Hello! I'm so glad you are here! I am Julie Esmay- the designer and owner of Becoming Blooms.
Becoming Moments in My Life
Becoming a Wife
I have stood where you are now. Excited and a little anxious for your big day. Not entirely sure what marriage will look like for the rest of your lives together but excited to start the journey together. Looking back, I now realize that we didn't really understand what it means to lay down your own wants and needs to serve your spouse on a daily basis. I am married to an amazing man who works so hard to care for our family. I am so grateful to be on the journey with him.
Becoming a Mother
A transformative moment in my life that changed me forever. I have tried to write about this transformation, but there are just so many emotions and feelings that come to mind. Often I experience a wide variety of these emotions on a daily (maybe hourly if I'm being honest) basis! I love my girls so much and I'm so grateful that I get to be their mother.
Becoming a Christian
My most thankful becoming moment in my life. I am so grateful every day for God's grace in my life. This is also my daily becoming process as God works in my life for His good.
Photo by Kelsey Spratt Photography
I grew up in the Black Hills and now reside in Spearfish, SD where I am currently raising my family. I was an art education major with an emphasis in painting. I taught art for 5 years before deciding to stay home with my girls. I work from my home and am so excited to be serving my community in this way.
I have recently jumped back into teaching and now teach part-time at Black Hills Christian Academy. I am enjoying the chance to explore my passions for art and floral design even when my schedule gets very busy!
Things I like/Love:
Coffee.....do I need to say more? I always look forward to that first steaming cup.
The color purple. There are so many stunning color combinations for a wedding or event but purple draws me in every time.
Moving on to cats. Yes, I am also a dog person( I would eventually like to get one) but cats will always be near and dear to my heart.
Hygge (pronounced hoo ga). Cozy socks, warm blankets, hot drinks, curling up with a book, and bringing the outdoors in. I was doing ALL of these things and I didn't even realize it had a name! Hygee is about finding pleasure and contentment in the moment and intentionally creating and cultivating a cozy environment that calms you. So I'll be in my fluffy socks, drinking coffee with my cat under my 10 soft blankets reading a good book the next time you contact me.
Reading. Historical fiction is my favorite, but really any good book will do. Reading is my way of unwinding at night or a relaxing activity for me at any time of the day.
Running(slowly). All of my friends who run are much faster than me so I feel like I need to add that fact that I am a very slow runner when I tell people that I run. Maybe I should call myself a slow jogger........that sounds more accurate at this point. Running is my alone time where I can go to clear my head or enjoy the outdoors.
Oil painting. I struggle to find the time and energy to paint during this period of my life but I do try to make a few paintings a year.
Chickens: my previous neighbor and I placed a chicken coup in between our backyards during the Covid lockdowns. Neither of us had any idea how to care for chickens, but after 3 years of being a chicken owner, I will never go back! If you have chickens you will know what I mean. We currently have 3 chickens living their best lives in our backyard and may be on the lookout for some silkie hens.