Wednesday, May 28, 2014


while other couples went to the Bahamas, we went back to work two days after our wedding.

while other couples are going on their "second honeymoon!"... we still haven't gone on our first.

while other couples are going on their "one year anniversary!!" trip... we still haven't set foot off of american soil.

three years of marriage.

furthest away we've been was nyc and atlanta.

the longest vacation we ever had was 6 days, with my family [grateful for it nonetheless] and we evacuated due to hurricane.

second longest was 5 days in new york city, sleeping on floors of a gracious, generous stranger's-to-us-at-the-time apartment.

other vacations were generally just a weekend trip, or a stop somewhere on the way to friends weddings.

I'm not bitter. I'm so happy to have those times.

but I know we have put a lot of hard work into our marriage, our house, our relationships... without a lot of rest.

and I know we might have been upset at ourselves had we known three years ago that we wouldn't have gotten to Scotland by our third anniversary.

we might be upset at ourselves for not having made it there by now.

but I love our marriage. I love our life.

I love the fact that we both became homeowners at 24 years old, and are basically debt free... well... aside from... you know, the mortgage ;P

we never had a honeymoon, but we live a honeymoon life [thank you, Sharon Glasgow for coining that term. if you're looking for a real, hard-tack woman who writes about real life, she's your gal].

we have epic moments, and an adventurous life.

we kiss barefoot in the driveway when big, fat raindrops are melodically pouring down, just like in the movies [actually, that was only once. but it was cool].

we got tattoos together on our first anniversary. 

we get down and dirty.
see what I did there?
we're an aunt and uncle to some incredible kids.

we're making a house a home.

we're always trying to be a safe harbor to anyone who needs one.

we're trying to steward the blessings we've been given in order to best serve others.

and we'll always be each other's beloved even when we won't be physically in the same city, state, or country for long periods of time.

we'll make it through the challenges ahead.

we'll make it through the joys ahead.

the path ahead is a much easier go with you by my side.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Red Door

apparently a red door means welcome in many countries.

I didn't know this. I just wanted a red door.

and I love it!


Now the handle & hooks match

Saturday, May 17, 2014


After a long, brutal day of manual labor...





Another angle...

And this is how we felt...

Friday, May 16, 2014


honest first impression:

"what in the world is he wearing?"

Daniel had his own distinct style.

orange chucks, shoelaces as bracelets, a bandana incorporated somewhere or another, nails painted black, pattern on pattern layers, bright colors, hand-created witty tshirts.

Daniel's style reflected his personality better than anyone I know.

all over the place. chaotic. bright. random. hilarious. never a dull moment.

he always was a larger than life, one-of-a-kind character.

and he had the gift only bestowed on a few - the ability to spread the healing medicine of laughter everywhere he went.

I don't think there's a single person who was ever in his life who he didn't put in stitches at one point or another.

we all have "Daniel" stories that all start with, "this one time..." 
and if we got together, they would take days to tell, gasping for air in between our belly laughs.

and a few knew his other side. his very poignant, creative, reflective, deeply intelligent side that desired for something greater. he was a poet, a writer, a lyricist, an artist. he was brilliant.

Daniel... I wish I had invested more time in our relationship. I wish I had listened to those nagging gut feelings that told me to get in touch with you.

and I know that you've gone onto that 'something greater' that you always desired but had a hard time making palpable.

I know you're digging in to that great feast we all look forward to, so enjoying the never-ending shin-dig in our Father's house. 

and I know that you've got them laughing.

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My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. //1John3:18

"Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. "My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E." - Rick Warren

Monday, May 12, 2014

mulching & edging

beeeefooooree . . . 



that non-mulched section at the top is where our Japanese Maple is going!!

looooook my azaleas are blooooming!!
soooo heeeppy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Nurture - verb; care for and encourage the growth or development of.

I feel like I personally am in a season of nurturing. Nurturing myself, trying to set boundary lines in order to develop my strengths and talents to be most effective. Nurturing my spirit, trying to get more in tune with the Father. Also, I am attempting to nurture our yard into something that will eventually be beautiful, but right now it's in an awkward phase. Same with the interior of our home. So much is "not ideal" (kitchen countertops, band-aid color walls nearly everywhere downstairs) but I am trying to develop it into something we can love while doing other projects.

So I wanted to give a tiny update regarding such things.

If you follow me on Instagram or are Facebook friends with me... you probably were annoyed at how many pictures of tulips I was posting. Well. I loved my six little tulips while they bloomed. All their petals are gone now and I've deadheaded them, so their bright colors no longer grace the front corner. But here are the pictures of their hay day....
I think I want to plant some summer blooming perennials in this area so that there can be beautiful blooms for a longer period of time. 

Then I planted flowers around the mailbox...

Black-Eyed Susans on the left, daisies on the right, and poppies in the back and front.

The Black Eyed Susans are growing heartily and the Poppies are germinating!! I'm so excited!! The daisies... well... they kinda partially died about a week and a half after planting. There's still some green on it, so I cut back all the dead in hopes it could be saved. Only time will tell.

This may not look like much to you, but it's going to be great! The goal is to get greenery growing pretty tall & thick in this are to conceal these utility boxes. They're just nasty eyesores.

This blessed me SO much when I went to check on this section today...
Long story short: our neighbor's landscaper had cut down all the forsythia that I had planted. I had planted some in the fall, and he cut that. 
I brushed it off as an accident and planted more in the spring. Well, he cut that down too. So Jason spoke to our neighbor, asking her to tell her landscaper that it's definitely on our property and stop cutting it. I also put paint sticks in the ground that say, "DO NOT CUT. Plants growing!"
But I thought there was no hope for the forsythia as it had all been cut down to stubs. All I could see was only one tiny little stub had remained alive. 
Lo & behold, today I see that not just one stub (as it had been) but ALL the forsythia stubs that had been cut are NOW GROWING!! They all have greenery!! This made my heart SO HAPPY!!
I also planted more Black Eyed Susans in that area for a pop of yellow in the summer.

Now onto the interior -
We've got two large walls that need art. One is in our living room above the blue couch, and the other is in our room - the wall across from our bed is completely bare. This must be remedied!!
So I've been creating some art! Only one piece is finished currently...

Not to toot my own horn, but I LOVE IT... this took way longer than I expected. I did the lettering by hand first in my sketchbook then transferred it to computer to clean it up, then printed it out to put behind the canvas to sort of trace with the paint. I'm a little sad about the "Old Virginia" line being crooked, but oh well.
And here's some ideas for the other artwork... (see right)

I'm going to print these using the freezer paper transfer method... so they'll be less clean on the canvas and have a much more hand made quality to them. I'm really looking forward to this being complete. But I had to get the placement of the birds and the color scheme right before printing the birds and transferring to canvas. I'll also need to test the colors on regular paper to make sure they're pretty close to what I'm seeing on screen.

The typography in the bottom right corner says, "so do not fear, you are worth more than many sparrows" . . . one of my favorite things Jesus ever said. Also, I just love bird silhouettes. They're all over everything I own, eventually going to have a tattoo somewhere. .  . when I decide the placement . . .

I also want a print or painting of poppies. Red poppies symbolize remembrance for those who fight for our freedom. I didn't know that until recently, but that explains so much of why I love them. I'm not sure what kind of path I'm going to take...

 A more "print-like" approach

A more abstract / painterly approach

Or do a photo-real oil painting to look like one of these.... (I'll admit, that's my least favorite just because of the time involved).

So that's just some of my ideas. I also want some raised typography pieces, a print of a large ship, and some sort of map (of either Richmond or the world).

Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Battle of the Bushes

We hate holly bushes, holly trees, holly anything that's growing in our yard... with a passion.

We knew we would be taking out the three holly bushes in our front yard this year, which is why I had that on the docket in my blogpost last fall with our progress.

So here's what it used to look like . . . 

And here's a few pics of the removal process . . .

Love is a ripped out holly bush.
So, got two white azaleas at Costco this week intending to put them in between the three bushes. So that's what our housemate and I did today! And ripped up a good amount of the roots of the holly bush... there are still a bunch, but they're just gonna need to die on their own. They're ridiculous.
So, here's the azaleas finally in place! 

Oh, and I suppose I should show some better pictures of the mulching we did last weekend. 

It's so puuuuurdy! It's like we have a whole new house with the mulching and edging!

So the next tasks are . . . . 
mulching & edging the left side of the house... and then tackling...
the front walkway.
 Some genius thought stopping in the middle of the porch would look SO GREAT.


So we're going to fix that hopefully in the next month or over the summer.

We'd also like to paint the shutters and the front door. We like the idea of a bold red door. 
See, we want a red Japanese Maple to go where the massive holly bushtree thing was... pop of red there, pop of red on the door!
We're still thinking on the shutters. Either navy blue or black. So I attempted a photoshop sample . . .

but until then... we have these pictures....

before. . . .

 after . . . .

I love the black and red :D