about me

Hey there! Welcome to my blog!

My name is Aimee. This is where I document my journey of seeking joy in the everyday alongside my husband, baby girl and pup.
 I started this blog back in 2007 when I was preparing to live in Choluteca, Honduras as a missionary. Nine years later my blog is still a huge part of my life. Sometimes I share a DIY craft or two. Other times I write about our family adventures. Overall, I strive to make my writings honest and relatable, sharing the beauty that surrounds me, while also sharing the mess.
(Because, oh man can things be messy at times)!
When I'm not blogging, you can usually find me with these crazies. I am the wife to Mr. Christopher and Mama to The Rose and Honey. (The Rose is the human. Honey is the pup). We spend our days together living in our Swift Abode Rental in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Christopher and I met in college. We both started going to The Rock Campus Church when we were freshman. We had mutual friends and were (sort of) acquaintances for three years before we noticed each other. (Chris technically claims he "noticed" me many years before I "noticed" him).
The summer before our Senior year at MIZZOU, we both moved out to Estes Park, Colorado to participate in a summer program. While there we became best friends and four months later started dating. 
We were engaged within a year and we were married in 2008 with a sapphire ring to the tune of the Beatles and words of amazing grace.
In 2011, we bought our own seventy-seven year old fixer upper home in the heart of Columbia, Missouri. We calleded it the Swift Abode.

We put our hearts and souls into fixing up that home in so many fun and creative ways (like this project that made it on the Racheal Ray show)!
In May 2014, The Rose was born and changed our lives forever. She challenges me and forces me to grow in ways that Mamas have to learn to grow.
She has brought so much joy to our lives.
In the summer of 2015 (just after The Rose turned one) our lives changed drastically when I quit my job as a middle school science teacher and Christopher switched jobs from vocational ministry to working at McGraw Realtors in Tulsa, OK. In a matter of months we listed our Swift Abode, sold our Swift Abode and moved to the great state of Oklahoma. We spend many weekends discovering this new city that we love!
During this summer I also lost my sweet Daddy to Cancer.
2015 was the hardest year of our lives. We experienced more hardship than we had ever before faced. Yet, we also felt such deep love and compassion from our friends, family, each other and our good King.

We come into 2016 battered and broken but hearts fully trusting and dependent on Christ.

During the weekdays I am a stay-at-home Mama to The Rose. We do lots of fun things (like arts and crafts and movies). We do lots of hard things too (like tantrums and messes and super poopy diapers). But I wouldn't trade it for any other job.
 During the naptimes and weekends I strive to rest through craft sabbaths and I love inviting others to join me. I also like sleeping in with my little family and going to church on Sunday mornings.
In 2015, I opened an etsy shop where I sell handmade necklaces, earrings and handmade dolls. Because I am a stay at home Mama, this shop helps us to have savings and do some things we otherwise wouldn't be able to do.
In all of this though, my goal is to seek out the joy each and everyday. Not that I have to be happy every day, but to learn to find joy in the good, the hard, the beautiful and everything in between.
Please join me!

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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