have a BEAUTY full weekend & winners


i can’t truly express how special ya’ll are! the previous post was one of those that i had one had over my eyes while the other hand pushed the publish button. it’s no fun exposing weakness or areas of vulnerability but honestly, it’s freeing. and it frees others when we allow basically anyone in to see our mess. not in a misery loves company kinda way, but in a c’mon in. i’m a total work in progress and you can see where we’ve been & where we’re going way. i guess i’ve kept quiet these last several months because these struggles haven’t been just mine, they’ve been in the hearts of my girls. i have always tread lightly on ever talking about anything other than praise for them on the blog. if they were two, i would not post about days of specific strong willed issues and so because they’re teens and now young adults i intentionally do not write about specific struggles. not right now. maybe later on, with their permission i can share about walking through some of the tough things we’ve walked through recently, but on this platform, for now, i simply can not share details.

having said all that, i feet it’s very important and truly a part of my story to share with you my heart & my choices ( some good & some fails) while parenting through these days. gosh. was that clear as mud or what?

anyways. thank you.

one of my sweet friends emailed me & said she had not realized that there was shame in her heart while one of her young children was dealing with anxiety.

one sweet friend called in tears & shared how alone she felt while walking through some very similar issues in her home. that if anyone knew how much yuck was currently in their family….

ya’ll. that is the voice of the enemy telling you that you’re all alone. the more you feel isolated, you’ll actually isolate yourself even more. times like that are when your friends & loved ones need the opportunity to help you get back home, remind you of truth, speak blessing over you, gently remind you that the story of your family is not yet completed. you’re never alone my friend.


okie doke. on a lighter note, our friends at carol & company are offering 20% off all john wind. enter code JW20.

here are some of their current beautiful new pieces for spring modeled by my sweet em.

050611131618emily 4.14emily spring jw 2emily spring jw 015emily spring jw 048& the winners for nester’s new book are

1. jackie– Enjoy life and love people well…words of wisdom for sure! So excited to see Nester’s book–thanks for the opprtunity to WIN it!:)

& 2. heidi– I too struggle w/making things perfect. After surviving stage 3 ovarian cancer I learned that life is too short to worry about making things “perfect”. While I love entertaining and decorating, I remind myself that my friends are coming over so we can spend time w/each other. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t still try to make things beautiful:)I just don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.


wishing each of you a BEAUTY full weekend!! we’re off to prep for prom!!

(ps. madi’s bracelets shown in top image: beauty full cuff via sugarboo & co. ,  jeweled bracelet via carol & co –john wind and the smaller two are from the shine project)

oh & that gorg peachy pink garland shown in the jewelry images is being made by madison. she’s hand dying coffee filters as decoration for her grad party next weekend. aren’t they cute?!

May 3, 2014 - 9:43 am

Beverly - Paige,
When I read your post today and the word shame was mentioned I immediately thought of Brené Brown’s book, I Thought It Was Just Me. She studied shame for many years and it is some kind of powerful thing this shame. I love her Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto which is in her book, Daringly Great too. If you haven’t ever seen it you might take at look some time. It sounds to me like something you and your husband already do in your home. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I always look forward to your posts.

May 3, 2014 - 10:49 am

Beverly - Oops
! I did not give you the proper name for one of Brené’s books!!!!! It is Daring Greatly. Sorry for any confusion 🙂

May 3, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Sandy - We went through a very rough patch with our oldest son when he was a high school senior. I have read so much since that confirms that that struggle is a way they have of breaking away from the close ties so they are ready to leave the nest. I wish I could say that I have gotten over it but I am still filled with shame and remorse for that difficult year. I know that I did not react well to so much of it as I tried to hold it together. Unfortunately I think this also often corresponds with our early stages of menopause when the hormones are completely out of whack too. What a bad combination of factors that hit us all like the perfect storm.

May 4, 2014 - 12:53 am

Lynn - The garland Madison is making looks darling…..would love to see how she made it!! I hope she has a wonderful graduation and enjoys her party afterwards!!

May 4, 2014 - 1:43 am

Mia M - Hi Paige,
I am so grateful, once again, to read your words. The shame truly is a pain like no other I have known. Thank you for the reminder that we are never meant to walk through these times alone. In your words, I find blessed assurance.

Congratulations to your graduate, blessings to you and your beautiful family


May 4, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Dee - Will you ask Madison to commandeer your blog and give us a tutorial exactly how to make the beautiful garlands as well as achieving those lovely shades of peach? May God continue to bless your beautiful family!

Thanks! Ciao, Dee

May 6, 2014 - 11:07 am

Christina - Will you do a how to post on Madison’s garland? It’s AWESOME!

May 6, 2014 - 11:39 am

Mimi - Many blessings to you and your family through these difficult times and transitions. God’s light is shining through you.

May 7, 2014 - 8:07 am

my love:hate with may » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] coming soon. a quick & simple DIY entry on how madison has created the most gorgeous garland. more images here. […]

May 11, 2014 - 10:43 pm

wynne - i love your heart, and your bravery! and your mommy-ing! love you!