hello to you

hello monday By October 30, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends. We are thankful to be waking up to a new week. Last week was full–with good and hard stuff. Aren’t new beginnings a beautiful thing? How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello pups. My MIL last one of her precious dogs to a pit bull attack last week. Her other pup was badly injured. It is so heartbreaking. I’m still reeling from it. Our pets truly become part of our families, don’t you think?

Hello visiting the dentist this week. I am overdue.

Hello HUGE announcement. Steve has been working on this project for a while and it’s finally out in the real world. The response has been amazing–which doesn’t surprise me because his designs are incredible. Hop over and check it out.

Hello chilly weather and pulling out sweaters FINALLY!

Hello Halloween. We don’t have plans–maybe we’ll just pass out candy and watch a movie at home. Are you dressing up?

Hello trying new supplements for David to try to boost his immune health. I feel hopeful.

Hello new tile around the fireplace. it’s not quite done yet but you can see a bit of it in the pic above.

Hello thinking about praying for friends who are healing from surgeries and struggling with illness. Sometimes life is heavy.

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

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello making space in the craziness

hello monday By October 22, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends! It has been so busy around these parts–sometimes it’s our schedule that’s crazy, sometimes it’s just decisions and deadlines and mental stuff. It’s good, good stuff–so much to be thankful for–but being honest, I’ve had moment or two of hyperventilating and tears. Sometimes life is a lot, you know?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello Beasley. We all need someone who’s got our back. This moment cracked me up.

Hello visiting UCLA and trying to find answers for David. He’s had pneumonia 4x in the last five months. They had him pose in the office with the pumpkin bear. This moment, and the look on his face, also had me cracking up.

Hello date night with my sweetheart. It was much needed and we had SO MUCH FUN.

Hello coffee and more coffee. I’ve become such a coffee snob–I want it really rich and with really good cream.

Hello making cauliflower tortillas {a low carb option}. We had some at a Mexican restaurant and they were so good!

Hello reading this book and feeling so inspired. I love it.

Hello dinner with friends and letting it fill up my soul.

Hello visiting a naturopath with David this week. I want to look for options other than steroids and antibiotics. I’m open if you have ideas. Please share!

Hello painting built-in bookshelves and watching the room brighten up dramatically.

Hello moving office buildings. I love the new space but moving is not my favorite.

Hello big announcement coming soon.

Hello Christmas season–it is upon us! Have you started shopping yet?

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Deep breath–all is well.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello looking for beauty

hello monday By October 8, 2017 7 Comments

Phew! What a week! We are a little in the thick of it over here. Nothing awful, just the crazy stuff of life and feeling like I need some downtime. David has pneumonia again. Poor guy–and we need to some tests, like a swallow study, to see what’s going on.

When I need to soak up some beauty I pop by one of my favorite boutiques, Ruby Rose. It’s a vintage shop filled with treasures and the styling is spot on. Love it. It inspires me.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello cacti sprouting new growth. Love it!

Hello giant green vase. It’s been calling my name for a while now. Isn’t it beautiful? So much texture.

Hello dress that wants to make a home with me. I’m sure we’d get along great.

Hello pneumonia for David–which means breathing treatments, antibiotics, watching his breathing closely and lots of cuddles.

Hello making shredded chicken in the crock pot. We’ve been putting it in tacos lately. I throw in fresh chicken thighs, a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. So yum and so easy.

Hello reading more CS Lewis. I’ve just started this book.

Hello meetings and shooting a video this week.

Hello warm days and soaking up the sun on my shoulders. Hello chilly nights and putting an extra blanket on the bed.

Hello days getting shorter. Can you feel it?

Hello watching Spiderman homecoming with Matthias this week. I had to promise.

Hello dogs who keep peeing in the house. I just bought a black light so I can find all the spots and get them clean. I haven’t used the light yet. I’m scared of what I’ll find. Yikes!!

Hello tarantula on our front porch. Terrifying! I’m really really hoping it was a random, one time thing.

Hello new IG shop my friend Faith just started. So many vintage treasures!

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


hello finding a rhythm

hello monday By October 1, 2017 1 Comment

Last week I could not find my rhythm. Every day I felt like I was running from thing to the next–constantly behind. I think it takes me a week to recover from being out of town. Plus I got some kind of a stomach bug. This weekend we found some time to relax and regroup. I’m hoping to begin this week with a clear head.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello morning at the beach. We got to celebrate a first birthday with friends. So fun!

Hello new glasses for Matthias–and me. Looks like I need to be wearing glasses on a regular basis now.

Hello celebrating Steve’s 43rd birthday. We had an English breakfast with scones and clotted cream and it reeeeally made me miss our English cousins. In the evening we went to a Shins concert and had a blast!

Hello spending time cleaning the house this weekend and then feeling irritated when anyone leaves anything anywhere. It’s seriously impossible to keep a house clean!

Hello warm days but cooler nights. The nights feel like fall–it’s so chilly!

Hello trying to use peel and stick wallpaper and failing miserably.

Hello camera that needs a tune up. It’s not working and I hope it’s fixable. I love my camera.

Hello ants all over the house. It’s a nightmare!

Hello making fish tacos and homemade salsa this week.

Hello reading this book {I got an early copy}. It’s SO GOOD. Go order it right away!

Hello eating red licorice from a big tub that’s leftover from the summer. At this rate I’m going to finish the whole thing by myself.

Hello working on some designs and drawings and hoping Matthias will show me how to use his drawing tablet.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello Nashville

hello monday By September 25, 2017 No Comments

Steve took me to a concert in Nashville last week as a birthday gift. We saw a country music concert and explored the city. It is so inspiring! I love exploring with him.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello murals all over Nashville. I love it!


Hello finding a spot for a kiss.

Hello used guitar shops with amazing instruments to try out.

Hello Steve playing the guitar–I love to hear him play.

Hello celebrating my dad’s retirement.

Hello messy house. Sigh.

Hello getting over a cold. I think we all got it this time.

Hello wishing I could sleep until at least 7am every day.

Hello grateful for time to write and read.

Hello loving this book. It was a gift from a dear friend. Isn’t CS Lewis amazing?

Hello happy to be back home with our boys!

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found!

Hello to you! What are you saying hello to this week?


hello reading

hello monday By September 11, 2017 2 Comments

We’re watching less screens around here–it’s quite the battle–but one worth fighting. Without screens we’ve played more games and spent time reading. It’s awesome.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello reading with David. He loves it and I love him! Have you seen the new kids version of Wonder? Such a beautiful book!

Hello hats–perfect for lazy days when I don’t want to fight my hair.

Hello Matthias starting flag football at school.

Hello checking the news and praying for Houston and Florida–and beyond. Just impossible to take it all in.

Hello walking the pups more. They start out super spunky and come back out of breath–and we only go around the block!

Hello watching this series. Matthias is super into anything King Arthur lately.

Hello wearing glasses. I can’t see anymore. I almost failed the vision test at the DMV!

Hello sharing one bathroom while we work on updating the others. It hasn’t been as hard as I anticipated.

Hello feeling tired. I’m not sure why? It’s probably my body telling me to rest {seems obvious but so often I don’t listen.}

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


Hello paddleboarding

hello monday By August 21, 2017 5 Comments

I went paddleboarding on Saturday in the ocean and it was so fun! I went a couple years ago I paddleboarded at a lake–but it was very smooth and easy. I wanted to try paddle boarding in the ocean and it was definitely do-able. The board can easily stabilize when a wave comes by. For me it was getting over the fear of falling and just relaxing.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello trying something new–lately I’m trying to yes more and put myself out there.

Hello time with soul friends. I was at a writers’ retreat over the weekend and it filled me up.

Hello doing some work on our bathroom to update. It will be messy before it’s better–kind of how life is, right?

Hello writing and writing and writing some more.

Hello cooking new things. I want to try this dish–I’m thinking maybe I’ll add chicken to make it a main instead of a side.

Hello reading this book and finding it just as romantic as the original! Jane Austen is a favorite–and all things related to her.

Hello wanting to get back into walking regularly. I’ve been out of my routine this summer and I want to walk and hike more consistently.

Hello wishing I was more organized. Sigh.

Hello trying to keep up with texts and emails and failing.

Hello feeling very thankful David had a great doctor visit last week!

Hello starting school this week! Hello new year, new teachers, new things to learn.

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


Hello Me, Hello You

hello monday By August 14, 2017 4 Comments

Hello friends!

Every Monday is a new beginning and a fresh start. This week as I sat down to write out some ‘hellos’ to greet the new week, a poem came out! So how about a hello poem for a new week?

Plum Goods, Santa Barbara {love this shop!}

Hello me
Hello you
Hello today

Hello something new

Hello fresh start
Hello beginning
Hello starting over
Hello coffee brimming

Hello deep breath
Hello feeling good
Hello hopeful
Hello sisterhood

Hello encouraging
Hello believing
Hello friendship
Hello love receiving

Hello together
Hello love giving
Hello side by side
Hello fully living

Hello happy
Hello sad
Hello angry
Hello glad

Hello victories
Hello mistakes
Hello forgiveness
Hello give and takes

Hello being me
Hello being you
Hello imperfect
Hello honest and true

Hello to what is
Hello what will be
Hello seeing clearly
Hello being free

Hello taking risks
Hello getting started
Hello fully present
Hello open hearted

Hello new day
Hello high or low
Hello stepping out
Hello here we go

Hello me
Hello you
Hello today
Hello something new

What are you saying hello to this week?

hello trying something new!

hello monday By August 7, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends! We are back from England and trying to get back in our rhythm–I always forget how long jet lag hangs on. We are getting there slowly but surely.

I am taking an online ‘abstract floral painting” class and it’s fun–and also stretching and frustrating and inspiring. Below is my first painting. I don’t hate it–so I figure that’s a good start!

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

Hello trying to get my suitcase all the way unpacked so I can put it away.

Hello trying some new recipes and having fun setting the table. I feel inspired.

Hello registering David for HIGH SCHOOL Oh my gosh. David will be at a new school and I’m a little nervous. And also a little excited.

Hello getting ready to homeschool Matthias in the fall. He’s looking forward to it and so are we.

Hello breezy cool weather after a week of tropical heat. So unusual for the central coast of California.

Hello making a list of all the doctors David needs to see. I’ll be honest, it’s overwhelming.

Hello fresh plums and peaches from the grocery store that are sooooo yummy. I love this season!

Hello watching this series–so good!

Hello reading this book–full of good reminders.

Hello looking forward to time with my sisters this week. Hooray!

What are you saying hello to this week?


Hello Traveling

hello monday, Leonards take England By July 24, 2017 2 Comments

Hello eye opening

Hello sun shining

Hello arms stretching

Hello coffee brewing

Hello together being

Hello day planning

Hello directions mapping

Hello London exploring

Hello legs tiring

Hello jet lagging

Hello beauty seeing

Hello picture taking

Hello museum viewing

Hello crowds navigating

Hello scones and jam eating

Hello mind opening

Hello heart believing

Today is beautiful.

What are you saying hello to this week?