olive june

a letter to my son | today you turn two

"speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they become." - brooke hampton

simply loving

"on winter's margin"

on winter's margin, see the small birds now
with half-forged memories come flocking home
to gardens famous for their charity. 
the green globe's broken; vines like tangled veins
hang at the entrance to the silent wood. 

with half a loaf, i am the prince of crumbs;
by time snow's down, the birds amassed will sing
like children for their sire to walk abroad!
but what i love, the gray stubborn hawk
who floats alone beyond the frozen vines;
and what i dream of are the patient deer
who stand on legs like reeds and drink the wind;-

they are what saves the world: who choose to grow
thin to a starting point beyond this squalor.
-mary oliver

favorite oversized sweaters

oversized sweaters are one of my staple pieces for both fall and winter- i am all about a good oversized sweater during the cooler months of the year. most of the time, i find them to be both comfortable and stylish- the best of both worlds. they are cute paired with skirts, pants, denim, or leggings. i gathered a variety from some of my favorite shops to share with you today. 

15 things to do in the new year

"i actually attack the concept of happiness. the idea that- i don't mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is a fear of sadness. it's a really odd thing that we're now seeing people saying "write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep" and "cheer up" and "happiness is our birthright" and so on. we're kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position- it's rubbish. wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those which make us who we are. happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don't teach us much. everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say "quick! move one! cheer up!" i'd like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word "happiness" and to replace it with the word "wholeness." ask yourself, "is this contributing to my wholeness?"and if you're having a bad day, it is." - hugh mackay

christmas memories

hello, friends. i hope the new year is treating you well and that your heart is full of love from the season around us. it's a sunny but chilly day here in charlotte as i start to plan out taking down the christmas tree, the ornaments and cozy layers of decor. parks is back at wee school today after three weeks off so i am back to a little momma freedom a few times a week- and that feels so wonderful. christmas was everything we needed it to be- simple, relaxing, some travels, and lots of laughs. we were able to celebrate with both of our families and i feel full and abundant with gratitude. the smells of fresh pine and the explosions of gold glitter always seem to get me like a favorite warm sweater. i am always sad to see them go. yet, a fresh new space is always a good thing. 

it really is the season of renewal and hope and reflection. again, i am left feeling so grateful, for so much and for everything. but i am especially grateful for the family that has been placed in my arms and the chance to share the spirit of this season together. and i am also grateful for the One and for trader joe's peppermint jo jo's. 

a new year

"because sometimes life is so fast and so absolute that the only way you can change things is by actually shifting your life utterly and totally to a different hemisphere. you can't partially change. there's no semi-revolution." - cate blanchette

the start of a new year brings a fresh start, new hope, bright beginnings ahead. this year really excites me. this past year was one of many new starts; a year of more calmness, balance, being intentional as much as possible. as a result, i started to notice many positive changes and only hope to continue doing so over the course of the next year + while also adding a new member to our family in june. if this is your first or hundredth time visiting this space, i am so thankful for you. 

with love on my heart, i wish you all the happiest new year. 

holiday traditions with evenflo

Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
as i have mentioned already, this is, in some ways, a season of rest for me. it's also a season of reflection and celebrating. after plowing through the year, i try and make an effort to keep november and december more minimal for our family; allowing the richness of peace, silence, and traditions to fill our home. less busy and more slow.  i know that this will not always be an option, but am grateful for it at this time. my hope is that our littles remember their childhood christmases as a time of service, creativity, anticipation and easy happiness. 

last sunday, we went to a beautiful church service together (i can't stop thinking about the message) and then spent the day out and about in uptown charlotte during the afternoon hour. following some time in the city,  we spent some time at home- we baked, sang, danced and watched miracle on 34th street (the 1994 version/i am struggling being apart from my sister right now and it's her favorite). for our adventure, we used our new pivot stroller from evenflo. we have been using this stroller for about a month now and we are loving it! this is the most versatile stroller we have ever owned. it can be used several different ways: forward, backward, or you can even lay the stroller back like a bassinet and the transitions are all extremely easy to do.