not one of them. Oh no. Instead, every month I eagerly anticipated my mom's latest edition of 'Traditional Home'. This could explain why I always felt a tad out of place among my peers. … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Service with Home Depot

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure I left my home bright and early and made sure to take my #serviceselfie…. I knew I was in for a day that would be big.  A day that had me already in tears and filled with emotion on the drive up. A day I  knew would impact me for life. I couldn't wait to see what beauty unfolded over the next few hours with Team Depot. … [Read more...]

Off the Grid

homestead cabin

Sometimes you just need to go off the grid. Sometimes you find yourself longing for the chance to kind of run away...drop out of sight. Sometimes you don't even realize how much you were longing for wide open spaces until you suddenly find yourself surrounded by 14,000 acres of them. Sometimes you need to feel connected to the past and be reminded that everything doesn't begin and end with you. … [Read more...]

My I Should Summer

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I do it to myself every year. The month of May rolls around and I know that school will be out in a few weeks and we're going to have days filled with nothing but time, time and more time. No more hurrying out the door in the morning all the while barking orders... "Put your shoes on!" "Stop hitting each other with stuffed animals!"  "Why are you taking that hair clip out that I just put in?" "How could you get in the car without your backpack after I said 20 times 'don't forget your … [Read more...]