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Hi there! My name is Lili. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Yeah, where it rains all the time. Seriously, just behind my house is something resembling the rain forest. Anyway, I make a happy home here with my family.

My faith is integral to how I choose to live this life on Earth. It has guided both the major and less significant choices of my life.

My husband works in grants' administration in Seattle. I've worked several part-time jobs during the course of our marriage as a way to bring in a little extra money. My early-adult career experience was in retail management, restaurant management, and commercial art. I am currently pursuing opportunities in the field of art (my BA is in Art History).

Our kids are now grown. Our son is 33 and has been married to our lovely daughter-in-law for 3 years now. Our twin daughters are 25 and are in the beginning of their careers. Life's changes are both terrifying and exciting. What I know for sure is that every year brings something new.

I enjoy family time, traveling, art, gardening, baking and cooking, writing, home decor, sewing, crafts, jewelry-making, budgeting and planning (a bit of a nerd that way), and DIY projects.

Our house was a bit of a fixer-upper when we first bought it. We're just smart enough to know not to try to do all the fixing-work ourselves! We stick to the small projects, which, if done improperly, will not cause the house to catch fire, fall down, or flood. The yard was not much more than evergreens, moss and a small patch of grass when we moved in. Aside from taking down ginormous evergreen trees (we have a great tree guy who does that for us), we've done almost all of the landscape work here. It's a work in progress, to be sure. But also an enjoyable hobby for us both. I write about many of my home improvement and decor adventures right here on this site.

Gracious frugal living is how I'd describe our lifestyle. Someday, I'd like to be remembered as being unaffected, compassionate and generous in spirit. And I very much hope to imbue these ideals into my children.

Come along with me and share your story. Let's take this journey together. 


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  1. What a lovely bio. I feel like I know you even better now!

  2. Somehow, I had missed this till today. Scrolling along, trying to find older posts to read, I noticed it in the sidebar. Nice to "know" you a little more. :) Yours is one of just a handful of blogs I check regularly, and I appreciate your common sense and down-to-earth frugality coupled with the way you make things lovely.

  3. Glad I found your blog...looks lovely! Look forward to checking in!

  4. Oh my goodness, Lili, I don't think I've rad your background information for years. Looks like I've missed a lot! What a beautiful family you have.

  5. Thank you, Kris. Families grow up sooner that any of us think possible.

  6. I've rec'd your postings by email notice for some time. This is the first time I've read your background. You and your family are lovely! I've learned so much, and been reminded of things I've known but forgotten, through your postings. Just today I caught up on a posting from Sept. 2019 about your process for thinking through frugal decisions and am going to capture it for my ongoing inspiration book. I've been strugging with the need for me to return to work (I'm 66 and have retired twice - I like being retired but we really need the money and my background and career make me the one to go back - I can make more money in a shorter period of time). Just reading your posting about the steps helped me get grounded and in a more positive frame of mind. Mary

  7. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so much for the very kind words. I really appreciate that you took the time to make this comment.
    You are not alone in your possible need to return to work in the years that you always thought would be retirement years. This is a situation that will be affecting many, many people in this decade and next. In some ways, it just seems sensible to work for income for as long as we're physically able. Many of us are living longer than our parents' generation did. We'll need to have the ability to pay for all of our needs for many years. I anticipate that my husband and I will continue to work for income until we no longer can. The up side to continue to work is the mental challenge keeps our minds and bodies sharper, longer. I could go on on this topic . . .

    Anyway, I'm glad that what I write is helpful for you. Have a lovely rest of your day.

  8. Lily, I have followed you for YEARS, and somehow missed this lovely post about you and your family! What a great picture. Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom, creativity and knowledge. I always eagerly await your posts!


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