Words Of Encouragement


My Husband Craig sent this message to our Daughter Allie last August. She loved his message so much she shared it on Facebook and it received such a beautiful response. I included the response from our oldest Daughter Chelsie as well. I hope in light of the recent world news that his words can give hope, I know it did for me as our Daughter Allie left Paris the afternoon of the massacre on her way to London on Friday. Love & God bless, Teri

August 30th, 2015
It is so easy to lose sight of what life is all about. Whenever I’m having a bad day, doubting myself, or need a word of encouragement, I can always count on my Dad. He is so incredibly wise. I received this message this morning and it
put me back on track and gave me peace. I couldn’t help sharing these beautiful words with all of you. Let today and everyday be one of kindness and love. Thank you Dad <3
(In case you didn’t know, fish is one of my Dads nicknames for me)

“Fish, there are so many people hurting out there, insecure fearful and depressed. They may look like they have it all together but are hurting or are lonely. Allow your spirit to feel and see the real people who are brought to your presence. Be yourself, the soft sweet gentle and caring person that you are. You will be called upon to give just the right smile, touch and words of encouragement when its most needed. People will be drawn to you. The bible says you will be like the light on the hill and the salt of the earth.Put your wants and needs aside and let the Lord use you to do his works. God will bless you with all the desires of your heart and the journey will be filled with love and joy beyond your wildest dreams. Love, Dad”

In response from Chelsie- “I could not be more proud or thankful to have him as our Dad. These are his words that he has said anytime that we focus on ourselves or go through difficult times….And usually during a big hug or slow dance…And I always bawl, because it is so incredibly powerful and real. The thought that we are to find our happiness and fulfillment through creating and prioritizing the happiness of others is something that our world could benefit from. True humility. I needed this message badly- sometimes we need a reminder to realize our perspective on what is really important. My heart feels a much needed calm- thank you for sharing, love you!”

Allie & Teresa 11/13/15

Allie & Teresa 11/13/15

The Pumpkin Fairy 2015

After a long hot summer I so look forward to pumpkin season! The cool crisp air, the harvest from our garden, gorgeous colors everywhere and of course PUMPKINS!!!!!
After a quick trip for a favorite pumpkin caffeine fix, I’m off to load up on all the beautiful fall foliage for my next season of decorating!

DSC_1880As soon as I’m finished and the house looks good then off to my room to start creating some beautiful pumpkins! Ribbons and sparkles EVERYWHERE! Continue reading

Nut’s To You!


Ever since I met Craig he has special ordered his chocolate chip cookies as follows: double the nuts and use half the chocolate chips. Well, after countless batches of cookies I have to say it’s the only way to go-seriously the best homemade chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten! Continue reading

The “Carpenters”

Never did I think that I’d be stumbled upon by the producers of HGTV/DIY network.

It’s truly amazing to me that for the last three weeks I’ve been in contact with some awesome producers who thought our family and the work that we did on our flip houses was of interest! After much thought it was a family decision to decline the offer… it’s a compliment I will always cherish. Doing a show would have been such fun but with Craig’s business and 4 busy young professionals a series just couldn’t work….

For someone who hates regrets I’ll always wonder, but in my heart this family is everything I’ll ever need and that always comes first!

Here is a video that was put together for them-I took out the interviews to shorten it up some. A HUGE thank you to the producers of HGTV for an exciting three weeks and the amazing opportunity, <3 The Carpenters

Mama Carp’s “GP”tini (..Guilty Pleasure)

This martini has been my signature drink for many years.I always keep these ingredients on hand; Dekuyper Watermelon Pucker, Dekuyper Island Punch Pucker and Absolut Citron Vodka.

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Mama Carp’s “GP”tini

Super easy, 1 shot of each shaken vigorously with ice, pour into martini glass and top it off with a fresh lemon slice. So, is it a “guilty pleasure” to drink it or could it be to serve it?!!
These “GP” tini’s taste like sweethearts, are a really beautiful color and go down way too easy. Stock up for all of your upcoming guests-Cheers!!!

My Take on Motherhood

First and foremost-I want to wish all of you Moms a very Happy Mother’s Day!
I’ve always believed that every woman’s heart has the innate ability to love, protect and care with amazing compassion and empathy. I celebrate you all and the loves of your life whether it be kids, animals, nieces or nephews.
Being a mom is an incredible blessing-today i’m writing my thoughts about my journey and the importance of this role. Continue reading