hello then, hello now

hello monday By March 20, 2017 No Comments

I took this pic of the boys together at one of our favorite coffee shops, and then remembered a similar pic from a couple years ago. Wow! They have grown and changed so much in the last couple years. It’s crazy! But some things don’t change–they are just as sweet and fun and unique as they were then.
It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?
Hello then and now. left 2015, right 2017

Hello Nana! We had some sweet time with her over the weekend.

Hello realizing we officially have teenagers. Matthias saw a movie downtown while we went to dinner. He’s growing up!

Hello sprucing up the backyard for summer and simultaneously preparing for a bunch of rain next week!

Hello learning how to macrame. More on that soon!

Hello photoshoot and new products coming soon. I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE!

Hello Mother’s Day right around the corner!

Hello love love loving this movie. Have you seen it?

Hello reading this book with Matthias. It’s a children’s book about the civil war. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

Hello looking at these boots. Aren’t they cute? They look comfortable too.

Hello making time for quiet, for me, for space to think. My soul needs it.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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a slow day in Morro bay

san luis obispo By March 15, 2017 1 Comment

Saturday we went on an adventure to Morro Bay. We had Mexican food for lunch {we love this place}, walked the path around Morro Rock and got Thrifty’s ice cream on our way home. It was super hot in San Luis Obispo {around 85*} and sooo chilly in Morro Bay. I always forget the weather difference. Brrr! We didn’t stay long because it was windy and cold. But it was so fun to get out together. We used to do this more when the boys were smaller. Somehow it seems harder to have slow Saturdays now.
I’m finding the more time I make for downtime the more I crave it. And somehow everything still gets done–I’m just much less stressed and rushed. After all, this is the most important stuff, right? Just being together and maybe a little ice cream.

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hello rainbow of colors

hello monday By March 13, 2017 1 Comment

We have been experiencing a heat wave–around 80* and I love it! I am outside taking walks everyday. It feels good. Things are beginning to bloom–it makes my heart happy.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello colorful plants popping up everywhere!

Hello daylight savings. I love longer days and evening light.

Hello Nutella. Oh my goodness-I brought a jar home last week and it’s been dangerous. We made chocolate cookies and then I put Nutella and bananas between two; like a sandwich. It was amazing!!

Hello homeschool. This is a whole new world for us and definitely a slower pace.

Hello St. Patrick’s Day {on Friday}. Do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

Hello trying to figure out a way to move out some bigger trash–like an old mattress in our garage.

Hello watching some newer Bollywood films. This one was really good.

Hello reading this book with Matthias. IT IS SO GOOD! And it makes me cry.

Hello sketching and doodling and dreaming up new ideas.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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Hello sunshine and rain

hello monday By March 6, 2017 2 Comments

We need both–sunshine and rain, to see things flower and bloom. I believe it is the same with our hearts. We’ve had a ton of rain this winter and things are beginning to flower and bloom. I feel this happening in my heart as well. The pain makes the joy so much sweeter. The difficult things nurture a grateful heart.

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

Hello bright yellow sunflower bursting out of the ground. I found you on my walk yesterday and you are truly lovely.

Hello looking back and seeing how the rain brings beauty.

Hello opening myself to not having all the answers. To letting things be imperfect. To letting things be what they are.

Hello happy David. He seems to be thriving on a dairy free diet. He has been so energetic and silly!

Hello loving the sunshine and getting out for more walks lately. It’s so good for my soul.

Hello pups who keep peeing in the house. Advice please?! How do I get them to stop?

Hello making time to rest and think and nap a bit.

Hello new painting that is brightening our living room!

Hello awesome new children’s book. Poetic and profound!

Hello coffee and laundry and email and to-do lists.

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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Hello this, hello that

hello monday By February 27, 2017 3 Comments

Hello friends! We had a restful weekend–we spent most of it at home. The downtime and slowing to relax was much needed. It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a new week?

Hello cute David with his knit beanie. Our friend, Tammy found this for him and it’s been a favorite–especially with so many chilly mornings.

Hello cracking up because Matthias looks so much like the main character from A Series Of Unfortunate Events. We are loving the new Netflix version.

Hello working on sprucing the boys bedrooms and the loft area upstairs. I’m trying to make it a space for teenagers instead of little kids.

Hello fighting sniffles. We are taking airborne and trying to stay well.

Hello projects. It’s good to stretch and dream and create. It’s also tiring!

Hello new school for Matthias. We are trying out a hybrid model–a classical school with homeschool three days a week. It’s a massive change but we are excited.

Hello disbelief that March is only a day away!

Hello starting to read this book. I read it in college and loved it. Have you read it?

Hello loving this blog lately. So good

Hello pizza and the Academy Awards. Did your favorite movies win?

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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How to Spell L O V E

be brave, finding love By February 21, 2017 1 Comment


First we need an L.
L is for learning.
Life is a series of Lessons teaching us about LOVE.
As we Listen and Learn, LOVE brings Lasting beauty that fiLLs our hearts.

Next comes the O.
O is for Overflowing.
When we come with Open hearts and Open hands we show LOVE to Ourselves and Others.
LOVE withOut fear Overflows with grace and hOpe.

V is Very important
Because V stands for Valiant.
True LOVE is an adVenture requiring courage.
Only the braVe see the Value of risking their hearts.

Finish off with an E for elastic.
LOVE stretches and grows to Encompass Everyone on Earth.
LOVE is Essential for a healthy heart.
It Enables us to know we are Enough, just as we are.

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hello cousins, hello long weekend

family, hello monday By February 20, 2017 2 Comments

My brother is in town this weekend with his wife and twin daughters. We love when they come to visit! We ate out at some of our favorite places, showed them the workshop, watched a movie and ate waaaay too many peanut butter m&ms. Yum.

They are leaving town today and we are enjoying an extra weekend day before we jump back into the routine. How about some hellos?
Hello cousins. We are so thankful to have wonderful cousins.

Hello beanie. David really rocks the beanie.

Hello tools lined up in a row.

Hello catching a moment to read while we give them the workshop tour.

Hello having fun together.

Hello rain and rain and more rain. And wind. California doesn’t know what’s happening! Several trees in our neighborhood have fallen down, there’s been flooding and mudslides–it’s crazy!

Hello new beginnings. Matthias is trying something new this week. New things are so hard and so good.

Hello napping. Aren’t naps a beautiful thing? Love them.

Hello searching thrift stores for vintage floral paintings. They’re hard to find!

Hello new computer. It’s awesome except change is hard for me. I’m not used to this computer so it’s an adjustment.

Hello taking David off diary to see if that helps with his tummy pain. Fingers and toes crossed.

Hello designing new jewelry. I CANNOT wait to share it with you!

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Good things are ahead! What are you saying hello to this week?

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Nothing is Something

finding love, worthiness By February 9, 2017 16 Comments


Doing nothing is not nothing.

Doing nothing is doing something.

Sometimes doing nothing is the doing hardest thing.

Because in doing nothing, in the quiet, in the emptiness, I cannot escape my thoughts.

In doing nothing I am faced with the good and the hard, the ugly and the beautiful,

The ache

The hope

The fear

The longing.

Many times I find myself doing something

Doing anything

To keep from feeling

What feels too hard to feel.

Many times I find myself doing something

Doing anything

To prove I am productive

To prove I am good enough.

To prove I am worth the space I occupy.

To prove I am worth loving.

I am doing better at doing nothing,

Doing better at believing I have nothing to prove.

I am enough.

The space I occupy matters.

In doing nothing I find something.

In doing nothing I find there is nothing

I can do to be more loved

Than I am right now.

Doing nothing is not nothing.

Doing nothing is doing something.

Sometimes doing nothing is the hardest thing.

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Stepping Into the Light

finding love, the meaning behind, worthiness By February 7, 2017 3 Comments

For anyone who has ever wondered if the messiness of love is worth it…

Opening ourselves to love means

Taking down the walls around our hearts,

And leaving our hearts vulnerable.

A vulnerable heart does not simply risk being hurt,

It will be hurt.

Love is not safe.

I am imperfect.

You are imperfect.

We love each other imperfectly.

We hurt each other.

So why take the risk? Why love?

Because in the broken down, messiness of vulnerability,

While we wade through the pain of sharp words

and the loneliness of being misunderstood,

we are met with the healing balm of forgiveness.

While we journey down an unexplored, windy path

Sometimes hand in hand, sometimes with our backs to each other,

We find something truly magical.

When we leave safety behind

We find truth.

The truth we are loved, exactly as we are; broken and imperfect.

We leave safety behind to find something immeasurably better.

We find LOVE abounding in grace and hope.

We find we were not safe before, we were simply numb.

Numbness is comforting.

Numbness means not feeling the deep, painful ache of our hearts

Being pulled and stretched and torn.

But numbness means missing out on the exhilarating joy of being known.

The joy of being seen, just as we are.

The joy of being accepted.

The joy of being called worthy.

The joy of hearing the God of the Universe say “You are enough”.

It is only when we step out from the shadows and let the light shine on us

We see ourselves as God sees us.

We see who He created us to be;

Quirky and insightful and creative and wise.

He knit me together and gave me a unique soul.

I am one-of-a-kind.

He knit you together and gave you a unique soul.

You are one-of-a-kind.

In that place of power, we look shame directly in the eye and say, “You are a liar.”

Now we know the truth.

We leave safety to find freedom abounds.

We are free from the fear that held us prisoner.

The sun shines on us, warming our shoulders,

Filling our hearts with peace.

We soak it up, knowing

We are loved,

Just as we are.

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hello easy sweater + booties {and pups!}

hello monday, what I'm wearing By February 6, 2017 4 Comments

We’re expecting rain and chilly temps this week–it makes us appreciate the sunshine when it pops through! I’m loving getting with lots of layers–a sweater over a long sleeved button up and a coat if it gets really cold.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?Hello warm sunshine and pups who want to linger outside.

Hello super cozy sweater–my favorite right now!

Hello keeping my boys close all day with this sweet cuff.

Hello to the most cuddly pups in the world, Love.

Hello colorful bag that holds everything!

Outfit details: Sweater, Anthropologie. Black skinny jeans, Madewell. Linen button down, CP Shades. Booties, Free people {on clearance here}. Bag, Nena & Co. Cuff, my shop.

Hello welcoming Matthias home from camp!

Hello quick visit from Auntie Susan.

Hello making time to write–sometimes the day seems to slip by!

Hello getting out for a walk when the rain takes a break.

Hello sticking close to my to-do list–there’s so much to get done!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new weeks with beauty to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week?

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