Fresh Tomato Tart

May 29, 2014

NOTHING says summer like fresh tomatoes.  Can I get an amen?  And if it’s not summer where you are, please consider moving to my good state.  We’d love to have you!   Fresh tomatoes may be my favorite thing in all the world.  I’ve got about 7 different varieties in my garden as we speak […]

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02: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Learning [Podcast]

May 28, 2014
lifelong learning

photo Show Notes and Outline Why should we want to be lifelong learners? It cultivates virtue, curiosity, and empathy. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those around you. It reassures us we are not alone! It strengthens our ability to think for ourselves amid a world of chaos and distraction. […]

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May 26, 2014

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of rest and play with your favorite people. True […]

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7 Ways I Simplified My Life {And Saved Money}

May 23, 2014

Thanks to Dave Ramsey and his Endorsed Local Providers program for sponsoring this post and inspiring us! The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s […]

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Summer Vegetable Soup {And Some Winners}

May 21, 2014

  “The arrival of company at the house, the arranging of dinners and suppers, in style, awoke all the energies of her soul; and no sight was more welcome to her than a pile of traveling trunks launched on the verandah, for then she foresaw fresh efforts and fresh triumphs.”~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s […]

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01: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Calling [Podcast]

May 19, 2014

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ~Mark Twain You can listen on the player below or subscribe in iTunes. Notes and Links from the Podcast This 7 step journey toward joy begins today as we explore stepping into a life of […]

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Weekend Grace

May 18, 2014

I’m currently obsessed with patio spaces and have been looking high and low for some black and white striped cushions.  Kristen did a fabulous job reupholstering her cushions and I’m thinking I may need to do the same! Also? That charcoal exterior is how I’m 98% sure we’ll be staining our cabin. I’m pretty much […]

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Anna Maria Horner and Craft South

May 16, 2014

Artist, fabric designer, and creative entrepreneur, and mother of 7, Anna Maria Horner, is one of the most inspiring women I know.  I’ve followed her work  and blog for years and have little touches of her creative life all over my house. Her fabric is my absolute favorite and I’m hoping that with her help this […]

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What We’re Sowing

May 15, 2014

I married a biology major who loves and studies birds and trees.  In the house before this one,  he planted 90—yes you read that right—90! trees.  His middle name is Martin so maybe he comes by it honestly.  In this house, I lost count at around 40.  He was planning the trees before the foundation […]

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The Girl’s Room Design Board and the Blessing of Collaboration

May 14, 2014

This is so amazing to me that it’s worth documenting.  When we rebuilt our house after the fire of 2010, Darlene and I collaborated on several rooms in my house.  Up to that point, I had always been afraid of seeking help with design projects because I didn’t want someone telling me all the rules […]

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Round Here {Introduction to a Podcast Series}[Podcast]

May 12, 2014

Update:: Kathy Hamilton won the hour long Skype session!  Can’t wait to chat with her! And  THANK you for all the wonderful things you said in the comments.  You make my day.  Mucho love! xoxo Y’all.  This month makes my 6th year blogging.  Blogging years are kinda like dog years, so she’s basically my age. […]

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We Mother On

May 9, 2014

My oldest mother gave birth to me eons ago.  She lived in a luscious garden by day and surely twirled under leafy moonlit palms by night. She was the most beautiful creature in all the world, the consummate woman—made for glorious communion, devoted and adored. She gave herself freely in love and affection.  Her name […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes {with Nathan}

May 7, 2014

Do you see what I’m trying to do for you here? First puffy tacos.  Now the best cupcakes in the free world.  Do you see it? I’m trying to make Mother’s Day beautiful for you, pretty mama.  Puffy tacos and chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes.  FOR.THE.MOTHER’S.DAY.WIN. And you know who you have to thank for this? […]

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Puffy Tacos {Taco Bar for Cinco de Mayo}

May 5, 2014

I’m about to give away the family jewels here.  And listen.  After all the busyness and writing and preparing of the last few weeks, I’d give just about anything away for summer to be here.  Or least to never have to be nicely dressed for 12 straight hours again.  I’ve become such a homebody whiner. […]

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The Book I’ve Waited My Whole Life to Read {#IDHTBPTBB}

April 30, 2014

Welcome WBIR friends!! I’ve got a special page ready for you with a free download! Click here to get started! When I was in my fourth year of medical school, I hosted my first big shindig at my house.  I hired a bluegrass band, put up a bunch of makeshift decorations (which I mostly clipped […]

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