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Sometimes Life is Scary

Let’s get real for a few minutes here.

Smiedendipity has been silent for a little while now.  As much as I post happy life events and fun projects here, my husband and I are real people, living a real life…and that sometimes comes with real problems.  I wouldn’t be authentic if I didn’t also share our struggles, so I’m writing about this with my husband’s permission.

There has been quite a bit of drama going on in our family over the last year – not between Jeremy and I, but within our larger family circle in general, and it’s caused a TON of stress.  That combined with our full time jobs, and caring for Isla has led to accumulating stress with very little time to address it.

Unfortunately, this caused a small decline in my husband’s health lately.  We’d both wanted him to get in to see the doctor a for a while, he just hadn’t made the time to do it – well, he finally went in.  We really both thought that whatever it was would probably be minor.  No big deal.

Then the doctor threw out a diagnostic guess, with the word “lymphoma” in it.

Lymphoma is a form of cancer.  This is where I fall apart.

Basically there were a few things that it could be, and this was one of them.  Jeremy had some tests run, which led to a completely agonizing wait for the results.  As much as I wanted to be strong for him, I’ve been walking around in a panic.  Thinking about worst case scenarios, and prone to breaking down in sobs at the most random times.  At the gas station, in the grocery store, while changing my daughter’s diaper, even while running.  Jeremy has been so brave, and so optimistic through this whole ordeal – I have always admired his attitude when dealing with the unknown.

I am not as brave as he is, and I haven’t been able to focus on much else other than putting one foot in front of the other as I try to get through each day that the results aren’t in and we’re living in the “what if” zone.

Photo: Heather Jowett Photography

Thankfully, the results did come in.  The diagnosis came back as an autoimmune overreaction, and with a few lifestyle changes – namely, cutting out toxic sources of stress – he’s going to be fine.

My husband is going to be fine.

I’ve never been more thankful for anything in my life.  Even the epidural during my 30 hour labor comes in at a distant second.

We’ve learned a few important lessons through this experience:
Be thankful for your health.  Do what you can to preserve it.
Be thankful for each other.  Time and routine can cause you to forget how lucky you are to have each day.
Be good to yourself.  Don’t sacrifice your own health when putting others first.

Thank you for sticking with me, readers.  My nerves are finally calming down, and I’ll be back to posting regularly very, very soon.

Photo: Heather Jowett Photography

Until then, be good to each other.


Lake Michigan Beach Weekend Getaway

Last weekend we decided to get out of town and head to my husband’s hometown of St. Joseph, Michigan for a quick getaway.  There are so many great memories in this little town, and we couldn’t wait to take our little lady there for her first dip in the lake!

We got into town Friday night, and crashed – we were all tired from a long week.  Saturday morning Isla had us up bright and early at 7AM, so I decided to go for a run while Jeremy grabbed donuts & coffee and had some daddy + daughter time on the bluff.  It was such a nice way to start the day!

The temps were reaching 90 degrees that afternoon, so we headed to a friend’s pool to cool off .  Isla was styling in her babiators and swimsuit, we seriously could not get over how cute she looked.

We were really curious to see how she would do in the pool, since most babies scream the first time they go swimming.  As it turns out, Isla is a total water baby and LOVED it from the first second her toes touched the water.  She was smiling so big, and just kept kicking her little legs!  I think my face broke from smiling so hard at her having fun.

The next morning, we decided to head out for a walk on the bluff, and then to the beach.  We were excited for Isla to see the sand and put her feet in the water – Lake Michigan was pretty cold so I was a little concerned she would get upset, but that wasn’t the case at all.  Once she had her feet in, she sort of looked at us like “is this okay?”, but as soon as she saw our smiles, she was jumping and kicking away.

It was a sweet moment in a special place, because this was the beach we walked on when we were dating, where we had our wedding ceremony, and where we took our pregnancy announcement photo.

All-in-all, it was a nice weekend away – we left sunkissed and happy to have shared this time as a family.

Family Holidays

March Comes in Like a Lion (+ Free Printable!)

Happy March!  It’s been a while, readers!  A whole month, to be exact.  I’ve had my hands full with a sick little baby for the last few weeks.  Daycare with other babies leads to germs and viruses being spread like wildfire.  Isla had her first cold  over 3 weeks ago, which lasted a week, turned into another week of coughing, and then ramped up again week 3 as baby bronchitis and double ear infections.  It’s been a month of runny noses, scary coughs, fevers, sleepless nights, and an extremely fussy baby.  We’ve just been trying to keep up – which is why projects and blogging have been mostly on hold.

Luckily, she’s on the mend now and getting back to being herself.

Baby in March St. Patrick's Day Onesie lying on faux-sheepskin rug.

Isla-doodle. Happy Go Lucky.

This week we hit a major milestone: she slept in her crib for the first time!  It was a big deal for all of us, and she did great!  She was outgrowing her bassinet in our room, so it was time.  We have a very talkative little lady who lost her voice from all of the coughing last week, but tries using her voice almost every minute she’s awake, which makes her now sound like a growling cat.  She thinks it’s pretty hilarious (we do, too.).

Can you believe it’s almost SPRING!?  We got a few inches of snow dropped on us this week as a final “see you next year!” from winter.  It really hasn’t been that bad of a winter so far, so I can deal.

(Almost) Spring = St. Patty’s Day!  In honor of that, I’ve created a free printable of my Green Beer chalkboard sign.  I loved creating this sign last year and hope you love it, too!

Paper straws are the cutest.

March Printable – Click on the PDF to download:
Green Beer Chalkboard Sign

I formatted this print to fit a 8″ x 10″ frame – just print + hang + enjoy.  Maybe have a beer while you’re at it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Valentine’s Day Love – February Recap

Hey readers!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’ve been a mom for almost 3 months now, to this little bundle of smiles + sass:

It’s actually almost a year ago to the day that I got pregnant, and now we’re here!  She’s just the cutest – she’s now giggling (I’m dead.), rolling over from her belly to her back, and mimicking our facial expressions and voices.  It’s amazing to see her changing, it feels like she does something new everyday!  She also started daycare this week, which was really tough for Jeremy & I.

Jeremy surprised me with this beautiful bracelet for our dating anniversary back in January (13 years!).  It’s a delicate little gold bar with her name and birthdate on it – so thoughtful, and I might never take it off.  I love it.

Source: Luca Jewelry

We’re all snuggled up over here, trying to stay warm, and cleaning up the sawdust from our most recent project that I can’t WAIT to show you!  It’s something we’ve wanted to put in the house since we walked through on inspection day, so we’re both really excited to have it done.

Valentine's day wreath and chalkboard welcome sign.

How fun is this burlap wreath? You can find the tutorial for my welcome sign HERE.

I hope you get all of the x’s & o’s this Valentine’s Day!