Five Minute Felted Acorns

These wet felted acorns are so quick, you can make a handful in an hour!

If you’ve never felted before, don’t be intimidated by these felted acorns. Felting is so easy, it often happens by accident (remember that wool sweater you shrunk last year?). Balls are the easiest felt shape to achieve, and these take under 5 minutes each. How to Make Felted Acorns Supplies wool (here’s a beautiful pack […]

Extreme Thrifting: Birthday Edition


Some of us have the thrifting bug worse then others. I definitely have an advanced case. Which is why, when Lydia’s first birthday approached, I left her napping with her daddy and hauled the rest of my crew to the local thrift store to birthday shop. I wanted to get her a doll–I guess that’s […]

From Guilt to Strength {Tummy Team, Week 2 Recap}


Here’s a report on how I’m doing, two weeks into the 8 week online core rehab course from The Tummy Team. You can read why and how I started in this post. I’m super pumped this week because I’ve had some ups and downs but things are a changin’ for the better! Here’s a recap… […]

Lydia’s Birth Story


She turned one this week. One whole year of the incredible joy her tiny self has brought into our home. 2:30am is her favorite time of day. My other babies were sleeping through the night more often than not at this age. My only explanation for the bonding time that we have once or twice […]

Two Weddings and a Book Tour


We headed north on Thursday. It’s my first time driving north since making Alabama my home. It’s crazy how attached we get to this world, isn’t it, considering none of it is really home? I’m leaving “home” to go “home” and always the journey tugs and prods at my heart like a good chiropractic adjustment. […]

Raising Generations Today {The Conference}

As much as I adore my new locale, there’s just one thing that had me asking myself “Why!? Why did I leave Upstate NY?!” I also asked myself “Why, the year I move away, does an awesome conference finally come to the area–right to my old backyard?” Of all the conferences I’ve been to, this […]

Confessions from a Retired Fighter (FMF: “Fight”)

(participating in Lisa Jo’s Five Minute Friday Prompt…on Monday because my internet is extremely temperamental and, hey, this thing ain’t about the rules anyway. It’s about just writing.) I’m a fighter. I prefer words to silence. Work to rest. Action over stillness. But in the past year I’ve begun to realize that’s not what the […]

A Tour of Our New Home In Alabama


Y’all have been so patient. I checked out of the blog nearly three weeks ago promising I’d be back when we were settled in. I’ve decided “settled” is a relative term (similar to “cool” or “warm” in relation to weather. More on that later.) I’ve slept in 7 different locations in four different states in […]

Home Sweet Home Alabama


6 adults. 4 children. 4 vehicles. 3 trailers. 28 tires. 961 miles. And not a single blown tire, detour, or delay. It was our smoothest trip yet (and we’ve made plenty!). We feel kinda like the Israelites whose sandals didn’t wear out in the wilderness. We thank you for your prayers and support of our […]

A Poem about Stuff


Yup, I’m gettin’ real deep here, ya’ll. And oh, so clever with my post titles, no? The fact is, I’ve been going on minimal sleep now for a month (though Lydia is a good sleeper, really she is, there’s only so much shut eye to be had in a house of 4 children!) and every […]