Life Lately

I’ve been mostly MIA from the blog-o-sphere for 3-5 months, and I’ve had a hard time motivating myself to get back into blogging.  Partially I started this blog to document our homes as we fixed them up… and then we had a baby.  And life became much more about hanging out with her and spending time as a family. Oh and my husband got a new job that moved us to a new town and with that job he is working about 1.5 time the amount he was before.  So now we BOTH have full time jobs (I like to call them full time plus jobs because they are both full time with a little extra required) and a whole lot less free time. And because we knew that going into purchasing our new house, he made me promise we decided not to purchase a fixer upper home.  So my DIY posts have been few and far between.  I’m not doing as many because (see above) and the ones I do, I haven’t necessarily had the time to photograph, write up and post. And although all the blog experts say: pick a theme and stick to it (i.e. DIY or parenting or cooking or lettering or…) in order to be successful, that isn’t really why I started this blog.  I have a full time job.  I don’t need to have a ‘successful’ blog, I write because I love to document or share the things going on in my life lately.

So  with that, I wanted to write this post (that sounds like a bunch of excuses) to sort of head the blog in a new direction.  I am going to write as often as I can fit it in my life, which might be 3x a week or it might be 1x a month. I am going to write about my hobbies and things I’ve been doing lately, some DIY, some parenting, some faith lessons, and who knows what else might be thrown in there.  If you want to follow along on my journey, GREAT (you can follow me on insta, like me on facebook, or subscribe to emails over to the right)! If not… keep on your merry way and find someone else to follow… no hard feelings!

And now onto a life update and what I have been up to lately.

If you follow me on Instagram (@amusingmj), you know my new obsession has been with hand lettering. I am LOVING learning to hand letter in beautiful ways and I am so inspired by some CRAZY talented letterers over on Instagram.  Maybe soon I’ll post a who I follow and why, so you can see some of their amazing work! I am also trying my hand at watercolors too… because I think watercolor flowers are amazing! Here are a few of my pieces that I’m really proud of:

Hand Lettering |
I love that so many of the hand letterers use their skills to write bible verses, so for me it has become a great way to meditate and focus on scripture. Plus how pretty do all these flowers look exploding out from behind the banner of scripture??

Psalm 23 |

Plus I have learned about an amazing thing called embossing (that is the gold, raised, shiny part below) and I am OBSESSED.  Love it!  He comforts us in all our affliction. 2 Corinthians 1:4 |

Secondly, I have started taking piano lessons again.  I took them as a child for several years, but when someone posted on our neighborhood app about teaching children piano lessons, I quickly sent her a message and asked if she was willing to teach adults too.  She is this precious woman who is a retired school music teacher, and my lesson time is smack dab between a 6 year old girl and an 8 year old boy, and I missed out on piano bucks last week because I forgot to write down when I practiced <insert several crying laughing emojis here>. But I am having so much fun getting back into piano and unlike as a child, I actually like practicing the piano (sorry mom!) and I would love to be able to play better! Plus I want Taylor to learn to play when she is older… and I don’t want to have to tell her I quit and can only play  the first half of Oh When the Saints Go Marching In to show for my 6 years of piano lessons as a kid.

Third, I am starting a new workout class at a local gym, I’m going to start with a 28 day fitness challenge that includes nutrition and bootcamp classes, so I am hoping to start getting back into good shape.  Say a little prayer that I can survive jumping back in to working out… starting is the hard part right?!?

So, that is where my time has been spent lately, and check back later this week for Taylor’s One year update… 3 months late.



  1. Emily Webster says:

    I love this update. Very Marynell. I absolutely love your hand lettering. It has been so fun to see what you have been posting. I also am so excited you are taking piano lessons again. I look forward to hearing some good stuff in the coming months.

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