Front Porch Play {Inspiration Workshop Linkup}

I’m linking up with Gussy again for another week of her Inspiration Workshop! This week the prompt is “Front Porch” which is such a fun prompt.

We don’t have a “front porch” by definition, but we have a front yard which, as I write this post I realize, is practically an extension of our living room. Looking back through recent pictures I realize how much time we spend out there and I love it. I am so blessed by our little house and the location it’s at. It is such a little diamond in the rough, ok maybe not quite as far as a diamond but at least an imitation gemstone of sorts in the rough. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the space to romp and roam, the horsey sounds all day long, and the old world feel of the ranch and the people who live, work, and play here.

So here are a bunch of photos of things we do on our “front porch”:

Picnics – Puppy Playtime – Orange Slice Smiles

Watch Rusty Rooster and Mimi Hen

Make Tents – Watch Tractors – Feed Chicks

Have Family BBQs – Catch Baby Lizards

Silly Pictures – Play in the Grass – Take Naps

So what things do you do on your “front porch”? Sip iced tea or lemonade? Tickle your kiddos? Kiss your sweetheart? Linkup with Gussy and share your favorite things!


Greatness in Green Eyes {Inspiration Workshop Linkup}

I’m linking up with Gussy for another week of her Inspiration Workshop! This week the prompt is “Green”. I’m so excited to see the interpretations of this inspiration! The interpretations are limitless and it will be so fun to see the creativity in everyone’s posts.

My inspiration comes from the most precious, glowing, shade of green. My son Lucas has green eyes that will melt your heart. Seriously, I should take this kid to a car lot and tell him to ask for a Corvette, the salesman won’t be able to deny him. Check out this adorable face:

I warned you, heart melting green eyes…

I see so much greatness in him. He is kind, gentle, loving, sensitive, intelligent, loyal, articulate, silly, funny, hugable, kissable, playful, imaginative, creative…did I mention that I adore him? Because I adore him, utterly and completely. I can’t imagine my life without him, nor can I really remember what it was like before him.

In my wonderful little boy I not only see the ability to be great, but I see the ability to encourage greatness in others.

So this post is for you, my sweet, sweet boy. I pray you grow, little one, like the grass between your chubby toes; fresh, cool, free, ever reaching for Heaven. May your thirst be quenched by the Spirit, your hunger fed by the Father, and your feet firmly planted in the Word.


Holy guacamole my kiddos bring out the strongest emotions in me. I’d blame it on pregnancy hormones but I think at 8 weeks postpartum that’s not entirely accurate anymore. What are some of your hopes and dreams for your children? For your future children?

Kitchen Inspiration {Inspiration Workshop Linkup}

Today I’m linking up with Gussy for her weekly inspiration workshop! She’s an incredible inspiration to the blog community and brings such ruffled goodness to everything she does. This weekly link up is a fun community building opportunity that I’m so excited to participate in!

This week’s prompt is Kitchens. Our kitchen is currently in the “much to be desired” category. It’s sadly lacking in counter space, cabinet space, and overall aesthetics. We’re renters….but I’ve got big plans to add some form and function to this boring and sad little space. Here’s our kitchen on a bad day (by bad day I mean a day where my entire day was spent cleaning up bodily fluids from the tiny humans that live under my roof).

I can’t believe I just posted that photo to the internet… this is a great exercise for me to overcome my OCD tendencies about my house being perfect before I share it with anyone.

Here’s my inspiration image, found via Pinterest, originally from House Beautiful. I adore the crispness of this kitchen. The sleek white monochromatic pallet makes my heart pitter patter. I love the chic chairs in glossy black and the country charm they bring to the room. Now I’m just itching to get started on our kitchen!

Be sure to check out all the other inspiring posts through the Gussy community and leave some comment love on the blogs you visit :)