I want to say a sincere thank you for all the birthday wishes last week and for the crazy awesome response to my bundle sale. In so many ways I am in the center of my life’s wildest dreams and I have your support, community, and joyful hearts to thank for it. I can’t wait to see all of you new folks in the classrooms, especially the painting class!
Also, for those of you waiting for a response/request, please know Nichole and I are doing our absolute best to get to you! Our inbox is overflowing, but we’re doing our best to get to everyone as quickly as we can. Xxo.
In other news, summer is here, and we are truly enjoying the summery vibe. Last summer we had just moved into our new home and were a bit occupied (stressed) with unpacking, settling, and reorienting. This summer feels so very different, like a true summer. We have zero plans for travel. We’re just gonna hang around Portland, work, play, and head to the coast as much as we’re able.
Last week I did a cubicle make over for my dear friend Dani. I have to show you the before and after:
Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
We brought in items from Dani’s home and spent $150ish dollars on fabric (that we used to line the walls with), lamps, baskets, and few other decor items. It’s so easy and reflects her love of purple and global decor – and worth it for a space she spends 40hrs a week in.
Make your work spaces beautiful, friends! Dress them up in your joy!
(photo credit: She Saw Things Photography)
Father’s Day was last week, too!
I had a rough early start in life, as many of us do. I had an absent, alcoholic bio father, then a gentle and kind step father who died tragically, then a couple of more step dads, including Greggie who I adore and love deeply and has been in my life since my teen years.
Anyway, I was worried about having a family of my own, hoping I could provide stability and joy in the early years. I could never have predicted how healing it would be to have a husband who is an incredibly nurturing father. To watch him play, teach, honor, and love our kid to pieces has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. In so many ways, True is having a childhood of dreams. And it’s in large part because of Papa John. I have so much love and gratitude for all the fathers out there who are engaged and in love with their families. It means the world to the kids, and to us mamas.
Speaking of Father’s Day, True very much considers himself a papa to his beloved “sockdog” lovies. And so you can imagine his pure delight when the sockdogs left him a Father’s Day card. So sweet, you guys. My heart has been bursting all day because this truly was a magical moment for him and he’s been thanking the sock dogs all day. He even told me he loved me “just a tiny bit lesser than the sockdogs but don’t worry cause it’s still love that goes around the earth 3 trillion times.”
Ahhhh, four year olds and their love is beyond magical and precious.