My name is Courtney. I have been married to the love of my life for 16 years.
We have 3 kids: Karis- 14, Ethan-12, and Levi-10.
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/projects 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 35 kids), and I have some great friends. We are truly a family.
We have a little homestead with backyard chickens, making most things homemade, and more!
We love our two pups!
I’m a tattooed mama and love having art on my arms!
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, swim in the beautiful river on our property, 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). 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 Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Lumineers, Soundtracks (right now A Star is Born is a favorite), The Civil Wars, JJ Heller, Johnnyswim, Drew Holcomb, 90’s music, old school Christian, Ed Sheeran, 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 LOVE to cook and bake. These are just a few of my recent creations.
I am a 4th and 5th grade social studies and science teacher in a small, rural school district. I love my job so much!
I am pretty obsessed with southwest patterns, jeans and t-shirts, Toms and Chacos, yoga, cold brew and hot tea, writing and reading, succulents and cacti, kombucha, the sunrise and sunset, hiking, being crunchy, sitting outside, cooking/baking from scratch, our home, yoga, my porch, and so many other things.
Most importantly, I love Jesus. My relationship with Him has really grown lately and I am leaning into Him and His plan even through hardship. He has shown me that He uses all things for good and He will finish a good work in me. He is a good, good Father who gives good gifts.
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)
- Posts about our homestead
- Posts about my classroom and what I am learning and doing as a classroom educator again
- Recipes using mostly whole foods ingredients (though not always!)
- Dairy free/gluten free recipes/posts
- What I’m learning through Bible study/prayer
- 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
- Crunchy/Natural living posts
- Simple living
- Weekend prep posts
- Self care posts
- And more!