I’ve mentioned a time or two that Iowa Girl Eats is my go-to for recipes. She’s all about the gluten free life but for those of us who consume all the gluten, her recipes are easy to normalize with traditional pantry staples. Anywho. She does a feature on her blog called Currently. In light of my recent efforts to return to front porch style blogging, I’m following her lead today. And so, without further ado, … Continue reading Currently



Last night we packed a cold pasta salad and drove down the street, pool noodles and towels in hand. We keyed in, chose a table and spooned dinner onto paper plates. And then we bowed our heads, giving thanks for the food but also for more. Nine months ago things were different. Nine months ago the sky was that eerie green and the heat pressed down, wet. There was just the stir of a wind. … Continue reading Miles



When I started Such the Spot in 2008, blogs looked a lot different. They were more like front porches and less like storefronts. I liked the porches better than I like the storefronts. I’m totally guilty of going storefront–not that I have anything to sell but for a time now I’ve published with more concern for ad/affiliate revenue and partnership opportunities than for storytelling. The problem with the storefront blog–for me, at least–is the lack … Continue reading Lately

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Farmhouse inspired great room tour

It has been nearly three months since we closed on this house. These three months have been packed solidly full of hustle and bustle. Not only are trying to get the rooms of our home put together, but we’re trying to do so while simultaneously contending with school schedules, soccer schedules and, oh yeah, the first job outside of the house I’ve held in 18+ years. No biggie, right? Wrong. Finally, though, I have a … Continue reading Farmhouse inspired great room tour

Perfect spring porch

The perfect spring porch

What’s your season? Some of us live for summer. Others can’t resist the twinkle of holiday lights and are easily won over by winter. I’m a fall girl myself but if I had to pick a runner-up, it would most assuredly be spring. This year has me especially smitten because after a year of living out of boxes I’m finally home. We have green grass and tall trees and when we walk outside it smells … Continue reading The perfect spring porch


Color of a dream

His fingers inch across the space between until they find the small of my back. Like playing keys on a piano he presses and soothes–muscles stiff from sleep. Hazy gray light is heavy in our bedroom, and after nearly two months spent waiting for the window coverings to arrive, we’re thankful for the lingering dark on so lazy a Saturday morning. It’s the color of a dream in here, he says, in his scratchy, first-morning … Continue reading Color of a dream


First peek at the new house

Wow. What a month it has been. There’s nothing quite like a cross-country relocation and the subsequent settling into a new home to remind one of one’s age. Thirty-eight isn’t old but it feels that way when it wakes up after three long days of hauling boxes and furniture up and down three flights of stairs. There were a good few mornings there on which I woke up and could have sworn I’d been run … Continue reading First peek at the new house

On the road to our sweet Alabama home

Last Saturday morning we piled the kids into the minivan and pulled out of Tucson to head east. During our five days in the car we crossed through a total of six states. We covered over 1600 miles. We ate more than our fair share of restaurant meals and road snacks. We sang countless choruses of Paul Simon songs. We passed mile after mile on Interstates 10, 20, 30 and 40. In Little Rock, we … Continue reading On the road to our sweet Alabama home

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