If you’re a new visitor to My Mid-Century Modern Life, welcome!
Here’s a quick rundown of things.
Hi, I’m Martina. My husband is Jason. We got married young (18 and 20) back in 2003 and moved to Nashville in 2004 to pursue our dreams. I’m a graphic designer, working full time for a magazine and web publishing company here in Nashville. Jason is a guitarist and singer. He plays, sings, travels, records and produces music full time. We’re super happy that we get to make a living doing what we love.
In February of 2007, Jason and I bought a mid-century modern ranch in an eclectic neighborhood called East Nashville, just across the river from downtown. We fell in love with mid-century modern design and the values associated with our grandparents generation of the 1950s. We started collecting all kind of vintage relics—a sofa, chairs, lamps, dishes, planters—giving them a second chance at a life in our home.
We also put a lot of sweat equity and love into our home. We tiled the floors in our hall bathroom with slate and gave our fireplace a slate tile makeover. We (mostly Jason) did a ton of landscaping and we built a modern wood fence. We completely remodeled our master bathroom and laundry room. We put new bamboo flooring in Jason’s studio. And that’s just to name a few projects.
In the spring of 2011, we decided to respond to the nagging in our hearts and became foster parents for Nashville’s Department of Childrens Services (DCS). That led to two more big home projects. 1. Converting a hall closet into a home office for me. 2. Turning our spare bedroom into a special bedroom suited for 1 or 2 kids between the ages of 0-5.
Then in July 2011, our life really changed when we got our first placement, a toddler girl nicknamed Ladybug. She turned us into parents, and quick. We were blessed to have her as part of our family for 5 weeks until she was reunified with an extended family member. We were brokenhearted because we love her and miss her badly, but we believe she’s in a good place and we pray for her safety and her future all the time.
Just three weeks later, in September 2011, we were called and asked if we could accept a placement of a 2-month-old little girl. We nervously accepted—a baby?! We had no idea the DCS/court drama that would ensue but thankfully, God did a BIG miracle and our girl, Alianna (originally nicknamed Precious here), gets to stay a part of our family forever! We finalized her adoption on August 7, 2012.
Also in 2012 we built our dream house, working closely with architect Ryan Thewes. We broke ground on our 9th anniversary in June and we moved in just a couple weeks before Christmas. Check out our work-in-progress room-by-room home tour.
In Spring 2013, we reopened our home as foster parents. At the beginning of May, 2.5 year old Buzz joined our household. He was with us for 3 months and then was successfully reunited with his mom at the beginning of August.
Just before Thanksgiving we said yes to a call for 6-month-old Bee. In February 2014, 9-month-old Bee left us to live with her relatives in Wisconsin through the process of an expedited ICPC.
We’re took a break from foster care while we tried to get custody of Ali’s biological baby sister “Trust” who was born in August 2013. After 8 months of fighting for her and finally a custody trial, a judge decided to keep her in the home she’s been living since she was 2 weeks old rather than move her into a home with one of her siblings.
At the beginning of June 2014, we were placed with a newborn “Firefly” straight from the NICU. He was 3 weeks old but still several weeks premature. He was so precious and by far the easiest placement we’ve had, despite feedings every 3 hours around the clock. We were sad to say goodbye 4 weeks later when his case was dismissed and he was returned to his parents.
In August 2014 we discovered a new placement—this time it was in my belly! On the ultrasound the little baby looked like a frog. “Froggie” is due in April 2015.
In mid-October we took a placement of 1-month-old “Pumpkin.” He moved after just 3 days to an adoptive placement from his birth mom’s support community.
On April 26, 2015 we welcomed Isaiah “Zay” Jason into our arms. He’s a wonderful addition to our family and Ali loves being a big sister. We’re on hold for foster parenting but plan to reopen our home by Spring 2016.