This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 137


I'm convinced that farm life is heaven for small children. So many animals. So much going on. So much SPACE. It's been a full week, friends. Lots of moments of joy, lots of busyness, but also lots of grief. Our friend Jason passed away after being a passenger in a terrible car accident early Monday and the circumstances made it very tragic. Please, for the love, wear your seatbelt and don't … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 136 (Piglet Edition)


Happy Friday from the farm! You can take the ballerina to a farm, but you can't get her to stop wearing her tutu when she feeds the pigs, amirite?! It was a red letter week on the farm because two sets of baby piglets were born. Did you catch that? BABY PIGLETS! Daniel tipped us off when one of the sows went into labor and the kids and I got to watch piglets be born. It was such a cool … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 135 (Home at Last!)


This has been one of those weeks that feels like it's been a month long. Not because we've been bored but just because SO much has happened! It's hard to remember what day we were where but we went to the Grand Canyon and it was AMAZING. I wasn't really expecting much. For some reason I got it into my head that it was hyped up and would be disappointing. Or that one of my kids would fall … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 134 (Last Week of the Trip!)

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It's strange to think that in just four days we will be arriving at the final destination of this crazy road trip: Waco, TX. This has been life-changing trip for our family. We've gotten so much closer and I'm grateful that we'll have the memories of the past six weeks forever. We spent all day yesterday at Zion and it was incredible! I think it may have been my favorite national park that … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 133

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Happy Friday! Life has been wonderful and wild during our crazy road trip. We're FIVE weeks in (what?! How did that happen?) with just a week and a half to go before we arrive at our final destination in TX! We're currently enjoying our first trip ever to California. The beaches here are so different from Florida beaches! We had fun finding sea glass at the Glass Beach. And we've … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 132 (3 Weeks on the Road!)

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That Gwen. Girl knows how to Cracker Barrel. Well we've officially been on the road for our road trip around the US for three weeks....with three weeks to go....and three kids in the car. (I know! We're crazy!) But it's been SO awesome thus far. There's no way I can catch you up in one post so I'll just tell a couple of stories from the road and then eventually give the big events their own … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 131 (Road Trip Beginnings!)

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Well, here we are. We really did it. We set out on our insane ambitious road trip with three small children in tow a week ago and so far it's been wonderful. In fact, it's been so good that we haven't even had to bust out the DVD player for the car. We headed north to Atlanta, GA where we stayed at one of our best friend's apartments. The kids did great on the drive even though we were … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 130 (Fourth of July Edition!)


Happy Fourth! We're taking it easy today since the kids seem to be a little under the weather. As we get closer to our departure date, the goodbyes and "lasts" have begun and that's hard. My little circle of Catholic mom friends organized a send off for me last night. We talked for hours sitting by my friend Kaitlin's pool in the dark and it really hit me how much I will miss these amazing … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 129 (Moving out!)

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Ta da! I give you the cube that is now housing all our earthly goods except for the clothes and necessities we'll need for the next nine weeks (including six weeks of road trip/camping/speaking). It feels good that all our stuff actually fits in that little POD. Here's something I learned about moving out of a place you've been living for five years.....just when you think you're almost done … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 128

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Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the weekly feature at Carrots where I share photos, quotes, links, or whatever strikes my fancy! It seems weird to start this off with anything other than grief and prayers for Charleston and the victims of the racist hate crime that took so many lives. And following that, any little news our family has seems silly and trite but it's all I have to share … [Read more...]