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Love Grows Best in Houses Like This

Love Grows Best in Houses Like This

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Can I just start by saying how much I love my friend Cindel?  She and I met back in 2011 when we were working together at the University of Miami Alumni Center and instantly became best friends.  She and I are polar opposites…literally.  She is a Capricorn and I am a Cancer, making us opposite astrological signs, need I say more?

But in all seriousness, we developed a special bond that persisted despite my move to Tampa.

Last September when Hurricane Irma was headed straight to Miami, Cindel, Danny, and their baby girl Isla, sought refuge at our home in the outskirts of Tampa. The entire time they were here, Cindel was expressing how much she loved our house because it was “homey” – even though I think that was a euphemism for how messy it was! haha. One thing about Cindel, she is the queen of clean. When we worked together she used to come to my desk and organize it.  Oh, oddly enough I miss those days… just a little.  With my crazy boys, our house is rarely “neat” despite my every effort.

After a few days in Tampa, she and her family ended up heading back to Miami just short of the hurricane hitting when Irma took a sharp turn to the west and set its sights on my backyard. When Cindel returned home, she sent me a thank you gift (she also happens to be the most thoughtful person I know and I beat myself up for falling short in this area sometimes).  Her gift was a handmade sign that said, “love grows best in houses just like this” that she bought from Etsy.  When I called her up to thank her for the gift she reiterated that it was true! That even though my house wasn’t as neat as hers, it was a home and she loved that it was inviting and comfortable.

Nearly a year later, this past labor day weekend, it was our turn to visit them.  I was so excited to see how their home had come together after a long and grueling renovation, because what renovation isn’t?  I went through the entire process with her and Danny from the moment they started looking for homes after their wedding (which I also found myself giving Cindel too much advice about) to when they moved out and gutted their current home to renovate it entirely.  I was invested and I found myself obsessed with the outcome! She – and Danny (credit where credit is due) – did an amazing job and I told her I had to do a mini photoshoot because I was so impressed with her work.  The house was magazine ready, something mine rarely is. Although our preferences in decor and style are slightly different, they are also very similar. We both love pottery barn and restoration hardware, I just happen to be slightly bolder with my black and gold accent.  I am not afraid of color, which she will admit that she is.  Truth is, I love home renovation projects. I am a homebody and my home is my oasis. I could get lost in my home for days, even weeks if you let me. I have been known to spend hours watching home renovation projects because my secret wish is to do what Chip and Joanna Gaines do on the daily.

When Cindel was renovating her house, I was also building an addition onto mine.  We spent countless hours bouncing ideas off one another and in the end, both our projects turned out beautifully.  It was an anxiety-riddled time in our lives, but it was well worth it in the end.  Seeing her home in person made me so happy for her and I just couldn’t wait to share it on here. Below are several pictures of our visit to Miami, including some when we went to my aunt’s house and all the cousins got to meet for the first time so don’t stop scrolling just shy of the baby pictures!

By the way, Cindel is launching a new Etsy shop called Redwood and Rose.  She is handmaking baby blankets and teethers.  They are gorgeous and you need to check them out! Here is her Instagram profile for sneak peeks.  Her store hasn’t gone live just yet…

 

Living Room

Pottery Barn inspired. Love the brown and white tons.

Kids watching Coco

Kids watching Coco

Dining Room

Dining Room

Bohemian Inspired Dining Room

Bohemian Inspired Dining Room

White Kitchen

I love white kitchens

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

 

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

Cozy place to sit

Cozy place to sit

Jethro and Pharaoh

Jethro and Baby Cousin Pharaoh

Cousins!

Cousins!

Aunt Katrina and Baby Cousin Pharaoh, I am Happy

Aunt Katrina and Baby Cousin Pharaoh, I am Happy

Big Cousin with Baby Cousin

Big Cousin with Baby Cousin

A little snake education

A little snake education

Snakes? Really? Well yes…I am writing about snakes.

After deciding to purchase a home in a rural, yet not-so-rural city, we had to learn what it meant to live among gators, water moccasins, hawks, opossums and even coyotes. We have deer crossing signs all over town and most of our neighbors’ properties are greenbelted and full of roaming cows and goats.  Coming from Miami, this was obviously a huge change for us.

Just a few days ago David came across a little snake known as a coral snake in our backyard.  You know the rhyme, “Red touches yellow, kills a fellow”?  Well, that little slithering critter just so happens to be the second most venomous snake and someone we do not want to be sharing a home with.  So as any protective parent would do, David decided he had to kill it before it could hurt anyone. Literally that afternoon, we came to find out that coral snake anti-venom is extremely hard to come by and there are companies that will actually pay you to have them come out and remove the coral snakes for venom harvesting.  Crazy!

Now, this is not the only coral snake that has been seen in our neighborhood so I am sure there are many more.  Needless to say, we will be keeping our eyes peeled for any other snakes that may be living silently among us.  Despite all the dangerous creatures that live near us, we really love where we live and we wouldn’t change it for anything.  At least not right now… 😉

Coral Snake

Our decapitated coral snake. I am sorry, snake lovers. 🙁 I am a huge animal lover but we can’t take any chances with our little baby as well as dog and cats sharing a backyard with him.

Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key

Hi everyone!  I know it has been some time since I have written a post so seeing this may come as a surprise.  I guess being absent on social media has been my M.O. since having Jet so I won’t pretend that I haven’t put this blog on the back burner before.  I can admit that one of my greatest weaknesses is the lack of consistency. I am great at starting things but not so great at staying consistent and pushing through when things get stale or tough.

In an effort to live a more purposeful life I have decided not to put so much pressure on myself to talk about baseball and what I do as a “baseball wife,” but rather, to give you insight into my life as a wife, mother, daughter, and child of God. Subsequently, I hope to inspire a few people along the way, because at the end of the day we are here to leave this world a slightly better place than the day we graced it with our presence.  And with a little consistency, I hope I can accomplish this.

*Above are the top 5 topics you can expect me to write about in the future.
Blessings,
C