Short and Random


  • Homeschooled all the way
  • second eldest of 7 kids
  • grew up in Fl., N.C., and N.Y.
  • Lived in a tipi
  • Then a log cabin
  • Learned to grow a {huge} garden, exercise hospitality, and eviscerate a chicken {in 6 seconds} while living on a homestead
  • Married my {awesome} pastor’s {awesome} son in 2005.



  • Write and publish the story of my family’s 9 year sojourn on the homestead
  • Mother many, many children
  • Offer massive hospitality that refreshes and encourages many
  • Learn the art of massage therapy
  • Be {madly} in love with my husband in our 90’s


Thriving in Survival Mode

I've been in survival mode lately. Those who know me in person have seen the dark circles under my eyes and they are kind enough to ask me how I'm doing when it's obvious the answer will be dark and depressing. I've been crying in public places and … Read More...


Celebrating With Food, or, How to Grill Pizza

We forgot the bacon-wrapped dates. She’d come 1000 miles and brought Shauna Niequest’s book with the famed recipe. We’d made a special trip to Aldi’s just for the goat cheese for that recipe. (In our swimming clothes, fresh off of cliff jumping … Read More...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. says

    I’ve been reading your posts on the Allume blog, and I finally stopped over here today. I’m from Rochester, and was surprised and happy to learn that you’re from the Finger Lakes Region! Very Cool!

    So excited to start exploring your blog! :)


  2. says

    Suzanne, thanks for your feedback. I do have plans to delve into the subject of hospitality more on the blog in the near future!

    Erin, to give a good massage has been a life-long dream and I believe it's nearly time to pursue that dream. Oh, people like you are what make hospitality so much fun! :)

    Kateri – :D

  3. says

    Love it Trina! Massage therapy license, huh? Hadn't heard about that… Know that you and Jeremy are already blessing others with your “massive hospitality”. :-)

    Happy/safe travels home!