This picture is my favorite of our family right now because it captures us just as we are: a lot of energy, a healthy measure of silly, and a lot of love. Perhaps you can tell from the photo that my boys have a lot of energy? Even as well-behaved kids (which I consider them to be) they wrestle, are fond of being loud, and make a lot of messes. While writing part of this my boys were having a pillow fight in front of me with our throw pillows. They're kids! It's just their nature and it's how they... Read more →


The boys and I are heading home today after three wonderful weeks in Austin. Like I always do, I'll have a little heartache at the airport and when the plane leaves the Texas soil. It's hard to leave the people, house, and city that are so deeply familiar and comforting to me. But I'm so thankful we could start the tradition of visiting Austin for several weeks. We'll do it again next year! On this trip I felt like I was able to take a break from some of the routine parts of life that can be demanding: cooking, cleaning,... Read more →


Have you read anything great lately? I used to share what I'm reading on Instagram but I've fallen out of the habit. (Although my Goodreads stays pretty up to date.) I like keeping a visual record of what I've read and hearing what others thought of the book so I want to get back to it! But first I feel like I need to get caught up sharing what I've been reading lately. And my lately I mean since early December (ahem). I'm about to inundate you with books so consider yourself warned! Here's what I've been reading... The Cuckoo's... Read more →


Being a mother is often an all-encompassing job with only sporadic praise or validation. A lot of our effort goes unnoticed or won't be appreciated by our kids until they're older – maybe even until they have kids themselves! Which is why it's so important to shine light on the effort that we put into parenting and to take the time to celebrate it. Thinking of this sentiment around Mother's Day I asked two of my best girl friends a simple question... What is one thing, big or small, that you are most proud of as a mother? One of... Read more →


Chris and I had a breakfast date last week at Central Market (one of our favorite Austin spots) and found ourselves excitedly talking about all the house projects we want to do (garden boxes, a live edge wood mantle, a headboard, a modern fence around of front porch...). Now that Chris has caught the woodworking bug there are so many things that we can dream up and he can build. Having shared interests and projects to work on together feels like a really important part of a healthy marriage for us. We realized all of the projects we want to... Read more →