Hello! My name is Nancy and I am so happy you stopped by to visit. I am a wife, mom, teacher, student, organizer, and perpetual home decorator. I thought the best way to get to know me is an organized list.
Why A Blog?
This is the question I hear a lot from friends and family. The simple answer is, home design has always been my passion and this is the least “risky” way to live my dream. As a high school student (back in the 80’s…ahem) I signed up for Drafting class as one of my electives. I loved it. I was always sketching houses and planning spaces, a trait I inherited from my father. Sadly, the Drafting teacher continued to make fun of me because I was the only girl in the class. I dropped it after a semester and signed up for something more “gender acceptable”. But, design and home design stayed on my heart. After graduating from high school I thought I wanted to go to design school. It was a long way from home and in the end I decided to stay close to home and earned a teaching degree. I know this sounds like a sad, sad story. It’s not. I also have a passion for teaching…more on that later. In short, blogging gives me the opportunity to create and design spaces and share them with more people. I would design no matter what. Blogging just lets me “plug in” to a design community of people who have the same interest as me.
My husband and I met in college and dated for 6 years before we were married. Do you see a trend in slow decision making? Haha…it’s okay, that’s us. We’ve been married now for more than 20 years and we are really best friends. He kind of likes to stay absent from this blog for the most part.
Now these two little cuties absolutely steal my heart.
My oldest, Hayden (13), is absolutely made up of the best parts of Mr. Handsome and I. He is very musical and excels in the local band. His mathematical skills blow me away. He has always known he wants to do something with engineering and robotics. Seriously? How cool is that? Plus, he has the kindest heart of any 13 year old boy. There isn’t an animal he doesn’t like. He is the best play pal to our 3 year old even though their games aren’t very thrilling to him. I’m one proud mama.
The young one, Luke, is now 3 years old and has been such a blessing to our lives. That’s right, 10 years between them. We thought we were “done”. God didn’t think so. Hayden always wanted a little brother and one day when Luke was a few months old, Hayden came home from school and asked me about praying. He said, “Have you ever prayed for something and not had it happen?” I told him that of course I had, but not receiving it was really God’s answer to that particular prayer. I then went on to add that “Sometimes, God gives us something we didn’t pray for because He knew we needed it, like Luke.” Hayden quickly responded, “He was the answer to my prayer.” I know, heart melting. Luke IS all that. He is witty, dramatic, creative, and so so so sweet. He loves his trucks and is always fast with a hug and the declaration “You’re the best!”.
I stated earlier that I found my other passion in life, teaching high school kids. I have taught at elementary and at the high school level. I definitely have a heart for high school students. I found my dream job of working with high school students and helping them figure out what they are going to do after they graduate. In particular, high school students with disabilities. As a special education teacher, I have the opportunity to really cheer for students who don’t always have a ton of cheerleaders. I love it. If you want to read a prime example, read THIS post.
It started out with a simple thought of going back to get my Masters degree. I drove to class and discovered that graduate school was my jam. I love to write. I love to discuss ideas. I love school supplies (I know, geeky). The classes quickly came and went and before I knew it, I had a Masters degree. Life went on. Then, I got the itch to go back and earn my Educational Specialist degree. Twenty-seven more credits, no problem. Then, while working on my Specialist degree, one of my professors said I should consider going on for my doctorate. More school? Sign me up! They did. Fifty credits later, here I sit. I am what they call ABD-All But Dissertation. In fact, while I work on this blog I am also writing a dissertation. Crazy right? I can say, by far, writing a dissertation has been the most challenging task I have ever embarked on, but I WILL finish it. At this point I am half-way done. Say prayers for me…seriously.
My love for school supplies is just a small portion of my organizing obsession. I love orderly drawers, orderly closets, and cleaning supplies. Don’t laugh, but I once bought my husband a label maker, color-coded file folders, and organized all of his files as an anniversary gift. Okay, you can laugh. In hindsight, it is kind of funny in a sad way. He has never let me live that one down. This house, as is right now, is not organized. We have moved from a much larger house near Atlanta to a very small house on our island. We love it. But more purging will be needed.
I am decorating this house in a different style than any house before. Because we live on a coastal barrier island in Florida, I am working with coastal style. Follow along as I bring a slight bit of coastal to this home. I love a classic coastal look that feels comfortable, casual, and not at all kitschy.Because I am writing a dissertation, you can expect me to post once a week (usually on Sunday afternoons). I need my weekends to work on projects and write my dissertation and more than that has proved to be too difficult. When I finish my dissertation expect that I will begin posting many more times per week. I love, love, love comments. I read them all and am super excited when you give me your opinion. If you have a question, please feel free to contact me at slightlycoastal at gmail dot com.