×

Join our Mailing List

for news + special offers

HOORAY! 2019 SIMPLIFIED
PLANNERS ARE HERE! 🎉
MENU Sign in/Register     Cart 0  
Help you find something?
Browse by category

2012
2012 planner
2015
2019 planners
50% off sale
a day in the life
accessories
ad
ad design
advertise
advertising
advertising design
after
agenda
alabama
amber moon
anchor
angel food cake
anxiety
app
ASL
assistant
assistant creative director
auburn
authenticity
avery
b-man
babies
badges
bahana
beauty
before and after
best planner ever
bibs
binder
binder planner
birth story
birthday party
bley
blog calendar
blog simple
blog topic idea
blogging
bman
book tour
bounty
bow tie party
boy's birthday
boys clothes
brady
brady lay
brady ley
brady was here
brady's birthday
brady's first birthday
bradyley
branding
brian ley
brianley
brightly designed
Bryan Ley
bryanley
bulls
Business
busy
buttons
cabinets
calendar
careers
checklists
children
Christmas
classic
classic invitations
clean
clean planner
Coffee Break with Em
Collaborations
college
college binder
college day planner
college planner
coming soon
contest
cotton twill
courtney scowby
cover reveal
creative director
cross
cupcakes
cupcakes by dusty
custom clothes
custom invitations
date book
datebook
day planner
delayed
design
disney
disney world
do what matters
downloads
dwarfism
easier
easy
easy planner
easyplanner
el
emily
emily and bryan
emily and bryan ley
emily lay
emily ley
emily ley agenda
emily ley is hiring
emily ley job
emily ley paper
emily ley planner
emily planner
emily simplified
emilyely
emilylay
emilyley
emilyley paper
emilyley planner
emilyley simplified planner
emilyleypaper
Entrepreneur
ephesians
erin mcdermott
etsy
exhausted
failure
faith
fall 2012
Family
fashion
fertility
first birthday
first birthday invitations
first birthday parties
first birthday party
florida
florida state
football
free printables
fundraiser
garden hose
garnish.com
gators
geaux tigers
getting married
giada
Gift Guide
gina hafley
gina zeidler
ginazeidler
giveaway
Giving
go brady go
Goal Setting
god
gold corners
gold foil
gold paper clips
Grace not Perfection
granite
green cedars farm
gut check
hair
happy
hayden reis
health
healthy cooking
healthy family
healthy options
Heart
help
hiring
holiday
Holidays
Home
home base binder
home office
honest company
hustle less
i can do it
i will hold myself
idea list
infertility
inside my planner
Inspiration
iphone cases
ivf
jessica haley ink
jessica ulrich
jewelry
job
job applications
job opening
jobs
journal
joy unspeakable
jv clothiers
kitchen
kitchen remodel
kitchen reveal
knot and bow
land of nod
lara casey
lara casey planner
laracasey
launch
launch day
leather planner
leaving kids
lemon honey angel food
letters to bman
letterstobman
ley babies
Lifestyle
lila was here
lindsay letters
linen planner
louisianna
Love
lsu
luna bars
magic kingdom
makeup
makin
making brands happen
making things happen
mama
Marriage
marriage is hard
martha home office
martha stewart
mbh
mbh2012
meal planning
michael newman photography
mj paperie
mom
mom slump
mommy
mommy's memories
mompreneur
monogram
monogrammed
monogrammed iphone case
Motherhood
Motivation
moving
mth
mth2010
mth2011
mth2012
mth2013
mud pie
national stationery show
nautical
neat
new orleans
nicole yang
nicoleyang
now hiring
nursery
of grace
ohss
olive manna
organic
organization
organized
organizer
packaging
pearl
pensacola
pensacola strong
perfection
personalized
personalized iPhone cases
photography
pink sugar photography
pitbulls and posies
plan to eat
planner
planner for moms
planners
planning
plantoeat
plantoeat.com
pockets
pottery barn kids
printables
prints
prizes
quiz
recipes
remodel
rhythms
ritz-carlton
roll ride
rsv
sahm
sale
salsa
scripture
sec
seersucker
Self
sewing
sham
sharon montrose
shipt
shop
shop opening
shorts
sick
sick baby
simple
Simple Favorites
simple planner
Simple Style
Simple Tools
simple wedding planner
simplicity
Simplicity Series
simplieplanner
simplifide
simplifideplanner
Simplified
simplified blogging
simplified notepads
simplified planner
simplified planners
simplified wedding planner
simplifiedbinder
simplifiedplanner
simplifying 2017
simply planner
southern
southern boy party
southern party
southern picnic
sponsor
Sponsored
sponsorships
spring cleaning
standard of grace
staples
stationery
stationery academy
stay at home mom
stephanie cowan
sticky notes
style
subway tile
summer 2014
tabs
target binder bands
team
the challenge
the fullness of God
the happiness project
The Shop
The Simplified Planner
the stationery academy
three ring
three ring binder
three ring planner
tigers
Time off
tips
to a standard
to do
toddler
toddler food
toddler in disney
toddlerhood
travel
traveling
travelling
tricky times
trust
twins
uf
usf
vegan
vegetarian
vita cost
wahm
walt disney world
war eagle
washi tape
wedding
wedding calendar
wedding organizer
wedding planner
Weekly Top 10
Weekly Top Ten
wfhm
wham
wholesale
woman
work at home mom
work from home mom
 

We're Coming Home

July 31, 2018

More than ten years ago, Bryan asked me to be his wife. To say it was a dream come true would be an understatement. Before we’d even gone on our first date, I was practicing my first name with his last. :) He was handsome and funny and such a leader. I think that’s what I loved most about him… he led. See, I’m a little type-a (ahem, nice to meet you, I make planners for a living)… and to find someone who will confidently and gracefully lead a “type-a’er” like me… is, well, amazing. So when he suggested we live in Tampa (he was currently living in Tampa, we dated long distance for a while) when we got married, I was excited and ready for the adventure. We both knew we’d move home to Pensacola before we had children.

Ten years, two houses, and three kids later, here we are. Leaving Tampa to move home to Pensacola. But trusting this husband of mine who knew, before I did, what I needed... was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My time in Tampa started a bit rocky. I was so homesick it was palpable. My family is very, very close and I missed them with all of me. But little by little, Bryan and I became a family. And, even though I fought it at first, I grew to love Tampa. We learned to be a family all our own... and we learned to depend on each other. We started a business together. We created a home together. We found our community. But it wasn't easy at first.

In my book, Grace, Not Perfection, I talk a lot about community in the last third of the content. Much of those thoughts and feelings came from living in a city that wasn’t home. It wasn’t my city. I wasn’t raised here. My lifelong friends weren’t here. I didn’t have memories here. Having children and starting my own family, creating my own traditions, and making my own friends and memories… changed everything. We began to find “our spots,” “our people,” and “our community.” We found a wonderful church. We made friends who I refused to say goodbye to because they’ve all promised to come visit us in Pensacola like… next week (you hear that, guys!?). ;) 

I like to compare the timing of much of our lives with the decision to separate my twins into different rooms at home. I was convinced I’d have them share a room as long as humanly possible. But one day, I woke up, and just knew it was time to give them their own spaces. Moving home to Pensacola was always the plan for us, but we knew that we’d have to wait until the time was right. And one day, after a trip home to Pensacola, we just knew… the time was right. It’s like that gut-feeling, ya-just-know, Holy-Spirit-speaking-to-you kind of thing. 

I thought I’d be elated to leave Tampa behind, but I’m a big ball of feelings spanning every inch of the emotional spectrum today. We’re so excited for our new adventure in our hometown — raising our children around loads of family. We’ve been building our forever home for a while now and, though we’ll be renting (the cutest two bedroom beach house) for a bit while construction is completed, we have so much hopeful anticipation for our new lives there with so much family just miles away. I’m also so very sad. Real, true-blue friends are so hard to come by. But I also know that those special friendships stand the test of time and distance. 

Tonight, the biggest blessing came to us. The family purchasing our home came to visit -- with fresh baked goodies, the cutest pineapple hand towel, and pool floats for our two month "beach adventure." I may have been all teary eyed talking to the sweet mom who'd be raising her children in this home. It's clear our paths crossed over this home for a reason. Talking to her, I realized all the pieces were falling into place. My office will become a dining room and I'm so excited about that for them. I always thought this space would be beautiful utilized in that way.

Now, after tucking my kids in bed for the last time in this place, I realize that I'm grieving this space a bit. I will miss it so much. We have so many special memories here. But I'm so excited to know it will be well loved once we leave. And I know we have so much excitement on the horizon realizing a dream we've had for ten years in Pensacola.

So... see ya later home we built a family in. See ya later favorite pediatrician (who single handedly got us through “the early years” with so much patience). See ya later favorite grocery store and neighborhood coffee shop and perfectly shaded park just two minutes away. See ya later beautiful neighborhood. See ya later office that held so much growth and so many memories. See ya later great big city skyline. See ya later best airport in the USA. See ya later favorite preschool and elementary school. See ya later best friends of both the grown up and little people kind. See ya later Chipotle, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes 😩😂.

These adorable hats are from Aviate.

I’ve learned over the past few months that home is truly where the heart is. And sometimes, that’s in multiple spots on the map. We are so grateful to have had ten amazing, trying, growth-filled, fun years in Tampa. And we are so excited to be headed back to a city that has grown infinitely since 2008. It’s grown with new people and new buildings, but mostly Pensacola has grown in spirit — while still maintaining that small-town, Southern culture. We are so excited to be back in the city that never let go of our hearts. And we are SO excited to be surrounded by so much family. We can't wait to be Pensacolians once again!!

--

Favorite Tampa recommendations:

Amazing pediatrician's office

Wonderful functional medicine doc

Incredible church

Favorite Starbucks

Best trainer around

Favorite dinner spots (takeout, date night, brunch spot)

Great small wine bar

Favorite nail salon

Favorite hair stylists (Whitney, Lauren, and Cortney)

Favorite local photographers: Laura Foote and Tiffany Mcclure

 

* Thank you, Tiffany, for these incredible, priceless photos of our family!!!

 

copyright 2018 emily ley