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"every man's life ends the same way. it is only the
details of how he lived & how he died
that distinguish one man from another." -Ernest Hemingway

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The Simple Things {hibernation}

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& here we find ourselves nestled into a quiet monday.
after a weekend celebrating our last holiday of the season, nate’s birthday,
this realization has set in: it’s the middle of the winter.
time to hibernate & dream of spring.

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January 13th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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The Simple Things {simple needs & fairy tales}

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“O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”
— Leo Rosten

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January 8th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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The Simple Things {little bits of christmas}

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little bits of christmas tucked in every corner of our little home & we are smiling huge.
this evening marks the beginning of our Christmas break.
we are going to snuggle up, watch movies, & sip tea.
& this weekend, celebrate Christmas for just the two of us.
then on Monday make the cold trek to the Colorado mountains
to celebrate christmas in the toasty howard cabin.
…sledding, hot cocoa, & lots of pine trees included.

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December 20th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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on chasing buffalo. & finding reindeer.

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at our healthiest, our days go nothing as planned.
we take every detour.
stop at any sign of beauty.
go the long way.
get home way later then planned.
& with our hearts beating in a way that we can feel them again.
we are reminded that we are indeed alive.
 
nate & i have a phrase we like to use when we need to slow down, take time for adventure, & hunt for beauty in our midst.
we call it “chasing buffalo”
& this is why:
 
in the midst of starting a business, our lives got hecticly busy.
when always feeling behind on our to do lists, our insides & souls started to become weighted down.
going a million miles a minute in our minds. anxiety welling over our lungs.
not able to spare a minute to catch our breath.
 
even when we would have chances to slow down, it was really hard.
we just wanted to shut our minds off.
 
we lost our adventurous spirits.
one of the most precious things to us.
the reason we fell in love with each other.
 
when heading out to colorado to visit family over a year ago,
in the midst of all this chaos
we decided we had to slow down.
we had to be adventurous again.
no matter what, we will not be stressed how long this road trip take us.
if we see something crazy, beautiful, or exciting
we are stopping. going. gazing.
no matter how far out of the way.
 
& during that drive, we passed a huge herd of buffalo. (yeah yeah… bison).
we squealed with excitement, took the first exit, & went back.
peering out at those wild beast. learning lessons from them on how we should live.
& our minds were still. but fully awake.
 
it was way out of our way to get turned back around on that interstate.
i think it took us 20 minutes before we were able to find another exit to get back on our route.
& it was perfect.
 
we still have the tendency to get caught up in busyness.
to want to turn our minds off if we have a free moment.
but this weekend we took the long way & made the conscious choice to be alive & awake.
 
on our way out to the country to cut our christmas tree,
we saw that sign. a buffalo & an arrow.
“this way. adventure”
& at the end we found a herd of reindeer.

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December 16th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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The Simple Things {home}

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making the bed is overrated//fresh hypericum//morning shadows//news all the way from Malawi//newest addition to our plant family//winter shelf for our plants
 
we have been sick for two weeks over here at the howard abode.
ready to start feeling whole & healthy again.
& this, scenes from our home.
our refuge during sickness.
our cozy during these chilly days.

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December 11th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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