Hi! My name is Lindsay Ropella, and I want to sincerely thank you for checking out my blog, and my family. I started out my blogging experience with a newlywed blog called The Newlywed Notebook where I documented the final few stages of planning my wedding and the first few years of my marriage. Since then I've discovered my love for writing, photography, and all things design. I am by no means an expert; far from it actually, but I'm working on not letting my fear of missing perfection keep me from the things I enjoy.

Life on the Ropes was created to be an online journal and creative outlet for the Ropella family. Right journey to becoming a couple (and later husband and wife) you can check out those posts over on my old blog. As a couple, Eric and I have learned that life definitely likes to throw around both ups and downs; and lately it seems like we've been handed a few more of the latter. But it's through those tough times that we've really learned about who we are, what is important to us, and how to have faith in the plans God has for us. And it's through those difficult circumstances that we've really drawn closer to each other as a couple as well.
now that's just my husband Eric and I, but let me tell ya we are a couple that definitely likes to stay busy — walks with our puppy and working on our seemingly never-ending home remodel are some of our favorite activities. Our full story is a bit of a unique one, so if you'd like to read about our

So in the spirit of documenting both the good and the not-so-good, I can promise you that this blog will not always be made up of perfectly timed photos of hair flips and glitter projects worthy of the front page of Pinterest, but please do know that it will be always be a place of overall positivity and authenticity. We will cover everything from some of my favorite healthy, easy recipes and home remodel successes, to revelations my husband and I are learning about each other and our difficult journey to starting our family.

I truly believe the best part about blogging is the friendships you create, so if you are willing, I would love for you leave me a comment or send me an email introducing yourself! To me, it's all about relationships, and it's so fun to see how different everyone's individual journeys can be, but how they all intertwine together to support a bigger picture. So grab yourself a cub of coffee and your favorite snack (if you're me, a gluten-free cupcake), and stick around for a while. We're so glad to have you as part of the Life on the Ropes family!

LIFE UPDATE #1: Our infertility journey (coming soon) was a long one, but in April of 2016 we finally found out I was pregnant! (coming soon). Our beautiful son Davis Ray (link to introduction post coming soon) was born in January of 2017 after a scary induction that ended in an emergency c-section. Make sure you read all about our action packed labor story here (coming soon). We have been blessed beyond measure by our little guy and are so grateful to God for this miracle baby!As I'm sure is the experience of most new parents, our first month with Davis was a very eye opening one and a huge learning curve as we powered through breastfeeding issues (link coming soon) and sleepless nights (link coming soon). But around week six we turned a corner, settled into our little parenting groove, and are now loving every second of this new life! We are so excited to experience and share all our adventures as a family of three!