August 2011 - Dimples and Tangles

Here We Go!

I really didn't even know what a blog was until January 2010.  Our local paper did a story on a book signing for the Pioneer Woman (who I also had never heard of...even though she lives about an hour away...yes, I live under a rock) which led me to her blog, which totally changed how I spend my free time!  I dove head first into reading mainly home design blogs and found it fascinating to have so much talent and inspiration at my fingertips.

Since beginning with my college dorm room, I have always enjoyed decorating although I cringe now when I look back at some spaces that I thought looked really good at the time.  My taste is pretty fickle and changes like the wind.  I believe we owned 3 or 4 sofas within our first 2 years of marriage.   I sold my formal dining room set last weekend that I thought we would have forever.  I think I'm finally starting to figure out what works for us.  My goal is to have a welcoming, comfortable, gracious house that friends and family love to visit.   

For the last year or so I've had several friends keep telling me "You should start a blog!" which sounded fun, but I haven't wanted to put in the work to do it until now.  I've found myself wanting an outlet to share my creativity and talents that the Lord has given me.  About a year and a half ago I had a dear friend that I don't see very often ask me "What are you excited about?"  I gave some lame answer like "the upcoming holidays" or something like that, but I've never forgotten that question.  I wanted something to be excited about that's just for me, just my "thing."  Maybe this blog will be it.  I'll probably just be sharing with a very small circle, but I'm looking at this as an opportunity to record happenings within our family and events important in our lives.  I started scrapbooking years ago, am years behind, so I'm hoping that this blog will be our new family scrapbook of sorts with lots of house stuff thrown in.  

I struggled quite a bit in coming up with a name for a blog, that's a big part of why it took me so long to start one.  (Hopefully you're not thinking I should have kept trying!)  I wanted something catchy, reflective of our family and my interests.  One morning as I was brushing Emily's hair (which is ALWAYS tangled) the thought "tangles" popped into my head to describe her, and it didn't take long to come up with "dimples" for Caleb.  My thought was not only does it apply to my children, but kind-of also applies to life for me.  In my husband's line of work, I know that often people may think that our life is all sparkly, but things don't always go as smoothly as planned.  The Lord has blessed us beyond what I could ever imagine, but we live in the real world with so many hurting people.  So, with my children, life, projects, plans, I want to be transparent and share the good and the bad where sometimes life is all dimples and sometimes it's full of tangles!

OK, on to my blog name.  Meet Dimples and Tangles...

I'll let you guess which is which.  I love this picture because it so perfectly defines their relationship.  She's being a stinker pulling his hair with a twinkle in her eye while she does it.  They love hanging out together (for the most part! but I am so glad they're back at school!) and my prayer is that they truly will be best friends as they grow.