For the past several years my sister has drawn on a large chalkboard in my living room. Usually it is a short quote I want my crew to be reminded of or think about often. I leave the quotes up for a long time (typically over a year) because I am guessing Lesley doesn’t want to come over every week to change it up and my handwriting isn’t so pretty. When I saw letter boards by Letterfolk – I thought it would be such a perfect addition to my house AND I could change it often – you know I like change!

letterfolk-01letterfolk-02I wanted to hang the board up immediately when it arrived, but goodness it took a while to get all the letters out! Using small, sharp pair of scissors will help you get the tiniest specks of extra plastic off. I need to get a plastic compartment box to organize all the letters.letterfolk-04The kids have been discussing what they want to put on the sign. Right now it looks like our board will be full of humor and wit. We can never have too much laughter in our house!letterfolk-06letterfolk-07Every now and then I get something that I know will become a family treasure. I have a feeling (and hope) for decades to come this board will be full of messages that cause my crew to look at a life with a little more humor, inspiration and hope.ย  I think I might attempt to take a picture of it each time the message is changed. Wouldn’t that be a fun photo book to look back on one day?! I’m not too good with keeping up with projects, but I am going to give that idea a try.

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  • Laura J - I think it would be fun to give each of the kids a turn and let each one decide what to put up there. I suspect you might have a week or more about beans or gas…?

  • Cathy S. - Ashley I like this idea. Was wondering what size your board is?

  • Jennifer - You could just always make sure you take an Instagram photo every time you change the board, then do a chat book! ?

  • Jenn - love this. thanks for sharing where you got it. quotes are fun.

  • Amanda - Yes, always remember to share on Insta! :)

  • Deborah Melton - Yes, I would like to know the size of yours as well

    Thanks

  • Maureen - I really like this idea! I’d like to get my Grands involved in something like this and some sort of photo book. Lovely share- Thanks!

  • Jenny B. - Love these boards! I’ve been wanting one for a while. I might need to put it on my Christmas list. :)

  • AshleyAnn - Deborah – it is the Writer

  • AshleyAnn - Cathy – it is the Writer

I’ve wanted a hammock inside our home for years. Years. I could never figure out where to hang one, but it was always in my mind every time I moved around furniture. When Corbett and I were in Ecuador we stopped by a market for about 20 minutes. There were hammocks – beautiful, colorful hammocks – everywhere. Corbett really wanted to go shop for gifts for his siblings. I wanted to skip the gifts in buy myself a hammock. Just being honest! Well…we left Ecuador with a bunch of gifts and no hammock.

Once I home I decided I’d just keep my eye for the perfect hammock. I moved out a big round chair from our living room, so I thought I could try to fit a hammock in the corner. One night I spotted a green one on Pinterest, traced it back to Anthro and now there is a hammock in my living room.

Once the hammock arrived, I snapped a few photos to text my dad with the message, “Want to come help me figure out how to hang this?” The next day the hammock was hanging and it hasn’t been empty since. It is by far the most fought over popular place in the living room.

hammock-01hammock-05hammock-03My friend told Corbett that he needed a bigger cereal bowl….and bought him this one.hammock-06For those wondering about how we hung it…just a couple hook screws attached to the wall studs.

hammock-11I didn’t think any rules were going to be needed, but…boys. No flipping in it. No twisting someone up so tight they can’t get out. No using your feet to push against the window to get the biggest swing. Please, for the love of your mother, just use it for chillin’ out, maxin’ and relaxin’.

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  • Kate - Oh my gosh!!! That last picture is HYSTERICAL!!!
    It’s great your whole family is enjoying your home’s new addition so much!

  • Ann - I think your idea of a hammock in the living room is brilliant. The second I saw the picture of it on your Instagram, I knew that we needed to figure where we could put one in our house. I love it!!!

  • Cindy - Love this!! I would love to have one in my house but can’t think of any space big enough to hang one. I love the picture on your wall in the last photo….where did you get it?

  • Jodi - Love the hammock in the house idea…jealous, enjoy!

  • Diane - Yes, yes, yes! I want a hammock in my house too! We just finished up traveling out west and anytime we could hang the hammock, it instantly became my favorite place to be. Of course I had to fight my kids for it. Your hammock is fancy and oh so pretty! Love it!

  • Jenn - when i saw you hammock in the living area it made me want one. i so love this

  • Danielle Kennedy - I’m just wondering where you got your rug? Every time I catch a glimpse of it, I’m reminded how much I love it!

  • AshleyAnn - Danielle – it is from World Market. They have big rug sales frequently…so keep an eye out for a sale!!

  • Amy D - Love that you went all creative and unconventional! Is this good for kiddos with sensory input needs? Not asking about kids with SPD.

  • Jennifer Haynes - I never knew I needed an indoor hammock until this second….now I MUST HAVE one! Its so cute!

  • Southern Gal - I love your hammocks. My son-in-law installed one in their home. He can take it down and it hangs behind the curtain. My grandkids love it and like to take naps in it!

  • Anne Marie - I love this idea! My sis-in-law bought me a hammock in Mexico and it’s been on the shelf in my closet for several years because I couldn’t figure out where to put it on the porch and besides I didn’t want it out in the weather. I think we might have the perfect spot for it in the playroom upstairs!

  • Jessie - I never thought of hammock envy, sure I’ve had floor envy and wall envy after one of your delicious blog posts, but not hammock envy. Ill admit I have even had puppy envy. Now I have hammock envy. :) But now Im laughing at the thought of pregnant me getting out of that thing…

  • Emily - We have a hammock on our deck and I have said many time it’s just for chillin’ out, maxin’, and relaxin’ and my 6yr old boy always responds with “maximum swings!” And then we start all over…At least it’s not neglected! Enjoy your hammock!

  • Krystal Wight Armstrong - …all cool, and shootin’ some b-ball outside of school!” Wait, no…

  • Em - I’ve got hammock envy right now! Love the indoor hammock idea <3

  • Lisa M. - I love this idea! And it is a beautiful hammock. Probably not, but can I ask…is it possible to get a pulled out shot of it? I would love to see what this looks like in its surroundings!

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Over the weekend I was given the opportunity to guest post on No Hands But Ours. If you are unfamiliar with NHBO, it is an incredible resource for adoptive families (really any family). There are specific posts for those considering adoption, those already home and those researching special needs.

In July, the website featured craniofacial needs. I shared a post about my daughter’s first smile. It has been quite a while since I thought back to the first few months she was home. She and I sat next to each other and looked at her baby pictures. I’m so grateful for the time we were given together before her surgery. So very grateful.

You can read my post Her First Smile by visiting No Hands But Ours.

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  • Stefanie - Awe, this is awesome. And your girl, that smile… so beautiful. So grateful to you for sharing about her over at NHBO – what a blessing and encouragement your words are and will continue to be to those of us parenting (or considering parenting) a child with special needs.

  • Kate - Hi Ashley,
    I read NHBO on a semi-regular basis and saw this post over the weekend. I was delighted to see you contribute again! Thank you for sharing your darling little girl’s progress and for inspiring me with your insight and love. You are a sweetie! :)

  • Kelly Raudenbush - I was so excited to see you sharing at NHBO. Thanks for your willingness to be vulnerable and encourage other families!

  • Kelley - Your blogs was one of the very first blogs I ran across when we were researching China adoption and what types of special needs we may be dealing with. Now 3 adoptions later your blog is still one of my all time favorites! Thank u for your honesty and for spreading the word about China adoption.

    Loved your post on NHBO. (

  • Cynthia - BEAUTIFUL story…well shared! I wish I could write so poignantly! :)

  • Diana - Ashley, her now photo is gorgeous!! It literally stopped me in my tracks. Hoping to keep seeing your sweet family grow up in the coming years. I’m grateful for the positive little corner on the internet that you’ve carved out and then shared with us.