One

by Lindsay Parnell


One year ago today, we welcomed our sweet Luca into this world. I never in a million years could have imagined the love I would have for this little girl. She definitely lives up to her name which literally means, "bringer of light". 

This has been one of the most incredible, challenging, joy filled, years of my life. I'm so excited to watch Luca continue to grow and see the girl that she becomes. 

I love you, Luca Jayne. Happy Birthday!

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Thoughts from 300 Square Feet

by Lindsay Parnell


Here I sit in the studio apartment we have called home for the past three weeks. Remember however many posts ago when I said I was naive and everything takes a lot longer than I think it will? Ha! My eyes are now wide open, people. WIDE OPEN. 

We're still about a week out from our house being finished which will put us at one month living together in 300 square feet. You really learn a lot about yourself sharing such a tiny space! I'm so, so thankful that we have this place - seriously. It's not like we would've had no where to go, but even just being on the property we bought 5 months ago feels like a step forward. And, it's so nice to only have to move once.

We've definitely tried to make the best of this tiny space. I've got a couple of rugs in here, and I hung something on the wall. If we're going to be living here for a minute, we might as well make it feel a little like home! Since it's essentially one big room, it's been a bit of an adjustment with Luca taking two naps a day and going to bed at 7:00 every night. We whisper a lot, and sometimes have entire conversations via text, even though we're sitting right next to each other, ha! Sometimes I think about how we'll look back on this short season - eating off paper plates, sitting on the floor, whispering back and forth, while our daughter sleeps. I think that's going to be such a sweet memory. It's one that I'm already extremely fond of. 

Here's a short list of some things I've learned about myself these past few weeks:

  • A good attitude is a choice, and one that I didn't (and sometimes still don't) choose often. Turns out, a crappy attitude makes a not ideal situation wayyyyy worse. 
  • Eric is one of the most flexible human beings on the planet. He is unfazed by our current living situation, and I think would be content living in an actual tent. I'm extremely grateful for this quality in him.
  • I need to say yes to doing more things. Shortly after Eric and I were married, I turned into quite the homebody. I really like being home. It's comfortable. It's easy, and I usually have delicious snacks. Well, our current space is not super comfy and so we've gotten out of the house A LOT. We've gone to breakfast, on walks, and for drives. Luca and I actually just got back from joining Eric on a work trip to Seattle. We almost didn't go, but I'm SO glad we did. Though it might not always be the easiest or most convenient to get out of the house, I usually have a lot of fun. 

So there ya have it. Things are not the easiest at the moment, but they are still good. Really good. And because no blog post is complete without some type of photo or video of Luca, here's my latest favorite. We have a curtain separating her crib from the rest of the room so that she can't see us when it's time to go to sleep. This is her new favorite thing:

 

 

 


Hidden Treasure!

by Lindsay Parnell


Well we're in the thick of it now! Packing, getting rid of more and more, and actually moving have been all consuming (like wake up in the middle of the night trying to remember if you told your contractor where the bathroom faucet you bought is... ). 

Shortly after demo began, our contractor (and friend!), Caleb sent me this:

I know this seems dramatic, but this news was like a little hug from Jesus. This kind of work is a big undertaking and commitment. I second guessed our decision to move forward with it a hundred times. So to find such hidden treasure the day it all started was such a wonderful feeling. 

Here's what it looked like sanded but not yet finished: 

Never in a million years did I think floors and ceiling could make me so happy - ha! (I feel similarly about our sink faucet and fridge - who even am I?!)

More to come soon!


Before

by Lindsay Parnell


Work has started on our new house! I've enjoyed this process immensely, and am so excited to see all of our plans take shape. Everything has taken a lot longer than I thought it would - chalk those expectations up to HGTV and my naivety. However, the ball is officially rolling and there have already been a couple of amazing surprises along the way (more on that in a later post). 

Downsizing has been much easier than I thought it would! With the exception of some of Luca's things we're selling or donating, I don't really have sentimentality towards much of our stuff. I'm so relieved to discover this about myself, because had it been the opposite, this process would be much more difficult! Slowly, I've been going through each room and creating three piles in our garage - "donate", "garage sale", and "garbage".  There are some things that we will be keeping that just won't fit in the new house (dining room table and chairs, a king size bed, possibly our piano 😭) that we're not ready to say goodbye to. I know this is a little silly, because they're just things, but they're things we like, and that we've worked hard for, so we're putting them storage with the knowledge that we'll get to use them again one day - hooray! 

And now, the long awaited before pictures. 

The living room:

The kitchen:

The bathroom: