Free And Living

Free And Living

03 October 2014

The Colors from Summer Keep me Happy


The colors from summer keep me happy in Portland's gray winter. I know we are not quite to winter rains yet, but I'm admiring my fresh, bright color schemes from my 2014 card designs. What makes you happy?

30 September 2014

Keeping My Gaze High


It's been a rough year but I'm keeping my gaze high
Trusting you when I don't know why
I'm keeping my gaze high

On you when my feet are sinking along with my heart
I'm keeping you my focus; you're my start

I'm keeping my gaze high
When I'm losing my grip and my body sighs
I'm keeping my gaze high

When I lose my breath and can't keeping going
I'm keeping my gaze high

When the world stops and there is no breathing
I'm keeping my gaze high

When dark days surround me like a hollow cave
I'm keeping my gaze high

Your love falls on me and brings me home
I'm keeping my gaze high

29 May 2014

DIY Curbside Dresser



One day on the way home from our co-op preschool, I found this cute dresser (see post below) with a free sign on it. I did a quick U-turn and shoved it in my car. Thankfully, I was only a block away to my destination. I saw so much potential in this piece and was super stoked to find free furniture. I knew all it needed was some fresh paint and new knobs. So, here's what I came up with. I'm so happy with it! It turned out better than I imagined it. One man's treasure is truly another one's treasure.

11 May 2014


Wow. These first two weeks of May have been so righteous. My sister came to visit with her youngest, Gracie. I needed a family visit. I needed to just be with her. That's exactly what we did. It was extraordinarily sunny, so we soaked up the sun and each other's words. She connected with Teddy. I connected with Gracie. It blessed me beyond belief just to have her company. 

Steve and I are trying to be more intentional about family time on the weekends. It's so easy to fall into a mode of being productive that we are usually dividing and conquering. We are trying to let go of that American need to produce and to embrace a more focused way of living...a calmer way. We've been making it a point to have a family outing each weekend, whether that's a hike in the gorge or neighborhood fair or a bike ride. We need to be present as a whole.

Found this cool side table / dresser on the side of the road. Portlander blessings! Seriously, one man's trash is another man's treasure. I'm going to fix it up and post it here. 

Also, Steve put together the most amazing flowers in the world for me. He really blessed me this Mother's Day. Now, I'm feeling a little guilty...like his Father's day better be goooooood or else. He he. But seriously, he really cherished me today and totally served me. Love him.

10 April 2014

Weekly Snapshots







Just a few snapshots from our week. I've been so bad about posting, but thought it might be nice to document our weeks in photos. We've been sick a lot this year. The blog is definitely on the back burner. :(

05 February 2014

New Designs in My Etsy Shop



I'm excited to tell you that I recently added a few new card designs to my Etsy shop as well as two new prints. I'm in love with pastels paired with Kraft envelopes lately, and hope you enjoy my new cuties. It's my hope that my customers will use these cards to uplift and encourage those around them. I love snail mail, and it really brightens my day when I receive a handwritten note from a friend. Seriously, it MAKES MY DAY! Hope you make someone's day soon!! And, if you want to do that with my designs, I won't stop you. ;)

There's one I'm really loving for Valentine's Day that is not pictured above. Go check it out!

28 January 2014

Weekend Wrap Up











































We started our weekend off right with a hike in the Gorge. Latrouell Falls is so beautiful, and it's literally a 30 minute drive from our house. When we arrived, a park ranger gave Steve a pin and a temporary tattoo for Teddy. I thought he handed him a year round camping pass the way Steve reacted!

Being in nature totally makes me put all of life into perspective. It reminds me how small I am, how grand the earth is and how magnificent the Intelligent Designer is as well.

Teddy and Steve love playing together, and it's amazing to see how much that boy loves his papa. Steve will wrap him up in a blanket and fly him around the house. He will get down on the ground, and let Teddy climb and crawl all over him. These guys are two peas in a pod.

We finished up the weekend with some basketball and park time with Teddy, some yard work while T napped and just some quality family time.

Our Sunday was restful until 10:30 that night when Teddy woke up with croup. It was really scary to hear his seal-like cough, but I was thankful for a friend who is a night owl and a nurse so I quickly reached out to her for advice. Baby boy is on the mend, but is teething and throwing toddler fits in the process. So this week already feels so long, but that's just the reality of motherhood. It's not always just shits and giggles.

How was your weekend?