House Unseen. Life Unscripted.

We bought a house in rural Michigan sight-unseen off of the internet. My husband quit his job in California and we moved our four kids across the country to fix up our fixer-upper and start a new kind of adventure.

Dogs. Chickens. Homeschooling. Crazy.

I like my sacraments Catholic and my beer cold.

I started Trim Healthy Mama and lost 27 pounds

I've gotten a lot of questions about my weight loss in the last few weeks, especially when I begged and pleaded for writing ideas....more

Tap tap tap....

Yesterday I posted the cutest (if I do say so myself) photos and videos of Nel on Instagram (even if you're not "on" instagram, you can see them here) and was reminded that blogs exist and could I pretty please write on mine? The truth is that I've been mulling over hopping back in to the fray, but it just feels so big and cumbersome....more

NICU update #1

Here I am, sitting in the nicu. It's day 18. 23 days since my water broke ....more

Hospital Bedrest, day 5

Today is Daylight Savings Time day and the clock reads 6:59 a.m., which means my brain should think it's 5:59 and I should be asleeeeeeeeeeeep...but no. ...more

From the Hospital (with name announcement!)

I'm going to thumb-type a post into the terrible horrible no good very bad blogger app and then put a tiny iPhone photo into it and I'm pretty sure I'll gettin the coveted "blogging best practices award" that we all know is going around. Woo hoo! Go me! ...more

How To DIY Home Renovations with Kids Underfoot

A few weeks (maybe it's been months? I lose track. Do you know I used to blog DAILY for a while? ...more

Fat Tuesday Charity Auction with Zelie & Co.

Those of you who've known me for a long time have already heard this part of the story but Imma roll with it anyway- my mom was 17 when I was born....more

Stairwell and Hallway Reveal!

Remember that one time, like, 6 weeks ago, that I started this project and then never mentioned it again? so snazzy super chic If you don't remember all of its gory glory (p.s. Cecilia is literally reading this over my shoulder while I type....more

3 tips for homeschooling while pregnant

A few weeks ago, in response to my traditional "sorry I've sucked at blogging but first trimester" post, a reader asked me to talk about how I manage to homeschool with all that ridiculousness going on....more