I've always been encouraged to dream. I wasn't pushed into college, was never shamed for being a creative. My mother raised me to truly believe that I could be and do anything I set my mind to. She raised me to believe I have a beautiful mind capable of creating a beautiful life. 
She has led me by example in so many ways- marry the person who cherishes you, stand up for whats right, don't be afraid to laugh at yourself, and don't just quit if something gets hard.

When I was around 7, my mom married my step dad, Dale. Part of them creating their life together was building a home for us. My mom sketched out blueprints for months. She wrote down her ideas, gathered her magazines, and was fully prepared to build the house of her dreams. Their builder stepped on a lot of her ideas, "no it isn't possible, no it would be too expensive, no nobody else will do that either. No." and ultimately left them mid build. For months, they worked on making the house something liveable, then for years, something beautiful. The thing is, even though its been a long process, styles have changed, and kids have grown, she never gave up on turning our home into a work of art. It is our favorite place to be (Jesse frequently asks if my parents would be game to be roommates) and the hardest place to leave.

This lady is the OG Joanna Gaines. She was throwing up shiplap, nickel gap, and board and batten before HGTV ever breathed a word of it. Shes innovative, brave, and creative, some might even say stubborn. When she has a vision for something, she makes it happen. If I can be half the woman she is, I'll be doing alright. 

This is the first part of a series. I'm so excited to show you some of her/our projects, and introduce you to the woman I call mama.

Part 1: The Mudroom

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