“‘[T]he things that are belong to us, and they are good, God given, and enriched. Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living’ . . . . We accept and thank God for what is given, not allowing the not-given to spoil it.” ~Elisabeth Elliot (quoting Jim Elliot, emphasis mine)
Hey there! Welcome! I am honored you are here. This is the part of my website where I get to tell you all about me.
I recently described myself to a friend as being made of drama. She didn’t exactly contradict me, so I guess that’s where I’ll start. I am a 30-something, a wife, a mama, a survivor of dark days, long nights, and the fear and anxiety invasion, a reality-checked June Cleaver thought-I-oughta-be, a blunt-mouthed, truth-sharing, roof-cutting friend. I am a homemaker. I serve in my local church as a volunteer in the women’s ministry. I created this blog to explore my daily life and lessons, reflect on the past, and encourage others. I desire to lean in to what is given to me each and every day. My hope is that we can share a few “me-too!”s and learn from one another. Your story is important not only to you but to everyone around you and to me!
I have been married to Paul, a wonderful, patient, caring man, since January 2010. He is an amazing father and a nurse by trade. We have been blessed with two children. Our eldest, the girl, is a fireball. She joined us late summer 2011 and has been trying to run the place ever since. She is a compassionate soul, though, when she wants to be. She loves being outside, and when she grows up she wants to be Supergirl and a doctor. I say “Dream Big.” Our son is a spring baby and he joined up in 2015. Thus far he appears to be ambidextrous, or simply incapable of making decisions. He is all smiles, most of the time, and swiftly catching up to his sister in size. His claim to fame, though, is his fish face. And he already loves to dance. That’s my boy.
I come from a military family, so I grew up in a variety of places. My favorite is England (I’m a bit of an anglophile). I have four brothers, three brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law, seven nephews, and five nieces. Our kids enjoy the gift of two sets of grandparents living close (we even lived with my parents for nearly two years). I love family. I am blessed with a great family. And friends that are like family, too!
Three things I am loving right now and am telling everyone about (obviously)
- Baking. I’m rather obsessed with finding the perfect English scone recipe and converting it to high altitude. Not to mention a gluten free counterpart. I have a dozen frozen scones right now from my latest trials.
- Megan Whalen Turner. If you ask me for a book suggestion, I’ll probably start with her series (book 5 is due out this year!). Unless you specify Sci Fi, in which case I will say two words: Connie Willis.
- Liturgy. I am casually studying the liturgical year. I love the rhythm and tradition.
Podcasts I Recommend
I may never start a podcast, but I will listen to them! I listen to so many, but “Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey” is definitely my go-to (she’s the one who gave me the “three things” idea). Top three episodes of hers would be #83 with Jo Saxton, #81 with Kat Armstrong, #76 with Sally Lloyd Jones, but I haven’t listened to them all yet! Another favorite is Mom Struggling Well, and not just because I love the name!
Blogs I Frequent
(this is not a comprehensive list, but here are six I’ve read recently)
- A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp
- Thrive Moms
- The Glorious Table
- Emily P. Freeman
- Kristen Welch: We Are THAT Family
- The Masterpiece Mom
Here’s some more about me!
Everything you just read is me in a nutshell, but I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you. If you are interested I’m sure you’ll understand me a little more after reading these, and maybe you’ll have some new things to try!
First of all you need to know that I am an Independent Ambassador with Noonday Collection, an organization that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunity around the world. We partner with artisan businesses to bring their beautiful handiwork to you! Though the link below is my Ambassador site, meaning I will receive a commission if you purchase using this link, I will not be using this blog to sell to you. I may mention the company from time to time as my role as an Ambassador – having trunk shows and sharing the stories of our artisans – is something that has given me great joy. Check out my Noonday Collection website for more information about where we partner, our commitment to fair trade, long-term partnership, and collaborative design. We are building a flourishing world where children are cherished, people have jobs, women are empowered, and we are connected!
- The all-time
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- All About Eve
- The current favorites
- The Martian
- Sense and Sensibility (BBC 2008)
- Almost anything by Marvel
T.V. Shows I watch
- NCIS:NOLA hm……….
- Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Agent Carter
- Doctor Who
- Downton Abbey
- Call the Midwife
- The Great British Baking Show
- This is Us
Songs I listen to a lot lately
- “If You Never” – Christy Nockels (and everything else she sings)
- “Breathe” – Diaz
- “Forever” – Kari Jobe (and the rest of Bethel’s Brave album)
Foods I love
- Corned beef and cabbage (and pretty much anything made with corned beef, like a reuben)
- Smoothies (check out this one!)
- Scones with clotted cream and jam (as mentioned above, I want to perfect my scones – both traditional and GF)
- Guacamole with plantain chips and carrot sticks and red pepper and pretty much anything
I felt like I needed genre-specific lists. So of course it had to be its own section!
- All-time favorites
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
- Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker
- The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner
- Science Fiction – all by Connie Willis
- To Say Nothing of the Dog
- Blackout & All-Clear (one book broken into two parts)
- TLOTR by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My Bucket List
This is the first time I’ve tried to write one! Kinda fun!
- Raise fully functioning, compassionate, grateful, brave adults
- Attending the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge
- Take my family on a narrow boat river cruise (when my eldest graduates, maybe?)
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Travel Route 66
- Support PBS
- Take a literary tour of England
- Go to New Zealand
- Learn how to kick-box
- Go to Do at the [Denver] Zoo
Thanks again for being here!
I’m sure this page will be updated often with more goodies! I do spend most of my time at home with my kiddos, learning how to be a mom one day at a time. Join me on this journey. Let’s laugh, cry, hope, dream, and believe in one another!