About Bluebirds

Can you believe my older sister handmade nearly 200 of those bluebird clothespin magnets for our guests?! Believe it.

Welcome! I’m Stephanie. I’m a newlywed and now a mother. I aim to write with a grateful heart for the sake of posterity and my own everyday sanity. In this blog you’ll find musings about marriage/vocations, motherhood, pregnancy, babies (mostly mine), adventures in travel, and random things I’m passionate about (like cleaning or 100% non-toxic beauty, body, and household products). Much of my writing is a record of our daily lives and blessings as we constantly move for my husband’s job and work on establishing a family culture within our home – one that places God and our Catholic faith at the center but finds room to honor our cultural heritage(s) as well. Currently this means we have a lot of Catholic décor and books and can often be found eating Chinese or Korean food while engrossed in a Korean drama. Much like my journey towards heaven, it’s a work in progress.

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Hi. Yes, I am aware that I have zero tan. I like to call it "being Swedish."

I was born and raised in the good 'ole Midwest where small towns are everywhere (and nowhere at the same time) and everybody probably literally knows your name. 

I'm a "cradle" Catholic and the middle child between two lovely sisters who are two of my best friends forever. I graduated from Indiana University (hoo-hoo-hoo? HOOSIERS) with a BS in Kinesiology as a Fitness Specialist because I love fitness and wellness - both the science behind it and the practical applications of it in everyday life. I love promoting healthy living and teaching others how to meet their health and fitness goals.

I also danced competitively (and for fun! And for college classes that gave me a minor in Contemporary Dance) for many years. I still call myself a dancer despite the fact that I have not taken any classes or been on any performance or competition teams in about 3 years because...dancing is one of those passions that's always a part of who you are. I also like to scrapbook, take lots of pictures, sing, read, drink coffee, watch Korean dramas with my husband, play with our sons, keep our home clean (really) and probably all the other things wives and stay-at-home-moms generally like to do.

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In 2011 I met my wonderful husband, Michael, at a place called "The Bluebird." Because of where we met and the joy that bluebirds symbolize, the inspiration behind our blue and yellow wedding decor came from...bluebirds! I guess you could say that bluebirds are kind of our "thing." Not in the obsessive way that leads to your entire home being decorated in bluebird knick-knacks, mind you...but enough for me to feel it's appropriate to include it in my blog's title. :)

Shortly after getting married I began this blog, initially entitled "I Found Him Whom My Soul Loves" based on the line of scripture found in Song of Solomon 3:4. I think this choice is pretty self-explanatory when you understand that I am a newlywed - a Catholic wife eager to share our lives and my reflections on what it is to live out this beautiful vocation.

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So why change the title? Well, I still consider myself a newlywed but I felt a bit limited by the first blog title. God has blessed us with children and I want this blog to be more than a "marriage" or "mommy" blog. I want it to be all these things and more. I'd like to continue documenting our little "bluebird family" but wanted a title that felt a bit more freeing so I can write about whatever my heart desires. After all, a bluebird's song can be about whatever a bluebird loves (or hates...but I like to keep it positive just like those happy little birds).

In short, welcome to my little part of the blogosphere where I'll continue writing about God's love, married life, motherhood, and whatever it is that makes this bluebird mama sing.

14 comments:

  1. Stephanie, what an absolutely beautiful bride! I'm a newlywed too...wishing you and your hubster the best :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm always happy to meet other newlyweds. :) I hope you two are doing great!

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  2. Glad to have found your blog! Aside from the fact that we have the same name (although spelled differently!), there are quite a few similarities! Looking forward to checking out more of your posts! Congratulations on your pregnancy! The 20-week ultrasound is so fun!

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    1. Thank you - I'm so excited for the ultrasound! I love finding blogs by people with so many things in common. :D Thanks for reading!

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  3. I am glad that I stumbled across your blog. Your marriage and faith inspires me! I'll be glad to read along your journey.

    Andrea

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  4. Found your blog via Patty's post about your meet-up :) I'm also a newlywed and am looking forward to reading more from your blog :)

    Ellie
    www.ChoosingPeaceBlog.com

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    1. Thanks for introducing yourself! I just peeked at your blog a bit and am excited to read more from you as well! :)

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  5. Steph!! Love it. My goodness you're continuing to be moving about. Thank you for your continued prayers by the way, and be assured of mine!!!

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  6. I'm also a HPER grad! I'm one of the many guilty ones who found your blog while searching for quarter Korean babies. Chuckling because you met your husband at The Bird -- I met mine at Kilroys!

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    1. What a small world! A fellow Hoosier who graduated through HPER, a love story that began in a B-town bar, and I'm guessing that one of you is partly Korean based on your search? Too funny! I would love to know how many relationships began either on Kirkwood or Walnut Streets that ended up in marriage, haha. Thanks for reading & saying hi! :)

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  7. Hello from the Sheenazing list! I have to ask - did you two meet at THE Bluebird in Nashville?!

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    1. Hi Lauren! Welcome. :) No, we didn't; The Bluebird we met at is a music venue/bar in my college town (Bloomington, Indiana). I actually have yet to visit Nashville, but would love to go in the future!

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