About

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Hi!  I’m Lisa!  Thanks for stopping by!  I started Wine & Glue in November of 2011 as a creative outlet and a way to show off the things I was working on.  It quickly turned into a passion and developed a life of its own.

I’m a wannabe crafter, diy-er, seamstress, chef, baker, candle stick maker, photographer, and party planner.

I’m a very real  (maybe too real?) mom to four amazing children and wife to my best friend, Nathan.  They are the most important things in my life, and keep me going when life feels like an uphill climb.

Fun facts about me:  My fingers are double jointed and my knee caps float (much to Nathan’s disgust), I have a serious diet coke addiction (much to Nathan’s disgust), in my book green olives count as comfort food, I’m a sucker for slapstick comedy, and while I don’t consider myself a foodie, I love trying new recipes and new restaurants.

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Nathan and I met when I was just 18, and immediately started poking fun at each other.

We got married in the fall of 2004 and we have been through more than we could have ever imagined.

Our marriage isn’t perfect, but through it all we have stayed best friends, we have continued to work hard, and we still poke fun at each other.

Fun facts about us:  Nathan was raised on meatloaf, I was raised on tofu.  Nathan grew up in a Republican house, I was raised by liberal hippies.  Before we met, Nathan had never tried rice (!!!), and I had never had a steak.  We both agree that our first date was the best date either of us had ever been on, before or since.  But we still argue about who asked who out.  (Psssst. . . . Nathan asked me out!!)

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 Gavin is our oldest kiddo and brings so much light into our lives.  I often joke that he will either be a senator or a Broadway star.  Maybe both.

He loves reading, playing board games, Legos, riding his scooter, trying to convince me to play endless hours of video games, torturing Quinn, and learning new things.  His favorite words are “why?” and “actually . . . ”

I sometimes think that he is too smart for his own good.  And he has a heart of absolute gold.

As I have told Gavin, there have been many times that I didn’t think I could carry on, and the thing that kept me going was him.  He has saved my life in so many ways.

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Elliot, our second child, was born in September of 2010 just days after we found out that he had an extremely rare birth defect, called Vein of Galen Malformation.  He died a week after his birth from complications that occurred during a surgery to correct the malformation.  To read more about his story, click here.

Elliot’s life, though short, made an incredible impact on our lives.  And though he isn’t physically with us, he is still very much part of our family.

Each year leading up to his birthday, we ask our family and friends to do acts of kindness in his honor.  If you want to do an act of kindness for Elliot, we would be happy to have you join.  Visit his blog or email me at lisa (at) wine and glue (dot) com.

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Quinn is our “Sweet Pea Number Three.”  She brings us joy, laughter, hugs, kisses, and “I love yous” on a daily basis.  I like to call her “Little Mama” because she is always trying to mother her siblings.  She is the first to jump when her little sister needs something or correct Gavin when he’s doing something he should be.

When she isn’t off trying to do each and everything that her older brother is doing, she is busy looking at books, coloring, and pretending to be a superhero and/or butterfly.

Quinn is extremely empathetic one minute, rubbing the back of someone who is crying, and mocking us the next, trying to imitate how we sound when we cough or sneeze.

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Our fourth baby, Piper, was born in May of 2014!  She also answers to Pippy, Pipes, Piper McGiper, Lil’ Pip, Monkey, and Miss Piper Pants.

She is seriously loved and adored by all of us.  And the feeling is mutual.  If someone is upset or crying, she comes over very quickly to rub their back, snuggle them, and give them kisses.  She has no interest in talking, eating, or sleeping, but she is as smart as can be and understands everything we ask of her.

She is an absolute delight and the perfect finale to our family.  We call her our cherry on top!

I’d love to hear from you!

Email me at lisa (at) wine and glue (dot) com

Comments

  1. Laurie F. says

    I am touched by your story (I clicked over from Dorothy’s blog. One of my closest friends gave birth to a second child, a beautiful girl who seemed perfectly formed and healthy at birth but died a few hours later. I think only women who have suffered such a loss can understand it. I love your blog, and will visit again.

    • says

      Oh, thank you so much Laurie. It is so hard to understand if you haven’t been there, and that’s so great for your friend that you understand that. My closest friends who have supported me through losing Elliot know that they can never fully understand and it means so much that they don’t try and are just there for me. 🙂

  2. says

    I have recently started reading your blog & am really enjoying it!! I just had a read of Elliot’s blog, it made me cry – I think that is an amazing way to celebrate his life and share the love and kindness around the world.
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  3. says

    Hi Lisa,

    I bumped into your blog yesterday, loved it totally and decided to read it at length today. But before I started doing that I clicked on the about me page to know to more about the creator of this blog. That is when I read about Elliot. I visited his blog as well and learnt about the Weeping Cherry Tree. It touched me so much that I have tears in my eyes now. I’ll keep September 1st in mind and will definitely do something in memory of adorable little Elliot. Love to Quinn, Gavin and Piper! 🙂

    Warm regards,
    Pritha

    • says

      Pritha,
      Thank you so much for this sweet message! It’s messages like this that make me want to keep blogging even when I feel like it’s overwhelming and I don’t have nearly enough time for it. Thank you!
      Lisa

  4. says

    It was your recipe for the no bake funfetti cheesecake cups that brought me here. Being that funfetti and cheesecake are among my daughters favorites I thought it would be the perfect dessert for her 29th birthday. But then I started reading your About page and I felt a sadness there….and then Elliot’s blog…and then I knew you and I are part of the same club…a club I want no mom to be a part of….sigh <3

    • says

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Lisa. I definitely don’t want any other mothers part of this club, but I certainly appreciate that there are some, purely for the selfish reason that then it is less lonely. Happy Birthday to your daughter!! I hope she likes the cheesecake!

  5. says

    Hi, Lisa!
    I stumbled upon your blog today and I love it. I was pinning recipes on pinterest when I found your’s!

    I read the about page and read Elliot’s whole story. Tears formed in my eyes about halfway through. My little sister was born with a heart defect and has had several surgeries since. We were told she wouldn’t live to two. She is 18 now. God’s grace has blessed us.

    I recently started my own traveling blog and plan to volunteer in Costa Rica next year.

    I love your blog and it is easy to read!

  6. shari says

    So sorry for your loss. It is so precious to keep your sons memory alive and special. It give people hope. Thanks for sharing.

  7. MC says

    Lisa, I love your blog (and your recipes – I am having a Crockpot Qdoba Night tonight!).

    Today I read about Elliot and saw his blog. What a heartbreaking story. My condolences.

    I love the Giving Tree idea though, and if there is any random act of kindness I can do, today I’ll do it for Elliot!

  8. says

    Lisa, I came here to find out about you after seeing your mouthwatering chicken pot pie crescent braid on Facebook. When I read that you have four children…and yet a picture with only two (I assume it was taken before your newest addition), I had a feeling that we were on similar paths.

    I am the mom of six amazing children. Two are with us everyday. Four, lost at different stages of pregnancy, wait for us in Heaven. They have changed my life for the better four times over, and while I would never wish the loss of a child on anyone, I also cannot imagine my life without having known them, even for a short time.

    Thank you for sharing your story! I will be back to both blogs.

    • says

      Kristi, I’m so sorry for your loses! And I agree with you. Losing Elliot was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure, and yet, I would never wish that he hadn’t been part of our lives, even briefly. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving this sweet comment!

  9. Judith says

    Lisa, I have never written in/on a blog before, I have just passed through and read some. I cannot even tell you which site brought me here.
    I think I subscribed to your site. I love your energy, recipes, DIY projects and the way you write. Yes you are real LOL!!!

    I read the about you…and from there to Elliot’s story.

    I had a very difficult first pregnancy, many problems. I was in another country without the technology we had even back then, here in the states. He wasn’t very active, and all they could do in the primitive surroundings, would be to listen and listen to see if they could here his heart beat. Each time I held my breath and prayed wondering if my baby was still alive or not.

    He was born two months premature and he didn’t cry, he wasn’t breathing and was lifeless.
    There was no oxygen in the hospital. My husband gave him CPR. My husband being a doctor felt quite helpless. Then he began to breath, shallowly in the beginning and they took him very quickly away to put him in an incubator to try and keep his temperature somewhat stable. He had the difficulty breathing issue, some hepatic problems, multiple other problems immature stomach problems etc. We prayed and wondered for that first week if he could/would make it.

    He has multiple learning disabilities and concentration issues which are thought to be from his difficult beginning. However, I believe in prayer, and he is now 34 yrs old on Oct 27th and is doing very well in his life and a dad himself. I have another son and a daughter who I adopted.

    I know there is absolutely NO comparison of any sort…I cannot even imagine how it was for you. I guess I told you about that, because it was such a difficult time for me. I think you are just SO strong!!! To see all of the love and prayers as light throughout the world shining for, and through Elliot, I think your kindness, strength and positivity are VERY moving!!!

    I will love getting to enjoy your site and remembering to show kindness in Elliot’s name.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    • says

      Thank you so so much for this sweet comment Judith. You know, so many people say how strong I am, but I think it is the moms like you who fight for their kids day in and day out to keep going despite difficult beginnings like your son’s, you guys are the strong ones. Thank you so much for reading, and again for your sweet comment.

  10. Mia says

    Hi Lisa – I clicked over to Elliot’s website. That is one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve read in a while – and I think it was so good of you to share it with all of us. This is the first time reading your blog, and I can tell I will love it. Anyone who, even jokingly, talks about parenting with a glass of wine in one hand is a hero of mine 🙂

  11. Megan says

    Hi Lisa, I just wanted you to know that I stop by your blog daily and I have since I found it over a year ago now. Your kids -Elliot included- are gorgeous and I love reading the little stories about them that you work into your posts. They sound like they are a riot! It is that down to earth, humorous personality you inject into your posts that I think separates you from a lot of other of these types of blogs I’ve been to. I have to thank you. Unlike a lot of others who read your blog, I am not a mom. I am a college student who is currently trying to learn to make more than pasta and chicken and it is your recipes that I have used to get me going. I hope you’ll keep blogging for a long time because I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves clicking to your page and seeing what will be there today!

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      Megan, thank you SO much for taking the time to write this. You have no idea how much it meant to me. I’m going to print this out and put it in my day planner and read it whenever I need a boost or get a nasty comment. Seriously, I want to gush over you for like five paragraphs. Thank you! 🙂

  12. Kristyn says

    I happily stumbled upon you site! I am excited to have a new place to visit for inspiration and creativity! I was really touched by you openness about your angel, Elliot. My son is everything to me. I can’t imagine. Excited to read and learn some cool stuff. I have no mom friends who live near me, so it’s nice to have a fun place to visit. Thanks!

    • says

      Kristyn, thank you so much for your very kind words! I wish I could have you over for coffee to talk about all things parenting. Mom friends are priceless! Hopefully my posts, and the glimpses into my crazy life, will show you that whatever it is, it’s not just happening in your house 🙂

  13. Renee Market says

    Lisa, so sorry for your loss, I do know how it hurts, we too lost a little girl,Stephanie, she had not formed completely and we lost her when i was 4 1/2months along, I did get to hold her and cradle her before she passed, I love your site, you seem so real, and love your humour. love your recipes. please continue to blog and talk about your family, family is the most important thing in our lives. p.s. I too would love to beble to have wine all the time, it does make life bearable sometimes.

  14. Sam says

    Hi Lisa. I found your website when looking for a 3-ingredient bread recipe. Did not expect (but glad I did) to find your beer and sugar bread. I guess I could live on bread alone. After realizing I only had one cup of flour and a 12pack of beer, I went to your “about me” page to get to know this beautiful person who combined these three ingredients together. I’ve never (intentionally) followed a blog, yours will be my first. Look forward to your short stories and idea starters. THanks for sharing! C. Samilpa in South Austin,TX

    • says

      Sam, I am so late getting to this comment because my summer has been pure insanity, and now sifting through some comments that are less than pleasant, I’m so happy to find this one. Thank you! And I for sure could live on bread alone as well. Bread is my spirit animal, lol

  15. says

    Hi Lisa, I had to write in and tell you how much I appreciate you and tell you that your “What I wish I’d known when I started blogging….” page was instrumental in my husband and I starting our own blog, which isn’t up and running yet, but I hope will be soon. More importantly than that when I checked out your Wine & Glue web site, I knew instantly that I had to follow you. (BTW Great NAME!) When I read about your beautiful family I felt an instant connection to you, not in a creepy stalker way, I promise, but in that I am a NICU nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado and I have had the priveldge to take care of babies with VOGM. I am so sorry for your loss. How you shared your heart about Elliot will help so many other mothers and fathers who have gone through similar struggles. I see the pain and stress that my beautiful babies families endure. People who have never experienced a NICU have no idea what goes on in there. I hope to share some inspiration and life adventures too through my blog, when I finally get it up and working. Thanks for inspiring me and sharing your heart. Thank You!!!!!!!!!! my web site will eventually be Nimoste.com.
    Michelle Nimmo

  16. Melissa says

    I came to your blog for pumpkin cookies and ended up reading the post about the death of your baby. I have no words that are good enough, but know that your story and Elliot’s memory touched yet another person. <3

  17. Rae Ann Sundt says

    Hi Lisa, I just happily ran across your blog today & it is delightful. I started looking for a chicken & wild rice soup recipe & I found yours & it is my favorite, but I can never find the directions to any recipes with the actually recipe. Please tell me what Iam doing wrong I did not grow up with computers so I really have trouble getting around. Would you be so kind to tell me where to find it . Thank you very much for your time

    • says

      Rae Ann, I’m confused too! On all my posts all you need to is scroll through all my rambling and there is the recipe right there at the bottom. On some of my older posts I don’t have the ability to print without printing out EVERYTHING, so you could highlight the recipe and paste it into a word document and then print.

  18. Autumn L. says

    Lisa, I love your blog and recipes.I was sitting at work today looking at a recipe you posted on pumpkin sugar cookies. I clicked on the link about Elliot and read your touching story about your precious son. It brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart to know what you went through . I can only relate to your situation through being a mom. I can’t imagine what you still go through, just know you are an awesome example of a strong, happy and great mom. Don’t even get me started on your delicious recipes and creating something so good to celebrate Elliot’s life is such a wonderful thing. I will remember September 1st and the giving tree. I am so glad to have found your blog! Have a blessed day 🙂

  19. Janine says

    Hi Lisa,

    I don’t read a lot of blogs but for those I have read over the last several years I think your’s, for some reason is instantly my favorite. I’ll send the link to my daughter, And come back to enjoy your post when I have more time. I also like the idea to do an act of kindness on Elliot’s birthday.

  20. H.Ben Goff says

    Sorry, in all honesty I came for the chocolate chip bars! Am a male but you girls have no claim to all the chocolate! Can not get enough. Yet I did read your story and am thankful you put it in. Not going to say I am sorry. I will say I understand. I lost both my wife and one of my daughters, so do understand and know sorry is not the best choice of words. Hang in there, some days will be much easier, but you will always have sad days as well. Them are the really good days for baking and with lots of chocolate. Did i tell you how much I love chocolate? LOL! Even my kids do not love it as much, unless it comes with lots of pnutbutter!

    • says

      Thank you so so much for your kind words, and I completely agree. Baking makes troubles seem less troubling. I’m so sorry for your losses as well. (You are right, sorry isn’t the right word, but there really isn’t one.) I can’t even imagine.

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