ON REPEAT

April 24, 2015

The past few weeks, I've really been trying to sort out where my heart is and where I'd like to be. I'm asking myself some thoughtful questions and really trying to listen and follow, which is not always easy to do when you like to be in control of your life's path.

This song from Hillsong United has been on repeat (literally) for days on end in our home. These words speak to me so deeply. I'm really finding so much encouragement through it- maybe you'll feel inspired by it too. 

                                               "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

[6x]
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

             

OUR CHILDREN KNOW US BEST

April 19, 2015

I could care less that this is an ad for Pandora Jewelry. It is the most beautiful video about our unique connections to our children and my mama heart can barely take it. If you need me, I'm in a pile of my own tears over here. 

THE HOUSE BY THE BRIDGE | KITCHEN

April 10, 2015

Oh the kitchen. The heart of the house and really, isn't that so true? You cook here, eat here, dance here, snuggle here, cry here, gather here. I love our kitchen to pieces. When we first moved in the kitchen was fine. It was updated and clean. All we could really ask for but after 6 months or so we knew it wasn't 'us,' so we ripped out the counters (and added butcher block) painted the walls all white, painted the cabinets bright yellow, and then all white again (phew) put the subway tile up and re-floored. Just this past Christmas we bought Ru her own little kitchen and I could not love the fact that it looks exactly like ours more. When mama cooks, Ru is right there next to me cooking away too. Our kitchen and dinning room are really one in the same, so it's this really large open space in our home that we love so much. Whenever we have guests this is where we are. 

THE HOUSE BY THE BRIDGE | DINING ROOM

April 3, 2015

The dining room is by far the most modern room in our house. I love that it cathces you off guard when you step in. It's deep gray (almost navy) walls and it's shocking artwork. We totally fell in love with those cool 1950 mughots when we spotted them from a vendor of ours at our first City Flea in 2011 and we've had them hanging ever since. The kitchen, which the dining room opens up to is all white (tour coming soon!) and the reason I feel like we can get away with such a dark color in the dining area. I sometimes feel like it's a room in our house that doesn't really fit with the rest of the home, but i've really come to love it. We spend so much time in there- we eat every meal together around our big wooden farm table (which we had custom made a few years ago by a local woodworker) and the number of family dance parties that have happened in this space is too many to count. Most everything in our dining room and kitchen (they really are like one big room) is either wood or white and I think that is the other reason the decor feels most modern to me. Below are the sources for some of the pieces //

Mugshots / Larken Design

Dining chairs / Herman Miller

Bar Cart / Brooklyn Flea Market

Dining Table / Custom by T Wallace

Buffet / estate sale and refinished by my husband

Globe / Flea Market

Bar Stool / Target

The kitchen is up next!


THE HOUSE BY THE BRIDGE | ENTRYWAY

April 1, 2015

I didn't know how much I wanted an actual entryway until we had an actual entryway. A designated place to hang your coat, take your shoes off and greet guests. When we first moved in 4 years ago I instantly felt very grown up with such an official entrance to our home. Our entry space is pretty simple- minimal decor per usual. We do not have a storm door (have you ever tried to find a door to fit a 150 year old door frame? geeps), so the downside to this space is when the door is closed, it's pretty dark. Anyways, when we bought our home the first half of the entry had parkay flooring and the stairs and hall were carpeted. We decided to re-do the flooring of our entire first floor to have it be consistent and a little more our style, so we settled on an extremely durable (we have a chocolate lab and toddler) faux wood. It was not our first choice but we were trying to be cost effective and smart with our choice. The beige-y wall color is also not our favorite but it runs the entire length up to the second floor so painting it is just a bit too daunting for us right now. And really, it's ok. We don't hate it. My hope is that if you were to ever come to our home, you would instantly feel welcomed, because for me, that is what the entry way is for. 

 

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