One Month Until the Lace & Lu Launch!

Hey guys,

Things have been crazy around here!  The official Lace & Lu blog launch is only ONE MONTH (and two days) away and there's still so much to do.  I have interviews to conduct, photography sessions to complete, articles to write, and so much more.  I want to make sure that I'm giving you guys the best content possible and it takes time to do that! 

In the meantime, I want to share a little behind-the-scenes insight on how I'm prepping for our launch.  This week, I'm finalizing the Home page and creating the About page.  It's pretty tedious stuff to be perfectly honest.  I've had to sit down and really think about what I wanted to say and I how to get my message across.  But it's also been a rainy couple of days so there's no better time to buckle down and get it done. 

On a happy note, the weather was BEAUTIFUL last week!  I took advantage of the sunshine and drove Luna down to a nearby dock for an hour.  We met my friend Shannon there - she has a little boy about Luna's age and (like me) is working on her photography skills.  She took these shots of me and Luna while baby Arthur played nearby :)

I knew these pictures would be PERFECT for the blog if they turned out well.  But when Shannon sent them to me, I couldn't believe how much I loved them!  It's not that I don't have faith in Shannon's skills - she's incredible!  But Luna was ready for a nap and a little cranky and I was sure I looked like a complete mess!  Maybe that's why these pictures turned out so well, though.  Because by the time we got around to shooting them, I was more focused on Lu and less focused on trying to pose for pictures.  Just looking at her makes me happy and I think we can all agree that EVERYONE looks better with a smile :)

The hardest part about incorporating these pictures into my blog was choosing which ones to use - there are so many I love!  I ended up selecting one for my Home Page and one for my About page.  As for the rest, I'll use them to build anticipation for the blog on my social media accounts.  It's all part of the roll-out plan I'm currently putting together and I'm hoping it's at least somewhat effective.  I'll probably write more about that later if I can find time!

In the coming weeks, you'll have the option to sign up for the Lace & Lu monthly email list.  Until then, check back regularly for updates and let me know if there is anything you'd like to see on the blog.  I'm always looking for inspiration!

With love,



Introducing Front Porch Families

Hi friends :)

Remember the house you grew up in as a kid?  Or that dorm room you shared with your college roommate?  What about your first apartment? 

I grew up in Suffolk, Virginia.  I lived in a one-story house with ugly brown shutters and a matching front door.  Back then, my parents were still together and I spent summers climbing the big oak tree in the front yard with my sisters.

Years and years have passed since then.  My parents have split and are happily remarried. The old oak tree is long gone.  And the peeling brown door has been painted a nice shade of green in recent years.  Time has passed and life has moved on.  I'm okay with that!   But there's one regret I have about those years.  And it's this:  I wish we'd gotten a photo - just one - of the five of us together on our front porch. 

That house was such a big part of our family.  It wasn't just wood and vinyl and chipped paint.  It was the vault that held my childhood memories.  And the front porch was a big part of that.  It's where I tied my Santa letters to the railing.  It's where we stood with mom and waited for the bus every morning.  It was the entrance to my life in that place, at that time.

Here's the thing: 

Every family has a home.  Every home has a story.  And all these days that swirl together will one day be part of our past.  We'll forget the little details.  That's why we have to capture them now.  Today, while they still seem insignificant.  Because one day it will matter.  One day, you'll look back and say "Remember the house we grew up in?  Remember mom's crazy haircut and dad's worn out boots?  Remember that dog we had?"  And if you're lucky, you'll dig through your old photo albums and pull out a single picture.  That's what Front Porch Families is all about.

Are you still reading?  I hope so.  And I hope you'll be a part of Front Porch Families.  All you have to do is take a single front porch photo.  Print it and write the date on the back and tuck it away.  One day, five or ten or fifty years from now, you'll be glad you did.

By the way, I did eventually get my front porch photo, right after my daughter was born.  I'm so glad we have it now, especially since we moved a few months later!

I can't wait to see YOUR photos, too!  Share them on Instagram along with the story of your family, your home, and your life together.  Make sure to tag @frontporchfamilies for the chance to be featured!

With love,


*Photo by Caroline Basquill-White*