Today I have another “currently” post for you where I capture memories and feelings that I'm having or have had over the past month. I love the practice of writing these posts because they help me step out of the fast-moving current of life and really see what life is right now. I love to see what changes season to season and year to year. And what stays the same. I find comfort in noting what feels everyday right now that ultimately will be fleeting and what is an anchor that comes around every year. Like every August I start... Read more →

Holy moly, April was FULL! From our anniversary on the first all the way through Chris's weekend away with guy friends in Scottsdale towards the end of the month, every week was a lot. Plus Chris had extra work commitments and some late meetings, the boys had two days off of school, we hosted Easter brunch and a family happy hour, and I hosted a girls' movie night out. I'm ready to take a breath and have a little less on the calendar. Of course now we're staring at the last few weeks of school plus we're planning to be... Read more →

Savoring bike rides and stroller walks in the warm, breezy spring weather. Finding a lunch routine that is working well for me (a goal this year) by filling a plate with easy, delicious, healthy things like sliced cucumber and dip, delicious cheese, pecan pie energy bites, and seedy crackers. In my head I was calling this a farmer's lunch but perhaps I should call it a writer's lunch. Noticing how sweet and tidy Maeve's hair looks in back after getting her a trim. Toddler mullet no more! And, Celebrating Maeve wearing a joyful whale spout for a whole day and... Read more →

It's time to reflect on and wrap up February. I've been tweaking how I approach these "currently" posts and thought I would try doing a monthly goals recap at the beginning. I don't really like looking backwards in my monthly goals posts but I do like the accountability and transparency of sharing how I did on my goals. So let's try this! February goals review: + Create a Prius memorial in the garage. Photos have been ordered and delivered. I need to go pick out some frames and then hang the photos in the garage with the old Prius license... Read more →

Feeling energized and content after the coziest creative weekend away in Pine with Erica. Here's the perfect cabin where we stayed! We planned a year of content for The Girl Next Door, worked on our own creative projects (for me, this blog, for Erica, her Homeschoolhood podcast), laughed, and talked for hours in the company of a crackling fire. Settling into our spring semester routine this week. Our family had COVID in mid-January which disrupted the routine we were just starting to find. Thankfully we had very mild cases (the boys and I tested positive, Chris and Maeve consistently tested... Read more →

This post is also available in podcast format in which I read the post. Search for "rising shining" on most podcast platforms and subscribe! Loving... Decluttering and inviting in a clean slate. This time of year, as we open our doors to the chilly air, I always find myself inspired to declutter. The air feels fresh and clean and I want our home to feel that way too. I'm also loving our backyard movie setup. We're using the same projector/screen set up that we've had for a few years. We hang the screen on our backyard wall and hook up... Read more →

This post is also available in podcast format in which I read the post. Search for "rising shining" on most podcast platforms and subscribe! Feeling... like the weight of my summer and heat blahs has been lifted. As always I'm so, so happy the heat is behind us for the year. Loving... how full and boisterous the house is. A babbling toddler, two loud boys, so much activity in the kitchen, so much laundry. All the saying apply: The days are long but the years are short. Full hands, full heart. These are the days. Purchased... new workout leggings in... Read more →

Feeling... the light and air change just enough that my summer despair is starting to lift. Apparently it happens every year about mid-September! Loving... creating my delicious fall-inspired home-brew coffee each morning: for my small pot of coffee each morning I use two scoops of decaf coffee, two scoops of Trader Joe's pumpkin spice coffee, and one scoop of regular coffee. (I like my coffee strong!) In my brewed coffee I use two tablespoons of half and half and two tablespoons of pumpkin spice Silk almond creamer. It's so good I prefer it to getting coffee out anywhere. Recently I... Read more →

Inspired by... Neighbors gathering together to stand with our Black neighbors and remember George Floyd and so many lost to brutal injustice. The remarks by my friend Becky and others in attendance were thoughtful and moving. I'm committed to working on dismantling racial injustice in my community and am thankful to be connected with others who share that vision. Purchased... I used the boys' Easter tote bags to create "welcome summer!" totes which I set out for them on the first day of their summer vacation. In the totes they had new swim trunks and rash guards (I love neon... Read more →

Inspired by... creating content for my RISING*SHINING audioblog and the lovely comments I've received from listeners. Thank you! My goal this year was to produce audioblog content for the months of April and October but now I'm wondering if I can keep it up regularly. I'm not ready to fully commit to that but I'm percolating the idea. Purchased... summer capsule wardrobe items like another pair of my favorite Patagonia quick-dry shorts, two tank tops, and swim shorts. I also bought the percale sheets from Brooklinen I've been eyeing for awhile. I am obsessed with them! They're soft yet cool... Read more →