Hi, I’m Mary Catherine; thanks for joining me on the porch!

This may be a new spot for you to find my creative ramblings, but I am not new to putting my thoughts on “paper”.  What started as a love for antiques in 2010 soon morphed to a love for writing + so I enjoyed sharing all the fun parts of being a newlywed.  These days, the love of my life + I have been blessed with our family of five.  Since Walker was born in 2014, I have been afforded the life changing opportunity of staying home with her—not simply to feed her + change her diaper but to teach her about life, the boundaries + the beauties!   This calling does not present itself without challenges + so together we have been learning about those too.

Being a mom + wife around the clock challenges me to think of the bigger picture + in turn to constantly look beyond the cliches + status quo of being a stay at home mother.  These findings are what I live + love to share— let’s call them silver linings.

I am here now because I want to leave our girls plenty of good memories + good-hearted lessons along the way.  This is the place I have created to share some deep thoughts + some fun ones also.  My aim is to always remember to share the joys of this life with anyone who’s looking for a little more glass-half-full mentality—I know I am.

A grateful heart is a happy one, after all!  Please, stop by anytime + since I’ve been blogging for over a decade, I thought I might dust off a few links below to share some of my previous work!

Our sincere hope is that you find something shared here to enjoy + relate to.  Please drop a line sometime to get the conversation going both ways–your company is always welcome on our porch!

it all began with my love of searching for antiques, or as my mom + I know it, piddlin’. then, I found a piddlin’ partner who gave me a unique, antique engagement ring + what was our wedding website became a time capsule of sorts while we were feathering the nest. at present, we are enjoying each day with our two girls on porches + pillowfights! our adventures together so far have led us to launch a design business bringing our creative solutions for intentional living to the spaces of your life with pencil + ink creative. we hope you’ll reach out + let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. it’s time to start loving where you live!

– connect with us! porchesandpillowfights at gmail dot com –

mary catherine