Life Around Here {and the Anthro Gift Card Winner}

Thank you to everyone that took the time to answer the questions on the survey.  It only confirmed all the things I already knew but that is really good too.  I will share the results soon.  I have to say that you are all some of the nicest women!  I have rarely ever had people leave mean comments and even in the survey when you could have been 100% anonymous…you were beautiful and kind.  Thank you!

Before I get rambling about our life right now I wanted to announce the winner of  the $100 Anthro gift card.

Drum roll please…..

Please email me at and we will get you all taken care of.


 Life has been so much good stuff all smooshed together.  We have new changes coming to our family and big decisions to make but I am slowly coming to terms with them.  Our Jack is probably going to the public school in the fall and that has taken me a few weeks to process and get excited about.  I love this boy so much, his tender heart, his quirky humor, his helpful nature and his love of the Lord.  It will be a huge adjustment to not have him home each day. A part of me is already missing him but I know good things are in store for him.

We are also having growing pains again with our business and we just have to give it all back to the Lord and ask for direction and help.  All of this is more than I could have ever imaged for me, my creativity and for us as a married couple working side by side. I see and feel the abundance daily and have never lost my awe in what an amazing God I serve.  I have said it for years now on my blog and in my courses but it is always worth saying again…I want dreams created for me in the heart of God.  I KNOW..I KNOW..I KNOW…they blow my dreams out of the water.

Please pray with us as we ask for direction.

Don’t think for a second that we don’t also struggle with wanting to make sure that our children get what they want and need.  We have to remind ourselves (sometimes literally write it on our schedule) to read books to Ben, cuddle with Maddy and listen (really listen) to Jack.  We don’t do everything with ease and our whole home groans sometimes with the load.  It may show up in dirty toilets and mounting loads of laundry, a reminder to connect and escape as a couple because all we have talked about is the home, kids or editing videos or a little boy asking for things that little boys really need and we missed it.  There are so many ways that I think we are doing things really right and then the reminder that we have lots of room to improve.

For all of you girls that like when we show the home more/decorating etc. you will be happy to know that we have some projects going on right now.  As I type we have men downstairs sanding our floors and prepping for the top coat.  We had them rip out all of the carpet on the main floor except for the library.  I will have a post soon just talking about our floors and the details about them.  Because we are crazy town we decided to rip out the island and build a new one.  We are off today to finalize our stone slab and I can’t wait to show you all.

Here is a peek into our day to day this past week….

{My favorite new app Waterlogue.  It makes any photo into a watercolor}

{This will be the last one…I promise}

{We don’t always get a good covering of snow like this so I try to enjoy it while it lasts}

{We celebrated my niece’s birthday. Look at those sweet hearts around her head. I don’t even know where they were coming from but that is her…pure sweetness!}

{Looking and looking and looking and looking for an island counter top}

{Benjamin FINALLY lost a front tooth. Try to ignore the Dumb and Dumber hair right here. Please}

{I took myself on a movie date and I was the only person in the theater. For real.}

{Nothing more than a little love for you}

We are headed to the hotel tonight so they can finish our floors. I can’t wait to see them, make a few decorating changes and start putting our rooms back together. I will share all of the details as we do them!

See you next week.


Don’t forget that you can still sign up for Create Health 2.0. It just started.

We are also so excited about Danielle Donaldson’s new course Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows will launch this spring.  Come on over and register at the early registration price!

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  1. Shannon

    Can’t wait to see the final reveal! I feel your pain on having to pick a counter I remember doing that in our old home there are so many gorgeous slabs to choose from but I’m sure whatever you guys decide upon will look amazing. Have a great weekend!

  2. katy

    Just wanted to let you know that sometimes when reading your blog I get lost for a moment and think we’re actually chatting over coffee. Today was one of those posts. Miss you tons!

    1. jeanne Author

      This just makes me miss you more! Wish I could meet you in the city (when the snow clears:-)) for an art day.

  3. Peggy Mcdevitt

    You reap what you sew, that is why good things are and will happen to you. I appreciate your soulfulness, faith and quality teachers. Your site is the most user friendly site, it’s so nice to not have to remember passwords, codes etc. love studying with the masters, huge amount of content, learned so much and enjoy. Have t had time to paint yet but am soaking in knowledge and techniques. Thanks for being real.

  4. Cathy G.

    ok ….so will I see you in Target getting more paper plates???? I’ve been through construction a couple times myself and remember those times!!! NOW….. I have the itch to redo my kitchen…… I’ll be buying the paper plates!!!! Can’t wait to see your island all done!!! Hang in there!!!! 🙂

  5. Rita H.

    Congratulations to the winner! I can hardly wait to rip the carpet out of my home so in the meantime I’ll enjoy your new floors. Happy weekend and Valentine’s Day:)

  6. Jennifer U

    I’m just curious if you think you’ll ever do clothing again? That soft gray dress is a favorite. I dress it soapy ways and always get compliments. Also your cute tunics… Still love mine and get so excited when I wear one of your pieces 🙂

  7. Linda

    Loved the peek into your days I loved picking out THE slab! Have fun! If only I had been blogging in those days, no pictures. I still love it! Business. Oh, I am trying to grow blog and selling jewelry (for an amazing work out of East Asia) and pray about should I, what next? and all types of questions. Praying for those and other endeavors I am so thankful He hears and cares. Encouraged to know others do the same regardless of where their status is. Thank you.

  8. Krista

    Jeanne, I love your blog. It’s so homey, cozy and real! I look forward to it always. You’re like a far-away friend to me. Blessings to you and your family on all the changes coming up in your lives.

  9. Peggy

    Oh sweetie, I understand completely how you are feeling about Jack!! We went through it with ALL three of our boys at once… talk about killing me but we made it. Praying for you with all the changes that are occurring and the direction of your business. You truly are an encouragement and I want to say thank you so very much sharing your life and passions with us!

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