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Dear Tommy, Today, we have been a family for 365 days – a whole year! And you have made every single one of those days brighter, more joyful, and it’s impossible to imagine our life before you. You are the glue that holds our family together – our days are full – of love, of […]

family photo in the snow

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Well, an entire year has passed since my last recap (looking at you, January 2022). Let’s just say A LOT of life happened in the past 12 months (hi, Tommy!). But here we are – I’m hoping to be more present and consistent here. This blog is such a fun creative outlet and in the […]

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Our sweet, brave boy turned TWO this week. How is it possible that we have a two year old? We had the most special day celebrating our favorite little guy! Tommy continues to brighten our life in every way and has added immeasurable joy to our family. He really is our missing piece and I […]

On the blog you’ll find a little bit of everything that makes my life good and happy. I hope you’ll leave feeling inspired and encouraged to live your own version of good and happy, whatever that might mean to you. 

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Dear Tommy, Today, we have been a family for 365 days – a whole year! And you have made every single one of those days brighter, more joyful, and it’s impossible to imagine our life before you. You are the glue that holds our family together – our days are full – of love, of […]

Family Day 2023

Adoption

tommy blowing out candles on a cake

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Well, an entire year has passed since my last recap (looking at you, January 2022). Let’s just say A LOT of life happened in the past 12 months (hi, Tommy!). But here we are – I’m hoping to be more present and consistent here. This blog is such a fun creative outlet and in the […]

January 2023 Recap

Life

family photo in the snow

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Our sweet, brave boy turned TWO this week. How is it possible that we have a two year old? We had the most special day celebrating our favorite little guy! Tommy continues to brighten our life in every way and has added immeasurable joy to our family. He really is our missing piece and I […]

Tommy’s 2nd Birthday!

Life

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April 27, 2022 will always hold a special place in our hearts and these photos are truly a gift. We’ll look back on these for decades to come – remembering our sleepy, sweet, brave, and resilient son on the day all of our lives changed forever. Photos taken by WelkinLight Photography at Changdeokgung Palace to […]

And Then There Were 3

Adoption

family photo at Changdeokgung Palace

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April 27, 2022 – a day we will remember forever. The day we became a family! After 2.5 years of hurdles and delays and a pandemic and a cross country move – we officially welcomed our brave, loving, resilient, sweet boy into our family. Tommy, you are loved, wanted, chosen, and the biggest blessing in […]

Gotcha Day

Adoption

grant, hilari, and tommy in front of a palace

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AKA the BEST TRIP EVER! We left as 2 and came back as 3. To be honest, this trip was such a blur – it went so quickly and was filled with so much joy. Preparing for our second trip to Seoul has been completely different than the first trip! On April 1, Korea changed […]

Seoul: Adoption Trip 2

Adoption

grant and hilari outside airport

THE GIRL BEHIND THE WORDS (AND IMAGES!)

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After 5 cross country moves in 5 years, my husband and I now call Chicago home. I’m on a mission to live and love the simple life, find joy in everyday moments, and celebrate often. Here you’ll find a little bit of everything that fills my world with happiness.

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