{Los Angeles to Portland!}

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today marks the beginning of our big West Coast adventure!
For the next 10 days we'll be driving from LA to Portland with these friends,
stopping at different places along the way to surf, eat, sleep, and fly fish.
I can't tell you how excited we are to be on vacation and hopefully meet some of you along the way!
Be sure and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for possible meet & greets.
And thanks to all of you who made suggestions of places to eat & things to do while we're in the PNW!
Em, Tim & Bravey Train

LA | Monterrey | Santa Cruz | Big Sur | Berkeley | Ashland | Maupin | Astoria | Portland

{Gratitude} Lately

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lately I've been thankful for afternoon's working on the Airstream with these two.

For homegrown juicing materials.

For spontaneous road trips to Nashville for paletas.

For cool summer nights.

For beet kombucha found on my door step after a run.

For shared meals and time in the garden with friends.

For clean crevices.

For BLT's made with homegrown Cherokee Purples.

For daydreams of our upcoming trip to Cali.

And for friend's who bake 11 pies in 1 day for babes they have yet to hold.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Sunday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reason #680 why I love being a mom : #bubblebeards


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Saturday we celebrated Bek's birthday with
campfire brats, homemade chocolate cake, and conversation set
to the soundtracks of Lauryn Hill & Holly Williams.
It was simple goodness all around.
Being there made me realize how blessed I am to have these women in my circle.
Each one of them continues to inspire me in their own way,
always reminding the gift of truly being known.

{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.

{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?
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