You Can Do Hard Things! And... Piano Man!

Happy Sunday, lovelies!

Can you believe that my middle son is already nine years old and had his very first piano concert yesterday? I am SO PROUD of him!! It’s not easy to get up in front of a room full of people, speak into a microphone with all eyes on you and sit and play a MEMORIZED piano song when you’ve only been playing piano for seven months. WAY TO GO my sweet boy!!

Attention all third graders! Asher would like to encourage you, that you can do hard things! And what it was like to play in his first piano concert.

Have a great evening!



Friday Favorites

Good afternoon, lovelies!

A few favorites this beautiful Friday afternoon to share with you.

  1. Jilly Presets!!

    Take your instagram from drab to fab, or more importantly save yourself so much time and effort by purchasing and downloading Jillian Harris’ lightroom presets. I have been having so much fun with mine, super easy and quick on your phone.

  2. Emily Jeffords art resource list!

    Do you aspire to paint, just for fun? I recently purchased and downloaded Emily’s list of art supplies she uses. My daughter Annabel loves to paint and I think it’s awesome Emily was willing to share her go-to supplies with us as someone who earns her living making masterful gorgeous paintings! We have two of her paintings in our home, one is a custom painting and I am so thankful to have this opportunity for my daughter to use great art supplies without me needing to know or understand the world of art supplies. We are excited to paint over Spring break and can’t wait to give Emily’s tutorials a listen during that time!

  3. Nordstrom Nuptse North Face Down Coat!

    I know it’s spring and all and the tank tops and flip flops are calling you but I recently asked for this coat for my birthday and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. Spring Flag football games are not going to have me down in the dumps in coldness, this year I’m going to be nice and warm in my sleeping bag coat. Hallelujah!

  4. Tidying up with Marie Kondo

    Netflix series. If you haven’t seen it give it a watch! I especially enjoy watching her joyful reaction and smiles when she sees people’s clutter for the first time and knows that she’s got an answer for them to organize it. :)

  5. Allie Casazza’s Uncluttered Home series.

    This is an investment at $297 but she does offer discount codes from time to time and mainly once you purchase you will have access to go back and reference. I love that she’s helping moms organize and de-clutter and simplify their life from the comfort of her own home and we get to listen from the comfort of ours. I spent the longest time not buying this but getting the emails from her, finally I took the plunge last month and am so glad I did! It’s also nice to have another mom next to you who “gets it".” Listening to this series I just knew she gets me! :) Thanks, Allie! xx

I hope you enjoy these recommendations, they have been crafted with love to you. Happy Friday, lovelies!



Currently Listening To...

Good afternoon, lovelies!

Disclaimer: The following post uses affiliate marketing, as I was recently accepted into the iTunes affiliate program!! Yahoo!

Here are some songs we are currently listening to!

Happy Thursday lovelies!



Road Trip! Nashville To Seattle :)

Hello, lovelies!

How are you all? I haven’t quite gotten in the swing of blogging again but I do love it when I find my way back over to the little corner of the web.. anybody here reading? Love you all!

In February I had the wonderful opportunity to road trip home from Franklin, TN and we made quite the fun trip of it! If you’re ever in the area thinking of a fun trip I’d recommend this adventure!

We took a few planes, trains and automobiles and made our way home.


Our Itinerary:

Road trip - Franklin, TN to Nashville, TN - Day 1.

Road trip - Nashville to Memphis, TN - Day 2. Stay at Big Cypress Lodge. Glass elevator to restaurant, eat dinner at the top of the pyramid.

Road trip - Memphis, TN to Waco, TX - Day 3. Stay at Shotgun house from Fixer Upper. :) Visit Silos as a family. Have fun.

Road trip - Waco, TX to Albuerquere, NM - Day 4. Stay at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Horseback riding!

Amtrak Train Family Sleeping Car - Albuerquere, NM to Los Angeles, CA - Day 4. Stay at Homewood Suites Anaheim, CA.

Disneyland - Day 5!

Cancelled Train - Day 6! Another day at hotel and Disney for Annabel and I again. Mudslide over the tracks thankfully found out the day before after monsoon rains took over Disney that day. We weren’t mad. Knew we got to sleep in and have another day in beautiful CA.

Day 7 - Kids and Alex fly home Los Angeles to Seattle so as not to miss more school then needed. I rented a car and began driving! Los Angeles to Lathrop, CA. I had sinus surgery recently and couldn’t quite fly. This road trip really worked for us and was tons of fun!

Day 8 - Lathrop, CA to Redding, CA. Stay at Sheraton Hotel Redding, CA. (Beautiful hotel!! Amazing beds!)

Day 9 - Redding, CA to Seattle, WA. HOME!!

I love adventuring as a family. :)

Magnolia Markets, the Barndominium & Duke Bear the Doodle circa 2018



Well, friends, here I am - I’m back! I have missed blogging a lot since 2007 or 2009 or whenever it was that I first started. Back then I enjoyed blogging about our son Andrew who was a baby in 2007, miscarriage, adoption, home decor, organizing, mostly I did it for fun. I loved having online friends in the blogging world, people who were like-minded who enjoyed re-arranging their homes in the same crazy ways I did.


My husband would come home and find me laughing at the computer screen. He loved when I blogged, it gave me a lot of joy. Since then I miss it. I admit that I have had absolutely no idea how to work Squarespace since moving to this platform four or so years ago. I am excited to come back here and try, learning as I go.

Back when I started Whatever is Lovely I had been going through much heartache, waiting, loss, & infertility. The verse “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” Philippians 4:8 really blessed me during this time as I learned to focus on the lovely in my days. Once again I want to keep this focus, the lovely, and start blogging again.


Thank you for being here!


Duke is our goldendoodle puppy, now one year and two months old. We bought him from a breeder in TX, Lonestar Doodles. He is our miracle puppy, thank you Lonestar! Our oldest son Andrew got to pick him out first from a large litter of puppies at Christmas time! We stayed one night at the Barndominium, thank you to the host for a wonderful and welcoming stay! :)


We managed to pick up our dog and head straight to the silos, of course! :) Because why not. When in TX…. :)


We did a photo shoot at Magnolia Market, because when your ten year old says ok to as many pictures as I want you make the best of all worlds and take a sneak peak at the market, have a great backdrop and spend the night at the barndominum. :) We had so much fun!


Duke ran around this home and yard, chasing Andrew, playing, it was the sweetest.


We love TX. Thank you TX for being awesome. Thank you Magnolia Markets for being so beautiful and for welcoming our puppy that sweet nearing Christmas day back in 2017.