Homemaking, House + Home, Motherhood, Our Home: Kansas

In Case You Thought I Was Trying to Fool You

October 2, 2017

I’m a visual person. Beautiful spaces, interiors, photography, art, and just about any form of design is what draws me and inspires me. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t this way, because I’m always, always tempted to place more time and value and priority on the things that are visible rather than the things that aren’t; our God, our faith, our hearts. It often feels like a gift and a snare, not to mention it’s an awful lot of work to want to make everything around you pretty all of the time when you have four little treasures/small humans that don’t have the same priorities! So, when I take photos, I do it when things are clean and in order because that’s when I feel my best; energized, creative, and like I have the chance to capture something special. But the pretty pictures that I take on occasion are not at all representative of what normal life looks like, and they’re not supposed to be. So just in case you thought I was trying to fool you into thinking anything otherwise about my life or my family or my house (after my LAST POST), here is proof to the contrary. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face, cause….well, you’ll see.

A regular day;



Toys everywhere, blankets everywhere, puzzles all over the floor, food all over the counters (it’s casserole making day!), dirty laundry, clean laundry spilled onto the floor out of the dryer, crumbs, action figures, stuff half falling off the fridge, homemade blue plant food that stays up high (in incidentally, in sight) so the kids don’t drink it (they try), recyclable trash, a TV antenna that’s now hanging on the visible part of the wall in the living so that we get the right channels for football season, cock-eyed chairs, dirty dishes, dirty rags, a huge gash in our dining room table that happened two moves ago. Come to think of it, it’s a true miracle that there aren’t seven different pairs of shoes scattered everywhere. And I didn’t even bother showing you the kids rooms, or the “office” that we have crammed into our closet in the master bedroom, or the powder room full of potty-training clutter and kids toothbrushes. Those spaces are disasters all their own.

Hahahaha, who’s with me?

Have a great day, friends, and stay encouraged! Even if your house looks like mine. (Insert laugh-cry emoticon here.)

Homemaking, House + Home, Our Home: Kansas

Settling In

September 27, 2017

Kansas! The place we knew we might end up eventually, sometime in the distant future, if ever, which turned out to not be so distant after all.

A few things I love about being back in America + the Midwest again; sun, sun, sun, and more sun. Not to mention stores…so many stores! So many restaurants, so many parking spaces, pay-at-the-pump gas, mail that comes straight to our front door, indoor playgrounds for the kids (ahem…McDonalds), Walmart grocery pick-up, Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, a steady supply of half and half for my coffee, and the simple ability to be able to pick up my phone and call my family. Novel, I know! Not to mention access to better health care. Thane finally got started with one out of the two elbow surgeries that he’s been needing for months, it went well and we are so thankful. Life overseas makes for some really amazing experiences, but being home in the States again has been such a breath of fresh air.

And best of all is the people. We’re seeing friends from duty-stations past, and oh my goodness, each and every one of our immediate neighbors is so wonderful and we feel so blessed to be where we are. We’ve never lived in a place with so many caring, Christ loving people. It’s truly astounding.

I’ll admit that it took me a little while to get over the fact that our house here isn’t quite what we wanted… it’s smaller than our last one in Germany. Yes, you heard me right, SMALLER (gasp). Hahaha, sigh! But the kitchen layout is better, there’s a first-floor master bedroom, original hardwood in the living area, and our furniture (sorta-kinda-not-really-but-we’ll-pretend) fits well, once we replaced our couch set with just a single sofa, that is. Anyway, as much as we didn’t anticipate down-sizing, we’re making the best of it and I’m using this time as yet another opportunity to simplify and clean out and practice contentment in less than ideal but- all things considered- still pretty good circumstances. And the kids love it! There are playmates galore, lots of bike riding space in the front, and a fort with a tire swing in the back. There’s also a small patch of woods that run along the backside of our house where a few very friendly deer and big brown bunnies live, too. It’s beautiful.















Also worth noting, I’ve gone a little hang-crazy now that we no longer live in a house with concrete walls. My only regret is that there’s not more wall space, haha. I’ve got about 436 more frames and canvases and shelves just stacked in random piles in the basement. There’s a very good chance we’ll be moving in less than a year, so it’s probably not a big deal if we never get entirely organized here. That being said, I’m sure this year will fly by, and God willing, we’ll be movin’ up into something a little more spacious. Kind of makes me sad though, I know we’ll always cherish our time here!

In other news, I’m scheduling photography sessions! If you’d like some family photos, hop over to my PHOTOGRAPHY page for more info. You can also find me on INSTAGRAM where I post more frequently.

Have a great day!

This post made possible by the fabulous neighborhood meal-train this week that’s freed up a little of my time. Thank you again to all of you, you know who you are!

Art + Design

Three Months Later

May 6, 2017

I finished another painting! Like three months ago, haha. And now, it lives in a folder on a shelf.

I’ve been going through all of my art supplies and looking through all of my canvases and watercolor paintings these past couple of weeks as we’ve been organizing for the move, and oh gosh, I have so much. Which is why in January I got all motivated and set up an Etsy shop one week while Thane was off gallivanting somewhere in Eastern Europe, so that maybe these watercolors wouldn’t just sit in a folder. I wrote about the shop here, posted it to Facebook once, and have not personally been back on Etsy to look at it since, hahaha. Is it still up and running? I guess so, but I’m really not sure.

Continue Reading

Motherhood, This Week in Motherhood

Dresses & Dolls

February 3, 2017

Sunday means a few things at the Keller house; church, afternoon coffee + relaxation, and cutesy photos of Lilah since she’s usually dolled up in her Sunday best.

She’s almost five months old already! She’s not the marathon napper she used to be….she’s awake more during the day and so that requires more time spent playing, holding, and juggling, and I’m a-okay with that. She’s just as chunky and squishy as can be and I really can’t get enough of her. Speaking of her sleeping, her naps and night time sleeping has gotten better and more predictable, and that makes such a big difference for me in the time management department. She continues to establish herself as a thumb sucker despite being regularly offered two different types of pacifiers, weighs in at about 16 pounds, loves to smile and snuggle, and occasionally starts up some pretty cute conversations. She’s just starting solids, so far she’s had potatoes, quinoa, and avocado.

Continue Reading

Biblical Womanhood, Motherhood, This Week in Motherhood

Motherhood: There is No Formula For This

January 31, 2017

Warning: Rambly post about motherhood that may or may not have a point by the end. If you don’t have time to read, here is a great Sally Clarkson podcast on balance in motherhood. It has lots of good, practical tips!

Hello mommy friends. How’s it been going with you guys? There’s no simple answer to that, is there? These past couple of weeks I’ve felt pretty encouraged. Mainly just because I’ve felt normal! And by normal I mean happy, healthy, and not exhausted/on the edge of my sanity half of the time, hahaha. Though any time I talk to my parents on video chat they’re like “wow, you look so tired”. Leave it to your family to tell the honest truth!

Anyway, the sun has been out almost every day, which is unheard of where we live so praise God! Overall, the months since Lilah was born have been very good.┬áLife with four kids (when the oldest is only five!) has it’s moments, both good and bad and hectic all around. You know, a new baby in the house and the adjustment that comes with that + travel + holidays + Thane’s work travel picking up again + what seemed like tons and tons and tons of doctors appointments and errands that had us out and running around all the time. And did I mention there are four kids, all five and below? Haha! But errands and commitments outside of the home have calmed down a bit and we’re all healthy for the first time in months. So, praise God, I am so grateful! And we can do a lot of hard things as long as we stay encouraged, right? Keeping a positive outlook is half of the battle.

Continue Reading

Art + Design

Wall Flowers

January 27, 2017

I opened up an Etsy shop this week! After months of mulling over producing + selling prints of my recent watercolor paintings- which involved a lot of hassle and techy stuff that I kept running into problems with- I decided to just throw that out and list the original paintings on Etsy. I honestly don’t want to sell them….I want to horde them. I’ve done a lot of art over the years that I’ve wanted to throw in the trash, but not so with these! They have a special place in my heart for reasons I’ll share below. Not to mention, how much of my own art am I going to put on my walls? I already have a huge pile of canvas paintings sitting in storage, and I don’t exactly need to add to that pile! (Here I am talking like I even have time to paint, hahaha! I really don’t, every now and then I just get a week or two where I get inspired and squeeze it in.)

Continue Reading