In the past few years Carrots has grown from one reader (my mom) to thousands and yet I often forget that not everyone reading today has been with us from the beginning of this blogging journey. So for all of you who are new and might not know our story, here’s a little post about who we are and what we’re doing.
I’m Haley Stewart, a Catholic convert, and wife to Daniel (affectionately nicknamed Daniel Bearman).
I’m a bookworm, British costume drama aficionado, and former ballerina (and ballet teacher). I was homeschooled 3rd-8th grade and spent most of my time reading outside on a blanket and doing musical theatre. I’m a super anxious driver, but I rarely get nervous before speaking gigs anymore (and I love them, so let me know if you want to book an event).
Daniel and I were highschool sweethearts in Tallahassee, FL. We met at age 15 at a Switchfoot concert, started dating at 17 and married at 20. We’re about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. (That’s right! No longer in our 20s! Middle age, here we come!)
We both graduated from Baylor University and studied Great Texts. I focused on medieval studies (let’s talk about King Arthur!) and Daniel focused on biblical languages. We were married halfway through college and drank a lot of coffee on couches at the college coffee place. I’ve always wanted to be a barista but the closest I ever got was working at a french pastry shop. After graduation, I immediately got pregnant and started working in publications at Baylor.
After our first baby was born, we converted to Catholicism. I started blogging about the Christian Year and being a new mom. When he was 15 months old we moved back to our hometown so that I could do a grad program (which I promptly quit.) I have zero regrets. I started blogging more intentionally and working from home as a writer. The podcast was born and I started doing speaking gigs.
After a great five years back in Tallahassee and two baby girls later, we decided to turn everything upside down. Daniel quit his stable 9-5, we sold our house, we got rid of most of our stuff, and we moved back to Texas for him to begin a year long livestock internship at a non-profit sustainable agriculture training farm.
We took a 6.5 week road trip around the country last summer with our three kids (basically we went north from Florida, west to Oregon, down the west coast, and east to Waco–the long way to Texas.) We camped at national parks, stayed with friends, did a couple of speaking events, and had the time of our lives. I’m pretty sure we’ll look back on that summer as “the good old days.”
We live in a 650 sq ft apartment on the farm with 3 kids and no flushing toilets. We homeschool. Life is full. Next up for us is buying a house (if all goes well, we close May 9th!) because we adore quirky Waco. We’ve got plenty left to figure out, but the adventure is in full swing!
And if you have any questions you want me to answer, I thought it would be fun to do another Ask Me Anything vlog answering them all in the near future. So leave questions in the comments, friends!
Thanks so much for reading and being part of this little corner of the internet! To connect with me and the wonderful Carrots readers, you can join in on the Carrots FB page or on Instagram. I’m also at Twitter and Pinterest. And to receive my little newsletter of secret posts that won’t show up on the blog, you can sign up here (for free, of course). Thanks a million!