hi! i'm glad you're here. i'm bridget. lady of the house (and blog!). i live in the boston area with my husband steve, our five kids, + our yellow lab, gracie. together we love boating on lake winnipesaukee, eating smoothies, going for bike rides, and listening to paul simon and james taylor (steve would add "country music!" here but it's my blog and i do what i want!).
in december 2006, i married my best friend steve. he was a widower, once my professor, and father to four young kids. i know. there's a lot to digest there. you can read that story in its entirety here... including a chapter written by the man himself!
there are seven of us now since we added our own to the mix in july of 2011: nathaniel (19), jordan (18), william (12), lindsey (10) and parker (1). there's a lot of love (and plenty of crazy) in this family of ours and we're glad you're here to see some of it. thanks for stopping by.
how old are you?
where do you live?
boston-area. i'm originally from the philadelphia (south jersey) area and steve's originally from the chicago area though.
what kind of camera do you use?
before january 2013, a canon rebel xs (most often with a canon 50mm 1.8 lens--cheap and fabulous!) and after, a 5d mark ii. hoping to add film to the list soon! and sometimes (often), on the go, the iphone.
how do you edit your photos?
photoshop cs5, and picmonkey.com.
who did your blog design?
i did it using photoshop and playing around with the html. i've googled basically every blog design question i've ever had (or asked people who know way more about the stuff than myself--namely kelly ann of flowerchild dwelling. she is a genius blog designer!). for html clean-up and waaaay more, bobbi is your girl. and for branding and design and more, my friend ashley has an amazing eye. those are just some of my very favorites!
does your age difference bother you?
honestly, it used to. it hardly crosses my mind these days. there are no guarantees no matter how old or young your spouse is so i'd say don't give up on love because of age (or race or... on and on...).
were your parents supportive?
totally. my parents are amazing and could've really been wary of my choice to date (and marry!) a father and older man (i wouldn't totally have blamed them either). nevertheless, they had our backs and for that i'm forever grateful. to say they love him and the kids is an understatement.
do the kids call you 'mom'?
william and lindsey do and have forever. nathaniel and jordan don't. to them, i am bridget. it makes sense--they were older when their mother passed away so they still have many memories of her. william and lindsey were very young (4 and 2) so it's much more natural for them to call me mom.
are you religious?
yes and no? i am a non-denominational christian but firmly believe in the 'live and let live' motto. with that said, i have lots of questions about my faith. questions that will most likely not be answered in this life. i'll keep trying nevertheless.
what's your degree in?
double major in english and religion. i dream of having my writing published and becoming a photographer.
where do you like to shop?
h&m, forever 21, target, old navy, asos...
what are your favorite posts?
here's a few to start: our love story, a post i wrote while pregnant about bringing my own child into our family, parker's birth story, the 'dear marianne' series in which my mom (and sister!) answer health questions from a holistic frame of mind, parker's happy birthday video, an honest post about marriage, one on faith, and probably all of our italy posts.
also, my kids are superheroes.