This blog is about living a beautiful life.  Life Abundant . . . full of all the beautiful things that make life worth the effort.

The Setting: An old beach cottage near Lake Michigan and a country house in the foothills of North Carolina.

The Plot:  A love story written by God . . . Two 30-something professionals who sold their big house in suburbia and left their corporate jobs to follow God on the path to life abundant . . . now self-employed and home-based and the parents of two darling babes, we split our time between our old beach cottage in the summers and a historic fixer-upper in the North Carolina countryside.  Yes, that is two small children and 2 fixer-uppers!

The Content: Personal journal of a Christ-follower, mother, hobbyist photographer & interior designer.  Photos, recipes, & design ideas to celebrate the good stuff in life.

Are you new here?  Welcome! My name is Erin and this site is the account of my heart.


“I have come

that they may have life,

and have it to the full.”

-Jesus Christ

The following are a list of Beach Cottage Renovation posts which you might enjoy:
Wynn’s Beach Cottage Bedroom
A Beach Cottage Nursery
Beach Cottage Beadboard Ceiling
A Beach Cottage Christmas: The Christmas Baby
Beach Cottage Progress


  1. I’m new here and would love to read your story through your suggested posts, but all the links in your about page are broken. Probably collateral damage from your renovations :)

    • Hey Sherry! Thank you so much for letting me know, I believe they are fixed now! And yes, collateral damage from the big move!

      So glad you are here!

  2. Hi Erin, I am new here also. I found your site from The Lettered Cottage. I am off to read your story. We have also just bought a fixer upper beach house. We are 7 miles to the beach but it is a lot closer than our previous 700 mile trip.

  3. Hi Erin. Found you the other day through The Lettered Cottage. Love your style of writing, your pictures, and your way of living. I think I’ll become a follower and let the inspiration rub off on me.

  4. Hi Erin! I’m here from the Lettered Cottage, too. I am amazed that we “share” someone in common besides Layla… Amanda and Nate of Turtle Pond! I gasped when I saw their old logo on your beautiful photo. They took our wedding photos six years ago and we just loved them. Your story is beautiful and I can’t wait to keep up with your progress on the Beach Cottage. I grew up in Indiana, but am originally from Michigan, too. :) Take care!

  5. Hi Erin,

    I am visiting from TLC. Love your blog and can’t wait to continue reading. We live ‘Up North’ here in Michigan and I completely love your cottage ideas!!

  6. Erin! I CANNOT stop reading your blog! Every time my boys go down for a nap I rush to the computer to read it! I LOVE what you have to say about the beauty of motherhood! Thank you so much for opening my heart. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the PRECIOUS and MOST important calling a woman will ever have in her life (raising her children). The world really does tell women it doesn’t matter. Sometimes I listen to the world…only for a bit, and then feel grounded again when I read stuff like this. I love you and I don’t even know you. YOu had me bawling like a baby last night over reading a lot of your posts. Thank you! YOu are so inspiring and amazing! Last thing…I loved how you mentioned when you had a hard day with the kids, that you got down on your knees and all prayed. I always forget to call on God when times are hard like that. Thank you for the reminder. xo! P.S. So excited about the vintage stories you’re doing. I ADORE spending time with older people and learning about their experiences…especially in regards to motherhood! xo Amber

  7. Erin…. I am friends with your mom and dad in law and live near you. Love this site~~ love your pictures and love watching you transform your N.C. home! I so enjoy the stories Mary tells me about Wynn and James~~

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