Our president-elect makes me want to be better.

Our president-elect makes me want to be better.

I want to be better in all areas.  A better wife.  A better mother.  A better employee.  A better citizen.  A better steward of our earth.  A better example.

I want to show that hateful rhetoric, hateful speech, hateful thinking towards others is unacceptable.  I want to be a louder and more clear example of that.  I need to accept the uncomfortable feeling of truly standing up for what I believe in and not being afraid to say that hate is unacceptable.

I want to be more inclusive, more accepting, and more loving.  What today means to me is that we all must show that we can make our lives and the lives of others better.

I truly believe that it starts with me and that I can make a difference.  I will make this world better.  I have to.


Sleeping Bear Dunes (with a Boy Who Doesn’t Like Sand)

IMG_0141Several weeks ago we packed the kids up and headed to Up North for a long weekend–it was Heaven.  Mark and I even got a date night along the way when we went to a beautiful wedding in Glen Arbor.  The day after the wedding we met the kids at Sleeping Bear Dunes and had a blast.  Well, except for Ben who can’t stand the feel of sand.  Carrying him up & down the family climb was still fun, a bonus work-out.


First Day of School!


Addison’s first day of school was a few weeks ago and I can say that it has been a great transition for our family.  Who would have guessed that our nervous and shy little girl a few years ago would blossom into a confident and outgoing five year-old?  Not me, that’s for sure.


We had a special morning with plenty of family watching Addison get on the bus, a tradition that Mark had while he was growing up.  I found myself overwhelmed with emotion seeing the love this little lady has in her life.

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In a Perfect World…

In a perfect world, my house would look like this,

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or this,


or this,

the farmhouse, Chip & Joanna Gaines

Simple, rustic, natural, that’s what I like.  So, for our house, I have come up with a few inspiration boards.  These are visual guides for me that help keep me on track with decisions I make.  Here are the ideas I have so far;

Whole House

Home Inspiration BoardLaundry Room


Dining Room

Dining Room

and my favorite, Ben’s Room

Ben's RoomFun stuff–a girl can dream, right?

Wonderfully Exciting Weekend

This was a good weekend.  One of the best in a long time.  Why?  Because I did laundry at my own house.


The past couple of months have been a little busy, alright, a lot busy.  We bought a new house in June and moved in several weeks after closing.  We bought the house for the location and are slowly, very slowly, making it our own.  We’ve got a long, (long) way to go, but this weekend we were one step closer.


I’m not trying to pretend I don’t look like this–somehow trying to be a working Mom and still giving my family my all.  Hashtag, hotmess.

When we bought the house, Mark had the brilliant idea of adding a laundry room to the upstairs floor.  I am sure he loathed mentioning the idea many, many, times throughout the process.  But, he and my Dad did about 75% of the work.  I truly believe that with my Dad, all things are possible.  We intended on it all being DIY, but after 5 months without a working laundry room in our house, it was time to call in the professionals.

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The house is 4 bedrooms and the fourth was larger than we would ever need with a closet of similarly large proportions.  The perfect space to steal and add the laundry.  We moved the door to the bedroom, added a closet to the re-imagined space, took the doors off of the existing closet, and opened up the entry way.

While the final project isn’t completely done, nothing I do ever is, it is so much better.  And, we don’t have to load our laundry into the bike trailer to haul to our parents’ houses.  Although, I did have a few sweet dates with my girl at the laundromat.


And, as our future is all about house projects.  Here’s what we are working on next…


Yes, it is every bit as pink as it looks.  Beware.

Flash Back Friday

ImageFlashback to that time last year when I was sitting in my office convinced that I was not going to have a baby on my due date.  I had dropped Addison off, (she picks her own clothes out) and had every intention of working the full day until I started having (strong) contractions at my desk.  Even then, as I told my boss, that I was going to “run” to the OB office to be monitored, I still didn’t think I was going to have a baby that day.  Heck, I even stopped at Sonic for a hamburger at 10am, (which I hadn’t eaten red meat in I can’t remember how long until I was pregnant with Ben).

And then life just sort of surprises you.  The nurse at the office was a little peeved that I was asking to be monitored when everyone could tell I was in active labor.  And finally, it clicked.  Hot damn.  I was going to have a baby.  The office wouldn’t let me drive myself to the hospital, apparently that wouldn’t have been a good idea, so I called Mark to come pick me up.  And then I melted down.  In the office parking lot, complete with calling my parents and officially losing it.  I remember feeling so scared for Addison and how her life was going to change.  Spoiler alert, the change was fabulous.

ImageMark arrived to pick me up, mid-meltdown, and I obligingly got in the car.  Convinced the baby wasn’t coming anytime soon, I asked to go to the house to pick-up a few things.  Mark thought I was crazy, but I wouldn’t recommend saying “no” to a woman in labor.

Six short hours later, I was holding Ben in my arms and wondering what the heck I had been so worked up about?  Life had just gotten a whole lot more beautiful.