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I am a person who craves routine. I love planning, organizing, and schedules. I understand that this is a contradiction to my innate desire to live “wild and free” but it is something that I can’t escape. When I get thrown off my routine I am like a lost puppy looking for his home. I don’t know which way to go and I really just want to sit in a corner and cry.

Now that my youngest is nearing her 1st birthday and we are starting to settle into our new home, new city, and homeschooling adventures. I am starting to see that the last 10 years of my life has been a season of major change- NO WONDER why I feel half insane half the time! Maybe I’m not 100% crazy and just a product of being thrown out of my comfort zone constantly. So what always happens is I try to fit my old life into my new life and it ends up taking me a while to figure out you can’t fit a round peg into a square hole.

So here I am. Slowly chiseling my round peg into a square. It means a new normal for me. Work has to be fit in between  making waffles and teaching color theory. I have to wake up at 5am despite being woken up every 90 minutes the whole evening prior (do they ever sleeeeeeeeeep!?!?!?!), blogging and work time is less frequent so it has to be more focused and productive. Balance is now something that is essential rather then desired.

One thing that hasn’t changed though, is my quest for a simpler and more intentional life. We made some baby steps in 2015, we moved our family closer to my husband’s work, we are now less then one mile away. We decided to homeschool and have tried to let go of unnecessary commitments. We have also decreased home and auto expenses to allow more margin in our budget.

Although things don’t feel so simple around here right now, I know we are heading in the right direction. I hope to continue our journey in 2016 and use this blog to share what inspires me as well as some pretty pictures along the way.

Cheers to a new year and a new normal.

Oh and lots of grace, plenty of grace.



  • Dara - January 28, 2016 - 2:44 pm

    Good luck! If anyone can do this-you can!