Monday, April 16, 2012

Feng Shui

There are a few things in life of which I am certain, based on repetition of circumstances. I am quite certain Lainey will ask to go to the bathroom the minute we’ve left the house. I am quite certain the item which I’ve been pining for will go on sale the day after I paid full price for it. And I am quite certain that after any given flight, my bags will be the very last ones to appear on the conveyer belt. The last one proved true when I arrived in New York last week and met up with the driver who was taking me to my hotel only to stand at Baggage Claim Station 5 with him twenty-five minutes later, watching every other brown suitcase except mine fall onto the belt and go for a spin.

“You sure it’s brown?” he asked.

“Yep, it’s brown,” I answered, “—with a dent in the side and a broken zipper. But it’s brown.”

“This one?,” he pointed out.

“Nope, I’ll tell you when I see it.”

“This one?” he asked again, pointing to a different brown suitcase—not dented, not mine—and clearly not getting it.

“Nope. Not that one either. I’ll let you know when I see it,” I told him.

Another brown suitcase was spit out on the conveyer belt, and my driver turned and waited for my signal.

“Not that one either. Listen, trust me. It’s going to be the last one. It always is.”

Sure enough, seven hundred suitcases later, my brown dented suitcase came rolling around the bend and I jumped and clapped and hollered “That’s mine! There it is! That’s my suitcase!” while I waited for my driver, half-sleeping now, to reach and pull it off the belt.

So you can imagine my surprise when, late Thursday night, I arrived in Fort Myers, walked down to baggage claim and saw my suitcase, already slowly revolving around the carousel like strawberry pie on a dessert turntable.

Three minutes later, I was cruising south on 75, home to my babies when Heidi called. She was there with our friend Laura, at the airport, waiting for my arrival with posters and flowers and smiles.

There’s another thing of which I am certain: When friends go out of their way to surprise me, I am quite certain I will blow it.

Heidi and Laura share my love for making the best of things. So they celebrated with random strangers at Southwest Florida Regional Airport.

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My dad followed our tracks when he flew in to the same airport in the middle of the night late on Thursday, just in time for my first book signing at our Naples Barnes and Noble Friday night.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of love from both our community and readers that traveled to be there.

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I decided to read a passage just fifteen minutes before the event, and so I huddled in an office next to the children’s department, skimming chapters for something that wouldn’t make me cry. And something that wouldn’t involve skinny dipping and champagne. I settled on the last pages of chapter 12, the story of Jeremy, the dear man who taught me something important almost two years ago.

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It still made me cry.

Thank you to everyone who came Friday night to support the book, to say hi, to wave your flag of “living this big, purposeful life” with ours. Community is an awesome thing, and we felt it Friday night.

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By Saturday morning, the high energy of the week had been subtly and appropriately replaced with good calm energy, apparent from the very first sleepy smile that emerged from the crib and continuing with coffee refills, a big French toast breakfast and my dad’s initiation of the Hampton House Feng Shui.

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Sleeping in Sunday morning

He does it every time he comes, really, and maybe it’s just a nice way of saying “please, get your shit together.” Like when I lived with my grandma in college and she was so disturbed by my overflowing laundry basket but didn’t want to offend me by actually doing my laundry for me, so she’d “pretend” she was doing her own load and just needed “a few” more things to make it complete. And by a few, I mean a full load of my stuff. Swear, she used to tap on my door and sweetly say, “I’m doing a load of laundry and have a bit more room. Do you have two or three or twenty-six things I can throw in with it?” And I would smile and hand her my basket and know it made her happy both to do something nice for me and to give her one lone sock some company in the washing machine.

Likewise my dad did a lot of “hey, this laundry basket would look a lot better if I emptied it," or my personal favorite—“Seriously, why do you even have a dresser?” which led to moving the bookcase, sliding the toy trunk, opening up the living room furniture and rearranging, reordering, and reigniting the energy in our home.

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Lainey puts curlers in Nella's hair

Feng shui. Periodically, we all need it, not just in our homes but also in our routines and perspectives. This weekend, we switched things up. We got creative. We moved things around in our home, creating more light where clutter once dwelled and restoring peace and order where laundry baskets sat too long.

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Motivated by an energetic week, we made efforts to reinstate dinner table traditions, barefoot walks outside and trips to the hot tub.

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And I feel energized on this Monday evening, eager to find more ways to make little changes in our routines, simple renovations in our home to create more peace, more focus...good chi.

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A friend recently asked me, "So, what's changed since all of this?"--all of this indicative of a couple crazy busy weeks, a book, a dream of continuing to do what I love and connect with people in a really big way.

What's changed? A few inevitable things, but really life's the same.

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Dancing with P.T. Jonah this week

We wake up every day, look around and make note of what we have. We smile and say thank you in every way imaginable. When things aren't so great, we do what we can to make them better. And we make it a very important priority not to let life get stale.

We feng shui.

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Lainey and her new dog, Chocolate Chip, for whom I stood in the longest line at the NYC American Girl Store to buy. It was worth it. This dog hasn't left my girl's arms. She's even given her two baths.

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Friday Phone Dump from last week:

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Friday Phone Dump photos are taken on the Instagram iPhone app (free) and dropped into a 12x12 collage using a photo editing software (Photoshop Elements works). I am @etst (enjoying the small things) on Instagram if you want to follow the feed.


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My new favorites? My red Large Statement Byzantine Earrings (lots of comments on Instagram). All of Linkel Design's jewelry is modestly priced, so pick out a few for yourself and some extras for those you love.

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One comment on this post will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of Linkel Designs.

If so inclined, please share some ways in which you can "feng shui" this week--what little changes can you do this week in your home and/or in your routine that can reignite good energy?

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Spend $50 at Target.com, and Bloom ships free! And, when you use your Target REDcard, the book ships for free (plus an additional 5% off).

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Have a great week!

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Lauren said...

Those earrings are adorable! I would love some!

Kimberly said...
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Kimberly said...

Feng shui? I might try switching up my breakfast. I'm just a little tired of scrambled eggs every day, even though they're delicious. I think tomorrow I'll try oatmeal. :)

joeltrista said...

I'm in LOVE with Nella's lace dress. You must let us know where you got it!

Shannon C said...

So, so happy for you! Thank you for inspiring us with your words and pictures, your family is beautiful! Love Nella's eyelet(?) dress!!

Kayla said...

I think now I will be rearranging my desk at work. :) hmm. you've got me thinking! love Nella's sweet little curls in that lace dress. How precious :)

Kell said...

Before my mom left VT for her vacation in Florida, I mentioned that she should go to your book signing and get Bloom for me for my birthday. I never asked her what she did Friday night, but I just saw her in line in one of your pictures :)

April Vernon said...

I love Nella's cream colored lacy dress! She looks so big looking over her shoulder in it! I am about 3/4 of the way through Bloom. A friend at church almost knocked me down Sunday morning to ask me if I had read it yet. She said she felt like she now can better understand me, and Down syndrome, and finding joy in the unexpected. Have a wonderful week!

Laurel said...

Thanks for continuing to inspire me!

Jen said...

We thrive on routine around here but maybe tomorrow we'll skip real clothes and hang outin our PJs all day :-)

Alzbeta said...

I'm going to try to adjust my attitude. There's been a lot of dislike aimed at myself from myself, and maybe, just maybe, if I change my attitude, the rest will follow.

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Sarah said...

So my Mom said "I saw on AOL that your friend Kelle Hampton has a book!" Not that we are friends, but thought you'd like to know my mom thinks we are...and make a gillion of us feel that way! Congrats on everything...especially having your dad help you with things around the house!!!

Melissa said...

I just have to say. I started reading Bloom at the pool yesterday and sat there and cried like a baby remembering my very very similar experience! Thank God for sunglasses! Then today I was at the hairdressers telling her about my embarrassing moment only later to start crying again as I continued reading in the salon :-) It has taken me about 2 hours to read 166 pages and I'm dying for the kids to go to bed so I can finish it tonight while my husband is out at the Giants game tonight!!! :-)

The Cruce Family said...

I just wanted to leave a quick comment to tell you how amazing your book was. I waited patiently to get it and it was worth every second of time I spend reading it! Thank you for being so inspirational...it makes a difference to a whole lot of mommas!

Sarah said...

Just requested Bloom at our little local library. . .it's on order and I'm #6 on the waiting list :) Think I'll purchase it instead. Congrats!

vintagevelda said...

Love the earrings and this post! Everytime I read your blog I miss SW Florida. . .

jenniwaka said...

I've been cleaning out our closets and selling baby and mama clothes online! TOday I even ventured into the basement for leftover yardsale stuff...cleaning out, baby!

Ashley said...

Loved meeting you at the book signing...it was a great event. Wonderful blog entry once again...love when Poppa is in town...he knows how to live life.

mamaoftwo said...

I'm trying to get my house in order for a baby shower I'm hosting next weekend. With each task I complete, I feel a little less overwhelmed of the stuff. At the same time, nursing my sweet little buddy who got his tonsils out in Friday. It's good to be needed.

Joy Kinard said...

Congrats on the book! Soak it all in!

Casey said...

Kelle, you are amazing!!!!! These pictures of the girls are priceless. It seems like yesterday I was reading Nellas birth story, seriously where did time go? Again congrats on Bloom and #11. I am so proud to be part of your huge adventure :)

Amanda Buck said...

That picture of the French toast with strawberries made my mouth water, yum!

Scott and Jean Lucas said...

Love, love the dress. You'll be on the website for sure now ;)

Family dinners at the table, that's what I plan to start back this week.

Hazel said...

Lovely, but just so you know, Rob's daughter who is about to turn 17 still needs to use the bathroom the minute before we leave (like even though she's known we'll be leaving at a certain time, she has to leave it until then!) and will always need to go to the toilet at the same place when we drive the 2.5 hours to his parents place in either direction regardless of whether she needs to or not!

Mama Merr said...

Nella is looking more and more beautiful every week! I can't believe how quickly she is growing up!

As for adding some Feng Shui, I think I'll add some week night walks into our routine and some trips to the library. We just moved back to my hometown so have a lot of exploring to do as a family :)

rachel b said...

i just started reading bloom and i realized taking it to school and reading it while the kids have silent reading was a bad idea - kids don't like to see their teacher crying! thank you for such a raw, honest perspective and for sharing so much about your family!

Jodi said...

I have never been so happy for someone I have never met! Your girls are getting so big!!! P.S. I LOVE Nella's cream lacy dress... I want one for myself. :)

Tess said...

Just finished bloom and I was crying and laughing and it was great!

Meagan Kenney said...

Would LOVE to know where you got (1) Nella's darling lace dress.. Ohmygosh I can't get over how amazing it is and (2) all those vintage blocks? My MIL collects those and I would love to add to her collection. Guessing Ebay maybe?

figwittage said...

I am so hungry for your breakfast food and hell, those nachos look pretty yummy too! My wee little house is in shambles, but it's slowly coming together as my hubby puts together our bed so we can shift stuff to that room and rearrange the guest room. I also am lemming to go thrifting around Atlanta because I know I'll find some brilliant stuff! Also, I'm gonna need Poppa to feng shui my house (I love when parents visit, they see things we don't!) xx

Erin said...

On my feng shui list: start ordering iced drinks at starbucks in the morning as the weather is now appropriate for it, move the desk to he other side of the room so I can bask in sunshine while doing homework, dust off the running shoes, open up the shed and start breaking out the lawn furniture.

Kelly B said...

Just today, I decided to REALLY clean out my closet. All the Midwest winter sweaters and preacher's wife dresses need to go. We live at the beach now and none of that goes with my June Carter Cash meets beach bum style :)

Congrats big time on Bloom's splashing entrance!

Daniele said...

congrats on your wonderful week....the New York Times list....everything! Can't wait to read the book.

Carrie Grant said...

The sloped ceilings of our one-room apartment (aka attic space of a three-story home) make it nearly impossible to overhaul our energy and stir things up. Until now. Tomorrow is the day that I swap our bedroom for our living room. Thanks for lighting the fire, Kelle! Hello, feng shui. Welcome back, baby!

Kelle said...

@Meagan Kenney,

The dress is from Zara Kids (NY, good thing we don't have one here--I'd be in trouble!)

The blocks are, surprisingly, inexpensive--Geranimals from Walmart.

jehgrl1 said...

I'm in LOVE with those earrings!! Beautiful!!

Jeff and Krista said...

Nella's lace dress is too precious!! Congrats on such and amazing new accomplishment, you are super woman!

Maureen said...

Isn't is such a welcomed surprise when those certainties surprise you?? Beautiful book, photos, and post. <3

aaflood said...

I'm feng Shiu-ing by leaving my crazy life/house with my MIL & heading to Vegas!! And knowing my sweet MIL, it'll be serene & lovely when I return. Woohoo!!

Andrea said...

Those are lovely earrings! Also...I loved your book!

Laura said...

I spent my weekend with your book...really I feel as if I should say that I spent the weekend with your family. I loved every minute of it. You are all so beautiful! In particular, the pictures of Nella just took my breath away. What a beauty. Thanks for writing your book.

Monica said...

I need to tackle the girls bathroom. We moved into this house 6 months ago and their bathroom threw-up flowers, I mean EVERYWHERE...it's on all the walls via wallpaper and it has a MATCHING flowered shower curtain to boot. That bathroom has been SCREAMING for a make-over since we first walked in the house.

Nicole said...

I love the earrings! Hoping to switch up our after work rush, slow down and eat dinner whenever we are ready.

Cerissa Beveridge said...

I love the jewelry! I need to organize ALL these toys my daughter has everywhere!

cerbev@gmail.com

Williams Family said...

I always find that moving the kids toys from one room to another reignites their interest in them. For instance, I'll move an abandoned beanbag chair from their room to the basement and suddenly it's the hot new thing to be sitting in. It happens all the time.

Lindsay said...

Nella in that lacey lil' dress+ laney's smile with choclate chip= perfection! rhis post made me smile, smile, smile and then scroll back up for a second look at the pictures :) As far as feng shui...I convinced my husband to tackle the storage closet last night actually...and I must say i'm feelin the itch to sort through clothes, shred some old paperwork and have a garage sale...once i get the ball rollin' it's hard to stop! lol

youaremysunshine said...

omg was coming here to ask the same thing...where did you get nella's awesome lace dress???? love love it! what a fun fulfilling week! can't wait to see what is next for you! what great friends you have...so sad you missed them at the airport...loved the pics of that. also, just have to say how handsome your dad is!!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, that dress Nella has on is freaking adorable and she looks so grown up! I swear she grew 2 inches this week. Maybe she's just walking more confident now that she's an even-more-famous diva :) She looks so much like you from the profile, beautiful! The past two weeks I have been instilling a few subtle changes as I prepare to go back to work full-time for the first time since Lucas was born (2 years) and I feel like days are slipping away.I am web-surfing less, putting my phone down more, tweeting less, focusing on my babies more. I'm sucking the marrow out of life as you would say :)

Sara@iSass said...

I too go through phases of needing to rearrange the furniture! I am enjoying your book!

Jennifer said...

How beautiful is Nella in that little dress? Well, I'll tell you, Kelle: Freaking. Adorable.

Abbie Johnson said...

I just finished Bloom last week. It is such an amazing book! I love the true raw feeling and your choose to be happy attitude. The book was hilarious, heartbreaking, and so inspiring all at the same time. Congrats! You are awesome.

I think all add a little morning run in this week!

Ellen said...

I was reminded this weekend to set aside time for myself to not be busy and not be stressed. To rest. And spend time with Jesus. And be intentional with loving the people I love. Halfway through Bloom and I love love love it. And man, this post had some of the cutest pictures of Nella...I'm obsessed.

Delia said...

Today I decided to take a bunch of carrots and celery and cut them up, I put them in tupperware in the fridge now we have fresh healthy snacks as soon as we open the fridge. This motivated me to start cleaning, and moving and changing. We are also getting a fence put in and planning a new deck. To me spring means change!

KTRose Jensen said...

Congrats on the success of Bloom!! I know I couldn't put it down :)

Sara said...

I just took a break from reading Bloom to get my almost-daily dose of your magical words. Three words... You are Amazing! I am a young fan, and admire you in so many ways.

I always wondered why I genuinely enjoyed re-arranging the rooms in my house... It must be all that refreshing energy you can feel when you walk into the newly arranged space!

Jada said...

Can't wait until I can read Bloom!

Grace like Rain said...

You know what I did which I've never done before?? I hung clothes outside to dry!! And boy did it ignite some awesome inner energy when I pulled sun kissed clothes off the line a few hours later. Good for my wallet, great for the earth :)

the McCumbers said...

This week's Feng shui? Open the blinds! My 15 month old takes her neighborhood watch duties very seriously and I love to see her joy when she finds a step stool under a window with the blinds all ready open...

Mer said...

love the jewelry pieces! i'm going to be feng shui'ing by closing my computer more this week!

Timothy and Jeanne Hisey said...

We spent the weekend doing the same...clearing off the dresser, decluttering this and that. Changing it up a little. It's amazing what that does for a person's spirit! I'm SO happy for you Kelle. I'm praying that the changes that will inevitably occur will be positive! Jeanne

Carrie said...

I still can't believe it when I see Nella standing up!! LOVE!! As always, your girls are so gorgeous. I'm on chapter 7 of the book, and am about to go to bed to read lots more. I can't wait. Wish I could have been at your book signing :)

Kelly said...

I'm so close to finishing Bloom but I don't want it to end. You are an inspiration!

Tara Michaels said...

That lace dress is divine and what a sweet, sweet grandma you have!

Julie @ my tiny bookworm said...

I just love how every single one of your posts reminds me just how much I need to slow down, relax and enjoy the good life. Thanks for that. Love the photo of Nella in the owl T and denim shorts. So sweet!

Mike and Esther said...

Make time to bake something... and those earrings are fab!

Life with Kaishon said...

Just imagining you reading part of your book at the signing made me cry. I am so happy for you.

I love the new puppy : ) I LOVE that your friends came to the airport. They are so great. I LOVE your Dad.

Holly said...

This week I'm going to feng shui by cleaning out my closets..what a daunting task I've put off far too long, but I know I'll feel better when they're done!

I'm almost finished reading Bloom, and I'm loving it!

Christina said...

Your girls are always gorgeous, but that pic of Nella in the owl shirt with the wisps of hair blowing is breathtaking. I wanna squeeze her.

Jaclyn Hicks said...

You are amazing....I feel so inspired whenever I read your blog. This week we are doing good ole fashioned spring cleaning, closets and all.

Take Care.

Michelle@gigglegumgirls said...

ok, so I seriously cracked up when I saw the random people holding signs at the airport.
I finally finished my book :) (amazing!) and it made me so happy that you had a blog, as i like to think of blogs as never ending books.
One thing i really got from your book was how blessed you are to have the most wonderful friends. I'm jealous. I wish I could say I have nurtured friendships in the way you have. I yearn for closeness with friends in this way,but have yet to be successful in this area. Maybe I'm too much of a loner. My girls are my bff's, but I know one day they will leave me, and find their own.
I'm so happy for all you have accomplished. You're life is such a beautiful inspiration to me.

Amy Parris said...

I was with you today as I finally made it up to the attic to put away the sandals the toes were sticking out of and get my poor boy some that fit just right. I also managed to put up the unpacked suitcases from last week's trip as well as plant the thank you plant someone left for me.

Tomorrow it's all work but I plan to tackle one little job each day to make everything a little sweeter.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, I'm still laughing over Heidi & Laura welcoming their "new friends" at the airport! Too funny!

As far as feng shui'ing it goes, I'm all for buying fake gerber daisies & carnations and placing them in thrift store vases throughout the house :)

Blythe said...

I've been doing a little rearranging, making spaces work for my little people as they become just a bit bigger. It's a sad and happy feeling, putting those baby toys away!

Little for a Little While said...

Those lucky people to live near you, what I would have done to be able to hop on a plane for that book signing! My book plate arrived today, and it made me so happy! Thanks for taking the time to sign God knows how many of those things. I know it will put smiles on many!

Cherie Dee said...

There must be something about spring and the need for a little "feng shui". I have been slowly working on spaces in my house making me feel like I have a little more breathing room! I literally LOL at the thought of the girls standing in the airport with signs waiting to greet you only to have you almost home! Your little Nella just melts my heart in her cute little lace dress and your little Lainey with her chocolate chip puppy! Girls and their teddies. When I tuck in my three daughters at night there is barely any room for them on their beds but plenty for the beloved creatures! :)

Gwennie said...

You have inspired me to do two things: feng shui my home this weekend and start WRITING! You must be over the moon with the success of Bloom. Congratulations!

Jillian22 said...

I have been spreading the word about Bloom... as a librarian, I have a good excuse to promote my favorite new book! I've got some feng shui'ing to do myself, and I'm starting with a new haircut tomorrow and a "me breakfast" at Panera. Thanks for all the inspiration, Kelle! P.S. If anyone has a mind to, a quick prayer for my husband would be appreciated! We find out tomorrow if he got the job he applied to Thanks, girls!

amypins said...

my little feng shui? i want to spend more weekday evenings outside. as a mom who works outside the home and away from my kids, way too many hours per week, i want more outside unplugged fun with my girls. as easy as it is to just collapse after dinner's done and coast into bedtime, that isn't the only memories i want them to have. so little feng shui changes at a time to hopefully ignite some bigger energy.

Maggie said...

Just lovely! Your dad brings good energy to your home and your writing! Oh, and I had to do a double-take because I thought my husband was dancing around your living room with Nella. Same shirt, same build, same look as your Jonah. :)

HellcatJill said...

My favorite springtime feng shui--drying clothes on the line! We've had so much rain lately that I haven't been able to, but we should have a few nice days that I can take advantage of.

I just finished reading Bloom and I loved every page. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

Benay said...

I love the pic of Lainey with her stuffed animal. She looks so happy!

julesandbelles said...

Hi Kelle...just flew home to ny with my hubby, and two sun-kissed little babies after a fun-filled week vacation in fl. Just had to let you know that in between building sand castles with my 2yo, and splashing around in the ocean with my infant, I was able to enjoy bloom. How beautiful, the story of your life, your family. Thank you for letting us all in, and for being so real:)

Christina Golden said...

This week I did a ton of spring cleaning and it really made me happy! <3 the jewelry so beautiful!

Leah said...

Absolutely LOVE the photo of sweet Nella sitting on the trunk in that gorgeous dress! Made my heart melt. :) I also adore the photo of Lainey and Chocolate Chip! Precious! Thanks always for your inspiration! Happy week to you! :)

Karen said...

We are taking our annual fishing vacay for my hubby, tomorrow. He is so pumped that he has done the dishes the last TWO nights! WooHoo! I have my parents come along, in a separate cabin, and we go on walks with the kids and play on the playground. No tv. Just the good ol' outdoors. It's awesome!

Karen H.

Lisa said...

I used to love rearranging my bedroom when I was younger...I loved how it seemed like a brand new room. I also liked sleeping "backwards" in my bed for the same reason, but maybe that's just weird. :-)
You have inspired me to rearrange!

The Wrangler said...

Getting ready for a new baby in five weeks...so it is nestingpolooza around here! No stone is unturned!

Glitter Madchen said...

Your blog is a new read for me. It's not bookmarked with a host of others that I open all at once and then speed read. I save yours for last and I scroll down, and back up, and then down again. Your writing and photos are things to be savored, and I enjoy doing so.

Adrienne said...

Nella is SO beautiful! Lainey too, of course! So many great pics in this post. Congrats on Bloom's success!

learning table said...

So happy for you and the success of your wonderful book.
:)

Adventures of a Northern/Southern Girl said...

Soooo... does PT Jonah have a gf.... sweet and sexy! Your book was amazing your and babies adorable!! In love with your family... keep doing you!!!

Anneliese said...

just like you know your bags always come last, i know that when i walk out to my car from the store, the person walking behind or in front of me...will be going to the car next to mine. no joke.

Mrs. Jorgensen said...

We think alike, Kelle! I, too, took part in some renovations this weekend... Jorgensen Better Together

Great pictures and great words, as always. Have a good week!

xo, Ashley

Jill said...

Love this! Congrats on the book as well!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Ozzy said...

Love this post ~ what a great weekend after such a great week! Your dad cracks me up, I too have some dresser issues...
I just inherited the house I grew up in and there is a whole lotta chi that needs fixing up, but I can't wait to get started in the backyard putting in the garden I've always dreamed of. That's where I'm starting with the Feng Shui this spring!

Kylie and crew. said...

I think I will empty laundry baskets!! Every week I say to myself I'm putting away laundry this week....and every week it sits in baskets for days. And when I finally put it away it feels so good and the cycle begins, I promise to change the next week.....but perhaps this is the week I put it away and keep on putting it away!

I LOVE your yellow pants!! I wish I could shop at your closet! :) Since you have a dear friend in Missoula I think you need to come do a book signing here!! PLEASE.

The York Family said...

I just finished your book this weekend! LOVED it. I want to know where Nella's cream lace dress is from. My little girl needs it! Feng Shui....Im going to get fresh flowers, open the windows and maybe clean out a few closets!

Sandy Krout said...

We homeschool and a lot of days get lost in the routine and I forget to take full advantage of its...advantages. Assuming nice weather we shall have school outside, with a side of milk and cookies.

B's Mommy said...

GOOD MOMS HAVE STICKY FLOORS, DIRTY OVENS, AND HAPPY KIDS!

My week learning form the BEST, You!

Rach said...

The picture of Nella in the dress is adorable. Finished the book in one night, was amazing! Thank you.

Same thing as you, tidying up and organizing different rooms. It was time in our house too!

B's Mommy said...

The Best Inheritance Parents Can give to Their Children Is a Few Minutes Of Their Time Each Day.

You inspire me...

jordan harmon said...

I love following you on instagram and then reading your blog to confirm what your pictures were about. I think about you and you girls daily, really. Ever since I unexpectedly became pregnant. My 7month old gets dressed as cute as she can get to nella lol! I love her lace dress and fluffy pigtails!!

Victoria said...

LOVE those photo dump photos :)

lovely post,as usual! so glad your book talk/signing went well!!

happy monday!

BreannaSue said...

Great post, I just bough my first big girl furniture this week. Sold all my second hand and left overs pieces from family. Feeling good feng shui in my little house in Michiana right now:) Love Nella's dress, so pretty!

Sandy said...

We are going to bake--together. Because the kitchen isn't right without freshly baked bread, goodies to give away, and two little kids covered in flour and licking spoons.

mamipdx said...

reignite good energy = homemade cupcakes just because. :-)

Love is all you need said...

I have to tell you that I read your book in 6 hours. My husband took our son to work so I could stay in his old band t-shirt, long after the sun came up and just take in every beautiful word you had to write. When I finally came up for air, with mascara running down my face, I was ready to be a better person and a better mother. So thank you, you amazing lovely person for being who you are!

Hope said...

I rearrange my bedroom bi-weekly, making sure to follow all of the feng shui rules found in this tiny feng shui book my mom has had forever. Love this post- that last picture of Nella is so very joyous! :)

Bikini By 30 said...

I'm swooning for your yellow pants and Nella's white dress!

We need a Chicago book signing!!

Emily said...

Glad you told me about the Target thing! Baby shopping and book shopping? At a discount? Yes please!

Brenna said...

Good "energy" is coming our way because (Hallelujah!) tomorrow is TAX DAY which is a MAJOR holiday in our house since Daddy is an accountant. We are SO excited to get our Daddy back! Looking forward to him taking a week off, doing some major spring cleaning, and taking a mini family vaca to WI to visit dear friends. : )

House 54 said...

We're doing mental "feng shui" this week by changing our thoughts from concerned and reactive, to more positive and proactive. After a couple of rough weeks of IEP meeting nonsense & dealing some difficult school related situations for our girl -- we've decided that enough is enough, it's time to head back to our "normal"; a place much more optimistic and happy.

Great post, Kelle! To say I understand your never ending battle with laundry is an understatement. The best we can hope for is some more visitors and a nice old fashioned truce. :)

Hope you have a happy week ahead! xo

Erin said...

I've been trying to make changes in little things, like sitting in the sun in the mornings on my porch to write instead of at my desk, or rearraging things in my home. This post inspires me to do it more! :)

Ps - are those earrings Lainey is wearing??!! so cute!

Dee said...

Nella's smile gets me EVERY time ! I'm picking up your book from an Aussie book store today, then getting a good ole glass of red and reading it.

Lesli Temple said...

Love the pic of Nella in the cream dress with the books! Also, loving your book! Off to finish reading now!

anantharika said...

Beautiful pictures of Nella in that white dress! :)

Emily said...

Oh, those girls! Getting so big!! Beautiful...as always

Janet said...

I could use some little pick me ups after the past 3 weeks have been hard

Stephanie said...

I think I need to feng shui my diet! Ever since my daughter was born (over a year ago) I have been telling myself I need to eat better. I need to be around for her and do everything I can to make sure that happens! Easier said than done, but maybe convincing my husband to do a little "rearranging" with me will help jump start a new life!

Esther said...

My feng shui this week has been planting. Watching things bloom.

Esther Dush

My Secret Rooms said...

Welcome back, nice to see you!
Lovely, happy pics <3

Rearrange... I do it often. When I brought in bedside tables recently I realized the framed photos had to move. To one of The bathrooms.... Gooooood chi :-D

Have a great Tuesday!!!

Dalhiasky said...

Sad I missed your book signing. If you're ever in LA and doing a signing I will be there!! Love that although you are having incredible success and all these amazing experiences, it's the little moments with your family that matter most. Not sure how I will feng shui this week, but am certainly now at least thinking about it. :-)

Lynn Richards said...

Holy cow. I just finished reading the chapter about skinny dipping in the moonlight. I have laughed and cried more in the last 3 days reading this book, I can hardly stand it.
THANK.YOU. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, your readers. Thank you for bringing me back 17 years when my sweet girl was born and all the people came into our room and yelled, "congratulations". For taking me back to that first, horrible, awful night in the hospital, dreading what was to come.
Thank you that as I put my very-grown-up-17-yr.-old who still loves to be tucked in and have Curious George books read to her, and needs her blanket and nosy-nosies and kisses, I remember the joy she brings us each and every day.
What a life. A sweet, blessed life.
O.K. going to go look at the cool jewelry now.
xo
lynn

Steph said...

I must say, that last picture of Nella, she has the most beautiful smile!

Heather said...

Loooove Nella's lacey dress...where is that gorgeousness from? Congrats on the book...loved the likening of your suitcase to the pie, adorable as always...it is such a joy to read what you have to say! have a great week!

Anne Marie said...

love Nella's dress!! and new perspective on how my house should be arranged, my mom does it everytime she visits.

Laura said...

OMGosh the pictures of strangers with your signs...I DIED! Too funny. Is it weird that I want to go do this now...and not really have a friend to pick up?

PLEASE tell me you're doing a book signing in California soon (San Francisco? or better yet, the lovely wine country of Sonoma!?!) I'd love to hear you do a reading!

Candice said...

Well, I finally finished this semester... so feng shui is going to look like a shakedown of our little home. I'm gonna get to that giant pile of clothing and put it where it belongs. And it's gonna be good. :)

CoyGirl said...

Dude... I need some jewelry! :)

This week I shall clean out my car... including crumbs, hot tea stains, and dirt! I shall also get rid of a few clothing items that I no longer wear so i can buy some new pieces!!!!

genderist said...

Family: it's good for what ails you.

www.studentswife.com said...

i love reading your blog.. your girls are soooo cute. I love love love nella's lace dress!

Renee said...

Well, tomorroe is the tax deadline, so my craziness is about to come to a screeching halt and normal life will resume. Whatever that is. We are taking a nice relaxing trip to Klamath Falls and I can't wait to explore a new area and watch Arya run free in the wilderness. It is much needed!

Nella is so adorable, Kelle. She's really starting to look like a big girl. Love the pictures of your girls as always.

I'm glad this book thing has been such an amzing experience for you. It's nice to see how many people out there feel the same way I do about you. :) you have a wonderful soul! Keep doing your thang! Congratulations on it all!! B:)

Unknown said...

I'm reigniting good energy by purchasing a plane ticket to San Diego for a good friend's baby shower. Because like you say, friends show up. That dress of Nella's is just beautiful! I'm glad there isn't a Zara Kids near us! I received my signed book plate today! Did a little dance while my husband and daughter laughed at me!

Marie Tere said...

Out of the house nearly 25 years, with 4 kids of my own, my mom still does the "I took your darks, I needed them to make a load". Sometimes she does it without even telling me, and she brings me back a basket full of the best-mom-home-smelling laundry. xoxo

Stephanie said...

Since I'm sitting at my computer desk, I realize now that it is in desperate need of feng shui. I guess that's as good a place as any to start. Glad you had a great week in NY.

Olaina said...

I just showed my husband the picture of Nella and the blocks. We were impressed and would have shown Ella, too, if she weren't asleep. "We're getting design ideas for blocks," I said. We are doing some serious feng shui this week--my husband hasn't had more than one day off at a time in almost two months, and now he has three in a row! Even nap time got delayed by 4 hours, just so we could all spend time together. Of course that pushed bedtime later by 2 hours, but nary a meltdown and many a smile. There's light for ya!

sheri said...

Or sometimes, you wake up to a baby covered in ..... and you're forced to feng shui through multiple loads of laundry, disinfecting bath toys (and trash can and everything else in between), and wiping down your whole house with disinfectant wipes. But at the end of the day? My house smells clean, my baby feels better, and I needed to do all of that stuff anyway. :o)

Shelly said...

Hello Kelle,
I am from India, and peopele/living style is very different here from what you have in US. But reading your blog tells me that LIFE is all SAME - challenges and hopes! I just so admire that 'thing' in you which give an inspriration to us-who get to know you thru this medium... I just wish your family the very best ahead, and please keep continuing the BLOOM :)

Sharmaine said...

nella's smile is so adorable!!!

Amanda and Alex said...

I have a Target bookshelf in my garage that I bought 3 months ago. I am still waiting for my husband to put it together so I can Feng Shui our master bedroom. I have books everywhere: in baskets, piled on top of my dresser, and they need a home:)

Where did you get Nella's lace dress? Beautiful!

Would love a new pair of earings.

P.S. I'm halfway through bloom and my LORD it is such a beautiful book. You should be so proud!

Andrea said...

Your kids are so beautiful Kelle, but Nella in that dress... I audibly sighed! She is stunning -- STUNNING. She is honestly one of the prettiest little girls I've ever seen. And I know I'm not supposed to say it -- because our girls are SMART! And STRONG! And KIND! And your girls of course, are all of those things, but they are also gorgeous, and I just wanted to tell you that. I have not picked up your book yet, because I know I will be a complete mess when I finally read it and I just need to carve out a time and space to fully, fully enjoy it. I'm so looking forward to it though!

Tracy said...

You make me fall in love with Florida and make me miss it so much more. I lived there for 5 years and never thought those words would come out my mouth. The way you write, your life and your pictures make me want to scoop up my little girl and take her there. One day soon we will come visit! Thank you, all the way from South Africa x

Brammer Family said...

Hopefully I can feng shui my sleep routine. I think a really good nap with my chubby baby would do the trick! Love Nella in that gorgeous lace dress. Makes me want another girlie girl soooooo bad!

Laura @ SpottyOwlDesign said...

Ahhh poop, Kelle, just when i think I've seen the cutest pictures that could ever exist, you crack open a few more!!

Love the look of pure joy on Lainey's face with Choc Chip!!! All the clever photo-editing techniques in the world can't produce that simple glow!!

I want Nella's dress and shoes when she grows out of them, kay? And a shrinking ray for me or a growing-ray for the dress and shoes!!

Sophie said...

Yet another lovely blog, awesome, awesome! I agree with all the people above who said how gorgeous Nella looks in the lace dress, she is such a big girl now! So excited for you with your book and all that's going on xxx

Elisa {with grace and eve} said...

"We smile and say thank you in every way imaginable" Oh that's beautiful. I needed that. Thank you. Elisa xx

Lubna said...

I love your blog. I try to fill the house with good smells, whether something delicious in the oven or fresh flowers

Aimee Hain said...

Hi Kelle! I can't wait to get your book! So excited for you!

How am I going to feng shui this week?

Cook healthier meals and open the windows to breathe in spring!

Laura said...

I am going to try to find more balance between work, my sweet babe, and friends. Work is what kept me from your book signing :(. But it is a good thing I love what I do!

Love the earrings!

Jack and Kate's Mommy said...

Thank you for, 'Bloom'. It has inspired me, yet I don't think I have ever cried so much reading a book before. ;) Your words are good for the soul.

Team Lando said...

I have a billion things I can do in my house to restore order... but with 90 degree temps in DC, my solution has been to go outside, and let Ellie feng-shui the heck out of the sidewalk with yellow chalk.

I felt a little guilty (we live in a town house and share our front porch) until my neighbor said it makes him happy every time he sees her drawings. Feng shui away, baby!

ELP said...

I cried the minute you said you cried about reading a passage in your book. You have touched my heart. Congrats, again. :)

Danielle H. said...

Hi Kelle. I read your book on my first-generation kindle. However, I regretted it since the pictures on the kindle don't compare to actually seeing them in person. So yesterday I got the real deal. :) You've inspired me to take a photography class so I can capture beautiful pictures of my daughter. Class starts tonight. I'm so excited! Congratulations on your many accomplishments.

The Murfitt's said...

Sending you the warmest wishes for continued happiness and success! I just love reading about it all.

Jill said...

Congratulations on your first book signing!!! I love all your little things in life. You always make me want to slow down and enjoy what we have.

Nis said...

Congratulations, Kelle. Saw you on the Today show and it felt like I actually knew you! Keep the momentum going!

Marisa said...

As far as feng shui goes, I definitely need to get off my butt and buy a toy box already. When my son was born (15 months ago, I might add), my husband and I knew we would have plenty of time before baby toys started taking over our living room...and kitchen...and laundry room...you get the idea. Whenever I try and clean, I have to throw random blocks, trucks, music boxes, Baby Einstein pianos, etc into a large duffel bag. It doesn't exactly fit with the art deco theme we have going on in our living room!

believe said...

My feng shui is cleaning out my hunk room. I love vintage jewelery.

cathy said...

so so very happy for you--

I changed things up by going back to weight watchers!

xoxo
cathy

Erin said...

I love Nella's lacy dress! And both girls' big smiles :)

Feng Shui this week...I'm going to get my healthy eating back on track (after an extended easter chocolate splurge), hang clothes on the line and get to bed early with a good book!

Heather said...

First off the picture of Nella standing there in the owl shirt giving you the cheeky face totally has me laughing, she is just fantastic! I love how much Lainey is looking like a big girl (totally get what a double edged sword that can be)she is stunning. Love when you share the realness of you home,it always inspires me to up my game,this week start by clearing out my bedroom. I always feel better when I get that puppy in happy peacful order. Hitting Target for new sheets. New sheets hate a messy room. Fact. Does Poppa know he could start his own blog and and I think he would be a huge hit overnight. He could help us all get our shit together. ;o)

Shelby H. said...

You seem to be doing a great job juggling the book with all that it brings and being a mommy. It's hard to do but your rockin it like usual!

Bulldogma said...

O heavens yes! We are Feng shui-ing our way through the week by unpacking from our spring break camping trip. We've sprinkled plenty of sand around our VA home (in the mountains) and reorganized all our beach towels. We have added a lovely mountain of laundry smack-dab in the middle of the dining room as it waits to be carted down to the basement for washing.

Oh... and I bought Bloom yesterday :D It looks great on the coffee table... but hasn't spent much time there because I've been reading it!

Jenn said...

I am a fan of your dad's bracelet...where did he get it??

Kristin said...

I was sitting on the couch with my 18-month old on my lap reading this entry. She saw the sweet picture of Nella in the owl shirt and started waving hi. I think they would be friends. :-)

Inspiração Inesperada said...

I definitely have to feng shui my home office... it has somehow turned into an overflowing walk-in closet overnight :)

Lisa said...

With Spring officially here and sticking around this time (I think) we are fixing up the backyard. With 2 little girls of our own that LOVE being outdoors, having a cleaned up space in that yard for their things is a necessity.

Love those red earrings on you!

kpolhill said...

I'm afraid there's not much feng shui to be had at my house this month. We have 3 weeks of crazy, starting yesterday, so it's more survival mode than anything. However, my goal is to have dinner cooked and in the fridge, ready to reheat whenever any subset of our family gets home in the evening. Hopefully, that will keep everyone a little happier, even if we barely see each other! :)

Katie S said...

A trip to grandma's is getting our feng in shui!

Jo's Corner said...

Nella on the sidewalk! Is she the CutesT angel or what?!! CONGRATS ON ALL OF THE WONDER IN YOUR LIFE! Hugs ~ Jo

Southern Gal said...

It must have been such a blessing to hear you read an excerpt from your book. Congratulations on it all. Love that your friends celebrated without you! And that picture of Nella and her PT is priceless.

We're on spring break this week so we're doing a lot of things to tweak and refresh. Thanks for the nudge to get it done.

theshooz said...

Love those red earrings! Amp up the good energy?!? Adding fun little adventures to the everyday; started last night when I talked my love into stopping into a favorite restaurant to pick up some chocolate pudding on our ride home from work! It took all of seven minutes, but it made all the difference last night.

mrsmegwilson said...

I checked out the Linkel jewelry and it is adorable! I've got $50 of stuff picked out already, JUST IN CASE I get picked for the gift card. :)
On feng shui, what helps me gain good energy is taking pictures. I still need all the practice I can get; I love taking impromptu pictures whenever I can.
I got my copy of Bloom and I can't wait to read it. There were some pictures in it that I hadn't seen before.
Thank you for being you!

Sperber said...

Cleaning out the master bath and getting the big tub in working order...that is my change it up goal!

Kelly said...

My feng shui? Clean the pantry. And then I feel inspired to cook. So stupid, but so true. Ha!

If These Walls Spoke... said...

Your waffle breakfast? Get out of here!!! I want your dad to come stay with me. I'd need 3 days, tops.

kmrf said...

Got my Bloom amazon pre-order last week and devoured it in one day. I love reading people's life stories. I am praying for you and your family.

Misty Pratt said...

AHHHHH! I need that lace dress Nella is wearing!! Please, you MUST post again where you got it. Thanks for this post - feng shui-ing my house is a must. I know that my clutter and mess is not lending much to Happy Spring feelings I'm supposed to be having at this time of year :)

Ali's Mom said...

Nella looks so old to me in a couple of the pics today - just adorable. I was bummed my mom couldn't come to the book signing - please do one in Chicago!Congrats on #11 - amazing!!

miky said...

Hi Kelle,
I'm italian and I love your blog and your way to see the life. Is it possible to have an italian version of your book? I'm so curios to read it...

A big hug.

sarah said...

Flowers are always my go to for reigniting the good energy! They make me our home feel fresh & clean. I like to switch out my couch throw pillows & blankets for each season too. P.S. I ordered Bloom the other day & been playing the "crazy mailbox checking" game every day since...can't wait!

Josée said...

Oh there are so many things on our to do list.... but I would love to find a new spot for the computer, move it our of our bedroom and create a reading nook in it's place.

Katie said...

It always feels so good to get back into your routine after being away...especially with the kiddos! When I need to get rid of the staleness, I tend to clean and craft...it's amazing out easily one new little creation makes things feel fresh!

Congrats on everything that happened last week- it was really fun watching it all unfold on IG!!

Tiffani Talbott said...

So glad your trip went well and that you are finally home with your babies. My mom does the same thing when she comes to my house, she pretends she just 'needs' to clean something and my house is it ;) Must be a parent thing. Have a great week!

Andrea said...

I bought a picture window frame about a year ago that has lived on the floor in our bedroom. This weekend we finally filled it with pictures and hung it on the wall!

Christina said...

I'm going to clean out my daughter's closet, reorganize her room, and start getting things ready for her little brother who will be making his arrival in August :)

Mrs. Schwartz @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen said...

Nella on the sidewalk in that owl shirt....I want to eat her up! So adorable!

Libby said...

It's my girl's first birthday this week. I'm trying to frantically put the finishing touches on ridiculous rainbow themed craft projects and get things in order to head to grandma's.

P.S. Nella's lace dress is so incredibly adorable. I love it! But perhaps it's the little girl in the dress that makes it so cute!

Angie Kroeker said...

Love this. I have one thing that I am trying to change in my weekly plans. I am trying to get together with a friend once a week. Planning to make it happen. Being an intentional friend instead of just showing up every now and then.


http://pointyglasses.blogspot.ca/2012/04/on-friends-and-being-friend.html

Molly said...

Loved the book. Trying (in vain) to get a picture of Ollie with it for you. And don't worry - my mother merely shakes her head at my house when she comes.

Jenna | The Paleo Project said...

Stop it with that lace dress!!!! It looks SO awesome on her. And thank you for standing in line at American Girl for Lainey. When I was little, we only had the catalogue. My mom was so generous with getting me the things I HAD to have. And to this day (age 24) I do not forget it.

lovestarry said...

Hey Kelle, I just finished your book and loved it! I especially loved that almost every page had a picture on it :) I've been a loyal blog reader & instagram-stalker (haha) for awhile now and I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love your writing, your drive, your half glass full view of life... congratulations on the book... not everyone can say they've written a book, but you can.

Janice xox
@janny81 on Instagram

Diana said...

Hi Kelle! I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to sign the bookplates for Bloom. I received mine in the mail yesterday and it made my day! Such a special addition to your wonderful book.

Danielle said...

Ahhh the photo of Nella and Jonah! She is in love!! What a priceless smile!

gracemadre said...

Would love to wear some the jewelry! Congrats on your book! I LOVED every word you wrote! Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

WhatDoesTheFutureHold said...

My book plate arrived yesterday!!! Thank you so much. With all the school work I have I have been slowly crawling through your book , but I secretly love it because I never want it to end ! :)

chapelman said...

I think I will open the blinds more and let the light shine in.... Makes me happy

Halie said...

We get so caught up in routine...I think it's good to just let it go sometimes..that reignites the good energy...have ice cream sundaes for dinner, let the kids stay up until 10 on a school night, set up the tent in the living room, and not pick up the mess for two days...now that's living!! :)

Ashley said...

awesome post, this past weekend we put on a prom for students with disabilities and a 2 year old girl with down syndrome was there, all i could think of was nella :)

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