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Hello there, friend. I’m so glad you’re here. My name’s Bethany. I have 4 daughters, 2 sons, and one very understanding husband. Together we’re building a life + living our Catholic faith in the beautiful PNW, where I homeschool, home birth + home-bake humble pie year round. The longer I live, the more I learn how little I know. I write about it here.

Pull up a chair and relax. I’ll pour us some coffee, we’ll kick off our shoes + dish. Not gossip, because who has time for that? I’d rather put our heads together to whisper words that inspire. I want to build up our marriages and find better ways to disciple our children. I want us to grow in fellowship + faith.

I can’t promise it’ll always be pretty. I do my best not to sugarcoat (unless we’re talking pastry). Motherhood + marriage are hard enough without another picture-perfect Facebook feed to spin the yarn that we’re not all struggling. Believe me when I say I feel you, sister. For every Kodak moment, there’s a dog day. And you know what? That’s alright.

I love that we can talk about the hard stuff.

About how sometimes it all feels out of control or when you watch the world get ugly and all you can do is pray.

I know we won’t always agree, but please believe I am listening.

Have I mentioned how glad I am you’re here?

I love that the internet has given us a way to share our trials and triumphs. To cheer each other on as we cheer each other up. How it gives us a way to glimpse the stunning similarity in the splashes of spilt milk; the sweet, sticky fingers painting eternity on our hearts. Can I tell you a secret? This glorious, gut-wrenching, messy-beautiful life was not what I planned for myself. But you know the old saying: we make plans, and God laughs. The trick, I’m discovering, is to laugh along.

There are miracles in our mundane.

These stories we are living are breath-taking beautiful. Yes, even yours, even mine. Even on the bad days. Because we know it’s not about getting the most out of life, but giving the most out of love. I believe God’s got great big beautiful plans for you and for me, for our marriages, and for these precious souls we’re raising. Sure it’s not always easy, but the good stuff never is. And let’s be honest, it is good, isn’t it?

I should probably tell you now: I don’t have all the answers. I’m learning as I go. I show up here with my tales of toddler tears, of fractured faith, and what it’s like to be truly sleepless in Seattle. I roll up my sleeves, start slicing apples, and sprinkle sugar on the sour. It’s not a particularly glamorous story, but it’s beautiful and all mine.

How I met a boy who introduced me to Jesus–and I fell in love with them both. (I’m still hopelessly fallen.) How I married the boy + we moved to a city I’d never seen + together we’re raising six sweet souls. How He’s raising me up in the process: mistakes, miracles and everything in between.

So come back tomorrow. And the day after that. I’ll be right here, journaling the journey. I can’t predict what’s in store, but I promise there will always be plenty to learn, plenty of laughs + plenty of pie.

I look forward to knowing you better.

 

sweetness + grace,
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6 comments

  1. Katherine says:

    I really like your new site! It is so evident that you want this space to be for everyone and not just yourself. Thank you, and looking forward to following along here.

  2. Jessi says:

    Hi Bethany – I just love your new site! I can tell that you have put a huge amount of thought and effort into it. I can’t wait to see it “fill out” more as you begin posting regularly here. I thought I would use this as an opportunity to introduce myself.

    I first found your blog through LAF around 2008/2009 – I loved your recipes and your articles on homemaking most of all, and I was also intrigued to learn more about your catholic faith (I’m protestant). I’m several years younger than you, and I loved the insight into the life of a happy wife and homemaker – which is exactly what I was hoping to be someday!

    It’s been neat to see your writing change over time, and to see your mothering and homeschooling style develop. Sometimes I miss your “old” style (posts about courtship and homemaking tips) – but I truly do love reading your posts no matter what they are about. I’m so happy that you have stuck with blogging all this time! Thanks for sharing your life and your writing with all of us – it has benefited and encouraged me tremendously!

    • Bethany says:

      Jessi, it’s so nice to “meet” you after all this time! And I really appreciate your input. I am actually hoping to do some more practical posts on homemaking, modesty, and other day-to-day topics here (more like I did in the old days). While I love discussing courtship, it’s a topic I have decided to forgo posting on for this season for 2 reasons. (1) My husband and I did not come from families that would have supported a courtship (when he asked my dad to marry me, my dad actually said, “Why are you asking me?”!) So I haven’t ever been in what most Christians would consider a courtship (we did our best). (2) My children are not at the age of courting/dating, so I feel unequipped to discuss the topic from a parenting point of view. If you ever want my personal thoughts or opinions, though, please, please, please email me! I love to talk about these things! I just want to restrict my blog content to those topics I feel qualified and led to speak on.

      sweetness + grace,
      Bethany

  3. Kim W says:

    Can’t wait to share this new space with you. I have followed you since y Bumper was a newborn (she is four now). I look forward to seeing what you encounter next, and believe me I am right down in the trenches with you!

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