Hi! I’m Rebecca. When my second child was born, I traded in my part-time, work-from-home corporate job that I loved to be a full-time wife and mom. Now we are a family of six finding contentment in our new “this old house” while we save for the remodeling projects that will make it feel more like home. I love my calling in life for this season: it is fulfilling and frustrating, meaningful and messy, extraordinary and ordinary.
My goal is to inspire you by writing about the things that we do in our home and with our family that move us toward a healthier, happier home.
What does it mean to hone a healthy home?
The health of our homes covers so many facets. It’s about taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and the homes in which we live. It’s about having enough margin in our lives to enjoy the here and now – to emphasize relationships with others over the pursuit of things. It’s about finding contentment in the everyday lives God has gifted us.
Honing a healthy home is a process that we continue to refine and perfect over time. The methods and ideas that have served us in one season may not serve us as well in the next, and new ideas are always on the forefront.
What works for us
As I share some of the ideas that work for us, keep in mind that we are all unique, and our families all have particular needs. What works for our family may not work for yours, and that’s okay. My husband and I are very much still in the process of honing our healthy home, and I don’t think we’ll ever say we’re “done.” Although we’re constantly seeking improvement, we’re not pursuing absolute perfection.
Fun facts about me
- I used to have a southern accent until we moved to Ohio when I was nearly 12. Constant requests from my new classmates to say something quickly led to the loss of my southern drawl. I do still slip up every now and then. Fill becomes feel, grill becomes greel, and so on.
- I hiccupped every day from the time I was a sophomore in college until about the time I had my first child. I would hiccup every few minutes and learned how to silence them so I could get through class and other important events like weddings without causing a scene.
- In college, I studied computer science but knew that if I should ever marry and have children I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I spoke of this to a friend in computer lab once, and little did I know that my future husband was in the room and heard our conversation.
- I helped my dad seine a small pond on the day my parents moved me to graduate school. Fortunately, my dad never asked me to do that again as I kept sinking in the mud. I do love to fish and am spoiled by their family-friendly pay lakes.
- If I could, I would probably have a shoe fetish. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), finding shoes large enough and narrow enough to fit me makes this impossible.
- Everyone in my family has a birthday that falls on a day of the month that is a prime number. I labored all day with my fourth child on the 10th, but he came in the wee hours of the 11th. Nerdy or not, I love that we all have prime number birthdays.
- I am not the first blogger in my family. My sister began blogging in 2010. As a former home economics teacher, she develops and posts many tasty recipes on her blog: [email protected].