Everly’s Big Girl Room

Our home construction is moving along! The luxury vinyl planks are down in the whole house, window, door, and baseboard trim are installed, interior doors are prepped and ready for paint, the house is caulked and all of the spackled holes are sanded. We're ready for paint and to begin assembling our IKEA cabinets for … Continue reading Everly’s Big Girl Room

How I Deal with Depression and Anxiety

My second year of teaching was in a school which used merit-based pay that created a competitive, high-stress environment. While I ultimately feel that led to high-quality instruction and engaged teachers, it took a toll on my stress levels and overall mental health. Towards the end of the year, my hard work was rewarded with … Continue reading How I Deal with Depression and Anxiety

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

For the last two years, I have had the privilege of working remotely for a college. While the position had nothing to do with teaching, it allowed me to spend my time with Everly and am so grateful that the college provided this opportunity. Nap times, evenings and weekends were spent working on my computer. … Continue reading When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Modern Farmhouse Custom Build Plan

Am I really doing this? Am I actually at the point where we I can share our house plans with you?! It still doesn't feel real. If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post about our subdivision progress, check that out here! After interviewing two builders, we signed a contract with a contractor … Continue reading Modern Farmhouse Custom Build Plan

Subdivision: It’s Time to Celebrate! (Maybe)

I can't believe I can share this with you all. It's been 10 months since we moved to York. It's been almost exactly one year since we submitted our subdivision plans to the township, and we finally feel like our home build isn't a maybe thing. It's actually, probably, most-likely happening, people! Last week, we … Continue reading Subdivision: It’s Time to Celebrate! (Maybe)

“What’s going on with your house?”

The most common question we get these days is, “What’s going on with your home build?” And the answer is everything!! and nothing. We’ve already encountered so many obstacles and we have yet to shovel an ounce of dirt. Part of the problem is that we didn’t have accurate expectations for the process of land … Continue reading “What’s going on with your house?”

Finding Myself in the Midst of Motherhood Part 2: Goal Setting

I recently shared my identity struggle and finding myself in the midst of motherhood. In the spirit of dreaming, here are my goals for the upcoming years. I don’t have a set timeline but most of them can be accomplished or started by my 31st birthday (I turn 30 in August) with the exception of … Continue reading Finding Myself in the Midst of Motherhood Part 2: Goal Setting

Standing with the Vulnerable 

So, I quit my job. Before you assume any conclusions, let me just tell you that I liked my job and the organization I worked for. I had good leaders and amazing coworkers. In fact, this job was very safe and secure and I had no tangible reason to leave. Over the past year, I’ve … Continue reading Standing with the Vulnerable 

On the Road to Racial Reconciliation: Podcast Recommendations

My time at Eastern University encouraged my passion for pursuing social justice. Their mission statement is "Faith, Reason, and Justice." Through my time there and watching my sister-in-law as she worked in urban education, I was inspired to teach in an urban environment. I put on my "White Savior" hat and gallantly rode into the … Continue reading On the Road to Racial Reconciliation: Podcast Recommendations

Finding Myself in the Midst of Motherhood

Since becoming a mother and leaving my teaching career, my identity has been in flux. A huge part of how I defined myself was “teacher” and with that gone, I struggle with feeling like I am no longer interesting. Dramatic, but it’s how I feel. My days consist of diaper changes, sleep schedules, and mealtimes. … Continue reading Finding Myself in the Midst of Motherhood