Over the past several weeks, I have been contemplating a name change for my little blog.
It always seems like the good ones are taken...
But when I really started thinking about the direction I wanted to take my blog...the types of things I wanted to share...and the relationships I have with my readers...
...I found myself drawn back to my love of all things simple...
FAITH in God...my love of FAMILY...and my passion for FARMHOUSE style decorating.
It's funny, no? How we as women are constantly trying to "reinvent" ourselves? It's like we're trying to push our foot into a shoe that just doesn't fit...even though that shoe is sooooooo cute.
Remember when I first started my blog...
...and its title was From Our Front Porch Looking In?
I know...it was a long time ago! Five years this October to be exact. And those were the days when blogging made me happiest.
When I was sharing glimpses of the happenings inside our Greek Revival-style farmhouse with its huge wrap-around porch *love*
When I wasn't trying to share deep and theological posts...when I wasn't trying to figure out what my readers expected from me...or what mold I fit into.
Five years ago, I was a brand new stay-at-home mom, terrified of what I would do with myself and my two little ones all day, while all my girlfriends continued to work. I discovered blogging and quickly found a creative outlet for my writing...a new group of friends...a passion for all things home...and a deepening of my faith.
Today, I am a newly-returned part-time working mom, blessed with THREE cute kids, confident in my own personal and decorating style and more in love with my Catholic faith than ever before. I am so proud of the children that my husband and I are raising...of our love that has endured through trials and heartaches to reach a 20-year wedding anniversary...and the home that we have built to make our safe haven.
So why...A Meadowlark's Nest?
After years of fighting against the tide (pun intended!)...of constantly wanting to relocate or move "back home" (Kansas City is not my hometown)...I made the decision to be happy...
In Kansas. Flyover Country. The Heartland. Home of wheat fields and sunflowers and the tall grass prairie.
(The western meadowlark is the state bird of Kansas. A songbird known for nesting in the tall prairie grasses.)
And so a blog title was born...one that evokes images of the beauty and simplicity found in nature and country living. As I "feather our nest" with bits of faith, family, and farmhouse style, I hope to show that home can be a haven wherever your heart (and family!) live.