What Love Looks Like (Part Two)

What Love Looks Like

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” ―Rick Warren *** Wow, y’all. Your comments on Monday’s post (What Love Looks Like) were so powerful to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to that conversation. There are […]

Kids Room Update

tuxedo cat | buffalo check throw | jenny lind bed from land of nod

Tomorrow’s the big day, y’all. My 40th birthday…aaaaahhhhh! 😀 I’ll be robbing the cradle for a minute until Kevin turns 40 on June 28th. 😉 I was telling him last night, I don’t think I’ve ever thought too much about what life might look like at 40. But here I am…living in the South (my favorite region), with […]

Weekend Wanderings

House Of Belonging Sign | Oh Darling Lets Be Adventurers

“After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” -L.M. Montgomery No new design or adoption news, so I thought I’d share some simple […]

Vintage Style Kids Room / Future Home Office

Vintage | Boys Bedroom | The Lettered Cottage

“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” -Sir Winston Churchill ***** The construction is done in our little one’s room, so I’ll start caulking and painting today. I walked in there yesterday afternoon…just to sweep and dream for a bit. I think I swept more dreams than dust. 😉 It’s in those […]

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

Nailhead trim headboard | Parish | Montgomery Alabama

“Don’t quit your day dream.” -Unknown I rediscovered some newspaper articles from my childhood this week and memories of my Mom digging up an extra “day job” rushed right across time and back into my head. ***** We moved out to the country on April Fools Day in 1983. My parents were in their late 20’s, and […]

Built-In Storage And A Bookcase

Built in Bookcase and Storage

“Sometimes, you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you.” – A.C. Benson A cold snap knocked our power out in the middle of the night this week. The temperature in our bedroom dipped down into the 50’s by the time our paper shades started to glow the next […]

DIY Cuff Bracelet Holder

Bracelet Cuff Holder DIY

“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” – Margaret Peters Several years ago, my Mom and I rented a pedal boat from a vendor on Catalina Island. She, Kevin and I were there for an art festival I had been accepted into, but I sold all my paintings within the first […]

Your Life Speaks

Popes | Tara | Palmers

We took a little trip with our friends Billy and Suzanne on Thursday and Friday… You remember Billy and Suzanne, right? They’re the ones that Kevin went to school with back in the day, and that we met (again) when we started going to Centerpoint, and that also adopted a little girl through our adoption […]

American Blogger Blue


Wow- this week FLEW! Chris Wiegand will be here tonight! I’ve been following along with his travels on Instagram this week, and I can’t wait to see that Airstream come rollin’ down the road! So far, he’s stopped at Mary Beth’s from Annapolis & Company: (@annapolisandco on Instagram) …Kelly’s, from Kelly’s Korner… (@mrskellystamps on Instagram) …and Katie’s, from […]

My Favorite House


I always drive by my grandparents old house when I’m in Minnesota. My grandpa built it for he and my grandma shortly after they adopted my dad in the late 1950’s. My grandma was one of my very best friends, so I spent a lot of time there when I was a kid. That’s me […]

My Top 5 Blogging Tips


I started blogging exactly five years ago today, and whoever said “fun flies when you’re having the time of your life” must have been a blogger because I sure have enjoyed adding posts to this thing over the past 60 months! To celebrate, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite blogging tips today.  Tip […]

Two-Story Blue


My name is Layla Palmer and I love cottages. This is the story of the one that got away… One day, back in 2005, Kevin was doing some work out in the country. While he was out and about, he discovered a quaint rural neighborhood, chock full of colorful cottage-style homes of all shapes and […]



Can you see them out there? It’s Kevin and our friend (and avid fisherman), Tommy. Apparently misty mornings like the one we had today make for the best fishing, so Kev bundled up and met him by the dock as soon as he arrived. I rushed out there to snap that photo of them as […]

Adoption Physicals

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We completed the ‘physicals’ step in our adoption home study last week. I made a comment about being freaked out by needles in my last home study-related post, and I wish I could say that the experience went easy-breezy, but it didn’t. It was more queasy-MEasy. After a short wait in the waiting room, the […]