• life,  life together,  thoughts

    8 years.

    8 years seems like a really long and a really short amount of time to be married. I look back at photos from that day and think about how young we were. About how little we knew of our lives ahead but what we did know was that this was right. That despite our age and the concerns from family and friends we were to be together. And not just together, but married. Without a doubt we made the most perfect decision. I have been married to my best friend for 8 years and I’ve known him for 9 ½ and there are times I reflect on our life and…

  • house,  life,  thoughts

    the gift of hope.

    Tonight I’ve been given hope. Hope came in the form of a group of brothers and sisters we lovingly refer to as the Kai’s. There’s a bazillion of them (two sets of twins), their names all start with K’s and they all look very much alike. Their life sucks. Their mom seems a little crazy and isn’t around much and they are often left roaming the streets. But you know what? They are the happiest and most vibrant children. They are the kind of kids that knock on our back door with an empty baby wipe container full of snakes they need to show us. Kids who will sit on…

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    gardens in july (a video)

    I’ve had a lot of thoughts lately but every time I try to put them into words it sounds like a jumbled mess. So I guess I’m just meant to give garden updates all summer. All of the rain and storms haven’t been kind to our plants. Thankfully the raised beds keeps the water draining but the wind knocked down a lot of quinoa and tore through the tomatoes, and and the excess water has caused diseases and mold to grow. This is just a little taste of what farmers have to deal with all summer and it sucks. To have nurtured something for so long and then see it…

  • contentedness,  house,  life,  simplicity,  thoughts

    be at ease in 2013 {update}

    We’re more than halfway through the year, so how is my “be at ease in 2013” goal working out for me? Well, in a lot of ways, I’ve reduced and simplified my life and made changes that will reduce stress. But, I’m not sure if that has helped my contentment. I’ve been anxious and pent up recently some days seem like a struggle even though they shouldn’t. There are so many “what if’s” and “what’s next” right now that life has really been weighing me down. With some self reflection I’m beginning to realize that no matter what our future holds, if I can’t be content, happy and joyous right…

  • house,  life

    house paint.

    For some reason you need to click on the photo to get the gif to work.  Otherwise it just looks like the same brown house;) We still need to paint the porch and reside the crazy addition, but wowza this has made a huge difference! Adios cocoa manor and your fifty shades of brown:)

  • contentedness,  house,  life,  thoughts

    i do what i want?

    http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/keep-calm-and-i-do-what-i-want-2.png Is it wrong to do what we want? By this I don’t mean acting on impulses such as overeating, overdrinking and reacting in anger. I think I mean, is it OK to take what we believe are be good things, things that line up with how we want to live our lives and just do it? I’m never sure if we have to wait for God to give us a very clear, “you are to do this” answer in a loud booming voice or if we can take our talents and our desires and set out on a new course without being sure if it’s “correct”. Our family is…