olive june: 2019
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motherhood | stories lately

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reading picture books (and movie nights) have helped us get through the winter days and nights- especially the drearier ones. these moments remain one of our most treasured times of the day as a family. looking back- praying before every meal, riding my bike to the library almost daily, sharing a room with my sister, and my mom or dad reading books to us before bed are some of my favorite parts about my childhood. lately we've been reading lots of simple, quiet books (besides #5 on my list today- that is a fun one!) 

just by chance, a lot of these titles follow kids on walks around the world, pointing out everyday magic, or making it themselves. several of these books focus on the comfort of routine and the joy of discovery. i wanted to share with you ... in case you want to read with your family. 

nash charles . month nine | things i always want to remember

time is passing through me like a rushing river. it was just a few hours ago we were having a dance party in our loft with a positive pregnancy test. it was just a couple minutes ago we broke down when we heard that hammering heartbeat. 

and then saw his face; crying for the first time and so beautiful.
-nine months ago today-

in case we've never met


this post was inspired by morgan harper nichols

neutral sweaters


the boys and i spend a lot of time thrifting . and honestly, they are both a dream when we shop together- they seem to love it as much as i do. parks is at the cutest age (i am LOVING three so far) and nash is chill - so chill (just like my husband.) this morning, we spent about three hours searching for treasures and found a lot of great finds for well under forty dollars (it was half off day at the local thrift stores/the last wednesday of the month- so the lines were really, really long but the prices were unbelievable). the elderly men and women (i also really love older people) adore the kids and parks has so much of me in him - that he just really seems to enjoy the experience as well. some of my favorite things to hunt for: homemade afghans, vintage kids clothes, books, homewares, art, wood toys, records, and neutral sweaters. neutral sweaters and mom jeans / madewell jeans and a pair of sneakers have become my go-to outfit as a sahm. today i am sharing some non-thrifted sweaters that i am currently loving...

bleubird

free.

a grateful heart

a grateful heart //

a nephew to love | julius imoh

9:20 am
mid-morning

the crisp chillness in the air
 takes my breath away
as i step out of the car in oakley
a milky latte 
the wind is blowing
quietly

in route to the hospital
gender still unknown
a niece or a nephew
to watch grow

naked winter trees 
brushing loudly
there is more to you today than yesterday

but when i look back 
on this day
i will always remember 
the serenity 
the stillness of the hallways 
and the way my sister softly nods
as i whisper,
'is it a boy?'

it all feels so right-
perhaps this is where 
the Light shines through

valentine

dating | your husband, your kids, yourself

when i was in college (at miami university in oxford, ohio), one of my professors gave the most memorable assignment my senior year- a date with yourself. he wanted us to spend a significant amount of time doing what we love most (alone) and then we were assigned to reflect and write about our experience. i still thank him inside for this enlightening example of how important it is to take the time to just Be and to show yourself that You deserve sacred time. for as i long i can remember, i have always had a need to re-charge after socializing and have always enjoyed time alone, but i was in the stage of my life where i believed that happiness had to be shared with other people. and although i love people, my 'extroverted introverted' tendencies tend to leave me yearning for time to unwind, cuddle up, and rest. the past decade taught me that spending time alone strengthens my sense of independence and confidence- and sparks creativity. alone time allows me to be more mindful of the present and to make more conscious choices. it's declaring to myself and to the world that taking care of myself and showing myself love are important. 

nash charles . month eight | things i always want to remember

keep looking 
where the Light
pours in.
- morgan harper nichols

simply loving

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basal coffee . charlotte, north carolina

winter season | home scenes + rhythms

(the floral bag is currently available in my thrift shop

hello, loves. lately, the smell of spring has been so lively here in charlotte. birds have been charming us with their chirps as the intensity of the sun has been piercing our faces. it's an unfamiliar feeling; something that felt so common just a few months ago. we have been running errands, attending play dates, organizing and re-arranging- making things fresh for cozy winter days + the horizon of blooms. and i am so tired. but making our home is one of the most joyful and creative gifts i can give myself. 

simply gather | a baby sprinkle

a few weeks ago, i drove from charlotte to cincinnati with parks + nash to surprise my sister with an intimate baby sprinkle. and we surprised her! i love a good surprise; i definitely get that from my mom and dad. but it was so wonderful and so special and i wanted to share the event with you all.

2019 | reading list + a winter playlist

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one of my 'becoming' intentions this year is to read more books; to become more of a bookworm again. i plan to bring a good read along in my bag for times when i am waiting- in the carpool at parks' school, in waiting rooms, on road trips, etc. i hope to read more informational, inspiring, parenting and more classics throughout twenty-nineteen. i love this 'classic book challange' so much. 

a snow day | time together in cincinnati

last weekend, the boys and i drove up to cincinnati to surprise my sister with a baby sprinkle. she is due february 21 with her second little baby (the gender is a surprise- which i love, love). quality time with loved ones is one of her favorite things so my mom, one of her dear friends and i planned an intimate brunch with a few close friends. i plan to share the details of the event with you all soon (it was wonderful). while visiting, we also enjoyed staying in a hotel (parks loved watching the cars and trucks go by from the large window in our room), time at the spa with my mom and sister / 21c museum hotel in downtown is incredible (possibly my best massage of all-time), we gathered for delicious ethnic takeout food, the boys and my niece played together for hours, and we had coffee chats. 

we woke up sunday morning to a winter wonderland; soft, fluffly, white snow. when nash woke up in the early morning hours to nurse, i opened the blinds and saw what i was hoping for- a new landscape; the heart of the season. i remember doing this as a little girl- hoping for no school (which took a lot). but i have lived in the carolinas for over eleven years ... so it took me a few moments to remember that the city would still be awake that day- that people would still be out and about. 

i spent the day savoring the gentleness 
as i felt my soul rest 
and whisper to breathe slowly 
and dream 
and be still. 

a gymboree birthday celebration


to celebrate parks' third birthday, we decided to invite some family friends, his cousins, and some school friends to a local gymboree to play, dance, and enjoy pizza + cake. just like christmas, this was the first time that he knew and understood that it was his birthday (and to put it simply- the boy loves to celebrate) so we decided to have it somewhere that he would really love. and he did even more than we expected. if you are local to charlotte, i can't recommend the gymboree in south charlotte enough- they were so wonderful / absolutely perfect for this age. he had the time of his life.

memories of turning three | a school bus birthday celebration

a home scene | 1.15.19

happy third birthday, parks james

i don't want to let you grow up 
but the older you get, the better i get to know you
and you are a pretty wonderful boy 
so i suppose i will let you just the same

nash charles . month seven | things i always want to remember

things i always want to remember //

my word of the year

here's to wishing and hoping that our annual bird families build nests all over the outside of our home
it's always such a gentle, springtime honor.

christmas | snapshots and reflections

{new bremen, ohio}

good afternoon and happy new year to you

i hope your holiday season was memorable and that your heart felt both peaceful and joyous.
it was one of my favorites to date. we spent a lot of time with my family in the midwest and are currently visiting my husband's brother and his family outside of philadelphia. 

it really is the season of renewal and hope and reflection. i am 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 the season together. God really is so good, to all of us.