Tuesday, August 31, 2010


if you haven't noticed, lately i've been going rather "theme-less" through my blog posts. completely randomly posting whatever comes to mind, whatever is calling my name, whatever is providing me inspiration in that moment of the day. thus, sometimes i get a random cluster of photos on my hard drive. so sorry friends, bear with me, i promise i will go back to more "organized" thinking once this baby comes. here's my latest batch of inspiration.

green. my forever favorite color. love the simplicity

brick= classic and timeless.

chalkboard walls still get me every time, and that barn door.....don't get me started, i love the distressed look. beautiful.

i {adore} maps, maybe my rove will like maps too? i think he may.... :)

about a year ago exactly, is when i started this little blog adventure....never thinking in a million years i would actually grow to love it! i actually recall my last year at the University making fun of bloggers, saying "they should get a life if all they do is sit at home and document their lives, no one cares!" hah, guess i'm eating my words now! at first i did it just to get my feet wet in the blog world. i thought it'd be a great way to document my inspiration in design and decorating. little did i know that i would soon be documenting my journey through life as well as my inspirations along the way. how a year flies by is beyond me, but this last year most definitely did. and now here i am, still blogging{although my old blog lblumdesignsblog.com is no longer available} how i wish it was. i wrote some of my favorite posts this past year and my heart breaks that i can't see them and re-live those memories.
sometimes i'll run across a picture or memory that i blogged about on my old blog and it give my heart warm fuzzies.
this coming year will be a time of change. growth. learning. and living every day to it's absolute fullest.
i'm so glad you guys are here with me to come along on this journey. i truly hope you find something that inspires you.

Monday, August 30, 2010


i for one, am not {usually} a big surprise lover.

but this weekend i got a HUGE one!

and i LOVE it.

well, ya know how i was tellin' y'all that it was chance's birthday....

well he surprised me this past weekend with a NEW camera. and not just any old camera, but a new D3000 Nikon + a 55-200mm lens to go with it for portraits!

i've been dreaming of buying one since i found out we were pregnant, but i knew they cost a pretty penny and i knew that probably now wasn't the best time to be dropping cash like that.

but i still dreamed {and i must have told chance about my "dreams" too!}

well sure enough. saturday night, he got me goooooood.

we went out to holmes lake to reminisce about our first date together. right as we were getting out of the pickup he told me to grab he blankets from the backseat, me not thinking anything at all, opened the backseat door and there sat two perfect little presents. My heart skipped a few beats {sorry rove!}, we took the presents over to the park table to open them. i couldn't figure out what in the world that was sooooo heavy was in those darn boxes. and sure enough, it was a Nikon d3000 and a lens.
that's when the flood gates started, i couldn't stop crying i was soooo happy and excited and completely blown away
{i still get a little teary eyed when i think about it now.}
anyways, he made the investment of a lifetime and i am forever grateful for my new camera. i don't consider myself a materialistic person, but a camera captures memories. memories you can never get back in time. and how can you really put a price on that?
needless to say, i had an unexpectedly amazing weekend and i cannot wait to try out my fancy camera on my new little subject in a few weeks, but for now chance and the dogs will have to do. :)
so now y'all are in for a treat, expect LOTS of pictures in the near future


.the world's sweetest man.

Friday, August 27, 2010


happy friday!
it's august 27th.
my due date: september 27th.
AND.....today is especially happy because we get to hear our little man's precious pitter patter.
35 week appointment.
and in approximatly one month i will be holding my whole world in my two arms, and that alone is worthy of much happiness.
hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


anybody else ready for fall? just about every week night since April, Chance and I have been going on evening walks. I used to either a) go to the gym or b) go for a walk/run by myself, outside.

that was until i discovered how much better it is to go for a walk outside with him along too! I love the extra hour of conversation we get, and how we can talk about our day, and how time passes without us even realizing. We talk about work, our family, friends, plans, our baby. everything. to me its precious time that i'm afraid i'm going to miss dearly when old man winter hits and we have to bundle up just to get to the gym. Hopefully the weather is beautiful this fall so our little family can get a few nice walks in before the white stuff falls. awww, can't wait!
here's a little {fall} inspiration to getcha in the mood.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


{us at the baby shower this past weekend}
this week is my love's birthday.....i must get to thinkin of some birthday celebration ideas....any fun suggestions!?!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


i am obessed with stripes.
the chunk-ier and bolder the better.
really. they don't look bad anywhere....
{except for horizontally on my belly...ha, think i'm gonna wait to wear my favorite striped shirts til my rover is out!} :)
Happy Tuesday Friends!

Monday, August 23, 2010

{pardon me}

but once again, no design related blog.... just me. and my baby. nesting.
our baby shower weekend was so fun, but i was soooo exhausted last night. we got all of our amazing shower gifts hauled inside at about 10 pm and tonight i've been filtering through them one by one. it's like Christmas morning at our house right now....we are completely overwhelmed by all the love and gracious gifts we got, what a blessing our family and friends are to our future itty bitty! we love you and cannot wait to share our baby boy with you all!
{although, selfishly i wish i could hold and carry him the rest of my life...i'm afraid my body wouldn't like that.}
today marks 35 weeks. we are getting soooo close!

{i love this picture....it's truly amazing to be a mommy!}

Saturday, August 21, 2010

{is it too soon?}

is it too soon to start a christmas list?

because i reeeeaaaallllyyyy want
this.....with three charms. c + l + ? {that is when we decide the name of our baby.} who knew a name could be sooo difficult. We've spent hours and hours pouring through baby name books, only to be left a brief list of the few names we would even consider naming our baby boy. everyone tells me we will know it, when we see him, so i'm praying that comes true for us. other than the name, we are doing good on our baby to-do list. my {amazing} sister's are throwing me a baby shower tomorrow. i cannot wait. after tomorrow, i feel pretty confident baby can come whenever he likes, but probably the closer to my due date the better, i still have {unfortunately} oodles of stuff left to do on my work list.

on a design related note. i've been saving some images i love for room inspiration. one thing i've discovered about myself recently, is that i love neutrals. i love khakis, browns, whites, and blacks with small pops of color. i think its a mature and timeless color palate for any room. i've gone through my "wild" phases, the zebra, the turqouise, the red, ect. but i always seem to come back to my trusty neutrals as my favorite. i still love those "wild" touches, but i won't attempt to try and base an entire room around it anymore{think college dorm room}. i've learned a thing or two since then.... here are a few inspirational images. enjoy!

love those hooks...i've seen something similiar at HL
those chunky hooks and neutral walls and chruch pew are to.die.for.

love the crisp white with the natural rustic wood plank.

humm....perfect for a family of three.

a chalkboard wall in a formal room = amazing.
numerical chairs= genius.

again i heart the neutral walls, the white couches, and those jumbo canvas' are the perfect focal point for a simple room.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

{happy birthday}

August 19th is and always will be a very special day....

because today I'm sending out two very special birthday wishes, to my mama and {her mama!} my grandma! two of the most selfless, caring, giving, loving women that i know.
{kudos to my grandma for birthing a child on her birthday, i can't image a greater gift..}
{we} love you
Chance, Lesley + Rover

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


today was one of those days, where i was flat out exhausted. i always heard this sort of thing happens at the end of a pregnancy, but i figured it wouldn't happen to me! i am a go-getter by nature. a night owl and a early bird. i burn the candle at both ends most days. and for some reason. never needing to slow down. until now.
i think my baby has made me realize. slow is good.
i can only dream of all the new lessons God will teach me through my baby boy.
To my precious child...

I wish you could see things the way that I see them. I wish you knew how tightly I truly hold you in my hands. I really have you on the forefront of my mind. I have sent my Spirit to be with you in time of crisis, and in time of desperation. I saw you cry. So badly I wanted to wrap my arms around you and wipe every tear from your eyes. I was with you, I am with you.I know you struggle with the circumstances of life. Trust me, this is not how I wanted your life to go. But, I will fulfill my promise; you will have life, and life to the fullest. You will soar, and you will have victory.

When I created you, I created you with a purpose. I can't wait for you to see what I have for you, I just can't wait!I see you struggling, I see you trying to create an end to the madness. But don't be afraid for I am with you. I will never leave you, nor forsake you. You can trust me with your life. I created you, I will protect you. If you could only see the process, and see the outcome you wouldn't give up. Not yet. You're so close, you're so close.

Satan wants nothing less than for you to hate me. Don't forget that. He hates everything that is good. I am turning what he intended for evil into something greater than you could ever imagine. That's why you can't see the outcome of this, because it isn't fathomable. Its really that great! I know the plans that I have for you. Plans to give you a HOPE and FUTURE! Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I would never harm you. You are too precious to me! This is only a season of your life. This isn't going to define your life, this is only going to be the beginning of what is truly life. Oh the plans I have in store for those that love me.Seek me with your whole heart. I have not hidden myself from you. I am always here, and I have been with you from the beginning. Oh my precious child, how much I love you. I got this. Rest in my arms, I am worthy to be trusted. I know you're tired, just lean up against me and breathe...take a moment and breathe.

Feel my love for you.

I haven't forgotten you.

I will fulfill the promises for your life.

Greater things are still to come.

your Heavenly Father.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010



transitive verb

1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration

i can only hope that to someone out there, i can inspire them. although, i'm not necessarily using all of my design degree on a day to day basis. i can't complain because every day i get to create. and that is truely what i was born to do. whether it be jewelry or rooms. they are both an outlet of sorts for my creativity and inspiration. i'm beginning to think, that maybe i wasn't born to have just one creative outlet, but many. sewing, designing, jewelry,graphics you name it. i've probably done it in the last year. god only knows where the next year will take me, but i can only pray that i get to continue to do what i love, create.
so today, i will leave you with a few images that inspire me....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

{sweet dreams}

well, about my posting this weekend....obviously it didn't happen! once again time has slipped away and instead of blogging this afternoon, i napped. i'm totally not a "nap" person, however, today i was exhausted. tonight, i found this blog, and fell in love. such a cute idea. such a lucky little lady to have all those fun pictures created by her artsy mama! i wish i lived in finland and got a nice long maternity leave....

Thursday, August 12, 2010


nothing I love more than a Nebraska wedding....so to celebrate tonight I'm making tissue paper flowers {like the one above} to decorate the gift for this weekend's wedding. chance probably thinks I'm crazy. cutting tissue paper into flowers {it sounds like a kindergarten craft project!} i don't even know this couple {they are chance's friends!} but hey ya know, it's the simple things that make me happy and content. plus tissue paper is cheap thrill, ya know like my fabric stash! :)

I'm also happy to say that tomorrow is Friday, and we will be heading out of town early Saturday {for the wedding}and to visit my future MIL. Chance is stayin' the night in Orleans, and I'll be making the drive home to sleep in my peaceful little bed. i really don't consider myself a "high maintenance" girl, but the ONE thing i am a little partial to is my sweet bed. i typically wake up at least 3-4 times a night due to Mr. rover in my belly, so the precious time i spend horizontal is priceless. thus, I'll be trekking home alone. so you will probably hear back from me before the weekend is over....until then, sweet dreams I'm off to bed!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I love jewelry {hince my job} but usually it's about the last thing I want to talk about when I get home from work. However, when I saw these silhouette pendants, my heart skiped a beat. I love the "antique" feel to them, plus y'all know my obsession with silhouettes.... may have to order me one as soon as my little Rover gets here!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I dream about someday having an entryway, a foyer. they are the first impression of your home. just like humans make thier judgement and opinion of other people in the first 10 seconds of meeting them, the same goes for your home. like it or not, the entryway may single handedly be one of the most important parts of your home considering some people, {like the mail man} may never get to see beyond that space. make sure it reflects who you are as a person.
here's some inspiration...

{note: i just really liked the cow, which is why this image was included! ha!}

...I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. I know where I was and I know where I am now. And you just don’t get from here to there by any other way...

Monday, August 9, 2010


Happy Monday friends!
Last night amoungst updating our baby registry online....i did a little wedding inspiration browsing and here are just a few of the images i saved. i can't decided what i'm more excited for marrying my cowboy or meeting my little cowboy, both seem equally exciting so for right now im gonna keep juggling both balls and saying lots of prayers that everything gets done.
i'm probably the luckiest girl ever. some people wait their whole life to find their prince charming {chance} and i get two cowboys in one year. so thankful.

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