Who am I?
I’m a professional photographer who shifted her focus to family and home…being the best wife for my husband and the best mom I can be to three beautiful kids, one of whom happens to have Down syndrome. I may be a “special needs” mom, but I’m not an advocate – I’m a momma bear. As such, you may occasionally find me sharing (passionately) on the topic of Down syndrome and special needs. I strive to lead a Christ-focused life; my faith is at the center of who I am. I try to remind myself always to view the glass as half-full and fully blessed. I love my family, photography, baking, seasons, pretty things, flowers, and the holidays. I also enjoy writing, and in this blog I’ll share my heart and faith along this journey of life.
What’s this blog all about?
When my husband and I first married we talked about one day moving into our very own Shire. That word has more than one meaning, but I’m using it here as a Lord of the Rings reference. Probably my favorite books and movies of all time, and every time we watch it I snuggle in a little closer when we see The Shire and hear the words “But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good tilled earth.” For me it refers more to a frame of mind than an actual place. However, part of our dream was to find a home out in the country with lots of room for our kids to run around and enjoy childhood. When I became pregnant with Lauren, our already somewhat cramped little house in suburbia was just not going to work for us anymore. There weren’t enough bedrooms for all three kids. I know that plenty of well-adjusted children share a bedroom with siblings, but the bedrooms in our old house were too small for even the babies to comfortably share. Thus began our search for a new home. Initially we didn’t know if we could find and/or afford our “dream home” but ultimately we did. Or at least we found a home with potential to become our dream home. And so, we have our own Home in the Shire.
From Wikipedia: The Shire refers to an area settled exclusively by Hobbits and largely removed from the goings-on in the rest of Middle-earth.
In his writings, Tolkien depicted Hobbits as fond of an unadventurous, bucolic and simple life of farming, eating, and socializing, although capable of defending their homes courageously if the need arises.
This pretty much sums up what’s important to me: a simple life and simple pleasures. Here on my blog, I share my thoughts, recipes, kitchen time savers, product reviews, photography, and maybe even some of our renovation journey. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!