Quite a few people have asked where I got my journaling Bible. It's a beautiful TruTone ESV Journaling Bible with an imitation leather cover. I actually bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but it is also available on Amazon. I love it because I can make all sorts of notes on the edges. For the more creative types, you can also do hand lettering along the edges too. At the same time it's not too large or unwieldy. I also have an ESV Study Bible, but that thing is a bit of a beast, and not as much fun to carry around,...

While it’s not always simple as this, just remember that free range is typically > cage free which is always > caged. Free range chickens lay eggs that are more nutrient dense because the hens themselves have access to more nutrients, and they live a more stress free life. Organic is not always the best indicator of quality of life of chickens or nutrient density of eggs. ...

I originally bought these Tombow Twintone pens when I was trying to get into hand lettering, but I've recently found that they make are perfect for taking notes and journaling in my Bible. A couple month ago, I decided to buy a journaling Bible, and didn't like the harshness of writing in it with regular pens. I love that Twintone pens have two sides - a thicker one that I can use for underlining, highlighting, and even lettering or drawing in the margins, and a thin tip side for taking smaller notes. The pens come in sets of 12 -...

We have had the blessing and privilege to have gotten to know Kelly and her family in the 4 years we lived in the St. Louis area. They are the real deal - if you need help, they are the first ones to extend their hands. They love Jesus, they love people, and they have a huge heart for children in foster care. They have adopted a child through the foster care system, and Kelly is the director of Royal Family Kids Camp Columbia, an annual sleepaway camp specifically for young children in foster care. Even if you don't have any...

My boys and I are in love with this beautifully illustrated collection by Julia Rothman featuring Farm, Food & Nature Anatomy. Not only does it come with three thick books filled page to page with gorgeous illustrations, but also 10 prints on heavy cardstock that are ready to be framed. The Julia Rothman Collection makes for a perfect gift for a curious, nature loving child. As I'm writing this, it is currently on sale on Amazon for $30.17 for the entire set! Here's the Amazon link to purchase Julia Rothman's Collection (if you use this link to purchase, I do get...

Before this season of our lives, friends have asked me if I’d ever consider homeschooling. I‘d always laughed and emphatically responded, “no way, I’d be terrible at it!!”  Well, God sure has a funny way of stretching us to do things we’d never thought we were capable of doing. With all the transition of moving with only a couple months to go in the school year, as well as not knowing exactly where we’ll be living long term, and recognizing that the rural mountain towns we may eventually end up in will possibly not have great schools, all these things have made...

Let’s start with a fact. I am better at folding laundry than my children. In fact, I’m better at folding laundry than anyone in my household, and my husband will happily attest to that. I actually enjoy folding laundry under the right circumstances, I think it’s from my days working retail in college. There’s something therapeutic about seeing neat piles of clothes sorted by type and person. Now, let’s go to a confession. Some days, when my 4 year old asks to help me fold laundry, I honestly can’t be bothered. I give him an excuse, shrug him off, and say “it’s ok honey, you’re so...

What can I say about The Biggest Little Farm? It was inspiring, it was challenging, it was beautifully filmed. It helped me see the food I eat and the way it is produced in a whole new light. It followed the ups and downs of John & Molly Chester, owners of Apricot Lane Farms, as they went from being urban dwellers to the owners of a 130-acre farm and sought to farm "in harmony with nature". (You can stream The Biggest Little Farm on Hulu) There were ups and downs in their journey, and the movie didn't skimp on showing the...