Love, Cats, and Cacti

When I first started adulting on my own, I never thought I could end up with the life I have now. I studied art in college, exploring myself as an artist and a person, and drank way too much coffee. I met my inspiration at the full time job I had while I was in school.  He literally showed up at the door, his name is Bryan. We have been married now for almost two years and have been together for almost five. Bryan introduced me to a side of life I didn’t know existed -a passionate, golden journey that supports and encourages my free spirit.


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Our home is a cozy art project that I have been working on since we moved in about 3 years ago. It’s filled with an eclectic collection of art work, hand painted, geometric focal walls, custom built in’s, and a variety of succulents and indoor plants. The real owners of our home are our two cats, Kiki (the old lady) and Pursilla (the lovey little boy, yes a boy cat named Pursilla). Our home is magical, especially days when the sun pours in through the windows and we lay on the couch snuggling with the kitties. At night, the magic is turned on by string lights in almost every room. This is the home where we built our family, not just with fur babies, but it’s the home our first child will be raised in.


We never thought we could have kids together. Why? Because between the two of us we have some pretty broken bodies. Bryan has Cystic Fibrosis which, if you’re not familiar, affects not only his lungs but his digestive and reproductive system. I was diagnosed with PCOS , thyroid issues, and pre diabetes. I know, a perfect match for people who want kids. We both went through multiple tests, blood work, and procedures (yes, In Vitro) and are currently in our third trimester with the biggest blessing life could give us, our sweet baby boy. Rhys is expected to make his arrival in October, and I will fall in love again as I get to meet my second, greatest inspiration.


  1. Beautiful story you have shared. Your cats are beautiful and look so sweet!! My husband and I have two cats as well and they pretty much run the house and just allow us to continue living with them. I actually just found your site and I am so excited to read more of your posts! I hope if you have the time you will check out my site as well. I aim to encourage and inspire others through the words I share! I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment!! Cats can be such prissy things sometimes lol. I’m so glad you found me and are enjoying my blog ๐Ÿ’– I will definitely be checking out your blog๐ŸŒป

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    2. Thank you!! We have had one of our cats for almost 13 years and she really thinks she is the Queen of the house. Our other cat we have had for about 3 years, we adopted him after his original owner passed away. They have this adorable relationship!

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    3. That sounds so much like ours! Our old lady is probably 14 now and she is getting fatter by the minute ๐Ÿ™ˆ and our younger cat is probably 2. We don’t know his age because one of our friends found him outside and I forgot to ask when we brought him to get fixed. He was tiny when we got him so I know he can’t be older than 2.

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    4. I find animals to be such a joy! After a long hard day, they can always make me laugh. Our old baby girl is territorial, but she loves the younger one. They actually snuggle together. She gets SO mad at him if he is on my lap and smacks him in the head. The baby boy has asthma so he needs medication twice a day. Thankfully they never argue over food, probably because they have their own bowls in different rooms!

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    5. I agree! The fur babies are a wonderful part of our family! Ours snuggle together, too! It took a little while for that to happen but now they love each other. Aww so sad about the baby ๐Ÿ˜• ours don’t fight over food but when one is by the food and the other one isn’t they will eat out of each other’s bowls lol

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  2. A beautiful post. This is what we need to wake up to instead of the other nonsense floating around. I could feel the excitement and love in your words. Finding the right partner is so important to our growth and our happiness and I’m to see you have found yours.

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  3. Very well sopoken Jen. Every time I feel as though I know you, you say or do something new that gives me a whole new perspective on who you have become. And after all we have been thru together you still amaze me with the beautiful young lady thats Jena. I will always cherish your words as I have since you were young. T. I . M. E.

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  4. Such a lovely post filled with loving detail. Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby boy and I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!


    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post! This picture of them was a one in a life time photo-op ๐Ÿ™‚ they never sit together like this!


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