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  • Please meet Elise Smith ♥️ Elise goes by the name @winniesbakery here on Instagram. Through my wife @turshen and her friendship with Elise, I’ve been learning more about both how incredible Elise is and also what she’s been going through, health-wise. Elise was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and will need a bone marrow transplant as part of her treatment. Unfortunately, Elise does not currently have a matching donor on the registry. And I wanted to do everything and anything I can to help. I’m hoping that someone reading might be a match for Elise. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to test and register to see if you’re a match. If you’re able to help, please register online to get a kit and it will come to your house and then you just swab + mail it back, easy peasy. I’ve posted more details in my story above, but you can also get info here: http://join.bethematch.org/TeamElise Please consider doing a simple swab if you can to join the registry ♥️
  • [Photo of vines on our garage by my dad @cbonneyphoto ] I’ve been taking more time away from social media. And it’s honestly been really wonderful. Ive been trying to muffle the voice in my head telling me that I’m “lazy” for not putting as much time into social media, but I know that this quiet time at home is important and head-clearing. I’ve been listening more, learning more, and have been trying to better understand some of the heart-breaking news in the world outside of the lens of social media (specifically in relation to the horrific atrocities in Sudan). I want to find ways to use my time to be of better service in the real world outside and not just online. It’s a slow and winding process and de-programming myself from the way I used to talk-first and listen/learn-second, but it’s so necessary right now. I know whatever I do next, I want to be of more tangible service and make connections that exist in real life and not just on a screen. Does anyone else feel this way these days? I don’t want to disengage from community or world news at all- quite the contrary. What I want instead is to find and support those things in ways that feel more concrete, functional,  and permanent. The internet can be such a powerful tool for so many things but I think I forgot that real life can, too. So I’m working on unplugging more and plugging back in to the people and places around me. 💚
  • Say hello to one of the most trying DIY projects I’ve done in a LONG time: aka, our bedroom headboard makeover, inspired by @bradytolbert ‘s amazing upholstered headboard. @turshen and I spent a full day (9am to 9pm) on this gorgeous 12 foot upholstered headboard and it was worth every second. You can read all about it at DS today (and more pics in stories above ☝🏽)
  • 🎂38: Friends, cake, water park rides 🌊🏄🏻‍♀️ and, most of all, gratitude. I could not ask for a single thing more. I am so thankful for all this, right here. Thanks for the 📸 @upstate_realestate ♥️