Welcome to Traditional Home Living, a spot where I can share so many things that have helped in my journey in motherhood, managing my home, and creating a simpler lifestyle for my family.
I have been married to my hard-working husband, Colby, since 2014. We live in our dreamy forever home on 24 acres with our four kids. Our dream home is still a work in progress since we bought a fixer-upper. In our first year of owning and living in it, we have made huge improvements!
The first 8 years of our marriage my husband was a Chinook helicopter pilot for the Army. After moving from big city to big city with the Army, we desired a quiet life in the country. During those eight years, I learned how to cook from scratch, homeschool my kids, care for my family with natural remedies, and raise chickens and garden – all in the suburbs!
You can imagine our excitement to start over with so much land to grow on! Every step of our adventure getting here was nothing short of a miracle and we feel incredibly blessed for God’s grace and provision over our journey.
My Back Story
Growing up in a big city, my interests ranged from country dancing to attending theatrical performances. I am the oldest of 4 girls and my oldest child is my mini-me!
While finishing my senior year in high school, I joined the Airforce so that I could pay for college. I was accepted into the college of my choice and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. My husband and I met in the Airforce. During my last year of college, we got married and at the end of the school year I was pregnant!
After separating from the military, I followed my husband all over the country, we even lived in South Korea for a couple years. I enjoyed meeting people, learning new cultures and traditions. However, Colby was gone more than he was home and we had a yearning to move to the country for our kids to grow up free-range! We are beyond thankful for this season of life and the ability to enjoy our whole family together as the kids grow.
Interesting and Fun Facts About Me
My first labor and delivery lasted 38 hours. Despite my fear and exhaustion, I was determined to have a natural birth. My second baby was born in my aunts’ apartment. Our 2-year-old slept through the whole thing! My third baby was born at home in water and my husband caught him. My fourth baby was also a home waterbirth and my biggest baby at 9 pounds!
I make up songs about everything. All my kids sing and make up songs too! I enjoy singing even though I am tone-deaf!
I drive a lifted minivan! Our vehicles are all paid off and when we moved to the country the minivan was not working for the dirt road terrain. Instead of buying a more expensive SUV, my husband had a lift kit and bigger tires put on the minivan and we were able to not accrue debt! Honestly, it’s not that noticeable and if you were to notice, it looks kind of cool!
Lastly, my husband and I both got saved in 2017 while living in Korea! We have had many adventures. However, settling down in the county is our greatest adventure yet! I am excited you are here and I hope to be an encouragement to you!