There are some days that are beautiful and smooth and work themselves out in ways that make it so obvious to me that I am blessed and that I have so much goodness in my life. Then there are days in which I find myself feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that is undone in my house…the piles of apples to be peeled and chopped before they rot, the beans in the crock pot that are intended to be dinner, the dirt on the floor begging to be swept…all these things that used to get done before baby E. She’s quite a lovely little handful. And it is on days like these when my hands are full of this work of being mom to a baby again that I am reminded just what a gift she is. I am reminded that I must live in these moments (as messy as they can sometimes be). She will never be this small again and she won’t always need me the way she does now. Her big sister has taught me that a day will come when I am not her whole world…and for this one it might even come sooner (with that big sister to teach her so many things). I’m clinging to the gifts of each day. 




a lovely and relaxing thanksgiving trip to the mountains of north carolina. plenty of fresh air, laughter with friends, unexpected warmth, farm fresh foods, adorable animals, and plans to return as soon as possible. hope your thanksgiving was filled with plenty of good things too.

baby love.

On Saturday my friends threw a lovely baby shower for me. There was such a great turn out, and friends from every walk of my life plus my mom. It was such a special day. Each of my gifts were so personal from the handmade items to the ones bought with loving thoughts of the babe who will wear them. The food was delicious and the beautiful fresh flowers and simple details of the decor were just perfect. My lovely photographer friend took photos of every last bit of it which can be seen here.

My parents helped me move around things upstairs a little more and loved up my Ry girl. We had a very full of life and love weekend even though my sweet was gone to Minneapolis. I’m feeling so blessed today looking back on it all. Thank you, everyone.

piles of progress

Things have been a bit unsettled around here. As each of us is moving to a new room, homeschool supplies have yet to arrive in the mail, 5 weeks left until my due date, and travel plans for my love are on the horizon…we are trying to get through these piles of what needs to stay, what needs to go, what baby will need, what needs to washed and packed, what needs to be vacuumed. There are many piles in this here house…but there are moments and glimpses in between of what will be once things have fallen into their new places.

Today I am thankful for:

//the feeling of relief when you dust and rearrange collections that have been on your shelves for a good long time.

//a newly fashioned bed frame that costs zero dollars (repurposed from a couple of these)

//Pieces of lovely furniture and rugs that someone else once loved that I am now loving…

//The forgiveness my garden has bestowed upon me for ignoring it and not watering it for the hottest months of summer.

//The dinners that include my very own harvest mixed in

There are many more piles to pillage through…but there is a lot of goodness mixed into the chaos. And a lot more to anticipate as September comes and brings us new rhythms of life that we haven’t experienced before.




Our power has been restored since Tuesday evening. It was definitely not terrible without power for a few days, but it is nice to have our fans and the ability to cool and cook our food.

While the power was out, I began to feel a little antsy and needed a project for my hands that was not something I usually do. And so began this little quilt that has been cut and lying in wait for some time…


I decided to piece it by hand for now. When I have lots of these long strips sewn together, I will move onto the machine and work there for a while…


(below is where this quilt was last week…)


Ah, it feels good to make some progress on that pile of crafts always wanting to be done.

baby registry of sorts

Hello Friends and Family!
Below is a list of items I am hoping to obtain for our new little one. Thank you for taking the time to look at this list…I greatly appreciate any gifts you are willing to give/send to help us on this journey with baby girl #2.
1. lightly used baby clothing. I am a huge fan of used clothes/hand me downs. I am in need of long sleeved onsies in sizes ranging from 0-9 months. I could also use some warm pants, jackets, sweaters, and night gowns in those sizes. Any items for warmer weather would be great, too in sizes 9-18 months.
2. Handmade clothing. I would love some hand knit or sewn pieces. Soft wool sweaters would be especially lovely in tiny sizes. Hats would be helpful too! Also there are a few really cute things on etsy (and probably more that I have not seen…) but here are a few I have listed as favorites…dotty chicken tshirt size 3-6m, these adorable booties, floral bear cub bonnet
3. Used or handmade bibs and burp cloths. I found some great burp cloths on that are listed in my favorites, but most of them are made by the seller
4. Nursing pads. I would like to try these cloth/reusable nursing pads from, but I would also like a box or two of disposable ones incase these do not work for me! (also see #20 below)
5. Cloth diaper pail liner from Any of the plain ones are great.
6. Waterproof wet bag for cloth diapers in Echino Savanah Medium also from
7. Any organic, paraben-free baby lotion or baby wash would be great.  Brands I have used and like are Avalon Organics and Earth’s Best, but I am willing to try others and homemade options as well. I love lavender and chamomile scents. I would love some Dr. Bronners Baby Mild soap.
8. I am hoping to cloth diaper. As of yet, I do not have any diapers in my possession, but I think I should be getting some from Beth Mickle by September that I will be able to use. If you would like to help me buy a few cloth diapers, I would be happy to let you know the brand/type I like and would hope to use.
9. Unscented Wipes
10. A cute changing pad or two. Handmade would be great!
11. wash cloths
12. I am hoping to purchase a few nursing bras from an online website I found. (34D please. one in tan. one in black would be lovely)
13. A couple of handmade quilts or knit/crocheted blankets.
14. If anyone is feeling crazy and wants to buy me a sheepskin. I would be so delighted. I do not in any way expect this to happen, but incase you’re feeling crazy, I thought I would throw that one in there!
15. A couple of new or used receiving blankets.
16. Natural diaper detergent
17. superwash wool yarn in yellows, purples, blues, browns, greens, or reds for myself to knit some goodies for the babe!
18. any adorable baby board books ( I do have a list of books on my amazon wish list. I would love anything from that list! I think you have to search Anita Fontaine).
19. hyland’s teething tablets (I believe I found them at Target…they are homeopathic teething tablets made with chamomile….so great!)
20. Soothies (these are a wonderful gel nursing pad that you can cool in the fridge to soothe sore nipples when nursing!)

21. I also do not currently have a baby swing or floor playing mat of any kind…if you have one to hand down or know someone who does, that would be great!

22. I would love to get this little doll as a “yay you’re a big sister!!” gift for riley…

23. lastly. I have had my eye on a few of these wooden toys online: wooden platypus, wooden hedgehog and wooden teething rings!

OH AND A BIG SIDE NOTE: We would really like to be able to travel to see our families sometime after the baby is born..maybe for Christmas/maybe not, but it would be most helpful for any of our lovely family/friends who are in the Illinois/Indiana region to help us get there by donating some money for our trip instead of purchasing things for baby. I know that doesn’t sound as fun as picking things out, but if you are willling…it would be really helpful and great so that everyone can SEE HER! (and the rest of us!!)
If you prefer to just donate money or purchase a gift card, I would happily receive either of those options as well. Gift cards from, Target, or a local baby store such as Baby Bees or Best Start Parenting would be lovely. Thank you again for taking the time to read my list and for loving me and my little family!