I’ve always loved what front porches represent: family time, relaxation, cold glasses of sweet tea, being a part of the neighborhood. My family’s home when I was growing up had a front porch, and we spent countless hours together there, watching thunder storms, eating ice cream and just enjoying each other’s company. That front porch saw a lot of smiles – and a lot of tears – over the years.
Yesterday was September 1st – and the start of what I consider fall! Technically, the season of fall doesn’t start until later in September, but as I sit here in a cozy sweater, covered with a blanket, it sure feels a lot like fall to me! The weather this time of year can be a little all over the place in Northeast Ohio: some days it’s hot and sunny; some days it’s chilly and overcast. Ryan and I got married September 5, 2009, and it was in the high 70’s with lots of sunshine. The poor groomsmen were sweating in their tuxes! But almost eight years later, the weather calls for long sleeves and umbrellas. Continue reading
Hi, everyone! I hope your Memorial Day weekend was full of family, friends, and food. We had a few thunderstorms on Sunday, but overall, the weather was GREAT in Akron. I had Friday and Monday off of work, which made for a lovely, wonderful four-day weekend. Ryan’s family came into town because….he was promoted at work!! He’s now officially a lieutenant at the Lorain Fire Department. We couldn’t be prouder of him – and I couldn’t be more nervous about having to learn to spell lieutenant now (thank heavens for auto correct!).
I’ve been slowly incorporating what I like to call “farmhouse prep” into our house. I love the simple, rustic details of a “farmhouse” style, but my hearts also flutters for the clean stripes and hints of gold found in a “preppy” style. It’s an evolving style, and I’m having so much fun with it. Continue reading
Last week, Ryan and I took our longest solo trip without the little guys. We headed way down south to Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas. I had a work meeting in Forth Worth, and since we have friends from college in the Dallas area, Ryan decided to join me.
Quick fun fact: Ryan was born in Texas and spent the first 7 years of his life in El Paso.
Before this trip, I had never been to Texas, so I was super pumped to visit the state home to one of my favorite shows ever.
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If someone you love is a first responder, you know all too well the mix of overwhelming pride and fear concerning their job. Firefighters, police officers, military personnel and paramedic/EMTs are the ones running in while others are running out. My husband, a firefighter and parmedic (and Army veteran!) half-jokingly says that to me, but it’s so true. These everyday-heroes are not compensated for their daily sacrifices. I started writing this post on a day we lost a local police officer to a hit-and-run driver. My heart breaks for the family and friends of that officer, as well as the members of his department. I know that technically all of us are all putting our lives into danger by just getting up and going to work everyday – no matter our profession – but no one can argue that these men and women are quite literally risking it all for the sake of the lives of complete strangers.
So – before I say anything else – THANK YOU to all first responders and their families. Your sacrifices are not overlooked. ❤ Continue reading
Like a lot of people, I’ve really gotten into the farmhouse style of home decor. It reminds me of my childhood and speaks to my very soul.
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What a day, what a day, what a day. I think the universe knew I would be partaking in National Margarita Day by enjoying a refreshing cocktail this evening, so it threw every possible curve ball at me. But there is no way I’m letting a few hiccups get in the way of enjoying this beauty: