olive june: December 2019

our christmas cards + favorite traditions

give warmth

"in a world
that often feels so cold
that so many, 
may choose 
to be the ones 
to give kindness to thoese
who may not have
many reminders
that kindness still exists."

in my city | covet atelier

covet atelier . charlotte, north carolina

favorites stories shared this year

give harmony

"may we be the ones 
who remind others
of the beautiful music 
we can make 
when we bring
our voices together."

a grateful heart

"put soul into everything."

borrowed words

 i saw these words this morning
and thought i would share.
even though i have felt tired and often worn out this month,
these words also felt so very true...

nash charles | eighteen months

today our baby turns eighteen months old. 'nash charlie' - you are what we dreamt of and i am so glad that i get to raise you, to love you, to guide you, to support whoever you become. you have grown so much, our darling boy; you are a gift to all of us. 

december intentions

snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
it's reason for being was
nothing more
than prettiness.
-mary oliver

christmas touches

we started to deck our home with christmas pieces this week. i really like to use bits of nature, sentimental/vintage items, along with small and sustainable items that can be packed up easily. we only have two bins of christmas decor and i am hoping to bring it down to one after this season. here is a sneak peek + i am planning to add a few more natural elements soon. however, i thought i would share some of our touches so far. parks has been so into helping me this year; warming my heart with his enthusiasm. i hope you enjoy this mini tour.

i am just so thankful
thankful for everything we have been given
thankful for beauty 
for traditions and memories and for time together

holiday traditions | cedar lake tree farm

this past sunday, we woke up really early in ohio and traveled back to the pines of north carolina. we arrived at our favorite tree farm around noon for one of my very favorite traditions. we fell in love with cedar lake tree farm in ironton, nc last christmas- and again this year. the many animals, hay stack/slide for play, crackling campfire, authentic santa, snack bar, and friendly staff make it so magical. if you live near this area, i can't recommend this experience enough. it's so wonderful.