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



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 … Read More...


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 … Read More...


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 … Read More...

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  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!