Self portrait project // 13

52 self portraits // a thousand threads
We bought a fixer upper. And everything about the idea seemed fun.

Carpeted bathrooms, purple toilets, and gardens full of weeds were all just opportunities to put our own spin on the perfect home we knew it could be. After all, most of the updates in the newer homes we could afford weren’t our style — this was the best way to make it ours.

… then came the move.

Dust, dirt, stained walls, wrinkled carpets, broken attempts to dry our clothes, and an ant colony (not just ants) in the mailbox all serve as daily reminders that we’ve only just begun.

Add a new job to the mix and everything seems suspended in space — or, more accurately, in boxes. I feel myself becoming a terrible friend, a cut-rate blogger, and a hack of a wife as I unpack my life in more ways than one… tallying the hours, days, months, in my head it will take until we’re settled back into a normal routine.

But slowly, when I’m able to step back from it all, I’ll admit that with every day that goes by, it feels a little more like home.

Our counters are ever so slightly cleaner, our bedrooms have beds… we even have a thing or two put away.

… and hey, the carpets in two out of three of the bathrooms are gone.

The summer sun is beginning to beat down and, because I can’t help being me, I feel the pull to make things happen now. All of the things… so I can run off and treat my white legs to some warmth.

But I have to remember that it will all happen in time. The dream house we know we’ll love is hiding under a few deep breaths and a little bit of time.

For now, I’ll just have to work on enjoying the ride.

… and breaking up that ant colony so I can pick up my mail.

52 self portraits // a thousand threads52 self portraits // a thousand threads


  1. Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Awww! I know how you feel. Don’t worry, in the end it will be amazing!! Good luck with the ants!!!

  2. Posted May 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    My goodness can I relate. But one step at a time, we all get there!

  3. Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    That’s an exciting project!


  4. Posted May 17, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Good luck with it! Everything sounds amazing and exciting, even if it’s a lot of hard work (but also really satisfying). Enjoy the process, at the end is what makes you call it home 🙂

    m a r i q u i t i n a


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