{Happy 3rd Birthday Bravey Train!}

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

{Photo by Kate Leichhardt}

To the girl who loves to cross her feet and pretend she's a mermaid,
who keeps a pair of sunglasses by her bed in case the sun is too bright after waking up,
who wonders why Jesus always wears a dress,
who asks me each morning if it's her birthday, 
who leaves teacups filled with flowers on my nightstand,
and who likes the color pink more than life itself...
I love you more than you will ever know.
Happy 3rd Birthday, sweet Bravey Train.


{Happy Easter!}

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We hope y'all had a wonderful Easter!
Some of our highlights included:
Easter morning service
Dying eggs with Bravey
Watching Brave follow her string down the steps to find her Easter basket
Our family meal with the Roberson's
Rowan and Brave's first Easter egg hunt
Brave's first Silly Putty
Bubbles on the front porch with Papa
Unfortunately we didn't get to do one of our favorite Easter traditions since we spent
last Christmas in New Zealand.
Here's to celebrating the holidays stateside this year!
Happy Thursday, ya'll.

{Projects Around The Harvest House} Part VIII

Saturday, April 15, 2017

When you have a vision for a new coop and it takes your husband and dad two weeks to build,
you thank your lucky stars for the hardworking and talented men in your life!
Welcome to the new Coop de Ville baby chickens!
#meettheflockers #chickinn #nestwestern #henpen #cluckinghampalace
#hotelcacklefornia #coopdreams #coopthereitis

PS- one of my favorite parts of our new coop is the old window we saved from our 3rd floor when we were building our Airbnb's private side entrance.
It's been sweet to watch our ladies each morning stretch their legs and greet the day.
Happy Easter Eve, brave ones!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Now - APRIL 18th

{Women On The Water}

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What a privilege it is to share these pages with such a wonderful group of women.
Now go dig this month's Orvis fly fishing catalogue out of your recycling bin!
Happy Wednesday, brave ones.

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Snowflakes in March are meant to be eaten.
Happy {almost} weekend y'all!

{Happy National Pi Day!}

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3.1415 means we get to eat Pi on the 14th and 15th of March, right? 
Our sweet tradition continues at the Harvest House ...
#twodaysofpi #dutchapplecarmel
Happy 3.1415 y'all.

{2010 : 2011 : 2012 : 2013 : 2014 : 2015}

{Dear Bravey Train}

Friday, March 03, 2017

Dear Brave, I love fly fishing, dirty garden paws, and wearing my favorite thrifted flannel from college. You love all things pink, wearing tutus, and want to be every Disney princess ever created. Most days I ask myself how did I give birth to this tiny human?? Then there are times when I find a teacup on my nightstand filled with two tiny plum blossoms from our neighbors tree and I know it can only mean one thing-- you were here. I appreciate how different we are but how much we genuinely love each other. Bravey, your sweet bedside gift made my day and will probably be returned with a skipping rock,
but I promise to at least put a pink sticker on it.

{Present Over Perfect & The Five-Minute Journal}

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The goodness of 2017 has taken me a bit by surprise. I know it's only March but this year has already been marked by more clarity, rest, and peace than in years past. It's been a time of wonderful insight, genuine reflection, and intentional restoration. It's also been a year of slowing down and re-claiming parts of myself that I had lost over the years. This has centered me more than I ever imagined it could.

For the better part of a decade I've tried to live simply, valuing experiences over things while trying to keep my gratitude above my expectations. This way of living has led to a blessed life and I don't take a day of it for granted. That said, I began the year aware I was missing many of the things I valued most. The self imposed pace I allowed myself to function at was robbing me of the joy and peace that comes from self-awareness. I was enslaved to business and my tank was empty.

In February I started resting-- really resting, not the "fake resting" that Shauna Niequist so accurately describes in her book, Present Over Perfect. I stopped multi-tasking as much and started saying "no" to things that weren't adding value to my family. I started saying "yes" to going to bed earlier so I could wake up rested for a 5am workout. I started reading more and watching less Netflix, already having finishing more books this year than I did in 2016-- and it's been liberating. I started journaling again each day which has helped reclaim part of my twenty-year-old novel writing self that I lost somewhere in my first few years of marriage. All of these intentional choices have led to a greater self awareness resulting in more peace and gratitude. Change is slowly happening and it's not been because of anything I've done, but because I know there's more room for the Spirit to work in my heart.

I share all of this because I know there might be some of you who are operating at an unsustainable pace like I was. If so, I'd encourage you to make time to read Present Over Perfect and start The Five Minute Journal. Both have impacted me greatly and I believe will help re-center your soul. I know this isn't a magic solution to the craziness that life sometimes finds us in or the be-all-end-all, but I can say from experience that it's gently pushed me back towards the Lord and the things I value most.

Happy March 1st errrrbody. It's gonna be a great month!!! 

{New Zealand} Waikaia Sheep Farm

Monday, February 27, 2017

One of my favorite places we stayed in New Zealand was on a 10,000 acre sheep farm.
I'll never forget the hospitality of our hosts, sending us away upon arrival with bags of
groceries, beer, and fresh meat.
Waking up each morning to the view of rolling green paddocks from our back porch and Bravey's jammers drying on the clothesline was also unforgettable.
Waikaia, you captured our hearts and slowed our hustle, and for that we're forever grateful!
Happy Monday, y'all.
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