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Favorite Summer Finds

In the summer, I love to spend as much time as possible outside. I adore it, especially after winter in Iowa. Riding my bike, geocaching, and going on a hike are some of the best (in my opinion) ways to spend a great day outdoors. They’re all pretty cheap and allow for a lot different opportunities.… Continue reading Favorite Summer Finds

Five Minute Friday

Church as a Haven {Five Minute Friday}

I’m joining with Kate and the Five Minute Friday crew for our weekly 5-minute free writing. Today we’re writing on the word: haven. Go. I never imagined church would be a haven. Funny, isn’t it? Church should be, right? It should be the place we turn when we have nothing else. Heck, it should be… Continue reading Church as a Haven {Five Minute Friday}

Crunchy · DIY

Adventures in Beekeeping {#tinyhousebees}

I am officially a beekeeper. This is NOT a path I envisioned taking, even a year and a half ago. It wasn’t that I hated bees or was particularly afraid of them. I just never envisioned being a beekeeper because I didn’t think I had the knowledge, skills, or strength to do so. But after… Continue reading Adventures in Beekeeping {#tinyhousebees}

africa · Five Minute Friday

Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

It’s been a while, friends, since I’ve written with the Five Minute Friday crew. So I’m joining in with the amazing #fmfparty community and writing on a common theme, for just five minutes. Today’s word is: Expect. Go. When I hopped on a plane and flew to South Africa for two years, I was told… Continue reading Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

Reviews

The Quieting {Review}

I recently had the pleasure of reading The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher, which is a novel set in Stoney Ridge, the fictitious Amish village create by Fisher and written about in several other books. This is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. The book revolves around David, an Amish minister who must… Continue reading The Quieting {Review}

africa · Intentional Living

Strong Women {#putonyourpearls}

When I think about strong women, I think of the women in Kudunkgwane, the South African village I lived in for two years. (Besides the women in my family, of course, who are exceptionally strong!) There was a group of women who took ownership of my school garden project. They not only show up for workshops:… Continue reading Strong Women {#putonyourpearls}

Reviews

Counted with the Stars {Review}

I recently finished Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I adore historical fiction, but this setting, plot line, and perspective are surprisingly different than most historical fictions. Counted with the Stars is a refreshing take on story many… Continue reading Counted with the Stars {Review}

Five Minute Friday

Wholeness of Community {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday time, when I gather with other writers from all corners of the globe as we write together, for just five minutes, on a common prompt. When we put away the inner editor and just let the words flow. Our gracious hostess, Kate, has all the details on her blog, as well… Continue reading Wholeness of Community {Five Minute Friday}

Reviews

A Treasure Concealed {Review}

I recently finished A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson, which is the first book in a series set in the 1890s in the Montana Territory. I have always been a fan of Peterson, who is a fantastic author, and this book is no exception. Not only was the plot line compelling and the characters well-developed,… Continue reading A Treasure Concealed {Review}