{A Sweet Family Reunion}

Thursday, May 25, 2017





Last weekend my dad & aunt came to visit the Harvest House!
It was wonderful to spend time with them as it had been almost 15 years since we were all together.

Highlights included:
Harvesting over 50 pounds of honey with my Papa
Watching my Aunt Bertie selflessly pull weeds in my garden
Buying meat from the Groce Family Farm at the Farmer's Market
Seeing Tim & Bertie hold chickens on the front porch
Laughing at dinner as my dad and aunt told stories of their childhood
Finding Gummy Bears in the fridge for Brave #papawashere
Going to bed each night knowing my dad and Tim were on the front porch together
Watching Brave color at her great aunt Rhoda's desk
Having a working toilet again {Thank you Papa Vila!}
Receiving my first Muskie fly and the first four volumes of the Foxfire Book Series from Bertie 
Walking to get Popsicles at Steel City Pops
Folding my dad's laundry

Do you have any family reunions you're looking forward to this year?
Happy Thursday, brave ones.

{Gratitude Lately}

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Lately I've been thankful for mountain coffee.


For time in the dirt.


For homemade rosemary and clementine loafers.



And for edible garden greens and harvested honey.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Tuesday, y'all. 
What have you been thankful for lately?

{BraveTV} 3 Years Old

Monday, May 22, 2017


Reason #482 why I love being Brave's mama.
Happy Monday, y'all!

{Cheesman Canyon} Colorado

Wednesday, May 10, 2017












It's often said that if you can catch a fish in Cheesman Canyon you can catch one anywhere.
This section of the South Platte is both technical and challenging, making in known for serving humble pie to anglers as they try to net fish around it's bouldered terrain and deep pocket waters.
That said, Ash, Moll's and I came with low expectations and high optimism. 
Cheesman was good to us giving us a handful of bows and browns.
We were also thankful to have our friend Peter join us for the afternoon!
Peter is one of the best guides I've ever had the privilege of fishing with.
He reads people as well as he does the river, and his humility will challenge
every prideful crevice of your heart.
If you ever need a guide on the South Platte I can't recommend Peter enough!
Happy Wednesday, y'all.

{Deckers, CO} South Platte River

Tuesday, May 09, 2017







Catching fish on the South Platte with Ash, Moll's, and Peter was such a memorable experience!
{More photos of our trip to come}
Happy Tuesday, y'all!

{BraveTV} Porch Chickens

Sunday, May 07, 2017







"I hope she knows how to bock. Chicken, do you know how to say boooooock?"
* * *
Our porch game just got ten times better.
Happy Sunday, y'all.

{Morning Thoughts}

Saturday, May 06, 2017


When you mention your favorite coffee only once and it later shows up on your doorstep, it's a sweet reminder that a friend of details is a friend worth keeping.

{Dear Bravey Train}

Friday, May 05, 2017


You like to share your broccoli with the chickens before bed.


Chase after bubbles faster than Usain Bolt.


Live for earning stickers on your obedience chart.



Keep Steel City Pops in business.

Are fascinated by watching your butterflies grow.

And prefer a chariot as your mode of transportation.
I love all of these things about you.
Love always, 
Mama

{Twinner Time!}

Thursday, May 04, 2017







Last month Twinner came to visit.
We stuffed our bellies at Gralehaus, landscaped our front yard, watched snow fall from our bedroom window, had reunion hugs with Bravey at school, and felt spoiled by Twinner's carry-on goodies which are always better than Santa's sleigh.
Do you have a sibling that makes you feel like all is right with the world when they come and visit?
Happy Thursday, brave ones.

{12 Years to Celebrate} Our Trip to the Windy City

Wednesday, May 03, 2017







It's no secret we've been known to eat and drink our way through every city we visit.
Here are some of our favorites from our anniversary road trip!
Milktooth: Sweet Potato Donuts, Sorghum Glazed Bacon & Tres Leches Cake (Indianapolis, IN)
Tinker Coffee Roasters: Peruvian Rutas del Inca Cortado (Indianapolis, IN)
Gaslight Coffee Roasters: Chai (Chicago, IL)
Au Cheval: Cheeseburger, Raw Vegetable Salad, Fries & Thick Cut Peppered Bacon (Chicago, IL)
The Wormhole Coffee: Black Tea (Chicago, IL)
Ipsento 606: Cortado & Pistachio Donut (Chicago, IL)
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: Ham & Bacon Biscuit & Key Lime, Cheesecake, Coffee n' Cream,
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (Chicago, IL)

While waiting to stuff our bocas at Au Cheval we sat and talked about some of
our favorite memories form the last 12 years.
We learned how to cook, graduated from PA school, traveled to 29 states & 12 countries, discovered our love for fly fishing, moved from Texas to Kentucky, got our dog River, became parents, raised chickens and bees, paid off my student loans ... so much change has happened in our 20's and 30's - mostly good, some hard, but all used to bring about personal growth and deepen our understanding of grace.
Thankful to call you my rib Tim Loerke!
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