HelloMy name is Rachel.


And introductions are not my strength.
I can’t even remember the last time I voluntarily said those words to someone.

Talking in general to people I don’t know is just not in the Top Five for me.

So I’ll give it to you straight.

If I were to ever own a T-Shirt with words on it, it would say, “Netflix. Nachos. Naps.” (Hey, look! They’ve already made one! Those smarty-pants.)

I teach Pre-K at a Child Care Center. Which is something I never thought I’d do (I’m too good for that! I have a degree, of course!)  but absolutely love. Mostly because of the teachers and staff I work with.  And of course, my students are the absolute best and sweetest and funniest most human beings to ever exist. I failed them all so they cannot attend Kindergarten next month. (I kid, I kid.)

coffee gif

I married my handsome husband, Josh Morris, one hot June day two years ago.
He’s the bee’s knees.
We drink coffee, ride bikes, spend time with these people, and eat Chick-N-Mini’s.
(My sincere apologies for the absence of Chick-N-Mini eating pictures…)

The Commonplace was born after a conversation with my Dad about a small notebook my Great Aunt would keep next to her home phone. My sister and I would visit their farm in the summer when we were younger and she would write just a tiny page each day to remember what’s important and describe her days.

This space is my “modern day commonplace book” –  a mixture of life, thoughts, quotes, and photographs from a girl who is figuring it all out and is super thankful for God’s grace.


Now for my favorite part,
the listening.
Who are you?
What would your t-shirt/coffee mug say?


Linking with Kiki.


20 thoughts on “Hello.

  1. Hi, Rachel! Came to your page through the link up today.
    I like your idea of getting to know someone through their tshirt…mine would probably say “Books. Crafts. Loving.” Maybe…I dunno – it’s much harder to answer than you think at first.
    Looking forward to reading more in your commonplace space 🙂


    1. Yay!
      Thanks for stopping by Sarah! 🙂
      I love finding new reads and “meeting” new (to me) bloggers!

      That tee sounds perfect to me!
      And I agree, if I had not stumbled upon this one I would have been blanking for sure. Thank goodness for the internet. 😉


  2. What a creative way to introduce yourself!!! 🙂 I’m here for the circle, but I’ll be back!!! 🙂

    I’d love to hear more about your great aunt, your summer visits there, and her little notebook! Did she call it her “commonplace notebook”?

    If I had a t-shirt it would probably say: God. Words. People. Everything I am centers on God. I love writing and reading words. And people….people are pretty much my favorite thing about life on this earth! 🙂


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Victoria! 🙂
      I love your t-shirt idea!
      I don’t believe she called it that, it was just a place to record farm happenings, weather, and the little things.


  3. I found you from Kiki’s linkup! I really love the story behind your blog, and the connection with your aunt. That’s really unique and special! I plan on linking up tomorrow with a little introduction, but in the meantime: I’m a teacher (like you!) at an elementary school, recently started a floral design business, married to my husband Lamar, lover of cats and coffee. 🙂


  4. The idea of a notebook by the phone is brilliant. I have a little book that I answer a question in each day . Each year you answer the same question on the same day and can slowly see how life has changed (or not changed). I’m only on the first year, but am getting excited about next year when it starts to become a little bit more interesting as I compare answers from the previous year 🙂


    1. Yes! I have heard of those books!
      How crazy will it be too look back at all your answers in five years! 🙂

      I had something similar to that but it didn’t have the questions – just like four lines to write.
      I loved looking back and seeing what I was doing throughout college and student teaching!


  5. Ummmmmm…so this new blog? AWESOMMMMME. And this intro post? EQUALLY AMAZING. When I saw your photo on the thumbnails of posts in the link-up, I was excited to see and learn about this blog name change. And now I’m even more excited to see what else you come up with. 🙂 I love that your new blog name is so personal, full of memories and ties to your family–there’s something to be said about using something so special and near and dear for the core and name of your blog!

    And I also love what you said about thinking you were too good for this job because you have a degree. I teach at a child development center (I think we need to do some serious pre-K teacher story exchanges!) and I never thought I would love it as much as I do. Crazy how God changes our hearts, right?

    Thanks for linking up!

    p.s. I WANT THAT TEE. Like stat. 🙂


    1. Ah! Thanks Kiki!
      I feel like I need serious help though. I thought I’d switch to WordPress and have been regretting every second. GET ME BACK TO BLOGGER! 😉
      I am so nervous and excited for this new space though – feeling ready to get back into blogging, yet not wanting to read all those, “How to Be a Successful Blogger in 10 Steps” Pinterest Pins. (And reading them anyway thinking, “That doesn’t sound like me!”)

      Anyways, I always love this Circle linkup and “meeting” new bloggers though the process.

      And yes, I really struggled with feeling like I was inadequate yet overqualified in the beginning but when I ask myself now, there is no place I would rather be! 🙂 And yes, I’m sure there’d be no shortage of hilarious Pre-K stories. I read a post (I can’t remember where!) about fifty things you never thought you’d have to say and I could definitely relate. “Your body does not belong on top of anyone else’s body!” was one from this week. Sheesh!


      1. I’ve thought about switching to WordPress, but I have a feeling I’d end up regretting making the switch without the time/energy/motivation to learn all of the tricks and secrets of it all. 🙂 You’ll do it, though! The blog looks great!

        And I love what you said about the pins not sounding like you–stay true to yourself as a blogger AND human! 🙂

        Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve said those exact. same. words. Oh, the things you say as a teacher! You’ll have to make a post of a bunch of the teacher-isms!


  6. I loved reading this–I’m not good at in-person introductions either (totally stresses me out!) so I can relate. I especially loved how your blog and it’s name came about–I love blogs with a story and history behind their name! I love the idea of keeping a little journal to remember everyday moments 🙂


    1. My hands are sweaty just thinking of introducing myself!
      Thanks so much for stopping by Shea!
      So great to “meet” a Midwest blogger. 🙂


    1. Haha! Yes! I went through a phase where I did not like burgers but now I’ve realized how yummy they are!
      Thanks for stopping by Diana! 🙂


  7. I love your blog name and the history behind it!

    Your t-shirt is fun! Mine would say ‘coffee & friends’

    I’m glad I stopped by your blog! It’s cute and you did pretty well with an introduction for not liking them.


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