I never thought in a million years that I would end up with this gig. I love being a mom & I love to create. And those two things brought me here, to this blog & to this community. And I will be forever grateful for all of you for giving me that opportunity, for reading here & hanging my art in your homes. A lot has been going on this year so far, in our community of family and friends, and also in the world, and it is sometimes so hard to put things into words. Blogging for me is all about creating a space that leaves people feeling happy & inspired after reading. But it’s also a space where I want people to connect, with my words and with each other, so I feel like before I can continue with all of the things I want to share and post about this year, there are a few things that I want to make sure you know.
I hope you know that behind every pretty picture is still a mess in the kitchen, piles of laundry to be folded & half a dozen unfinished projects that have been pushed to the side.
I hope you know that for every sweet & silly thing my kids do, they still fight, throw fits & drive me to my absolute breaking point.
I hope you know that behind every selfie, there is a frazzled, overtired mom with unwashed hair who has probably cursed too many times that day about another mess or lost shoe.
I hope you know that for every finished project, it doesn’t happen without stress, exhaustion & a few disagreements about how/what/why we are doing it. Selling our house & renovating a kitchen at the same time was one of the hardest things our marriage has ever gone through.
I hope you know that just because I parent one way, doesn’t mean that I think it’s the only way. I never, ever want anyone to feel less than after reading here. Whether you breastfeed or formula feed, stay at home or work in an office, feed your kids all organic or macaroni and hot dogs twice a week, no matter who you voted for or who you pray to, you are welcome here.
There are a lot of things that I just choose not to talk about here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience them. Pain, loss, worry, anxiety, defeat and guilt are things that are going on in our lives, and in the lives of people we love. For every moment captured or story written, there are thousands more untold.
And at the end of even the worst days, I will always choose to see the beauty, because it is always there. And I hope that you will do that too.8