Category: Thrive

In which we share the family occasions and rhythms on which we thrive.

  • This week my inner energizer bunny ground to a halt. I’m typically a very driven, high-energy person. I have brainstorms like Alabama has thunderstorms–often several in one day. I go from one thing to the next, my passion keeping me from pausing for very long between each task, my mind nearly always excited about something.…

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  • A Million Little Ways {Why I Love This Book}

    Since I first found Emily Freeman’s blog 3 years ago, I’ve regularly turned to her words when my soul needs a breath of fresh air.  She’s an author with whom I often personally relate, plus, she’s a really good writer. In her first book, “Grace for the Good Girl” it was like she climbed inside…

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  • Getting Intentional About Community {And an Invitation for You!}

    One Monday a month, I rush to get dinner ready by 5pm, and as soon as my husband gets in the door from work, I grab my purse and a plate full of dinner, kiss my babies, and head out the door. I drive 45 min. to my dear friend and mentor September’s house and…

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  • {Finally} Loving My Core–Diastasis ReHab at Home

    How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Whoops. Sorry I asked. Wait–you’ll forgive me in a minute when I share this great resource I discovered. One of my goals for the new year was to close my diastasis Do you all know what diastasis is? It’s where the muscles that hold in the stomach separate…

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  • The 100 Pound Loser {a book review}

    I just finished reading 100 Pound Loser by the adorable (and svelt!) Jessica Heights. Let me tell you, if you’re thinking of getting fit or losing weight in the new year, this is about as timely and delightful a read as you could find on the subject. Here’s what I loved about the book: It’s…

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  • The Nomads: Back from the South!

    The air is fresh and cool, like lake water when you first dive in. We’re home. After 7 weeks in Alabama, we’re back in Upstate NY and it feels wonderful. To spread out–our house feels like a mansion compared to the bus! {No wonder I struggle to keep it all clean!} To cook in my…

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  • A Perfect Script for Authentic Introductions

    Jesse has become fond of getting to know other children, though we discovered that he often claims a new friend without even knowing their name. We were at the Chic-fil-A playground the other night where he would have a chance to practice making new friends. I gave him a simple script for exchanging names, and…

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  • “Life was like a Missionary Bootcamp”

    In my teens I often imagined that God had put me on the homestead as preparation for a call to a primitive mission field. I read missionary biographies and marveled at the similarities and how familiar their daily routines sounded to me. My life was like Missionary Boot Camp: Hauling water, gathering fuel for cooking…

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  • My Life is {Not} Glamorous

    Sometimes I think the angle I choose to view my life from (and thus often the picture I portray on this blog) comes across as a bit glamorous. “She travels the country in a big RV, schooling her children and eating real food while seeing the world alongside her wonderful husband.” Um, yeah. Sounds glamorous…

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  • It all started with a haircut. Mommy couldn’t ignore it any longer – her dream of long hair for her little girl was gonna have to wait a bit. Claire needed a trim, and bad. Truth be told, Mommy liked a cute bob for a little girl nearly as much as long hair, so she…

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  • How I’m Simplifying Summer

    I’ve been in a simplifying season around here lately. Streamlining various areas of my life so I can actually enjoy summer. You know, all the BBQs and weddings, trips to the lake and spontaneous picnics? Bike rides and Berry Picking? And all the glorious hours each week digging in dirt and picking and preserving the…

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  • “A Million Ways to Be a Good One”

    I’m a little late on the draw with a mother’s day post, but I still wanted to share this beautiful quote, shared with me by my mother in one of her beautiful collages creations. Happy Mother’s day, moms! Pardon the quiet around here–I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule as soon as I recover…

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  • It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do a real, down-to-earth post around here. There’s so much cool stuff I want to share with you, I don’t often find the time to just be ME. Today’s Five Minute Friday post was an irresistible invitation to get real…(and to break rules and go overtime.…

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  • A {Free!} Printable For You

    Jeremy and I stayed up way past our bedtime tonight making a little gift for ya’ll. We took a popular page from my book and created a handy-dandy printable for you to tack on a cupboard door for inspiration in your kitchen. It’s totally free – all you have to do is sign up for…

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  • In which we enjoy our spring bike rides…with a side of milk

    I did a crazy thing the other day. We were just getting the bikes hooked up for a family bike ride, when I remembered we were out of milk. I looked at the clock–there wouldn’t be time to fetch it before a ride, nor after. We would have to do both simultaneously. Jeremy gave me…

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  • I’m about to reveal to you the secret of my sanity. OK, let’s rephrase that. Let’s call it the secret to my relatively low level of insanity. My Secret is Tuesdays. I love Tuesdays. It’s my one weekday that is different from the rest. It’s the day of my weekly chiropractor appointment It’s Library Day…

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