You’re The One

father's day, steve By June 13, 2017 31 Comments

A few nights ago, I had a very dark dream. I dreamed there were a group of middle school boys picking on a young boy. They were carrying him by the arms and legs. As we drove by them, one of boys started putting a plastic bag over the head of the young boy. Steve pulled over the car as quickly as he could and ran toward the crowd of boys. I woke up shaking and couldn’t fall back asleep.  I had so many thoughts running through my head–but the most important was this–if we were ever in a situation like the one in my dream, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, Steve would jump in to help the young boy.

It was the middle of the night and I was wide awake, so I wrote down these words…

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When you asked me out on our first date, I wasn’t sure. But soon I had no doubt; you are the one.
You are the one I want by my side, for my whole life.

When I wanted to start a little jewelry business, you are the one who said, ‘Yes! Go for it. You can do it.’  You are the one who saw the vision of what it could be. You are the one who spends countless hours dreaming, working, inventing, reimagining and building our business.

When our boys were little, you are the one who could cuddle them for hours on end. You are the one who would take an afternoon nap with them on your chest. You are the one who was first to comfort a scrapped knee or bruised elbow.

When we disagreed with David’s surgeon, you are the one who said, “We’ll get a second opinion. We’ll fight for what is best for David.” You are the one who will go to any length to protect our boys.

When we saw one of our vendors mistreating an employee, you are the one who stepped in. You were the one who said ‘No, I won’t stand for this.’ and ended the relationship.

When we were on vacation and saw a man mercilessly beating up another man, you are the one who immediately intervened. You are the one who began yelling and running to break it up. While everyone else stood around watching, you are the one who didn’t hesitate to fight for the one in need.

When Matthias has thoughts, hurts, dreams, ideas, you are the one who listens and affirms and encourages and builds him up. You are the one he looks to for support and boundaries. You are the one who has helped shape him into a confident thirteen year old ready to take on the world.

You are the one who took up cycling again after twenty years and excelled. You are the one who joined Gymnazo and soon became one of the strongest and fastest. You are the one who took up guitar lessons and acting lessons. You are the one who bravely steps into new things.

You are the one who pursued a doctorate–connecting deeply with your professors and cohort in a way that changed not only your own faith, but helped mold mine as well.

You are the one who went to Onsite and counseling, then The Meadows to heal your hurts and love yourself. You are the one who bravely engages to live fully and love with your whole heart.

You are the one who speaks honestly.
You are the one who tries new things.
You are the one who loves deeply.
You are the one who believes in big dreams.

You are the one who’s showing our boys what it looks like to be, not only a good man, but the best of men.

You are the one who will do whatever you want to do.
You are the one I want by my side forever and for always.
You are the one for me.

Happy Father’s Day, sweetheart. I am so glad you’re my partner in parenting, in business, in creativity, in dreaming big, in LIFE! I love you!!


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hello summer {sort of}

hello monday By June 12, 2017 3 Comments

David is DONE with school–hooray! He’s no longer an 8th grader {Boo! We absolutely adore the teacher he’s had for the last three years}. Matthias has a couple more days and then we are officially in summer mode.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello ready for slow mornings–it’s my favorite part of summer. Until around 11am when I get frustrated we’re still in pj’s and I feel like a slacker.

Hello walking and hiking and being outdoors. Feels so good!

Hello windy. Ugh–I don’t like the wind. Steve loves it–I think he’s crazy.

Hello date night this week. I can’t wait.

Hello loving this TED talk from Anne Lamott. It’s worth the 15 minutes.

Hello feeling incredibly relieved that our sweet pug, Louis, found his way back to us. The wind blew our side gate open and he went for a stroll. An incredibly kind stranger posted his pic on Facebook and one of our friends saw it. We are so thankful he is home safe and sound!!

Hello Wonder Woman. It’s sooooo good! We all loved it!

Hello Lord of the Rings marathon. The boys idea–not mine. I’m trying to be a good sport.

I haven’t been sure about the off-the-shoulder style, but this jumpsuit has such rave reviews. Fingers crossed!

Hello celebrating David’s 8th grade graduation with friends and having such a fun evening!

Hello reading and loving this book.

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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linen, levi’s and leather

what I'm wearing By June 6, 2017 3 Comments

I am always on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans–it’s like some insatiable thing. Right now this pair is my favorite. They’re Levi’s and they have a great vintage feel. I love the high waist. This linen top is a summer staple and these sandals are easy and comfortable. And of course the bag–love it. Details below.

Levi’s sizing can be all over the place. I bought my regular size in this style–size 29.

This easy linen top with be on regular rotation this summer. I also wore it in Paris last summer–it travels well.

These little sandals have a low heel which makes them wearable all day. The older I get, the less I’m willing to suffer with uncomfortable shoes. I thought the price was reasonable. too.

This bag feels so good. It’s nice medium size and the color is perfect. I am so happy with the way it came together!
The North Star Initial necklace has been around my neck every day. Hand carved initial on the front, Braille constellation on the back. Love the meaning! You read about it here.

Outfit details: Jeans, Anthropologie. Linen Top, Sundance. Leather bag, Leonard Lane {our new shop!}. Sandals, Sundance. North Star necklace, My shop.

Welcome summer!

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well hello there

hello monday By June 5, 2017 3 Comments

Hello friends!

We are all WELL and not sick and feeling very thankful! David has his last day of middle school this week {hello high schooler!} and Matthias finishes school next week.

Hello summer! It’s right around the corner.

How about some more hellos for a new week?


Hello fun door mat that welcomes us home every day.

Hello celebrating David’s promotion to high school with cupcakes and tacos. Yay!

Hello clean house that will probably be messy again in a few hours.

Hello pups who need baths. They’re shedding their winter coats.

Hello feeling grumpy and not knowing why? I think I need some alone time.

Hello sprucing up the spare room for guests {I say sprucing, but really I need to clean out all the junk that ends up in that room because I don’t want to deal with it!}

Hello reading this book and loving it! So honest and funny and insightful.

Hello wanting to try a new recipe for skirt steak tacos. We had the most DELICIOUS tacos ever at this fun spot.

Hello toting this bag around. LOVE!

Hello finding a few fun gifts for Father’s Day.

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 corner refresh

hello monday By May 29, 2017 7 Comments

We had a painted corner shelf in this spot since we moved into this house eight years ago. I found the piece at a garage sale before we were married {almost 18 years ago!}. I felt like I wanted to lighten and brighten this corner. So I sold the corner shelf at a garage sale and added some plants and paintings. And I love it!

How about some hellos for a new week?!

Hello bright space. I’m trying to find ways to update small spaces and refresh our home. It feels so good to give a little corner new life.

Hello Memorial Day. We are grateful for those who have served our country. We honor those who have lost their lives in service.

Hello pneumonia. David had a cold that turned worse and he’s having a hard time kicking it. We’ve got lots of good meds and we’re making time to rest and cuddle. Sometimes his immune system has a hard time fighting off bugs that barely bother the rest of our family.

Hello nebulizer breathing treatments and setting my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night to check on him. It makes me nervous when his breathing is so labored.

Hello watching HGTV and eating a bowl of cereal in the middle of the night because I can’t fall back asleep.

Hello messy house and just letting it be.

Hello having my purse stolen–with my wallet and everything–even my journal! Hello feeling thankful I can easily get a new wallet. I chose this one. {And it’s on SALE too!} Now I need a new driver’s license, atm card and everything else that usually fills it up!

Hello thankful for a day off school and work.

Hello SALE in the shop!

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 pipsticks!

hello monday, san luis obispo By May 22, 2017 1 Comment

An ADORABLE boutique shop just opened in our little town of San Luis Obispo called Pipsticks. It’s full of stickers and cards and colorful pens and paper and did I mention stickers?! It’s a bright, happy spot–sure to inspire! I took pics to share with you.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello Pipsticks!
Hello fruit pouches to hold pencils {or make-up!} I think the watermelon is my fave.

Hello scissors that want to snip the perfect stickers. All the stickers!

Hello pens in cups. One of each please.

Hello rainbow of happiness. Seriously I want it all.

Hello perfect wrapping paper.

Hello succulent stickers. I need these!

Hello washi tape! Did you know it’s the best invention of century?

Hello Pipsticks. So glad we have a shop like this in San Luis Obispo. Come see all the color and cuteness at 1239 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.
And if you’re not local, no worries–check out Pipsticks.com.

Hello watching this new series on Netflix. Cute and inspiring.

Hello ideas. My brain won’t stop–which is super fun and sometimes overwhelming.

Hello trying to kick the cold moving through our family.

Hello carrying this little beauty with me wherever I go.

Hello sunshine and making time to walk and hike and be outside.

Hello meetings by phone, meetings by email, meetings in person and follow-ups by text. We have a lot of meetings lately!

Hello eyeing these cute clogs!

Hello last couple weeks of the school year. Summer is coming!!

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found! What are you saying hello to this week?

PS Pipsticks is having a GRAND OPENING celebration Saturday, June 3, 11am-2pm. Come join the fun at 1239 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

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I Believe in Magic

finding love, soul connection By May 16, 2017 3 Comments

Magic is… how our souls found one another.

Magic is… the way our hearts stretch to hold an unimaginable BIG LOVE.

Magic is… your HUG, which takes my pain away.

Magic is… the way we each LIGHT UP when we see each other.

Magic is… how your hand fits perfectly in mine.

Magic is… seeing BEAUTY grow where pain was planted.

Magic is… stepping with you into the unknown, and finding ourselves right where we are meant to be.

Magic is…. the unshakable love we share.

Magic is….knowing you are my answered prayer.

Some don’t believe in magic.

Yet when I look around, I see…

Magic happens every day.

It’s happening to me!

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hello mother’s day

hello monday By May 15, 2017 1 Comment

Steve and I were joking yesterday that Mother’s Day isn’t for relaxing–it’s a day to remind moms they never get to relax! I woke up grumpy and didn’t feel like celebrating but the boys got me out of the house and we had a great time at brunch in Cambria.

Sending love to all you amazing mamas, aunties, grandmas and cherished friends. Now that Mother’s Day is over–take some time to relax and rest.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello feeling like every picture we get of the four of us WITH David smiling is kind of like winning the lottery.

Hello feeding this cutie pie. He’s got a cold and not feeling great.

Hello laughing with my love. He so cute.

Hello climbing trees.

Hello David refusing to look up at the camera–so we put the camera down low!

Hello sniffles around here. David’s got them the worst.

Hello wind. Of my gosh it’s been so windy. Not my favorite.

Hello starting cleaning eating this week. I’m trying to get into the mindset. And trying to let go of my love for peanut m&m’s.

Hello reading this book. Love love love it! She’s so funny. Are you a fan?

Hello wearing these sneakers almost every day. I’m not much of a sneakers gal but I love these!

Hello cuddling and reading lots of books with David.

Hello seeing King Arthur. Have you seen 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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Hello Special Olympics!

hello monday By May 8, 2017 5 Comments

David competed in the Special Olympics Friday. He did the assisted walk {with a buddy} and the softball throw. He really enjoyed himself and loved all the people cheering him on! Such a great day. How about some pics and hellos for a brand new week?

Hello brothers. It was so fun having Matthias there. Can you tell David loves his brother?

Hello reconnecting with old friends. So good.

Hello t-shirts. Wake up and be awesome!

Hello sitting together before the event.

Hello getting ready with a pep talk!

Hello mama whispering in his ear. I love him so much.

Hello walking as fast as you can. Go David!

Hello my three sweet boys. I am so blessed.

Hello cutie pie. He proudly wore his medals all afternoon.

Hello reading this book. It’s so good. You know I love biographies. She’s hilarious.

Hello lower back pain. I think I pulled a muscle picking up David. He’s getting so busy.

Hello four and a half weeks of school left. What??

Hello NEW BAGS! Have you seen them? This one is our best seller so far–LOVE it!

Hello Guardians of the Galaxy. We just saw the sequel and it was so funny.

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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Whoa! BIG announcement!

adventures, news to share By May 5, 2017 4 Comments

Friends!! I’ve been sitting on a secret project and I FINALLY get to tell you about it! Today is a GOOD day!

For years Steve and I have been cooking up a plan to move beyond jewelry and offer new, beautiful products that are full of meaning.

Today we are THRILLED to announce our new shop, Leonard Lane. It’s a brand new space and it’s fully stocked with leather bags. I’ve designed these purses and wallets with beauty and function in mind. They are made with gorgeous leather and attention to detail. Inside the bags you’ll find a lining with handwritten messages of love and beauty. This project has been a labor of love—and it’s finally here and ready to share with the world {and most importantly, YOU!}.

These are the bags we toss over our shoulders to keep our hands free. Our hands have more important things to do—like hold our little ones and keep them close.

These are the bags where we tuck away important things, like a driver’s license and lip gloss, but also snacks and sippy cups to keep our little ones entertained.

These bags are all kinds of amazing. From the cross body to the leather fringe, I am kind of in love with all of them!

We have big ideas for Leonard Lane. Good things are ahead.

Welcome to Leonard Lane. A place where we can come together. A place with high quality goods and lots of heart.

With love,
Steve and Lisa, and the Leonard Lane team

 

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