In his book, The Secret of Happy Families, Bruce Feiler suggests several ways that families can build rich memories and moments together. One of the suggestions that we have already taken Bruce up on is the creation of a family motto (see previous post). Now that we have a motto for our family, I think that it is only fitting to tie everything together in a beautiful crest to represent our family and what we hold most dear. A quick search on Fiverr, a rough sketch, and a few days later we have our BEAUTIFUL family crest. I am absolutely in love!
The Celtic cross and laurel wreath represents our faith in Christ and our loyalty to family. The compass represents our love for adventure and the year below it is the year Waring and I were married. The sun and the waves represent our love of the water and sense of wanderlust. Our two little girls are represented by the tea cups. They are feisty, beautiful, strong, and truly embody the saying, “she’s whiskey in a tea cup!” The two arrows represent Waring and me as we remember to appreciate our lives crossing paths as God protects and guides us along the way.
Y’all, I love Harry Potter. The movies were not my thing, but the books were my jam. I love being able to escape into a world of magic and possibilities where the good guys win and heroes can arise from the most unlikely of circumstances.
I have wanted to go to Harry Potter World since it opened, but it just never really worked out…until this past weekend.
I literally haven’t been to Universal Studios since I was a high school senior attending my own Gradbash celebration. Last weekend, however, that changed. Waring, Corie, Derrick and I led a group of our school’s seniors to the event to celebrate their upcoming graduation. After 7pm it was just seniors and their chaperones in the park AND chaperones got fastpasses to ride all of the rides for the whole night AND tons of food and snacks!
Harry Potter World was as truly magical as I had hoped and the rides were so much fun. I felt like I was back in middle school! Corie and I even went to Olivander’s and had our wands choose us (twin dragon heartstrings)!
Ever since reading The Secret of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler, I have been eager to create rich family traditions. We created our vision boards for the year using magazines and glue, and this weekend we had the chance to create a family motto.
The Feiler family motto is, “begin in adventure and end in love.” This family has two young girls and I absolutely loved what they came up with. I really wanted to create something similar that encompassed our values as well but I wasn’t sure just how to get those creative juices flowing as a family to come up with something until….
A few weeks ago while visiting New Mexico we visited the AMAZING Meow Wolfe interactive art exhibit. While there we learned that the creators each put words into a box and they drew two words to name their creation.
As a family we chose to do the same. We each put words into a box and drew out a word that represented each family member to create our motto.
The Harvey family motto is:
Travel Hungry. Love Safe.
I love it! Ella’s word was hungry. Waring chose travel. I put in the word love and Addie chose safe.
We as a family want to strive to stay curious and “hungry” for new adventures, novelty, and wonder in the ordinary. We also know that no matter how far we roam and what happens in life, the love of our family is our “safe” place where we can return home to at the end of each day.
You have been tiring already. Between the flu, bronchitis, stomach bugs, ear infections, and just general yuckiness…we are about ready to burn our house down and start over to get rid of the sickness that has been going around. Don’t get me wrong, we are so very blessed that none of this has been life-threatening….but we are ready to start living and not just surviving in 2019!
For this reason we NEEDED a little escape from the ordinary, and we found it in the Land of Enchantment! New Mexico marks state number 44 for me, and what a beauty she was! Eleanor took her third plane trip and Addie is a seasoned pro. It was a whirlwind trip, like many of our vacations, but it was just what the doctor ordered!
A few highlights from the trip included:
- Meow Wolf Interactive Art Experience
- Green Chile and Pork Stew
- Tent Rock Monuments
- Santa Fe’s Artwalk along Canyon Road
- Riding along the Turquoise Trail between Santa Fe and Albuquerque
- The most awesome game library and cafe in Albuquerque
44 down and 6 more to go!
With my word for the year firmly established, I want to focus on the “enough” that I already have. Yes, I am always striving to be and do more…but I don’t want to simply look back at my life and realize that my life is really just full of stuff. At the end of the day, I want to collect hugs, memories, smiles, and laugh lines.
So, in keeping with the theme for the year I have challenged myself to the “Not a Stitch new Challenge” (and yes, I did make this up). Here are the ground rules:
- No new clothing for myself bought new at any online or physical retailer
- If something is needed, clothing from yard sales or used clothing stores are allowed.
- Trendy/upscale thrift stores are NOT allowed
- Planned Exceptions: 1 pair of black flats, 1 pair of new running shoes, shirt from travels to new state or country
In reality, I go back and forth between wanting to dress like Olivia Pope from Scandal to wanting Marie Kondo to take my whole wardrobe out the house in garbage bags. Then I am reminded of Matthew 6:28 – 29. — 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Christ provides, protects, and keeps us. Help me to abide in him.
My word of the year is E N O U G H. In a world of excess I want to remember that I have enough, not just for myself but also to share with others. I want to remember that HE is enough to carry me through every trial. I want to remember than in a world that constantly demands more and more, I am enough. I am a work in progress, but I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I just need to trust HIS process and plan for my life this year.
Another year, another bucket list…. 38 items in total. I must be feeling ambitious!
- Create a signature scent
- Try the Year of Enough: Not a Stitch New Challenge
- Celebrate 10 wacky holidays
- Visit 1 new state
- Visit 1 new country
- Go zorbing
- Go hang gliding
- Try a cupping massage
- Try Lucia Light Therapy
- Attend an ariel arts work out class
- Take a wine 101 course
- Plan Tokyo Olympics
- Listen/read 20 books
- Update will and life insurance
- Open 529 and savings account for Ella
- Consider doctoral programs
- Go non-toxic in the home
- Keep fresh flowers in the house
- Try a Tea 365 Challenge
- Create a Family Crest and Motto
- Create a family recipe book
- Read to Addie (3 children’s novels)
- Go to Harry Potter World
- Set and maintain family and self-care goals
- Take a tea sommelier course
- Go to a stargazing event
- Train for the 1/2 and marathon
- Try 10 new foods in the 1,000 Food to Eat Before You Die book
- Sleep in a tree house
- Decorate for minor holidays/collect books to read for minor holidays/store them in attic
- Take the 52 List Challenge
- Redecorate the master bedroom
- Get a new tattoo
- Create a porch oasis
- Display and curate a tea cup collection
- Celebrate the 12 Monthaversaries within during our 10th year of marriage
- Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding