We’re sharing our Spring Flowers Home Tour today as part of a fun spring inspiration blog hop hosted by the always sweet and creative Cindy from Cloches and Lavender and Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip.
If you’re coming over from Niky of House of Silverado, welcome, we’re excited to have you here.
Truth be told, I was this close to not sharing our spring home tour this year.
The only thing that kept me in the game was not wanting to let my sweet blog friends down.
And while I’ve never met any of them in person, I’ve had enough correspondence with them to know they’re fabulous ladies.
Earlier this month, we unexpectedly welcomed sweet Piper into our family. She’s a two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) my baby sister found in foster care while we were out of town.
We had very little information to go on and given we had never actually met Piper in person, we basically got her sight unseen save for a few photos.
She’s our third JRT to date, so we know the breed well.
But as you’re well aware, dogs like people, have their own personalities and quirks.
We’re still getting to know each other so I don’t want to give Piper a bad rap.
Honestly, I never met her original owner or her foster parents either so I can’t really speak about her life before she arrived on this tiny little island.
The blessing is she came potty trained, is mostly treat motivated, and is crazy-crazy smart.
That said, she has absolutely turned our lives inside out and upside down.
I’m pretty sure I’ve told my bestie S at least a hundred times I was going to have to give up blogging to be a full-time dog mom because she is so much work.
99% of the photos I took for the spring flowers home tour did not even turn out.
Almost all of them had a comet-like furry white streak doting their landscape.
In the midst of creating spring vignettes around the house and putting together flower arrangements half my avocado toast was stolen, 3 bunnies broken, a recently hung picture for our breakfast nook knocked off the wall, teeth marks on our decorative eggs, ribbons pulled off baskets, AN ENTIRE SIM CARD containing 3 years’ worth of photos that have no backup – destroyed, the base of one of the gutters got ripped off during a “lizard safari,” the bottoms of most all our blinds and window sills have been scratched or damaged, toys are currently scattered all over the floor, we can no longer open the front or back doors, run the washing machine or watch tv without a major freak out, and I’ve gotten into bed nearly every night finding rouge dog bones between the sheets and pillows.
To date, Piper has not napped longer than 15 minutes – total – during the day.
She reluctantly sleeps in her crate at night and usually wakes up around 230 am, 430 am, and then again at 630 am every morning wild and ready to go.
It’s only been a few weeks, but she seems to have multiple witching hours, gets the zoomies a lot, and struggles to relax because she is constantly on guard.
She wants to trust us SO bad…she’s just can’t let herself do it yet…and that’s ok.
There’s plenty of time to show her she’s in a loving and grateful pack 😉
While I know it’s not exactly the same, I’ve found a deeper appreciation for parents with new babies, parents trying to work and home school simultaneously, parents who brought home pandemic puppies, and caregivers who faithfully rise and shine daily to show up for their loved ones and the people in their community too.
If you’re one of those people, hero status does not even begin to convey your superpowers adequately.
As hard as these things are to deal with right now, I know Piper is meant to be ours.
She’s already teaching us how to be more effective communicators, how to love, trust and forgive well, how to make space for others with grace, how to plan more efficiently while leaving lots of white space for mess-ups, to put away things immediately, and how to decorate around mischievous paws and curious teeth too.
I know the pandemic caused all of us to see our homes and the loved ones in it, in a completely different way.
Some of you cleaned and organized. While others painted and redecorated. Some of you rearranged entire rooms and stopped putting off projects that had been on your to-do list far too long.
Despite a difficult season, I think we’ve all been offered the opportunity to see our homes in a fresh way. And to feel a sense of gratitude for the safe shelter we might not have expressed before.
My hope this spring as we reclaim a sense of normality and begin inviting friends, furry friends, and loved ones into our homes again is that we’ll leave plenty of space for the perfectly imperfect moments of life.
Because there’s just something about opening the door to your home no matter what state it’s in and realizing you love where you live.
We hope you enjoyed our spring flowers home tour! Don’t forget to stop by Cindy from Cloches and Lavender (she’s the first stop) then be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies have in store as well…
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