My name is Courtney. I have been married to the love of my life for 15 years.
We have 3 kids: Karis- 12, Ethan-10, and Levi-8.
Our life is just the way we want it, and I praise God for all that He has done in my life.
We live at a Christian camp in the Texas hill country where my husband is the maintenance director. The camp is in the middle of nowhere, and while it took a long time to get used to, I love it these days. We have a community of about 90 people (including kids) here, and I have some great friends. We are truly a family.
Our kids go to school in a tiny town (1100 people) about 40 minutes from here. They are doing well most days and they have grown so much. We tried homeschooling (because of the distance), but it wasn’t a good fit for us. Now I am home alone all the time and it has made a huge difference for my mental health.
Speaking of, I have bipolar 2 and generalized anxiety disorder and my mental health is stable for the first time in years and years thanks to medication, a counselor, and lots and lots of self care. Mental health is my #1 priority and it has made me a much better mom, wife, friend, daughter, and person in general.
I am also an alcoholic. I went to a treatment center on October 13, 2016 and it changed my life. Now I try to go to a women’s AA weekly. Sometimes in our “big town” and sometimes in the town where the kids go to school. Sometimes I do online AA and that has been amazing as well.
Losing my brother to a gruesome suicide November 30, 2009 changed my life completely, and I feel that’s when my mental health went downhill. I am working on this in counseling.
I am in a program called Balance 365 and it has helped me have a healthy body image and it is teaching me to develop healthy habits one at a time instead of following the fad diets that I have tried over and over again. It’s a very slow process, but it’s totally worth it!
Our family loves the outdoors. We love to camp, backpack, hike, sit around the fire in our “back yard,” and be in the mountains. We have lots of hiking trails outside our door where we live and it has been amazing having that opportunity. Ethan loves to mountain bike and does races. Robert like to go rock climbing and bouldering. We have zip lines here. We have a clear river just down the hill.
I am currently in training to become a Childbirth Educator and I cannot wait to share more about that soon! I am going through Childbirth International and I just love them. My trainer is amazing and is very easy to get in contact with; we email back and forth a lot. Our little town could really benefit from childbirth education and it will be a huge ministry opportunity. My business name is Everyday Miracles Pregnancy and Childbirth Education.
We always have music playing in our house. Mostly Pandora stations, but sometimes the music on my phone. This is huge for our family. Some of our favorites are Bethel, Steffany Gretzinger, Cory Asbury, Shane and Shane, David Crowder, Imagine Dragons radio, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Lumineers, Soundtracks (right now A Star is Born is a favorite), Justin Timberlake radio, 90’s alternative, and so many more. We have branched out a lot these days! And of course Christmas music is playing from September through December. Haha. Don’t judge!
I’m pretty much always cleaning, organizing, baking, cooking, meal prepping, writing, reading, playing games, chatting, making things homemade, and more. I like to stay busy most day; otherwise, I’m napping haha. I like to sleep also.
I love focusing on hospitality. I host a Bible study weekly here, have friends over for coffee, feed people, game nights, movie nights, doing yoga with friends, etc. It has made a huge difference in my relationships here and my mental health. I have loved having people over more and more!
Most importantly, I love Jesus and am working on having a more intimate relationship with Him again. I went through a long season of bitterness and anger towards him. I have seen Him do so much good in my life despite this, and I am learning how much He loves me. I’m learning about His grace and mercy.
So. All of this to say… things you will see on this blog include:
- Lots of pictures of my family
- Stuff about seasons changing and holidays
- Recipes using mostly whole foods ingredients (though not always!)
- Mental health/illness/addiction posts
- What I’m learning through Bible study/prayer
- What I’m learning through counseling
- What I’m learning through AA
- What I’m learning as I get to know myself better
- Pictures of adventures and trips (camping, backpacking, hiking, field trips, etc)
- Gratitude posts
- Grocery Geek posts (pictures of what I bought and how much I spent)
- Frugal living
- Meal plans
- Organization posts
- Simple living
- Homemade detergents and cleaners
- Weekend prep posts
- Self care and self love posts
- Childbirth Education info, but most of that will be at my other website!
- And more!