I’ve been sidelined for the past two weeks while I recovered from a concussion…anyone ever get one of those?! It was NOT a good experience. I slipped in my home and cracked my noggin on the door frame and let’s just say I was about as sharp as a beach ball there for a while! I completely spaced on the fact that I wrote a guest blog post on The Alicia Dean blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it now, below. You can see the original article here!
“10 Moments That Changed My Life” by Elle at Home blogger Lacey Hill
Please help me welcome Lacey Hill, sharing…
10 Moments That Changed My Life – By Elle at Home blogger Lacey Hill
- Spending two years in Bahrain with my grandparents when my father was deployed to Egypt. We learned so much about middle eastern culture, and the experience will be in my heart forever. I will always remember the museums, learning about the pearl divers, and the appreciation that I gained for the entire culture.
- Discovering The Babysitter’s Club books when I was in elementary school. Reading quickly became my favorite escape and once I finished the entire BC series, I moved on to any and every book that I could get my hands on. To this day, I love to read and my knowledge has grown vastly thanks to my love for books.
- Moving with my father, sister, and brother to Alaska when I was 11. My father was in the Army and this was the furthest we had PCSed (Permanent Change of Station) away. We took a road trip with our grandparents in a huge King of the Road camper and experienced America and Canada in the most amazing cross country trip. Highlights: Yellowstone and the witnessing Aurora Borealis.
- When my father met my mother in Alaska. She is technically my step-mother, but she raised me since I was 11 and has been an amazing mother to me. Our family became whole when she brought my new sister and brother into our fold, making us a family of 7. Little did I know that 15 years later they would adopt my three youngest sisters, making us a family of 10!
- Moving to North Carolina where I spent my 4 high school years and met my future husband, who I’ve been with for 14 years. This was the longest that we stayed in one place during my school years and I am so grateful that I got the entire High School experience in one place! I still talk to friends from school and I remember those 4 years so fondly.
- My first year in college, where I started figuring out who I really was. I lived a fairly sheltered life, and I never got the freedom that many of my friends did. That’s probably for the best, since I stayed out of trouble for the most part. College was my first experience with people from all over the world and my first foray into FREEDOM. I learned a lot about my strengths, weaknesses, and loves when I got out on my own.
- Apartment hunting! When my husband and I searched for our first apartment, we had such a great experience with the Leasing Agent. She told me that they were hiring for another Leasing Agent and the rest is history! My career was started 9 years ago and since then I’ve been promoted three times to my current position. It’s changed our lives for the better and having a stable career is something that I’m so thankful for.
- Having my children. Becoming a mother changes everything about your life, and my experience was no exception. I’ve grown so much through the years and the births of my two children. I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the gift of motherhood and I know that my life is better because of my children.
- Reuniting with my sisters. I have two half-sisters who live on opposite sides of the country, and who I never thought that I would see or speak to again. When we were all grown, my sister and I and two half-sisters all found each other through Facebook and we are a solid foursome of female power. I had such a realistic and powerful dream about the four of us that I’m now writing a book about it.
- Discovering blogs through Pinterest. I’ve always loved writing but I never had an outlet before. When I was pregnant with my son, I discovered a mommy blog on Pinterest and I quickly became emerged in the world of parenting, style, beauty, and lifestyle blogs that helped me branch out my own tastes and hobbies and rally just further enriched my life. I started my own blog http://www.elleathome.com in 2016 and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“Wow…those are some incredible moments! You’ve had an amazing life. Thank you so much for joining me today! I took a quick peek at your blog, and I plan to go back and spend more time. It’s fabulous!” – Alicia Dean
So many thanks to sweet author Alicia Dean for allowing me to post a column on her blog. Friends, check out her blog, it’s great!
Happy Wednesday! How was everybody’s Independence Day? I used to say “4th of July” until I stopped to think about it…it’s more to me than just a date, so I always try and say Independence Day instead. Just a random ramble! Any who, I wanted to take a break from book reviews for a bit and post about a favorite hobby of mine. About 5 years ago I discovered chalkboard art through Pinterest and blogs, and although I’ve never been super artsy, I realized that I LOVE doing chalk art! I’ve never been able to paint or draw like the rest of my extremely artistic family, but I realized that I’m pretty decent at hand lettering. It’s almost therapeutic for me to sit and create a board for an event or for one of my friends.
I’m someone who needs a creative outlet so I started out just playing around with different mediums and styles, and eventually ended on what comes the most naturally and enjoyably for me. I tend to stick to chalk markers since they’re easier for me to control and I can make a cleaner board. That comes in handy when I’m going milestone boards like the ones above because the board can get way too cluttered if you’re not careful. If you follow me on Instagram, (@laceyellehill) or Pinterest (@laceyellehill) then you may have seen me post photos of some of these over the years.
I get asked all the time about my boards so I figured I’d leave a bunch here for you to look at if you’re wanting to make your own chalk art and need some inspiration! 2017 has turned into a total time warp for me and I haven’t been as productive with my boards as I used to. I have a lot of improving to do, obviously none of my boards are perfect, but I have noticed that year after year they’re improving. I just picked up this hand lettering book and I can’t wait to learn more fonts and techniques to hand lettering!
Am I the only one who cares about the initial “Started Dating” anniversary way more than the anniversary of marriage? Maybe it’s because Michael and I never had a wedding…I know, I know. We were engaged for a year and a half at that point, and a wedding just didn’t seem super necessary at 21 years old. Now that I’m 30, I’m DYING to have a wedding. Maybe one day I’ll plan a wedding and a huge party after, as a vow renewal ceremony.
Anywho, Michael and I celebrated our 13th Anniversary in February by doing…NOTHING. Like, at all. But honestly, that’s okay because we don’t do much of anything to celebrate special days. We’re getting more low key the older we get! (read: couch potatoes) I think we spent the day at work and the evening cooking dinner and watching the ID Discovery Channel until about 9:30 before we passed out. Writing this makes me feel a little sad for us, now that I dwell…but again, I’m good. We talked about the past 13 years and everything that we have been through together that has gotten us to this point. We’re both so grateful for how we are at this point in our lives, and so HAPPY with our relationship!
We graduated High School together, moved to Florida together, went through college, had babies, started careers, advanced in careers, bought a house, traveled, experienced life and death, had a billion fights and make ups, almost split up 11 thousand times, and experienced everything in between. But we never gave up on each other and that’s why we are at this point. The comfortable silence, happy companionship, parenting team “Badass But Tired”, and just so content. In honor of our 13th anniversary, here are 13 things about my husband that I love.
- He doesn’t care what ANYONE thinks. This is what drew me to him that fateful December 2003 when we met. I immediately recognized this trait in him and respected it. He doesn’t feel the need to shout “I don’t care” from the hills so that everyone knows he’s a badass…he just lives his truth everyday. He is the same person with everyone, no matter what.
- He has the funniest habits! Like looking up at the sun directly to make himself sneeze (no idea why) or double looping his shoes laces before he ties them. I love quirks!
- He never gives up; just keeps moving forward. He spent two years going to radiology tech school, only to find out on the day he was supposed to graduate that the program wasn’t accredited. They took our money and scammed us! Did he pout, get depressed, throw a fit? No. He went that week and enrolled in the Police Academy and never looked back. And was Officer of the Year in 2014 so…
- He’s incredibly brave. Five years ago, he suffered a mental breakdown out of the blue. It took him for a spin and really scared the hell out of me. Instead of hiding, he spoke up about what he was going through. He got help, worked through things, and spoke out to the police department. Those of you who have worked a testosterone driven career (no offense to ANY of our amazing female LEOs) know how difficult that can be to swallow pride and be vulnerable. I’ve never respected him more.
- The dude LOVES animals. You wouldn’t meet Michael and think that he has a ginormous soft spot for animals, but introduce him to a sweet animal and he’s a pile of baby pink mush.
- He is so UN-lazy. My favorite thing to do on the weekends is sleep late and lay in bed catching up on all things LACEY’S PHONE. Michael gets right out of bed and starts cleaning and doing yard work. Never fails! Don’t worry, he likes to relax later in the day when I’m revving up to work myself into a frenzy. We compliment each other’s habits perfectly.
- He is the most fun Daddy. While my focus tends to be their health and habits (Did you say thank you? Did you brush your teeth? You better get back here and take these vitamins!) his focus is always “Are they happy?”. That’s the most important thing to him, making sure that our children are happy. While he doesn’t make them eat healthy cereal wit’s filtered milk and take vitamins like I do, he makes sure they get lots of sunshine and play time and know how much they’re loved every single day. Yin to my Yang.
- He always supports me. ALWAYS. I tend to be very widely spread in terms of my hobbies, ideas, wants, and ventures. He never objects, never tries to slow my roll. He just supports and is there for me, no questions asked. Whether I’m gone for a week with work travel, starting my blog or Young Living Oils business, cheating on my diet with pizza, or just want to do something wild to my hair, he’s down.
- He puts up with me being a brat. Let’s leave it at that! 🙂
- He has simple tastes. He loves fishing, Coors Light, Cowboys football, and guns. He knows what he likes and spends time cultivating his hobbies in his own unassuming manner. I love watching him be happy!
- He is a great friend, and will do anything for the people he loves.
- He isn’t super vocal about his feelings (Neither am I, we are NOT romantic people) but he loves so hard. Anyone who is close to him would never doubt how much he cares for them.
- He is the best husband, my absolute best friend, and the most important person in my life. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t go home and just hug him and talk about my day or my thoughts. He makes my life better in so many ways! Have you ever had someone who perfectly makes up for every flaw and fault that you have? My husband does that for me.
Happy Anniversary my love, I’ll love you always.