-About Me-

Hi I'm Kelli. I live in a northern suburb of Boston, Massachusetts with my husband, two kids, and two cats. 

// I grew up in the South but have lived as a Yankee for the past 10+ years. That said, I still love fried green tomatoes, and my accent grows thick when I get exasperated.

// I have a master's degree in American history and have worked as a historical interpreter, a museum education director, and as a higher ed administrator. I also spent six great years running a vintage home goods shop on Etsy.  Nowadays, I stay at home to care for my family.

// We were licensed for foster care in 2017 for children ages 0-3 years and have been blessed with several placements since then. I am currently trying to educate myself on the effects of trauma on children and how that relates to caring for children in the foster system.

// Personal fashion and home decor are big deals to me. I love vintage items, particularly from the early-to-mid 20th century. My favorite activity is rummaging through thrift stores and yard sales. Almost everything the kids and I wear was picked up secondhand, and our house is filled with treasures from the thrift store or garage sales.

// What else? I'm really short, only 4' 11". I don't eat meat. I have an INFJ personality and a fake front tooth (the result of a misguided ride on a scooter). I've piloted an airplane and have talked to Jimmy Carter at a wedding. I'm a follower of Jesus and a Lutheran.  I'm really like Celtic harp music. I hope to someday play the violin and speak conversational German.

I hope we can be friends.

Thrifting knows no borders. Visited seven thrift stores in Denmark and Germany today with Christa and Annegret. #thriftingwithoutborders #thrifting #thriftstores #germany #denmark #howamigoingtogetallthishome #ineedmoreluggageallowances

"Ain't no one on the corner got swagger like us." #yeawecool #swagger #instasinclair #instaluther

Why is it so stuffy in here? #homerepair #homeownership #remodel #ourhouseisold #1890

Favorite quotes:

"Dress of the job you want, not the job you have. That has always struck me as good advice. That is why I dress as a psychedelic astronaut." -- unknown

"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." -- Practical Magic

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -- Jeremiah 29:11