Summer of BIG things

My kids are growing up. Yeah, yeah, I know; that’s what they do. But this past year and especially this summer has displayed just how much they’re growing up! It’s so much fun to see them seek adventure and do new things. I love watching them become the people God has made them to be….

The Tone of a Place

It’s not a boomerang, that keeps pulling us back to Tennessee. But I don’t care if people say it’s that way. I’m not so sure it’s even ‘home.’ But there is a time when you consider community. A time when you consider being known.  More, there’s a time when you choose a tone of a…

#actuallyhomeowners

So, you know, we moved to Indiana this time last year. You remember “From the Mountains to the City.” In  many ways, this was such a good thing. It gave us the chance to get to know Not the Mama’s family a lot more, we had some fabulous adventures, hello Children’s Museum and State Fair!… as if…

Lily Turns Six

My beautiful little baby girl has turned six years old.  Can it really be that it’s been so long since she was born? I feel as though in some way she’s always been with me. She’s no version of me, although we look so much alike; she her own lovely person and I just can’t…

homelearning: what we are studying this year

Today we began YEAR TWO of this homeschooling adventure! Ok, ok, we actually began in August and that’s how long this little gem has been sitting in my draft box! One thing I’ve learned in my first year of homeschooling is that homeschool moms love and hate to talk about curriculum. There is a sense…

How to Go Gluten Free::Part 1::Labels & Condiments

In the last month I have had multiple people ask me for advice in going Gluten-Free.  For a time, I’ve had a little typed up Facebook message that I just copy and paste but as I have posted it and reposted it I’ve realized how much more I know and how much more organized I…

Then Noah turned 6!!!

Noah had his first taste of a pool party for his birthday last year. It goes without saying that was, of course, his request for this year as well. He has a long wait, Noah does, for his birthday at the end of July in comparison to the others whose birthdays follow one another swiftly;…

A little DIY Update

Well, my dear Sonya noticed I didn’t have a back porch table. She found one someone didn’t want any longer and brought it to town to me. It was a good table just old…you know, chipping paint and raw wood. A little sandpaper, a couple cans of spray paint, and a new foam brush for…

Creation Kingdom Zoo

If you live any place in any way near Gate City, Virginia then you must visit. The Creation Kingdom Zoo is nothing short of amazing. I had been ‘warned’ the zoo wasn’t like a normal zoo- there are no paved walkways, fancy backgrounds in the exhibits….and there is purpose for that. The exhibits are more…

New Sewing Machine

I was taught to sew in my teens. I love it but wasn’t very good. I became easily impatient with projects or mishaps with the sewing machine. Then I was gifted a sewing machine for my high school graduation. It didn’t work well and wasn’t as nice as what I had learned on and I…