Sylvia, the birthday girl

Happy Birthday, Meme!


Syliva, the birthday girl via grateful simplicity

Sylvia, the birthday girl


Here’s to another year of bottled water, unbleached coffee filters and organic sheets. We’ll see you tonight for dinner!


Growing Pains… adults can have them too

I blame it on my great grandparents. They were Italian.  Could that be where I get my lack of patience at times? (I’m only kidding- my mom has always joked that when we finally loose our cool- it’s because I’m “1/8″ Italian)  Wanting to say exactly what I’m thinking, exactly when I’m thinking it.


Angry? Why hide it. Work through it now.

Mad? Vent about it.

Unjust? Call them out on it.

Someone has done me wrong? Hold a grudge.

Why is that person so darn rude? I’ll show them- I’ll be rude back.

These are my natural impulses.  My ordinary impulses.


Feelings are a hard thing to control at times.  Very hard. Ask any preschool teacher and I’m sure she would agree.


This preschooler is ‘feeling’ sad that he hasn’t found more Easter eggs.


Sometimes I feel like I make the right the decisions, know the best answer- perhaps having gained a little bit of wisdom over the past few decades.  But as soon as I feel that someone, for example, has treated me unjust? Man, my blood starts to boil and I can’t help but call my mom, my sister, my friend and say, “Can you believe what so and so did to me today?!” I’m gonna_____ fill in the blank.  My emotions take over and I let ‘em lead.


It’s not pretty to admit but it’s the truth.  Growing pains…. adults can get them too.


The truth also is… the Easter bunny, to be fair, brought several golden eggs this year


But is emotion that the best way to handle situations? Is that what I would want to teach my children?


These model children? Oh no, they never lead by emotion. (You stink! You’re so annoying! Leave me alone!)



I want to be make disciplined choices. These are sometimes harder, but learning to let something go, turn the other check, or return an insult with a compliment, will not come with the price tag of regret.  And that’s a price I don’t care to pay.


Because, like my mom always told me, you never know what someone else is going through.  They may have trouble with a child, an aging parent, financial difficulties, unhappy in their job, or worse- unhappy in their marriage. Until I can walk in someone else’s shoes, I need to strengthen my mind by choosing to step back, react how God would want me to react- and maybe even kill ‘em with a little kindness just because.


Learning to do the right thing instead of the feels-right-this-moment thing.


Someone trying to show some restraint herself…  And that wouldn’t be sweet AB.


This is how I’ll learn, how I’ll grow and how I’ll ultimately become the person God wants me to be.



The many faces of a little man

Three, as it  turns out, is quite a fun age with personality, wit and opinions in full force.

The Many Faces of a Little Guy via grateful simplicity

The many faces of a little man.



Little does he know that he has a summer of Pre-K camp, swimming lessons with a little bit of travel lie ahead.

The Many Faces of a Little Guy via grateful simplicity

The Many Faces of a Little Guy via grateful simplicity

My personal favorite. The ‘Boone Smile.’



The Many Faces of a Little Guy via grateful simplicity

Hard to believe summer will be here in just over 30 days. Bring it on!

Worms and Dirt

A drizzling Sunday afternoon coupled with an energized three year-old boy made Mr. Robinson think of only one thing.  Worms.  Worms and fishing.  My boys went in the backyard, dug into the dirt, put their squirming new friends in a plastic cup, hopped on the oh-so-classy camouflage Polaris and headed for the lake.


Give ‘em some worms and dirt (and perhaps some potato chips) and these boys are happy.


Worms and Dirt via grateful simplicity



Worms and Dirt via grateful simplicity

Worms and Dirt via grateful simplicity





Well done, Mr. R. Well done. I  think our boy had him some serious fun today.

Worms and Dirt via grateful simplicity


Worms and Dirt via grateful simplicity

boys will be boys. Check out that clean shirt…


And he has the dirty feet (and hands) to prove it!

Weekend Simplicity

Weekend Simplicity

There approximately 152 million blogs on the internet. A recent post by popular blogger  Jones Design Company reminded me that it really is a small world after all.  This blog full of cool yet simple style and unique ideas (I love her realistic inspiration) is one that I have been following for some time (alongside her Instagram feed) so you can imagine my surprise when this now-well-known Monarch butterfly cover appeared on Emily’s post of her favorite recent reads.

Jones Design Company via grateful simplicity

Congratulations Mom and thank you Emily for featuring Mom’s book which can only be described as a labor of love built on honesty!  If you haven’t checked out the Jones Design Company blog you are in for a real treat this weekend!


Far Outside the Ordinary can be purchased here and here.