A Jesus lover. Wife to my best friend. Momma to 7 blessings. Heartstrings tugged by all things simple and sweet


Midwest, United States


a sinner saved by God’s grace:  At the age of seven, I realized my need for a personal relationship with Jesus in my own life. At fourteen I really started to desire to know and grow more in the Lord. I dedicated my life to the Lord through believers baptism. Today, I strive, I fall, and grow because of this undeserving thing called, grace.

blessed with: my husband of 16 years {my best friend, and “high school sweetheart”} who loves Jesus, and leads our family to the best of his ability. Hardworking, and spoils each of us greatly. I’m honored to be the mother of 7 beautiful children here on this earth – aka “the Munchkins.” 5 through birth, 2 through adoption, and 3 precious babies already residing in the presence of Jesus.

my days & weeks are spiced with: numerous doctor appointments, peanut butter & jelly, mud-puddle, dandelion, laundry laden, therapy filled, sticky finger, crazy homeschooling bliss.

with great honor and much grace: I am a homemaker who’s been given the great privilege of being able to stay home, and homeschool our children for the past 11 years, while also caring for 2 of our children with multiple special needs.

contributing to our family’s income from home: by managing our families small business Eden Ridge,  offering organic teas, herbs, spices, botanical’s. Every sale helps bring an orphan home. I am also a Homeschool Consultant helping homeschool families find the best deal possible for their BJU Press Homeschool Curriculum and more!)  On occasion, I earn a little income blogging right here at Graced Simplicity.  Thank you, for your continued faithful following.  : )




i’m learning: to love the Lord more intimately, to love my man more passionately, to train my munchkins more joyfully, all while letting go of perfect.

I’m learning over and over that God’s love unglues and unhinges us, when we set aside our perceived expectations. He moves us to the most unthinkable, and the most incredible, amazing blessings through the most uncomfortable of ways.

I’m finding myself wanting more of this crazy faith stuff.



Jesus    baby cuddles  •  adoption stories    most things vintage  •  old but practical & useful antiques  •  my husband’s hands    the sound of my children laughing and playing    the freedom that comes from knowing Christ    flowers    heartfelt, focus on Jesus uplifting, poetic Music  •  old farmhouses    barns  •  windmills  •  picket fences  •  sweet tea with lemons  waterfalls    horseback riding    sunsets  •  sunrises  •  good quotes  •  good books that encourage and inspire me to grow in the Lord  •  christian biographies    natural & sustainable living books thrown in for pleasurable reading  •  typography  •  handwritten mail  •  invigorating aromas that come from the kitchen  •  piddling on the piano    essential oils  •  herbs  •  teas  flea markets  •  sale racks  •  second hand stores    half price books  •  the changing of leaves   •   homemade confections     sweet cherries  •  old ticking, eyelet, and lace    long walks  • slow days. 


a natural – sustaining wannabe family with “a lot” of kids who homeschool: living on few small acres. Striving for a healthy way of living. However, not everything we eat is always whole grain, organic or stevia laden. We kind of like our good old-fashioned bacon fat, white flour and butter, lots of butter! The majority of our food is made from scratch and we find great pleasure and satisfaction in growing and preserving from our large garden, and orchard, as well as hunting, and butchering the vast majority of our meat. Honey; is also something we have been enjoying harvesting for the last 4 years from our beehives.  The natural medicine cabinet just keeps expanding, as I learn more about, essential oils and herbs. I’d like to think our natural way of life spills over into our everyday lives. The way we clean, the way we eat,  and the way we care for our bodies, and then I find myself throwing in a frozen pizza because it’s just been an extra chaotic day.  ::cough::



My daily reality: I’m probably reheating my mug for the 3rd time, working on achieving a small dent in my mount-never-rest pile of laundry, wiping sticky fingers, and smelly bottoms, trying to keep a child focused on their school work, while simultaneously cleaning up spilled orange juice all over my freshly mopped floor, kissing owies, prepping for dinner, trying to keep up on preserving all our home grown produce, pulling weeds, snapping a few unprofessional photos, or maybe just maybe, blogging. ت



And live life in the moments. You may, or may not see much of me, as far as consistency goes. I blog when I have the time, and when I’m certain that my priorities are in place. Because of my inconsistency, you may find it helpful to follow me through these avenues:



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