Our Annual Spring House Blessing

Right before the first day of spring, as nature renews its spirit and strength, so goes the renewal of spirit and strength in our home. Every year we invite our priest over to our home and perform a "House Blessing" ceremony, or "Service of the Blessing of Water". Image: 依靈 via Flickr ...more
 @CarolynMullin Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Yes, God is with us always and ...more

Identity and Home

Since we've decided to buy a house in the suburbs...Wait. Did I mention that we actually decided this? If not, well, we did. We've been back and forth over the issue a lot, and since the economy seems to be picking up in our area, and since we do have the money to do it as long as it's a relatively inexpensive house, we've decided just to take the plunge because it seems like the financially right thing to do at this point in our lives....more

Would You Trade Your McMansion for a Cup of Coffee?

I think my neighborhood has a very high score :)more

Be it ever so humble

We've lived in this house for just over three months now, the latest in a long line of residents who have called this place home over the past hundred years or so. (One hundred years! I never thought I'd ever live in a place of that age, and sometimes wish the house could share its stories of all of those who came before. What an interesting conversation that would be!) ...more
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...love stinks

This House Isn't Big Enough For Both of Us

I think one of the reasons that I got divorced (it's okay, it was 10 years ago, I'm fine), was the fact that we both worked from home. It didn't matter that his recording studio, a.k.a garage, was in the backyard and my office was in the house. It was too close for comfort. Of course the fact that I wasn't truly in love with him, might've had something to do with the divorce, but that's a whole other post. ...more

Are You Kidding Me? The Time the IRS Told Me I Owed $9,000

I bought my first home in May of 2008, a few months after graduating college but after accepting admission to a second tier graduate school in Waco, TX. We signed the papers such that I became the official owner of my beautiful condominium on June 1st, 2008 (I still cannot believe that I’ve been here for three years!). For a reference point, most graduate student stipends are $15,000-$20,000 a year (rollin' in the dough, clearly). Because the cost of living in Waco is significantly lower than Tacoma, WA, my mother and I worked out a budget where I could pay my mortgage and all my bills on my graduate student stipend. ...more

Hashimoto's & Me

I have been dealing with this for at least 8 years or more, maybe 20. And I don't even know where to start in regards to my feelings. It is a mix emotions or horror, self pity, self doubt, even hatred, loads of anger, yet a clear understanding of myself.  I never lacked motivation, drive, or desire. But I have always lacked stamina.  I will get this urgency to say rearrange the whole house in a day, but I am exhausted for a month. Holidays are the same way.  And I am not talking just a little tired....more

Loose the “S” word during Summer, have fun..do as homeschoolers do

I have been coming across blogs here and there about the stress of having their children home for the summer months. And I can’t help but wonder why. Summer is such a wonderful time of the year. There is so much to do. Homeschooling changes your view on things.1. It makes you thankful that you get a lot of quality time with your kids2.  It teaches you patience… or I should say, your children teach you patience.3. It makes realize exactly how weird your kids really are, and it’s ok to laugh at them....more

Right-Sizing A Home Improvement

by Sarah Welch and Alicia RockmoreWho doesn’t salivate at the thought of a sparkling new kitchen or a luxurious new bathroom? We both do! I (Sarah) even have three scrapbooks chock-full of clippings from shelter magazines like Veranda and House Beautiful with her “dream” kitchen, bathroom, and home office. A girl can dream, right?...more