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 20 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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We Need Each Other

david, matthias, the meaning behind By February 1, 2017 42 Comments

I have been surprised to find many times, instead of me teaching my kids, it’s my kids teaching me.

When Matthias was in first grade, David’s 1st-3rd grade special needs class would walk over to Matthias’ classroom for reading time, language arts and special projects. Mainstreaming created a space for students with special needs to learn beside their typical peers. In this environment every child benefits and grows.

While Steve and I love mainstreaming and having special needs kids working with typical peers, we were concerned for Matthias. He had just begun first grade and was adjusting to a full day at school. We didn’t want him to have to explain why his brother had only two fingers on his left hand or why his brother couldn’t speak with words. We didn’t want Matthias to feel he was in the spotlight. We wanted Matthias to have his own space at school. We explained our concerns to David’s teacher and we all agreed it would be best to have David work on skills such as kicking a ball or sorting colored blocks, while the other special needs student mainstreamed into Matthias’ classroom.

A couple months into the school year, David was playing in the small playground next to the larger playground. Matthias spotted David and his aide over on the little playground.

“Oh my gosh!” Matthias yelled as he ran over to the chain link fence separating the two playgrounds.

“David, DAVID! I’ve been looking everywhere for you!” he yelled, waving and calling to David.

As David and his aide made their way toward the Matthias, Matthias turned and called his friends over.

“You guys, come here! Quick! I want you to meet my brother.” Matthias said.

Matthias was joined at the chain link fence by three or four friends. On the other side of the fence stood David and his aide.

“This is my brother!” Matthias said with pride. “When David was in my mom’s tummy his instructions got mixed up. That is why he only has two fingers on his left hand. That is why he is so small. That is why he can’t talk. But isn’t he AWESOME?!”

Matthias’ friends nodded with smiles.

“Bye David!” they all yelled as they ran back to their game.

When I arrived at the school that afternoon David’s aide recounted the whole story to me. I could feel the lump in my throat as she described how excited Matthias was to see David and introduce him to his friends.

I felt tears filling up my eyes as I realized I didn’t need to worry about Matthias. I didn’t need to create a safe place where he could be himself without having to explain about his brother with special needs. Not only was Matthias capable of explaining David’s special needs to his peers, he was proud of his brother. He loved his brother. He wanted to be near his brother. Matthias is better because of David and David is better because of Matthias.

{The Cross Bar Birthstone Necklace represents stability and strength}

We need each other. Together we have stability. Together we are stronger.
Family is messy and imperfect. Family is the foundation that keeps us on solid ground. Family is love. And love is everything.

Matthias has taught me so much about what it means to LOVE with your whole heart.
These two are better together.

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