Back at the Beach Cottage

Happy summer, friends!



Summer is in full swing and we are back in Michigan at our beach cottage until Labor Day.  It was somewhat of a relief to get away from all the projects I had ongoing at our new house in North Carolina and to just be for the summer.  My housekeeping skills are blessedly well-matched with a 1,000 square foot cottage.

beach cottage collage

Now that we are settled for the summer and getting into a routine, I will be posting regularly again.*

So please do stay and “spend” the summer with us here on the beach.

My summer bucket list includes making jars and jars of jam, taking hundreds of pictures, spending some time every day at the beach with my babes and getting that weird flip-flop tan from living in flip flops for weeks at a time.   As I was telling my little boy tonight at bedtime, “This is my Father’s World,” and we just need to soak up every bit of his creation that we can . . . sandy toes, drippy ice cream cones and brilliant sunsets.

Welcome, summer.

Won’t you stay awhile?

*Disclaimer: This blog is inspired by Phillipians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  I am a busy mom in the trenches on a daily basis working to serve big and love bigger.   It is crazy hard.  We don’t necessarily lay around the beach all day long eating ice cream and posing for perfect pictures but we do seek out the good stuff as much as we possibly can and I bare my heart here by focusing on and sharing what is lovely.  My hope is to motivate others to “think about such {pure, lovely, admirable} things” as well.   I believe that God blesses obedience with joy and that he wants to give all of His children a heart of joy and a song of praise.



  1. can’t wait to see more of the beach cottage!
    I love the heart behind your blog….to think on things are true, noble, right, pure, and lovely.

  2. What a lovely post! I agree with every word in your disclaimer! We should always dwell on these things. I can’t wait to see more posts of your lovely beach home and summer fun!

    • Thanks, Rita!! Looking forward to sharing more pictures of the cottage in the coming weeks!

  3. So happy you are back at your beautiful beach home! I loved all of your posts sharing about your adventures in decorating and beach life. 🙂 Hope you enjoy your summer and I look forward to reading about your time at the beach cottage.

  4. Enjoyed your blog and photos..and felt myself wishing I was there…but since I am not, I thank you for the good Word and have already trying to put that into practice lately. My Heavenly Father knows the desires of our heart and will bring refreshment.
    Happy Summer!

  5. Oh, Erin! So love your heart that spills so freely onto each page. Relating so closely with your disclaimer and the desire of my walk in this life designed by grace. Thank you, sweet friend, for just being you!

  6. Thank you for sharing your biblical wisdom, heart and life inspiration…your journey has enriched my reading time and raised my faith 🙂
    Best wishes for many beautiful blessings and memories to be made for your family at the beach this summer!
    Happy 4th!

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