Expectations + Excursions from Elsa's view .

When considering road trips with little ones, I think these words of Alexander Pope are very pertinent: "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." At the risk of leading you to believe that our world is very small or that our family life is quite boring, I'll tell you this little secret: a successful road trip, in our book, is one that includes a new-to-us ...more

Project 52 | One of Twelve

Last year, I followed along as Jodi, of Che + Fidel, beautifully captured, week by week, the happenings of her little ones. When Jodi posted this post, and explained her Project 52 in such a wonderful way, I knew for sure that I would be joining her this year for a similar photographic journey. Each week, just as  she did every week of last year, Jodi posts a Project 52 collection. Here, I've ...more

Stop + Love .

My husband was very curious why I would post the phrase "stop plus love" on our kitchen wall. Bless his heart ( or, bless mine, depending on how you interpret the + sign!). Even moments ago, as we were discussing emoticons and symbols, I said to him, "well, how about the 'and' sign (totally meaning the + sign), what would you call that?". "You mean the plus sign?", he said with a grin. We ...more

Baby Sleeping signs from Cranny + Restocking .

I've said this before, but the start-to-finish process of the 2013 Cranny calendars, which are 40% off! right now! until January 30th!, was revolutionary for me. I'm realizing, more and more, that just like money, time has wings. I love the creative process. All of it. The problem is that I can't seem to find all of the hours in my day for such processes. Over the next several months, I ...more

Oregon Coast, 2013 .

I think I've been pretty wordy here in this little space, lately. Today, I just wanted to share with you some favorite pictures from last week's getaway to the coast. My husband taught a class on the book of Psalms at Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon and the boys and I were able to tag along with him for the week. Warm sunshine was had every day and that is something that we Oregonians ...more

DIY Kitchen from A Beautiful Mess + A Well-Made, Loved Home .

When Steve and I were newlyweds, we fell hard and fast into the 'buy everything brand spankin' new!' trap. Among those over-priced, brand-new items was a small black telephone stand, which, amazingly, we did use very much up until we moved to Oregon, where it's sat in a closet ever since. For the last several months, the idea of turning said telephone stand into a play kitchen for the boys ...more

A-Z Bookends and Everything In Between .

I'm writing to you from a cozy little cabin on the Oregon coast with a warm fire going and a sleepy, curly-haired boy snuggled up next to me on the sofa. Sometimes, like just now, I look at my curly-haired boy and wonder what sort of creative soul he is exactly. I notice his gifts of organization, speech, and spatial intelligence, and I start to think about who he will become and how God ...more

1.12 | Heart Art .

Recently, I read Stephen Altrogge's  Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff. His ebook is very short but very much worth your $2.99. This little book has gotten the wheels of my brain turning with lots of dreams and plans for 2013. I wanted to share with you today a little bit about a project that has been stewing for quite sometime and is finally beginning to come to fruition. I've ...more

C A L E N D A R * G I V E A W A Y

I am so thankful for the response to the 2 0 1 3 Cranny calendars. Thank you to so many of you who have sent encouraging words, pinned calendar images, hosted giveaways, or bought a calendar (or four!) from Cranny. Can you guess what's on the docket to be given away today? (smile) Today, I'm giving away both versions of the calendar. One for you and one for a friend.  The calendar giveaway ...more

Oversized pictures + Undersized Costs .

Do you ever find yourself reading a beautifully authored book about homemaking or decorating only to lose heart when the seemingly down-to-earth author announces she is currently writing from her second home in Germany? I love to make our home home. And I enjoy making our home beautiful within a simple budget. If your budget is a second home in Germany, I am so happy for you. Because, ...more