{Today's Letters}

Monday, July 21, 2014


Dear Timothy James, next week we'll be driving up the coast of California with this little one in tow. Pretty sure seeing her by the ocean for the first time will be just as magical as watching her do a truffle shuffle at Cannon Beach. Dear Begin Again, you were a fantastic movie. Better than splitter shared between two friends' playlists on the subway. Dear Papa, this text exchange made me realize how lucky I am to have you as my dad. Your passion for baking and sense of humor are better than your French Toast Fingers and Blueberry Preserves. Dear Mr. Loerke {who always gets two letters}, the person who catches the biggest steelhead on the Deschutes gets a six pack of their choice and a nap. Game? 

Happy Monday, brave ones! We'd love to hear if you have suggestions of places to eat and things to do from LA to Portland!

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday afternoon's should be spent opening packages sent from home.
Thankful St. Mary of the Pickle now has a new garden companion.
{Read more amazing letters from my Papa here, here & here}

{Tomorrow by Shakey Graves}

Friday, July 18, 2014


In honor of Forecastle this weekend in Louisville, meet Shakey Graves.

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Better than stockings hung by the chimney with care. #succulents

{Gratitude} Lately

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Lately I've been thankful for reminders of home on my morning walks. #kansasbornandraised



For clean crevices.


For a backyard that makes me forget I live in the city.


For finding the best gyro sandwich shop of my LIFE.


For cooler mornings to pick blueberries.


For pockets full of these.



And for this little person who regularly reveals my selfishness.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Tuesday! 
What have you been thankful for lately?



{Summer Firsts}

Monday, July 14, 2014


First time for Tristan to hold Brave.


First summer peach.


First scoop of Graeter's seasonal banana chip ice cream.


First bath with Rowan.


First batch of pickled okra, beets & blueberry jam.


First blue egg from our pullets.



First summer BBQ.


First cherry tomato from our garden.
So. many. firsts.
#thankful



{Morning Thoughts}

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Coffee & donuts go together like pie and ice cream.
What are your favorite coffee and donut shops?

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, July 09, 2014



Dear Timothy James, our rooster is the only other source of testosterone at our house. I admire you both. #brosbeforehens Dear Books, CONFESSION: instead of reading you I've stacked you on my bedside table and used you as places to rest bowls of cookies. I'm okay with this. Dear Airbnb, when we listed our Loft as "pet friendly" we didn't envision a 3 ft iguana. Thankfully, it was an herbivore and wasn't interested in eating small children. Dear Mr. Loerke, I think parents of newborns should carry blankets and take more naps. You in?

Happy Wednesday, brave ones! What are you looking forward to most this week?

{Gratitude} Lately

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Lately I've been thankful for homegrown beets.


For a brave little girl who has made the Harvest House the Harvest Home.


For picking blackberries the size of my head.


For babes bigger than Swiss chard.


For french toast, coffee, and birthdays celebrated here.


For homegrown carrots that taste like dessert.


For a girl's night out at my favorite restaurant. {Thank you Erin!}


For homegrown lettuce.


And for friends who hold my little so I can eat a sandwich with two hands.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Tuesday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Morning Thoughts}

Friday, July 04, 2014


Sometimes giving Brave a bath is easier than changing her diaper.
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