A Motherhood Moment: Reflecting On My Time With Our First Born


There are a lot of things I expected as we look forward to expanding our family this January. Things like figuring out how to keep up with two little munchkins, how to stay sane when time becomes even harder to come by, the adjustment for Aubrey with a new sibling in her life, and importantRead more

A Green Home On A Budget With Young Living


So let’s talk real talk for a few minutes. I’ll start by addressing the elephant in the room. I’ve used the word “budget” in the title of this post alongside the name of an essential oil company whose oils easily cost 2-3 times that of the ones you find in your local health food storeRead more

Actively Decluttering

Actively Decluttering

I am writing this post mostly for my own accountability as we look forward to receiving our six-crate full shipment of household goods from Turkey (in addition to the truck full we just got out of storage in South Dakota – yep that means stuff we hadn’t seen in 2+ years). Years ago when weRead more

An Early 2nd Birthday Party


Aubrey and her little cousin Evan are only two months apart in age, and that means his mom and I got the chance to plan a joint birthday party. Two times the fun, half the planning and clean up, and two very happy kiddos – sign me up! I don’t think Aubrey noticed it’s stillRead more

Remodeling Our Brick Ranch: Flooring, Fixtures and Tile


Do you ever feel like just when you get too focused on things of this world, God gives you a great reminder of what is really important?  I don’t think it’s fair to say I was obsessed over getting this house ready, but it obviously took up the vast majority of my focus and timeRead more

Remodeling Our Brick Ranch: The Grunt Work


I knew it going into it, but nothing became more clear during the multi-week workfest, than the fact that what they show on HGTV is a sincere underestimate of reality.  It took us a solid two weeks before we had things ripped out (flooring, kitchen cabinets, the bathtub, baseboards, etc…), walls and holes patched andRead more

Remodeling Our Brick Ranch: The Before


Remember when I said life got all sorts of crazy a few months ago? Like new job, new house, new baby sorts of crazy? Yeeahhh.  Since my last update, and recap of our last big trip for a while, we’ve made a lot of progress on all of those fronts. Will finally made it homeRead more

Around The World: Nice Is Nice


Nice was the last leg of our trip, and the perfect place to end on.  The pristine blues and whites contrasted against lush green surroundings, an air of oceanside sophistication, and the promise of more good food and wine than we could imagine made our hearts very happy.  Our Airbnb was set back a fewRead more

Around The World: Bustling Barcelona


Will and I visited Barcelona years ago after a brief study abroad program in college. We were young, inexperienced travelers, yet somehow survived a 1.5 month trip through Europe without the likes of internet and smart phones.  This still amazes us in so many ways.  That visit to Barcelona also involved me getting a massiveRead more

Around The World: 4 Days in Prague


Whew! When life decides to happen around here, it goes all out! In the past month we’ve gone from traveling around Europe (and taking all these pretty pictures) to coming home, buying a house, evicting a hoarding renter from said house, completely renovating said house, dealing with the breaking in and burglary of said house,Read more