Hello Thankful

hello monday By November 26, 2017 5 Comments

Hello friends! We had a very wonderful Thanksgiving this year. Lots of delicious food, time with family and time to rest. That’s a perfect formula for a good holiday, I think!

How about some hellos and thankfulness for a new week?

Hello thankful for a new aqua door. It’s bright and happy!

Hello thankful for my two boys are our two pups and lots and lots of love and snuggles.

Hello thankful Rosie the pup is mending well after a pit bull attack. She’s getting stronger and braver every day.

Hello thankful for lots of delicious food. We went out for a big breakfast at the Madonna Inn, then snacked for lunch {above} and a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hello thankful for a table where we can linger and talk and laugh.

Hello thankful for silliness and pictures that capture a little of the crazy.

Hello thankful for a successful first pie. Yum!

Hello thankful for a little down time to rest. Naps are the best.

Hello thankful for a season of health. David is back to the doctor today for a checkup. He’s been happy and healthy the five weeks {after four bouts of pneumonia in five months!}

Hello thankful to be loved just as I am, right now. And even more, I’m learning to feel that love and acceptance deep in my soul.

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


hello boys bathroom redo

hello monday By November 12, 2017 11 Comments

Hello friends!

We are in our busy season–it’s here! I look at my calendar and can’t believe Christmas is six weeks away. Crazy!! We have been updating our bathroom and the boys’ bathroom is finally done. I love the way it came together.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello BLUE vanity. We painted the old vanity and added hardware. Blue felt risky to me–but it’s the boys’ bath and I wanted it to feel masculine. I love the way it came together.

Hello vintage rug that ties in the wood shelf and the darker vanity. It’s a little funky but I like the mix of patterns.

Hello cement tile floor. This was top of my wish list and the tiles took forever to come in. I’m so glad we waited though.

Hello attending a conference this week. I hope I come away stretched and inspired.

Hello reading this book–I’m just starting it. I’ve heard such good things. Have you read it?

Hello headaches. I’ve been fighting them lately and it’s awful. I think it’s stress. Do you get headaches?

Hello busy busy in the workshop. We have such an incredible team–I am grateful for them!

Hello new leather bags designed by my sweetie Stephen David Leonard. They are AMAZING!

Hello menu planning for Thanksgiving. I want to keep it simple but yummy.

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


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?


Brave Love

finding love, the meaning behind By October 23, 2017 6 Comments

Becoming a family isn’t what I thought it would be. I started out optimistic and naive–determined to be the perfect wife and mom. When difficulty came our way I tried to stay positive. I told myself we would figure it out–but we’d solve one problem and another would pop up. I’m not perfect and I never will be–no matter how hard I try. Our family is made of real people–each with our own likes and dislikes, our own quirks and preferences. We tried having it all together but it was too much work. Way too much work. So we decided to be real instead. It is scary and hard and SO MUCH BETTER than trying to be perfect.

Love requires bravery–there is no love without risk and vulnerability.

We’re crazy, but our crazy compliments each other.
We argue, we scream, we get angry, but we also fight to stay together.
We are stable, not because the path is easy, but because we hold onto each other tightly.
When walls build up, we break them down.
We make mistakes, we own our mistakes, we forgive each other.
We each bring strengths and weaknesses–we wouldn’t be us without them.
Each of us is part of the whole.
We are better together.
You are you, I am me.
You make me braver, I make you braver.
Love makes us brave.
Together is where we want to be.
We are a family and that won’t change–no matter what.
We love bravely and with honesty. This is the meaning behind the Brave Love ring.

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?


blue boho dress and boots

what I'm wearing By October 4, 2017 1 Comment

I found this Ulla Johnson dress in Santa Barbara, on sale and then marked down again. She is one of my favorite designers but her stuff is crazy expensive. It feels so Little House on the Prairie to me–and reminds me of dresses I used to wear as a little girl. My mom used to shop the Gunny Sax outlet to find us awesome dresses. The sleeves on this dress are actually puffy–but I rolled them up to tone down the ‘prairie’ look just a little.

It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love a good dress–even if it’s just an ordinary day.

This is my fave wallet from the new collection. It doubles as a clutch too.

And the North Star necklace is a favorite too! The 24″ chain length was perfect with this neckline.

On one side each charm is an initial, the opposite side is the braille initial–set with a stone to represent your ‘North Star’.

Do you ever wear dresses on an average day? Or do you save them for special occasions?

Ulla Johnson dress–Barney’s. Similar dress here. Frye Booties–Amazon. Wallet–My shop. Thin sterling cuff–My shop. North Star necklace–My shop.


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?


For The Dreamers

inspiration By September 12, 2017 10 Comments
For those who feel stuck at a standstill.
For those who feel like they take one step forward and two steps back.
For those who keep dreaming, taking risks and keep believing.
A little poem for you…
This moment
I am not where I want to be
Pacing back and forth
Waiting and More waiting
Side to side
Right to left
I cannot stand still
Yet I am at a standstill

I gain no ground
Planted seeds that will not grow

This moment
I am not where I want to be
Two steps back
Stretched thin
I have been here before
Why am I here again?
I need to learn what I did not learn last time
A Second Chance
A Do Over
A Try Again

This moment, Finally
I am where I want to be
With every side step
Every back and forth
Every step back
Every setback
I have been preparing
But ready
To leap
To become

This moment
My someday becomes my now
My maybe becomes my yes
My what if becomes my what is
My impossible becomes my plausible
My inconceivable becomes my feasible
What I have seen with my heart, I now see with my eyes
I step out
With every seed I have sown
With every stretch my heart has grown
I step bravely into the unknown