Preparing for a Season of Dormancy

This past weekend was one of those gorgeous autumn days with warm weather and blue skies. Because we had early snow and frost, we decided to spend this beautiful day winterizing our garden and yard. I had already pulled our vegetable plants after the first frost but we went through our containers, tilling in the … Continue reading Preparing for a Season of Dormancy

The View from My Kitchen Table

When you come to our house for dinner, depending on where you sit at the long farmhouse-style table, you'll get a certain glimpse into our life and values. Perhaps you'll sit facing the living room. You'll see a large photograph taken at Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Our friend took the photo looking up at the … Continue reading The View from My Kitchen Table

Finding Truth Close to Home

Last week I had an unexpected afternoon to myself. I ate a solitary lunch and was looking at my to-do list. It was filled with everything from cleaning and household tasks to writing and more creative endeavors. But all of those things made me feel antsy and I knew that I wouldn't be productive. I … Continue reading Finding Truth Close to Home

Love Flowers Best in Openness and Freedom

Have you ever been to a place where your entire body exhales? Where you wouldn't necessarily want to live year-round because you need a place to go and reset? We were talking the other day about investing vacation homes instead of renting for a week and the discussion turned to finding a place that is incredible … Continue reading Love Flowers Best in Openness and Freedom

Taking Time to Remember

One of the most amazing things I've witnessed was on our early morning game drive in Chobe National Park, Botswana. The sun was rising and we rounded a corner to see an elephant leaning his head against a tree, his posture slumped. A few feet away was the carcass of another elephant. Our driver told … Continue reading Taking Time to Remember

Camping with a Toddler

We finally went camping over Labor Day weekend. Even though we had thought out exactly how we were going to Introduce Bea to Camping, we threw our carefully scaffolded ideas out the window, tossed more gear than we needed into the car, and headed up to Wyoming for three days of rainy camping. Even though … Continue reading Camping with a Toddler

Backyard Camping

About this time, five years ago, Frank and I were driving around, running wedding errands. We were dreaming about our future and all the amazing things we planned to do over the years together. We started talking about things we wanted to do and see in Yellowstone, where we were honeymooning. Suddenly, my eyes filled … Continue reading Backyard Camping

Strength in Community

I've never had a dorm experience. When I decided to attend the American University of Paris, I also decided to forgo a typical college experience. From living with a family to cramming three of us into a one-bedroom to a small studio alone to finally finding a quintessentially Parisian one-bedroom shared with a best friend, … Continue reading Strength in Community