From the Front Porch

A few weeks ago, my middle sister and brother-in-law were talking to their kids about failure.

Over dinner, everyone gathered around the table and took turns sharing what failure meant to them, various ways to rise above failure, and how we each get to decide in what way we’ll respond to failure.

By the time they got to my youngest nephew who turned 7 in late February, they were knee-deep in life lesson mode.

“Have you ever experienced failure?” my sister asked

“No,” he said nonchalantly.

“You haven’t?” she asked again thinking he might need some extra time to come up with something.

“I haven’t, Mom. You know, why? Because I’ve learned from all my mistakes,” he said proudly.

My sister and I were laughing so hard the next day because she said, “What I am supposed to say to that, it’s so true!”

Lessons from the Fishing Hole and Thoughts on Mother's Day-The Crowned Goat

Despite working with hundreds of kids and families during graduate school and in my counseling career, I’ll never pretend to understand all the ins and outs of what it takes to show up every day and be a good parent.

I know for sure both my sisters are good people and amazing mothers though. They are raising a future we can all be proud of.  

They had a great example because our mom is deeply treasured as was her mom, my granny, and all the aunts who poured into us nearly every day my dad was away.

It wasn’t easy but they made it work and we’re a living example of their legacy.

I know this weekend is a hard one for some of you. Those of you who have lost your moms through death, illness, addiction, or are not reconciled yet for whatever reason.

Those of you who never had the opportunity to have kids and others who have angel babies or grown babies waiting on them in heaven.

Please know you are not forgotten.

Every time you pour into someone else and choose to give your best, you are creating your own legacy and nurturing the future.

Your work is important, and we need each other now more than ever.

To my mom who will always be my first and last valentine, Happy Mother’s Day.

To my sisters who rock my world on the daily, I love you. Thank you for giving me a niece and nephews who teach me to look at the world with hope. Our lives have been richly blessed because they’re a part of our pod.

And to all of you who share your best by supporting and encouraging this community and the communities you hold most dear, may love show up this weekend exactly when you need it most.

Happy Mother’s Day ❤ 

Thoughts on Mother's Day-The Crowned Goat

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…

LOVED seeing Tina’s home featured in Victoria Magazine it’s seriously stunning!

An Ancient Sussex Farmhouse Filled with Inherited Furniture and Flea-Market Finds  

Caitlin Wilson Puts a Fresh Twist on Traditional Style When It Comes to Her Dallas Home

Wait until you see this Garden Cottage Tour from Alice Lane Interior Design.

Charlotte Moss’s Love for Roses Will Inspire You to Plant Your Own

Losing my mind in the best possible way over these gorgeous return address labels!

There are so many beautiful ways to celebrate Spring and Summer with these tea party ideas from my friend Jen of Midwest Life and Style

Leave it to Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse to come up with 9 DIY Greenhouse Décor Ideas (they’re all fabulous)

Have you seen this wax pine dresser from Anna at Sky Lark House yet? It’s gorgeous!

These Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread Crackers from my friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs are almost too pretty to eat!

3 Reasons Your Mess Makes You a Great Mama (you don’t have to be a mom to appreciate this post, it’s a good one)

The Best Life Advice I’ve Ever Received from My Mom (this is filled with so many golden nuggets of wisdom)

A Therapist Shares Tops Signs of Emotional Exhaustion and How You Can Recharge

Words to Live By…

Second Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…

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On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 8th – May 15th

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Lemon Ice Box Pie (I’m so excited to try Carol’s recipe. Lemons always feel like the perfect spring to summer treat)

Coastal Grandma Blue and White Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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*A lot of these items come in other colors too!

Ruffle Sleeve Dress (hoping to take the pink one on vacation) * Earrings * Chair (currently trying to convince myself this would work as an office chair 😆 ) * Flowerpot

Necklace * Sleeveless Dress * Clutch * PJs (so many pretty colors)

Bedding Set (have at Bliss Barracks and love) * Sconces * T-Shirt Dress (have and love) * Slides

Storage Trunk * Striped Cabana Towels * Rug (have the runner and love) * Tie Back Dress

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…

How to Get Back on Track with Goals and Resolutions When You Feel Stuck

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Breakfast in Bed Picnic for Mother’s Day

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Easy Ways to Create a French Country Look with Spray Paint

Tips and Tricks for Creating a French Country Look with Spray Paint and Wax on a Metal Shelf-The Crowned Goat

Simple Nightstand Makeover in Primitive


Spring Into Summer Entry Ideas

May Bucket List…

  • Celebrate May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and AM’s 1-Year Cancer Anniversary
  • Buy a New Sundress (for the love, get over your arms, CoCo 😂)
  • Make Homemade Ice Cream
  • Sunset Picnic at the Beach
  • Look for Fireflies
  • Buy Piper a Swimming Pool
  • Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
  • Establish Exercise Plan to Strengthen Core
  • Begin the Miracle Month with Carrie Green Challenge
  • Organize and Finish the Laundry Room Makeover
  • Continue Morning Pages
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Continue Q2 Devotion
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

May Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Shared and Common Areas

  • 05/07 – Organize Household Books & Magazines
  • 05/14 – Home Office or Guest Room
  • 05/21 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
  • 05/28 – Create Summer Bucket List

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 05/07 – Kentucky Derby
  • 05/08 – Mother’s Day
  • 05/14 – National Dog Mom’s Day
  • 05/20 – National Rescue Dog Day
  • 05/30 – Memorial Day, National Creativity Day   

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I hope you all have a wonderful mothers day this weekend, all women deserve a special day, mum’s or not, just to be made to feel special.
    For me in my corner of the world, Mothers day was a few weeks ago and it was lovely, so I wish you all much love.
    Thankyou Coco for another really interesting post, I do so enjoy them you know, and getting to hear about your family, its so nice.xx

    1. You are so sweet to leave so many kind comments each week, Janette. They melt my heart in the best possible way and I appreciate them more than you could ever know. I’m so excited you were able to celebrate Mother’s Day early. It is such a special day and honestly, Moms deserve to be celebrated every day. Hope your week is filled with all good things. Can’t wait to see what you’ve created this week. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Lovely post, CoCo. I love your nephew’s attitude. Have a great weekend. xo Laura

    1. Thank you, Laura! He definitely keeps us all on our toes in the best possible way 😉 I hope your Mother’s Day weekend was filled with everything you hold most dear, CoCo

  3. I always love all your tidbits, CoCo! May you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you, Rachel! I promise I’m preaching to myself when I write these posts. We all need encouragement! Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  4. CoCo,
    What a sweet tribute. I hope you get to spend some special time with your family this weekend! Thanks for sharing my post. You are the best.

    1. You are so welcome, Rachel! You know I love your style lady. I got to see my Mom 2 days in a row which felt like a huge gift. Hope your weekend was filled with lots of blessings too. Big hugs, CoCo

  5. Another beautiful post CoCo. I love your Mother’s Day tribute. You are so incredibly blessed to have the people in your life that you do. And they’re blessed to have you. Mother’s Day is always really hard for me with my daughter not being here any longer and my mom deciding not to be in my life for almost 3 years. It’s a tough time but the memories keep me going. Wishing you the best sweet friend.

    1. I know this weekend can be a tough one and I’m so proud of you for hanging onto your truth and for choosing love. Thank you for sharing all your best skills and for supporting and nurturing those around you. Thank you for sharing your gift of gardening that we might learn from you. Finally, thanks for sharing your heart. I know it’s not always easy. But it’s one of the things I love most about you. Sending you so much love and lots of hugs sweet friend, CoCo

  6. Another great From the porch. A wonderful tribute to all moms

    1. I appreciate it, Cindy, thank you. Hope your week is a special one, CoCo

  7. CoCo,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Great post for Mother’s Day…..Hope you get to enjoy it with your family….Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! I hope you and your family had a blessed Mother’s Day as well. It always goes by so fast! Hugs, CoCo

  8. Hi Coco – I love your posts because they acknowledge the difficult realities of life. You never leave anyone behind. At the same time, you posts are always filled with optimism and enthusiasm. Also, I am a big fan of Bob Goff. Thank you for sharing the waxed pine dresser – I truly feel honored. Wishing all the Moms in your family a wonderful Mother’s Day.

    1. Such a sweet and thoughtful compliment, Anna, thank you. I hope I never make our lives or blogging look easy because goodness gracious they are not. I work every day to balance my idealist side with a dose of reality and a drop of managing expectations 😉 It was a pleasure to share your waxed pine dresser. You do amazing work and I know the people who shop your booth are lucky to have one of your pieces. They’re all gorgeous! Hope your week is filled with all good things and your weekend was a blessed one too, CoCo

  9. How sweet… your nephew is amazing – already learning lessons from all of his mistakes! 🙂 You have such an amazing family!

    1. He’s definitely a cutie pie, Heidi! I swear he’s always coming up with something and makes us laugh nearly every day. Hope you have the best week, CoCo

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