My name is Courtney. I have been married to the love of my life for 14 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 100 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 so well 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 in our “big town” (an hour and 15 minutes away) 1-2 times a week. 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 gets to rock climb and boulder. We have zip lines here. We have a clear river just down the hill.
I am a Younique presenter and this has also changed my life. It makes me more confident, it has gotten me out of my comfort zone, it’s so much fun, I have met amazing people, it gives me some purposed for my days home alone during the week, and it has provided a little bit of $$ (not a ton yet, but it takes time and that’s not my main priority).
Most importantly, I love Jesus and am working on having a more intimate relationship with Him again. I went through a long time 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 and 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 and our adventures
- Info about the monthly Customer Kudos through Younique, video tutorials, pictures and graphics, etc
- 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 (Grati-Tuesday and Thankful Thursday)
- Grocery Geek posts (pictures of what I bought and how much I spent)
- Meal plans
- Organization posts
- Simple living
- Weekend prep posts
- Self care and self love posts
- And more!