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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An Important Update

behind the scenes By April 30, 2017 9 Comments

There is a lot going on behind the scenes and we want you to know about it!

You probably know my husband, Steve, and I work together on Lisa Leonard Designs.

My passion is designing jewelry that’s full of deep meaning. My inspiration is my family and the mundane and magical stuff that fills our days. These thoughts, feelings and ideas swirl in my head and I bring them into the world through the jewelry. Even better? It’s how you and I connect. This community is amazing!

Steve has a passion for big ideas and business. He is a visionary—able to see what the future holds for us—and able to see the path that will take us there. He’s smart and creative and honestly, a little crazy. It’s awesome. Our strengths are well matched and we are a great team.

And speaking of teams—we have an incredible group of people around us. You see my picture and pictures of our family, but there are other people behind the scenes making things happen. We couldn’t run our business without them. From the customer service team to the graphic designer to the shipping team to the artisans who make each piece of jewelry, our team is full of people we sincerely enjoy spending time with. People who care about what they do and best of all, they care about you.

Today we are partnering with artisans in California and Israel to create beautiful, personalized jewelry just for you. Each piece is made to order and forged with care. It’s humbling to partner with people who are so GOOD at what they do. They take my designs and Steve’s vision and they bring them into the real world. Because of YOU we are creating not only jewelry, but jobs in the USA and abroad.

Thank you from our family and the entire Lisa Leonard Designs team. You are a blessing.

With love, Lisa and Steve Leonard

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hello no time for downtime

hello monday By April 24, 2017 9 Comments

Lately it has been crazy around here–the kind of crazy where I the to-do list is long and I’m still leaving things undone–or forgetting them all together! When I feel overwhelmed I remind myself lots of things ARE getting done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. So many GOOD things are happening.

In the midst of the crazy we are finding little moments for making pancakes, taking a walk or time to read books with David. There’s no time for downtime but these things–the ones that seem unimportant–are really the most important, don’t you think?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine! Oh my gosh we’ve had some gorgeous weather lately. I love it!

Hello rushing from one thing to next and trying to slow down, breathe and be in the moment.

Hello books and more books. David is constantly bringing me his favorite books so I’ll read to him. It’s adorable. And I’m trying to say YES as much as possible.

Hello stopping in a beautiful moment and trying to take it all in. I am so thankful for our little family. Life is good.

Hello BIG SALE in the shop. YAY! Mother’s Day is coming–find the perfect keepsake here.

Hello reading this book. It’s definitely edgy with a lot of language–so be warned. I am an autobiography JUNKIE. I love to hear people’s stories.

Hello falling behind on texts and emails. Yikes!

Hello letting it be imperfect. And sometimes letting it be downright hard. It’s real and it’s okay.

Hello writing and dreaming and planning and designing and falling into bed tired at night.

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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No One Loves You Like I Do

motherhood By April 23, 2017 12 Comments

I have a vivid memory of driving David to his first day of early intervention preschool. He had just turned three years old and because of his disability, weighed only eleven pounds and was unable sit up without assistance. I was terrified. I wanted to turn the car around and head straight to Mexico where I was sure we could find a tiny villa on the water and live a nice, secluded little life. I was at war inside myself. I knew early intervention preschool was important for David’s development, but would they love him? Would they nurture him and be kind to him? Would they be attentive enough? Would they take the time to understand him?

I parked the car, unstrapped David from his infant car seat {remember he was three years old but tiny} and carried him into his new classroom. I passed him hesitantly to the kind, soft spoken preschool teacher. The staff smiled at me reassuringly. It took everything in me to hold myself together. I explained how to feed him and reminded them David would need assistance sitting up. After a few minutes I kissed David good-bye, got in my car and began sobbing. No one could love David like I did.

For the first few weeks, every time I dropped David off it was torture, but slowly it got easier. After a couple months it was clear the staff adored David. He was adjusting well to the classroom schedule. He was already learning new things. I even began to enjoy a little time to myself. Maybe preschool wasn’t such a bad thing.

I hoped it would be easier when Matthias, our second, started preschool–but nope, it was just as terrifying for me. Plus, Matthias screamed at the top of his lungs for the first two weeks–clinging to my leg and begging me not to leave. His teacher assured me this was normal and would end after a couple weeks. But still, I would climb in my car and cry. No one could love Matthias like his mama.

And babysitters, oh my goodness. I border on paranoid when it comes to leaving our kids with other people–especially when it’s a new sitter. I’ve been known to drop in on a sitter unannounced. Once when the boys were very little, maybe two and three years old, I stopped in unannounced to find the sitter watching a rated R movie while she was talking on the phone and the boys were in another room entertaining themselves. I was not impressed. We didn’t ask her to babysit again. The first time we went away overnight, we tried to Skype with the boys but I burst into tears on the call–I missed them so much. Instead of a quick hello from mom and dad, I was a blubbering mess.

But the good has far outweighed the bad. The sitter we used most when the boys were little is still a dear friend. Matthias never called her his babysitter, he always referred to her as his best friend. She played superheros with the boys, colored with them and made their favorite foods. When she got married and moved away, we cried because we all love her so much.

While it’s true, no one can love my boys like I do, there are many people who have showered our boys with affection and nurturing and made their lives better. These same people freed me up to get work done, take breaks and rest so I could come back and be a better mama. We’ve had amazing teachers who give all they are to work with our boys. We’ve had real life angels {disguised as teachers} who worked with David for years, finally getting him to take his first independent steps. With their encouragement he learned to walk! They tirelessly loved and pushed David. They gave him more than I could give him alone.

Being a mom is beautiful and hard–not only when I am with my kids but also when we are apart. It takes a lot of trust to let someone else care for my boys, but I’ve found there are incredible people who bring new experiences and new perspectives. As David’s gotten older we find ourselves needing more help, not less. I am humbled and grateful for the Lindsey, who gives so much to our boys. She adds vibrancy and joy–not only to our kids’ lives–but mine and Steve’s lives as well. Our family is better because of her.

When I am away from my children I never truly leave them. I carry their hearts inside mine. Even when we are apart we are always connected. I keep them close with their names around my finger or their initials close to my heart. They are my loves, my heart, my world.

They will be loved by many–but truly–no one will ever love them like their mama does.

This is the heartfelt meaning behind my jewelry. We’d love to make something just for you. Click here to find a piece that speaks to your mama heart. 

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a magical moment

david, matthias, the meaning behind the jewelry By April 19, 2017 15 Comments

Last night Matthias sat down beside me on the couch and told me, “Something amazing just happened.”

I set aside what I was doing so I could give him my full attention.

“Tell me.” I said.

“David was relaxing on the gray couch so I went over and sat down. I said ‘Hi David.’ and he looked at me, I mean really looked into my eyes. We sat there for a moment just looking at each other. I saw him in a new way and I felt something deep inside.”

“That sounds like a soul connection.” I told Matthias.

“Yeah” he said with tears in his eyes, “A strange feeling came over me. I felt an overwhelming love for David.”

I felt goosebumps on my arms. Matthias and David shared a moment beyond the physical, beyond the ordinary. Despite David’s disability and his inability to communicate with words, their souls met, their souls connected.

“Yes,” I replied, “I’ve had those experiences with David, too. Every once in a while, we have a moment where our souls connect in a deep and meaningful way. There are no words spoken, we’re just caught in a quiet moment and souls see each other. It’s a beautiful and miraculous thing.”

Matthias’ experience reminded me how important it is to slow down, be quiet and listen. He reminded me when I take time to simply be present, with an open heart, amazing things happen. We are drawn to each other with a kind of magnetic power. We walk together on this beautiful winding road, and sometimes we have a magical moment where our souls connect in a way that’s impossible to explain. Love is powerful force that draws us near. This is the meaning behind the Draw Near necklace.

Have you experienced a deep soul connection with your child, spouse or friend? Tell me about it!

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hello basket wall

hello monday By April 17, 2017 6 Comments

Steve and I worked last weekend on hanging his guitars on our living room wall. They look so great! But that meant I had to find a new spot for my baskets. I decided to try hanging them around this arched mirror in our entryway and I LOVE the way it came together. So much light and texture.

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

Hello big impact. I love how the basket wall anchors the entryway. It makes this space a lot more fun.

Hello celebrating Easter. It was a good day.

Hello watching this movie with Matthias. It is so fun! {Warning, there is some crude humor.} I haven’t seen the second one. Is it any good?

Hello so much to do. It’s a little crazy around here.

Hello spring break! Yay! We’re working hard but making time for fun.

Hello later bedtime because there’s no school in the morning.

Hello making chocolate chip cookies and cuddling on the couch.

Hello reading books and more books to David. He can’t get enough and it’s so fun {and a little tiring!}

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 backyard living

celebrate the every day, hello monday By April 10, 2017 4 Comments

We’ve been wanting to make our backyard more livable and more comfortable. For some reason, in past summers we don’t spend a lot of time out there–but it’s a beautiful space and we’re determined to change that! I’ve been looking at our backyard as an extension of our home and trying to add furniture we’ll be drawn to. I want to make it a place where we naturally spend time.

It’s coming together and I’m ready for warmer weather. We’ve had so many chilly and rainy days–but soon I hope we’ll be heading outside to sip coffee in the sunshine and eating dinner outside as the sun sets.

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

Hello finding a sturdy and beautiful table within our budget {I waited until it went on sale.} I searched high and low and really feel in love with this one! {I’m linking sources if you’d like to know where I found various pieces.}

Hello adding softer touches like a faux fur throw and mixing in some patterns with pillows.

Hello baskets and succulents.

Hello pups who are happy to sit still for a photo.

Hello comfortable outdoor sofa. We’re hoping to find a fire pit to add to this space.

Hello making music and relaxing outdoors.

Hello plants who seem happy to be getting lots of rain.

Hello chairs that are so comfortable I never want to get up.

Hello hanging plants and macrame.

Hello white string lights that add ambiance in the evenings. I put them on a timer so they come on and turn off automatically.

Hello loving the longer days and light that stretches late in the evening.

Hello keeping the couch covered in rainy weather and trying to make sure all the dog poop is picked up!

Hello sitting outside and sketching and designing and feeling like my head might explode from too many ideas.

Hello feeling grateful for time to sit outside and read with Matthias on homeschool days.

Hello feeling a pull to slow down, breathe more deeply and soak up the moment.

Hello finding beauty in the here and now. There hard stuff but there is also so much good.
Best of all there is grace for this moment.

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

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