The Wisdom Found In a Brownie Fudge Sundae

The Wisdom Found In a Brownie Fudge Sundae


I spent yesterday of Memorial Day weekend curled up in chairs with sweet tea and a deep conversation with one of the twins.  We talked about everything from how to style a messy bun to painting our toenails to world peace.

No phones.

No electronic devices.

No distractions.

Just hours and hours of heart sharing as the afternoon slipped away.

I was in the middle of telling her about my first dorm room in college and how I bought a moped and drove it around with long-parrot earrings flying in the wind….

….when suddenly she stopped me with a question.

“How did you know you were in love with Daddy?” she said.

“I just knew,” I told her.

“Yes,” she said. “But how did you know?  What made you sure?”

I paused and smiled and said, “It was the brownie fudge sundae.”Continue reading




Have you ever had a project that you dreamed up in your brain?

That you hoped would work?

That you stood on your toes and crossed your fingers and wished with all your might that it turned out like you pictured it?

And then it did?

I literally cannot WAIT to show you the DIY we are working on for the House for Hope.  It is so much cuter and better and hope-like than I ever imagined.  I’m posting all the details and the how-to’s and the supplies on Monday.

Save a blank wall in your home. 🙂Continue reading

My Rock Heart Belongs To You

My Rock Heart Belongs To You


On Friday, my friend brought over a bucket of heart rocks.

Just nature’s way of saying I love you.

I washed them and cleaned them and sang to them and thought up clever heart sayings and made the coolest, easiest Valentine’s Day present from them that I’ll share with you on Thursday.

Maybe it was the hidden I love you in every stone.

Maybe it was the entire rock heart collection.

Maybe it was February knocking at my door.

But it reminded me of a story.

One I’ve shared before, but I wanted to share it again…

….with a little twist from the heart.Continue reading

Love and Milestones

Love and Milestones


In orthodontic news, last week the twins got braces.

It’s kind of one of those milestones in life.  You know.  Like taking your first step or losing your first tooth or the first day of kindergarten or memorizing the multiplication tables or learning how to ride a bike.

Except maybe not as fun.

They were so excited about the new adventure.  They counted down the days and talked to their friends about rubber band colors and grinned at themselves in the mirror and tried to imagine what they would look like with braces on.

And then early one morning they arrived at the orthodontist’s office….

…and walked out with a new smile.Continue reading

Forever Looks a Lot Like That

Forever Looks a Lot Like That



Wednesday was my anniversary.

It ended up looking extraordinarily un-anniversary like.

It truly tried to be an anniversary.  A celebration.  A day to remember the incredible day I got married.

It really, really did.


But all that un-anniversary got in the way.Continue reading

You Got This

You Got This



When I got married…..

…..I was in madly, head-over-heels in love.

Shining-stars-in-the-eyes-bird-chirping-angels-playing-harps-singing-the-hallelujah-chorus kind of love.

I walked down the aisle in a white dress…..on the arm of my father…..hoping I didn’t trip on the monogrammed runner with the scent of Christmas trees filling the church….

….toward the most wonderful pair of twinkling brown eyes I have ever seen.

And I thought that this was it.

This was the fairy tale.

This was love.

I was wrong.Continue reading

The Week That Was

The Week That Was



Do you ever wonder what goes on between all these projects and DIY’s and stories?

A lot.

Sometimes a lot of nothing and sometimes a lot of something….

…but there’s always something to share.

And a really great pair of earrings. 🙂

So here’s a little behind the scenes at Thistlewood of the week that was.Continue reading

The Sweetest I Love You

The Sweetest I Love You



A long time ago in a land far away……I stood in a navy dress with brass buttons and shoulder pads wearing bright red lipstick as my Lee Press-On Nails desperately clutched a chain link fence and tears streamed down my face…..

….and I watched as my new husband sailed away.

Silently I sobbed and cried as the ship got smaller and smaller…..frantically running down the fence with eyes blinded by tears to try to catch one more glimpse before the ship turned the corner and headed out of the harbor.

Hundreds and hundreds of sailors lined the decks of the ship that day….standing at attention with their crisp white uniforms gleaming in the sun and their heads held high….as they left to fight the unknown.

Not one of those sailors knew what the future held.

Not one of those sailors knew what the fighting would bring.

Not one of those sailors knew if they would even return home.

And still they sailed on.Continue reading