{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.

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Monday, February 20, 2017

When you come home and find a brown paper bag on your doorstep and think,"Who the hell left their Hot Pocket on my front porch?" Then when you realize it's homemade sourdough from Noel Deeb, your second thought is, "Who can I share this with?" #sogood #goneinlessthanaday


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just in time for your next adventure or Spring Break Trip!
Click on the photo above and go getchu somethin nice, reeeeeeal nice Clark.
SALE ENDS February 23rd!

{Today's Letters} Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dear Timothy James, to the man who smokes his own brisket and can survive getting lost in the woods while backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, nothing gives your man card more chest hair than watching you bake cupcakes with Bravey and take her to her first dance. We truly are the luckiest girls alive. Dear Land of Nod, with this puzzle Brave and I both win. She learns her states and I finally remember the capital of Delaware. #whatisdover Dear Brave, you like to be woken up with tickles and hide your milk in the same place every night before bed. Your goofy spirit brings us so much joy! (The real kind, not the fake stuff). Dear Timo, this morning I woke up ready for Spring. Everything is blooming and feels alive, kind of like walking through a dryer sheet. You with me?

Happy Tuesday, y'all. Be our Valentine's?  (circle yes or no)

{New Zealand} Mount Cook

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Seeing Mt Cook and hiking to the Hooker Valley Glacier were two of my favorite memories from our trip!
A must do if you ever find yourself on the south island.
New Zealand is just magical y'all ... truly magical!
Happy Monday!
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