Hi! My name is Molly and I live in Minnesota with my husband and our two kids. Thank you so much for stopping by! This blog is where I’m sharing my struggles and victories in raising two kiddos, making our new (to us) house a home, and loving this life as best I can. This space contains the “awesome”, the “oopsies!” and the “well, THAT was interesting” in hopes of encouraging other mamas, wherever you might be at.
I hope you’ll stay connected and find a community of new mamas, future mamas and seasoned mamas where we can share this wonderful, crazy, sometimes exhausting, but wouldn’t-trade-it-for-anything journey called motherhood.
Back in the day before we had kids, I was still working my coporate tax job and loving it. I spent about ten years putting my accounting and finance degrees to their proper use, first at a public account firm and, later, at General Mills (cheerios, anybody?). My husband, John, and I bought our first home shortly after we got married in 2010. The home was a 1960’s cape cod style home that we absolutely loved. It was so charming and had the cutest red door. We dabbled in some DIY projects in this home, including demo of “the side walk to nowhere” that was literally a sidewalk that stopped in the middle of our yard. We still worry that we accidentally erased a portal to another universe. We also replaced the windows and built a paver patio, which we are still pretty proud of.
We were blessed with our daughter in 2013 and quickly outgrew our first home. We moved to a second home for a short time before finally settling into our third home. Our son was born the month before we closed! Our two kiddos are pretty much my world, and I’m lucky enough to spend my days at home with them. When I’m not busy with the kiddos, I spend my time dreaming, doodling, and researching & working with John on our current home. We love our current home and are looking forward to watching it grow along with our family.
Curious for more? Read on for answers to some FAQ’s.
You asked and I’m answering. Below are answers to of the most frequently asked questions from you guys.
Q: What’s up with this site? Why do you blog?
A: Good question! Blogging is a fun way to keep family and friends current on our family’s life. It’s also a fun way to document the transformation of our house – built in the 1960’s – into our family’s home. So far, blogging is a great creative outlet full of fun technical challenges (that my nerdy accountant self really enjoys working through)! Even in the short span that I’ve been blogging, I can’t BELIEVE the number of supportive mamas and other folks that have stopped by my page! So thank YOU!
Q: Ok cool, but what’s up with the name, My Sweet Lilac?
A: I love this question because it lets me get a little bit personal with you guys. And also because I’ve had a few folks visiting this site confused that it’s not about cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats, so I can clear that up too. YES, I do love sweets more than a normal person should! Especially cupcakes! But, I’m sorry! I won’t be posting recipes here (because really, I’m not a great cook, so I leave the recipe making up to the experts)!
After the cupcake confusion, I did some soul searching and asked my close family and friends for feedback on my blog name. Should I change it so that people can find their cupcakes faster? I offered up some other options, and went to town collecting feedback. And you know what? They told me, NO, keep the name!
So what’s in a name? My Sweet Lilac actually refers to my mother, who had a love for lilacs, and passed away years ago from (literally) a broken heart. You see, after she passed, they discovered that her heart was twice the size of a normal heart. But the truth is, nobody had to tell us that – we all knew she had a great, big heart. She was the sweetest person I knew (and know), and in this blog I share a lot of the things that she taught me growing up. I share her love for crafty things, organizing, home decor, home making, raising kiddos, and just genuinely loving other people well. She will always be my sweetest Lilac.
Q: Is your blog scheduled?
A: No – not at this time. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a hard working husband. I post, respond to e-mails and hop on the blog’s social media accounts when life allows for it. I generally post once or twice a week.
Q: How old are your kids?
A: My daughter is four and my son is one-and-a-half. We also have an orange tabby cat, Toby, that we lovingly refer to as our first “child”, and he’s eight.
Q: Do you get paid to blog?
Q: Tell us the story behind your current home.
A: We purchased our current home in the spring of 2016 (just after our son was born). It is our third home, but the first we’ve really invested a lot of time and money into. The home is a 2,200 sq. ft. rambler built in the 1960’s. The previous owners did a fair bit of updating to the house. We’re excited to see how it transforms over the years as our family grows and changes.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: The best way for readers to contact me is via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.