journal

Keep the Faith

My favorite project is one that connects people to a loved one who is no longer with us. My uncle had an old wooden barrel that he wanted to have painted. He wasn’t sure with what, but mentioned that his dad, my grandfather, never used to say, “Goodbye.” Instead, he … Read More

Eat well, laugh often, love much.

“Eat well, laugh often, love much.” Words my family has lived by for generations in the kitchen. Beyond the recipes and traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, the act of gathering over a simmering pot of gravy and meatballs (yes, we call marinara GRAVY), and sharing stories … Read More

Moving On

I was asked to create something for my friend’s in-laws who are selling their home of many decades. It got me thinking about the house I grew up in, where my parents still live. We had a great neighborhood full of kids of all ages that would rule the street from sun … Read More

The Smallest Things

So… my blog post is a few days late. I was asked to do this very special piece and I didn’t want to write about it until I had given it to the family. Infant loss is devastating. There are so many hopes and dreams that will never come to … Read More

Old Stuff

I’ve always loved old stuff. I love looking at old pictures and looking at what’s in the background. It often tells a story of it’s own. I love the little cherished items handed down from generation to generation. Most of it is worth nothing from a monetary standpoint, but the … Read More

Home

We have moved a LOT with the military. We have moved up and down the East coast. We have moved from the East to the West and back to the East Coast. We have moved 4 times in an 18 month span. We have moved into new construction, old condemned housing … Read More

The Countdown

Deployments are hard. Really hard. Hard enough when you have to manage your own emotions, but so much harder when you have little ones who have all the same emotions but have no idea how to deal with them. For an adult, six, nine, eighteen months can be broken down … Read More

Off to Ireland!

To say my girls are an inspiration to me is a huge understatement. But this week especially, I sit in awe of each of them. We are over in Dublin to watch Bailey and Colleen dance in the Irish Dance World Championships, a prestigious event that they qualified for at their regional … Read More

A circle is round, it has no end…

Ever meet someone and it feel like you have known them for ever? Whether it’s because they have the same interests, parent in a similar way, or they are just easy going, when you meet a friend like that it sure makes whatever life throws at you much easier to … Read More