My name is Courtney. I have been married to the love of my life for 15 years.
We have 3 kids: Karis- 13, Ethan-11, and Levi-9.
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. It forces us to stay home a lot and live a slow-paced life. We have a community of about 100 people (including kids) here, and I have some great friends. We are truly a family.
We recently started homeschooling again, and it has transformed all of our lives. To learn more about our homeschool, click the link at the top about Our Homeschool. Just a tiny bit about it… I focus on the Brave Writer Lifestyle and using the Wild + Free philosophy. You won’t see beautiful pinterest-y photos; you will see real life.
Our family loves the outdoors. We love to camp, hike, trail run, sit around the fire in our “back yard,” be in the high desert, 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 (we live on 1400 acres). Ethan loves to mountain bike and does races. We have a clear river just down the hill. We don’t take advantage of where we live enough and we are working on that!
We always have music playing in our house. This is huge for our family. This is what we do instead of having the TV on (this is rare). Some of my favorites are Bethel, Steffany Gretzinger, Cory Asbury, Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Lumineers, Soundtracks (right now A Star is Born is a favorite), 90’s alternative, Wilder Woods (Bear Rinehart from Needtobreathe), 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 schooling with the kids, cleaning, organizing, baking, cooking, meal prepping, writing (blogging mostly), reading, playing games, chatting, researching and learning, and more. I love being home.
I love focusing on hospitality. I host a Bible study weekly here, have friends over for coffee, feed people, game nights, movie nights, do 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!
I am pretty obsessed with candles, floral patterns, trees and birds, bright colors (and brown and gray), jeans and t-shirts, Toms and Chacos, yoga, coffee and hot tea, writing and reading, succulents and cacti, the sunrise and sunset, homemade bread, sitting outside, my big gray sweater (that I’ve had for like 6 years), yoga, my porch, pumpkin spice everything, and so many other things.
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.
We recently started going to church again at a new church that we really love. I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to see how this transforms our family.
So. All of this to say… things you will see on this blog include:
- Lots of pictures of my family
- Pictures of adventures and trips (camping, hiking, field trips, etc)
- Homeschooling posts!
- Posts about nature studies and being outside
- 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
- Gratitude posts
- Grocery Geek posts (pictures of what I bought and how much I spent)
- Frugal living
- Meal plans
- Organization posts
- Simple living
- Natural living
- Weekend prep posts
- Self care and self love posts
- And more!