Setting Up Home

It has been three months in our new home. It seems like we have always lived here. Yet, in reality it’s been a blink of an eye. Long enough, though, that a deep cleaning is sitting not so patiently at the top of my to do list.


I have this glorious idea of wanting to take pictures when we move in and move out of everywhere we live. However, taking pictures of your house is a somewhat enormous job. I clean, my toddler destroys it as fast as I can clean it and I somehow manage to snap pictures in between it all. When you load them you see dust, cords, crooked pictures, strange paint shades, spots on furniture, random toys peeking from under couches. All things that aren’t there in real life, I promise.

You re shoot, he re destroys, you go for the real life look.

It’s no small task.



I snapped a few the other day, but I far prefer the shots that just happen as we live here and the moments take place that turn into our photographs. Our home and surroundings become the backdrop for the main attraction, which is family and all that it entails.




This porch. This house will forever be referred to as the house with THE PORCH.


It wraps around three sides of the house and we are in love.


I remember one of the first shots of our yard that I posted, I had SO many comments about how we were going to care for the yard and what a big job it would be. It surprised me as I was thinking I’ll cut each blade of grass personally with a pair of hand scissors if it means having this amount of space to run and play and a view like we have.

God had other ideas. He provides. Now I have kids who beg to help with chores.



Our big project for the summer is turning our garage into our bonus room for school and music lessons. It is a huge space and I am stalking Craigslist to make it happen. It’s going to function beautifully for us. I can’t wait to get it done!


I also have a photography studio in my backyard. God really makes the best ones. Mine is complete with abandoned railroad tracks.   It’s dreamy, I tell ya and I am in love with my first official little client.



We have lived in many homes over the years. Burnt orange shag carpet to granite slab. This is my favorite one on all accounts.

 I do not take one square inch for granted.

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9 Responses to Setting Up Home
  1. Alicia @ La Famille
    June 23, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    so happy for you. the yard is a blessing all in itself. can’t wait for that school room!

  2. Amy G
    June 24, 2013 | 7:06 am

    Your home looks so inviting and cozy!! I am so incredibly happy for your family- I love the way God blesses us with just what we need.
    Happy fluffing up your classroom- can’t wait to see it!!

  3. Heidi (Dearly Loved Mist)
    June 24, 2013 | 6:50 pm

    So pretty! Great front porch! And I can’t wait to see that school room. I know, with your decorating touches, it will look fabulous!

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  5. Lindsay
    July 15, 2013 | 8:45 pm

    Love the “home tour,” and such a great space. I gotta ask, where did you get that zebra in the monkey room!?! My daughter, Gracelin, is in NEED of a cute zebra…and we are striking out finding one.

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