Paradise

It’s true, I’m writing you today from Paradise.

Mr. Miller and I celebrate being married TEN YEARS TOMORROW!! Can you believe that?  I seriously can’t.  But I can, but I also can’t.

Sometimes me and Mr. Miller laugh about how our marriage started – so young, so clueless.  But we were certainly in love, and God bless us, that love has lasted us through thick and thin over the years.

No one, including us, would have guessed our lives would have ended up looking this way.  But God knew, and he placed us perfectly together with what he had to deal with.  I sometimes feel like I was created to be Brady’s wife, and he was made to be mine.

But seriously, I confessed to Mr. Miller recently that even I had my doubts about our start.  I mean, the cards did seem against us.  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that even though I have been dealt some tough hands in this life, I’ve somehow had all the right cards since Mr. Miller walked into my life.  So, who’s to judge what marriages and love stories will work out?

One thing I know for sure is that I’m glad we prioritized our anniversary this year to celebrate all we have accomplished this past ten years.

Ten beautiful, wonderful, full, colorful years with the one I love most in this life.

Cheers, baby.

 

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pink eye-yi-yi

The first week of summer was a success… if you consider 3/4 of my children having had pink eye is a success, then yes it was a success.

I honestly didn’t mind TOO MUCH having to stay home, cooped up inside (I’m also off the gram for this challenge – just what my soul needed, I think!).

We have had cousins staying that have had to brave the “pink eye apocalypse”, and that has kept our time busy.

Mr. Miller and my brother-in-law, Uncle Marv, have worked endlessly building an EPIC patio awning, and it looks so good I hardly even recognize my own backyard.

I have been snuggling babies, praying pink eye skips me, and making meals, and snacks, and serving popsicles around the clock.

So, like I said… it’s not TOO BAD.

Next week I might be on a certain beach, with a certain someone, celebrating a certain anniversary.

That’s all the motivation I need to get through this last bout of double pink-eye, double molars for my little Maj.  (He is a pooooor little pudge today.)

 

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we painted our house! | exterior renovation in full swing

What a couple-a weeks we’ve had here at the Miller Manor.  The girls all finished school, the exterior of our house renovation got a major jump start (thanks to BP custom paint in St. George who were so fast and efficient!) we had a little kick off to summer getaway in Vegas, and we celebrated my dear sister Angie’s birthday – all in the same week.  Whew!  I’m trying to get it to it all, so bear with me!

Back to the house –

When Mr. Miller and I bought this house, we had quick plans to re-paint the exterior.  There were a few reasons (original stucco that was 20+ years old, chipping, cracking, needing to be sealed), aside from just the updated look… but I can’t say I was mad about that perk.  Not one single bit.

I loved the bones of our house when we bought it.  So European-inspired, so cottage-charm with all the roof peeks and pained windows… I knew we could do her some favors, and I think we’re off to a great start!

Here she is BEFORE:

DURING:

And here she is TODAY:

I call this a “progress pic” because we still have quite a ways to go on our plans.  We are working hard this week on some shutters, I think that will make a huge difference!  I just couldn’t wait to share – this has been such an exciting process!  We’ve done plenty of remodeling inside our homes, but this is our first major exterior reno, and I must say it’s a lot of fun.. not to mention more comfortable.  It was so awesome to just live my life inside then pop out from time to time to see the progress the painters had made.  Much unlike living IN the renovation mess. (PTSD flashbacks from our kitchen remodel)

So let’s see that again…..

What do you think so far?? Does it look anything like the inspiration board I made?

DETAILS:

Paint colors we used:

Sherwin Williams – Alabaster (white)
Sherwin Williams – Colonnade Grey + Pavestone

Mr. Miller and I took a day trip yesterday to pick up the materials to build our covered back patio.  We’ll be working on that this weekend, as well as getting shutters up.  It will be busy here over the next little bit with home projects going on, but it wouldn’t feel like home without SOME sort of project… Right, Mr. Miller?? ;)

 

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last days and bittersweetness

The last day of school finally came for my two oldest Miller babes.

This specific last day brought on a lot of feelings – we are making some changes to our schooling next year, and facing the last day at a school we’ve loved, proved to be a lot harder than we had anticipated.

This year has been such a good one for my little girls.  They have had wonderful teachers again, and we are so thrilled about that.

Stella enjoyed all of 2nd grade with her best friend in her class – what little girl dreams are made of.  Harlo also blossomed this year – she received the “Kindness Ninja” award at the end of the year, and that fit my girl well.  I’m so glad that she shows as much kindness at school as she does here at home.  Both girls worked hard on their own to receive their school’s academic award – the Radiant Roadrunner, and both girls got their metals.  We have had a YEAR here at home with moves, and grief, and all the usual chaos that comes with a family – but our girls are strong and resilient.  I’m so proud of what they accomplished this year – and it really was ALL them. (Because mama had a rough year too!)

By the end of the day, we all had truly learned what the word “bittersweet” meant and felt like, but still decided that the direction we have been praying for, and talking over, and thinking about all these months, is in fact what will be best for us – even if it’s hard to say goodbye (for now!) to friends and teachers we love. (You have been the best Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Bastian! My girls were so lucky this year!)

We know and believe that the future is as bright as your faith, so even though we don’t know exactly what this road ahead will look like, we have FAITH that as God brings us to things, they will always be what is best.  We do know that, and we are reminding ourselves as often as we need to.

We are still getting some ducks in a row for our next year, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about that as the story unfolds – you know how I roll. ;)

To my darling girls, I say to you:

You teach me every single day.  I have loved watching you go to school, learn new things, step out of your comfort zones, make friends, help people, show kindness to others all around you.  It has blessed my life to see how you both are flourishing.  I am so grateful for  happy healthy daughters who love each other, as well as everyone around them.  I couldn’t be luckier to have you two at the head of my children, and because you are the ones leading,  I know every little thing is going to be alright.

You are my favorites of all the kids in all the schools!

Next year is going to be a fantastic year – I know it.

-Mama

 

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