Category: Thrive

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

  • Go jump in a lake!

     If it seems a bit quiet on the blog, it’s ’cause we’re out on the lake and you can’t hear us yelling from where you are!We’ve gone into summertime mode – making the most out of the few weeks out of the year that the lakes are actually warm enough to swim in – Whoop!…

    Continue reading ->

  • The Guest Room Is Ready!

     Last month we moved into our new bedroom, meaning the green room at the top of the stairs could now officially become the guest room.  It’s quite spacious, with a queen bed and a smaller toddler bed ready to host even a whole little family. Flowers compliments of my mother. Do come and visit!

    Continue reading ->

  • Seasons to Create, or, What I dropped while I wrote a book

    Some people have expressed wonderment that I wrote a book in two months. In light of this, I have decided it is high time for another dispel the pedestal post. (For more glimpses into just how human I am, check out these posts, please!) There are seasons in life, peoples. Please remember this. Especially you…

    Continue reading ->

  • Strawberries, a Wedding, and a Camping Trip

    I’m trying to fit in little moments like these in between a very busy month. We’re celebrating a close friend’s wedding this weekend then headed for Creation Fest Northeast next week. I am making freezer meals to take us through the busy weekend and onto our camping trip and trying not to get stressed. Jeremy…

    Continue reading ->

  • I get really nervous in front of a video camera. (This is something I’m really trying to get over so I can make a promotional video about my new book – pray for me?! Thanks) Apparently I’m ok behind the camera, ’cause I had fun making this video for you all. I have a tendency…

    Continue reading ->

  • Horse Parking Next Door

    A garage sale down our road brought more than the usual traffic on our little back road the other morning. The local Amish are always first on the scene. They took advantage of the empty, unmowed place next door to park their horse. The kids changed out of pj’s as fast as possible and headed…

    Continue reading ->

  • Bloggers Unite, Part Second: At Toughannock Falls

    Last week we had some very special house guests – special for many reasons! They were the first to use our new guest room (we moved into our new bedroom finally!) They were our first out-of-state, overnight company in our home They were the first to take me up on my open invitation to my…

    Continue reading ->

  • Picnic In the Orchard

    Whenever I pack them a picnic lunch, Jesse makes a beeline for the pear tree, calling his sister to keep up with him, all the way out back to the orchard. He spreads the blanket, then the napkin, and carefully dolls out the cheese tortillas to him and his sister. He even keeps an eye…

    Continue reading ->

  • Earlier this year I began to see the potential that a blog can have, and the responsibility I had to steward my online presence. I started to take my blog more seriously than ever before. I took a month of facebook and refocused my online time.  I logged my hours online, decided I was spending…

    Continue reading ->

  • It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good…

    Many people were affected by the tornadoes through the southern states in the past month. We even had some wind damage up here – the Pergola my husband made me for our 4th anniversary collapsed. When I came home and saw it I almost cried – accept that that very afternoon we had heard news…

    Continue reading ->

  • Welcome, Cordelia

    After two years…       Two miscarriages…               And a hope-filled nine months,A dear friend held her baby girl in her arms for the first time today. I hope this blanket and these hats keep her cozy during the rainy, chilly days of her first spring. Welcome, Baby Cordelia!

    Continue reading ->

  • A Random List…

    Because I can’t seem to think straight without a list these days… 1. Jesse has quit asking me if it is summer yet – he now informs me that it must be so because there are leaves on the trees.  2. I am thankful to Amy all over again for writing this book. I’d never…

    Continue reading ->

  • When Life Gives You Puddles…

    Continue reading ->

  • A Bird With Teeth

    The above photo shows the amount of dirt that came out of my daughter’s clothes and boots after a morning of playing with her brother. I had given them baths (first mistake), dressed them, and sent them outside to play while I got ready for us to go out. I rushed around inside getting ready…

    Continue reading ->

  • Claire’s Easter Dress

     Isn’t wasn’t till we got home from a long, relaxing afternoon at my in-laws Easter Sunday… (and Jesse exclaimed “Me like being home – home is such a sweet place!“) …that I realized where the inspiration for Claire’s Easter dress came from. Purple. Puffed sleeves. Full skirt. Darker trim. These are the dresses my grandmother…

    Continue reading ->

  • It’s a busy week – especially when I suddenly remembered my desire to make Easter as meaningful to our children as our celebration of Christmas. So, added to the business in the studio (working on 5 Easter dresses, between mine and my sewing girls’), I decided I wanted to celebrate Passover with a Messianic Seder…

    Continue reading ->