Today is the Day!

August 3, 2017


mother and baby- M Loves M @marmar

Today feels a little bittersweet. We’re packing up this house that we’ve made our home for the past 3 1/2 years and moving on. Even though this is the 4th place Matthew and I have lived together, this has been our home for the longest period of time, and it’s also been Augustine’s only home. Reflecting on our move and thinking about how hard change is.

This house is full of so many sweet memories, from finding out I was pregnant, laboring on the couch and in the tub, and bringing home this little baby and having so many “firsts” with him. I’ll always remember the first time we heard Augustine laugh. We were singing that song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” over the holidays and he was just cracking up. Gosh to hear that perfect laugh for the first time! Augustine has army crawled all over the kitchen floor, he’s watched the washer and dryer work their magic, and he’s always pointing to limes and nectarines in the fruit bowl that he wants to hold. He said his first word {mama/dada – it’s a split decision over here}, and he pulled up for the first time on our marble coffee table. It makes me sad knowing he most likely won’t remember this house and all that we’ve experienced here. It’s a place that has meant so much to me, and to us as a family.

all ready to go!

getting our diaper bag packed and ready to go!

adjusting to motherhood - M Loves Msharing details about life with a baby

The early days with this little love bug!

Augustine's white and bohemian nursery

So many minutes spent right here. Love Augustine’s nursery!

a cute white bookcase in a nurseryAugustine's Nursery Reveal- a fresh and unique gender-neutral nursery design @marmar

Besides our memories with Augustine, Matthew and I spent many evenings cooking together {remember that grilled pizza?}, and we spent  lot of time decorating it. My favorite little corner is our reading nook {where I am right now}, and Matthew’s is the entryway. We fixed up our master bedroom, planned a gender-neutral nursery, and recently added in some pretty plants outside! We also have loved getting to know our neighbors- from wine nights in the backyard to meeting their newest little baby.

living room inspiration with two tufted chairs

Our Home Tour

blue and beige living room with moroccan wedding blanket poufs)blue and white bedroomNew Year, New Bedroom

feminine home office design My Home Office Tour

prepping outfit the night before workdinner date at homeI know our next home will be full of so many more wonderful memories, projects galore, and hopefully new friends, but it still feels sad to say goodbye. I’m really not good with change. Change has always been hard for me. When I was in college I transferred my junior year, which was a little bit of a surprise. I wasn’t planning on transferring, in fact I knew I was going to study abroad the following semester. But I applied to my dream school on the off chance I’d get in, loving their English Department, and knowing it would mean I’d be closer to family. I was incredibly torn- to transfer or not to transfer. In the end, I decided transferring was going to challenge me in ways I might not be otherwise. How happy I am that I made that big decision. I loved my school, the program, being close to family members, and also the fact that it brought me to Matthew.

Matthew Mara and Augustine - M Loves M Saying Goodbye - M loves M

Whenever change is on the horizon, like it is now, I need to remind myself that it can be for the best. God has his plan for us and I just need to put my faith in him. I also know that if it’s not something that’s working, there are things we can do to make it better. This most likely isn’t our forever home- maybe we’ll move to another state in a few years! Or another country! But more importantly, a house isn’t what makes a home, the people are. Matthew, Augustine, Ginger and I will make our new home together and it will be wonderful no matter what. I can’t wait to start this new chapter of our lives and I also can’t wait to share it with you all! Thanks so much for following along and being the best cheerleaders!


  • Rach

    I’m sure the move is bittersweet. It sounds like you’ve made many wonderful memories but like you said, you definitely will make many more in your new home. I think that it is a good thing when you’re sad leaving a home. It’s a sign that you lived a happy life. Best of luck with the move Mara!

    • Thanks so much Rach, it is so much harder than I thought it would be but I’m so excited for the journey ahead! Thanks for the luck Rach, can’t wait to show you our new space once it’s all decorated!

  • Erin Ambrose

    Every blessing comes with a challenge 💜 Growth and change can be besutiful things that mold us and help us along the way. you guys have made a beautiful home and I’m sure the next one will be even better!

    • Thanks so much Erin! I’m so incredibly thankful for the growth and challenge that this move will be!

  • Michelle Gibson

    Aw, Mara. This is so well-written. I do not do well with change either so I know how you feel. I’m very sentimental so change throws me for a loop. You’re right though, you can make little changes to make everything feel more like home now. And before you know it you will feel like you’ve been there forever. And Augustine will have such a fun time exploring a new place! You’ll never forget the home you brought your baby home to, but the new memories you make in your new home will be so exciting! Cheers to a new beginning!

    • Thanks so much Michelle! I’m so excited to make those little changes in the new house and make new memories! I’m trying not to get too overwhelmed with how much there still is to do. Thanks for being so encouraging and supportive along the way!

  • Rebecca

    Moves are definitely bittersweet, especially with a little one. We are hoping to move in the next year and I’ve already thought about how sad it will be to leave this home with my little guy’s nursery that we spent so much time making perfect for him. Also, I feel like it takes such a long time to make new homes feel like they’re yours! Good luck settling in! I’m sure your sweet family will enjoy the extra space!
    PS you always seem like such a lovely, sweet, caring person, it really comes through in your writing, one of the reasons I love your blog!

    • So bittersweet! Time has flown since I first brought Augustine home and it is so hard to leave the space that has become so full of memories, but I’m embracing it as much as possible!
      Ps. Thank you for being so caring and offering so much support! I’m so glad my personality has come through my writing it’s important for me to be authentic, so thank you for allowing me to be myself!

  • Kelly

    I’m someone who hates change so I definitely understand how hard moving is! You’re right though, it’s the people that make a house a home. This is just a new chapter, and you’re going to make so many incredible memories in your new place! Congratulations!!

    • Thanks so much Kelly! Change is soo hard, but it always brings about so much growth! Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  • Natali

    I can totally relate with you on this one, this was me/my family 4 years ago! You’re right, it’s such a bitter sweet moment but what matters in the end is that your memories will always live with you no matter which place you are living in next. You will move houses, but some memories will never fade and won’t “go away” by leaving this place you’ve created them at.

    • Aw that’s so good to hear Natali! I’m so thankful for the memories that we’ve made together here as a family but I can’t wait what is to come!

  • Allegra Liu

    So bittersweet! Hopefully you can share lots of pictures and videos of the old place with Augustine when he’s older. Congratulations on the new home and will be fun to follow along and see how you make it your own space.

    • I will definitely be taking lots of photos and sharing them along the way! Thanks so much Allegra!

  • Melody

    Awww such a sweet story Mara!!! Good luck with everything sweetie!! It’ll be alright! After living in 2 different states, and 5 different cities, I can totally relate. But then I met so many wonderful friends, that now I can go back and visit and have the best of times!!! Good Luck! 🙂

    • Wow Melody! You’ve experienced quite a few big moves! So thankful for your kind words and I am so excited to have friends over in our new place as soon as all the boxes are unpacked! 🙂

  • Mara,
    I love the positive outlook on such a big change in your life. Things are going to work out for you, and you’re going to enjoy your new home with your little family. A lot of new memories & laughter will be made! I love looking at your home pictures- it’s like out of a Anthropologie catalogue. Goals, for sure! I can’t wait to have my own house one day.


    • Thanks so much Krystal, I find it is so much easier to view the glass half full when it comes to change! You are so sweet, I love Anthropologie so I find a lot of inspiration from them 🙂

  • Michelle Joseph

    Aww Mara this is so beautiful. I understand how you feel. Change can be scary and intimidating but it is also great. It challenges us and makes us better. I’m sure you will love your new home and area and the people awaiting you there. Plus we will always be here in the comments section to keep you company hehe. All the best with the move 😚😚😚

    Mich x

    • Thanks so much Mich! It seriously gives me so much joy and appreciation to know you and all of my readers will be here for me in this time. I am so excited for the next adventure and can’t wait to keep sharing and asking for advice from you guys!

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