Dream Come True

Four years ago today, Randy and I had a dream come true moment. Do you remember this? In 2011, we started an indiegogo campaign to raise money to record The Seven Year Scratch (later titled Home), an album of love and family songs we had written to one another over the course of our relationship….

Having Children: A Spiritual Journey

Over the last few weeks, I have been rereading old blog posts and speculating about my life.  The past year has been both incredibly sweet and difficult, trying to balance daily life with six young children with all the demands of three meals a day, the never-ending laundry, growing a home business, homeschool, planning for…

Paper Doll and Song: Stargirl

This week, Rosie decided to make a “space girl,” so I was inspired to illustrate a character from a song that I wrote several years ago called Stargirl and Moonboy.  It is a sweet little love song that Randy and I recorded here at the house.  I play accordion, and he plays guitar, bass, and Irish…

Alice in Wonderland and The Birthday Girls, Paper Doll Club

I love this week’s Paper Dolls!  My sister asked if I would make a paper doll for a little friend’s birthday, so that’s where we started for inspiration.  The girls blew me away this week.  Paloma’s Birthday Girl, named Lily, is so sweet that flowers actually grow from her dolly stand.  And Rosie, not wanting…

On our 12th Anniversary

Today is our anniversary.  We met in the fall of 1999, dated for three and a half long, confusing years, and married on a beautiful spring morning just like this one 12 years ago today.  I hoped I was doing the right thing.  I prayed I was doing the right thing. There is no one…

Pitter Patter: The Story Behind the Song

I discovered coffee shops in college.  I never had very much money, but back then I could usually dig up $2 to buy a hot drink and rent a space at a little cafe for a few hours to think and write and declutter my brain.  I lived in a creative state, with lots of…

Room for You (New Song)

I am two weeks away from my due date.  I can hardly believe that any day we will see this new little face and our lives will be forever changed.  It feels so surreal. In preparation for Heidi’s arrival, I’ve been rearranging, organizing, constantly cleaning and decluttering this tiny house.  All of my creative energy…

Make Something Every Day: Week 3

I love making something every day.  This has been an intense week of cleaning, sorting, changing out clothes for four children for the change of seasons, etc.  I am so happy to sit down in the evenings and crochet.  And even though there are still small fires of laundry that need to be put out,…

Make Something Every Day Continues…

I love the Make Something Every Day idea.  It might be revolutionizing my life.  This week, I spent three days cleaning out my scary laundry room (when I say scary, I mean SCARY, as any of {and ONLY} my dearest friends can tell you).  Not many people are allowed to look into this room.  I…

Make Something Every Day

Over the past two weeks, I have begun to realize how much it means to me to make things.  As a mom of four (soon to be five) very creative little people who are constantly cutting and pasting and drawing and creating huge worlds out of sheets and pillows and clean laundry, I spend a…

Living by Faith

About a month ago, we found out that I am expecting again. This will be five children in 7 years. (I’m sure many of you reading this are having a gut reaction.) It means that I have been pregnant or nursing now nonstop since early 2007. It is a lot to take in. It is…

New Video for The Thundering Hoofbeats, our album in the works!

I am so excited to tell you about our newest project called The Thundering Hoofbeats! We have started recording the album in our home studio.  It will be a collection of original tunes and worship songs, as well as some familiar hymns, recorded with some really awesome acoustic instruments–guitar, Irish low and high whistles, bodhran…