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welcome to my little space. I do so love that you’re here. 

my ideal, of course, would be to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea — whatever your pleasure — and get to know each one of you and say “thanks, friend!” for spending some time with me here. conversations over a shared table are so dear. perhaps that’s why I so enjoy posting about food — it’s that universal bonding instrument. And, as Julia says, “people who love to eat are always the best people.” however, since I can’t sit down across a table from each one of you, we shall just begin knowing each other here and use all the coffee cup and cake slice emojis we need.

a few bits about me….

…..I've no doubt that fresh flowers and candles can brighten any room. I live by the rule that an ever-increasing amount of books on our shelves is a necessity. I get way to attached to fictional characters. I have an intense love for cake and tacos. my wardrobe will always contain an extra measure of stripes. rainy days are my favorite. I miss the open skies of the west. my kitchen is my classroom where I channel Julia Child. in our home we talk in movie quotes more often than not. on a scale of 1 to Lorelai Gilmore my coffee intake is the latter. the ocean refreshes me in the best way. I don’t like celery. anything remotely happy or sad makes me get teary. I want to be Joanna Gaines when I grow up. I'm a firm believer that there’s nothing some good bread and cheese can’t cure. the creativity of others inspires me. sweet and cozy are two of the best words in the english language. I adore all things autumn. I have a yen for traveling but am a total homebody.

a born and bred Texan, I transplanted to the bluegrass state close to 9 years ago with the intention of “checking out” a school. and then I saw him; the handsome, blue-eyed senior who was universally referred to as “Coobs” and who had a smile that made my stomach go all twisty inside. a few weeks after that initial “wow” moment we met, in a parking lot, on his birthday. our mutual friends introduced us (forever grateful to them) and I had a full-on “you had me at hello” type moment. thankfully, it was for him, too. :) :)

he is the thoughtful and the gentle. the discerning and the practical. what I’ve learned from him and what I love about him could fill volumes. we are coffee-fueled dreamers and homebodies together and the fact that I get to spend the rest of my everydays with him can only be described as grace.

we up-d our number from two to three when our sweet September babe was born 4.5 years ago. our Anna Kate is the beautiful fire in our household; that quote, “let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains” was written for her. she is as much like us as she is a pure opposite of us and I’m so glad about that. she is our own little Anne Shirley, minus the red hair, and that never ceases to be the sweetest joy and most intense challenge. she’s my daily reminder of the grace that I need and the undeserved love I’ve received in being gifted the role of her mama.

most of all, I am a sinner saved by grace, seeking always to glorify my Jesus and make Him, even more, "my best thought" and my hearts greatest pleasure. 

so here's some pieces of our life — the food we make, the books we read, the adventures we take, the things we heart-grow through, the hard, the sweet, all the pieces we are so grateful for.....pieces of us.