Tiny House Tuesday // Building an Ark

The rain of it all

I love the idea of having a house by the lake⏤just not a tiny house. When we chose the place where she'd perch, we took a lot into consideration⏤which direction to face, what views not to block, and how to prevent our galvanized roof from blinding our only neighbor. One thing we did not take into consideration, however, was the direction of the river that flows down the mountain behind us,...

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The First Hard Conversation + Autographed Giveaway by Lori Roeleveld
The First Hard Conversation + Autographed Giveaway by Lori Roeleveld

The First Hard Conversation + Autographed Giveaway by Lori Roeleveld

No one goes around looking to strike up a hard conversation. And yet, I'm not sure we can expect to walk fully in light of the gospel without a willingness to do it. Thankfully, people like Lori Roeleveld are able to take not-so-comfortable conversations and break them into hearty, but bite-sized morsels. For almost a decade, I've watched Lori's life beautifully reflect her zeal for God and...

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Gothic window
Tiny House Tuesday // A Tale of Two Gothic Windows

Tiny House Tuesday // A Tale of Two Gothic Windows

At least that's how the story began. Last April, before May floods meandered their way over the Swannanoa banks, we headed to the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville NC, in search of a Gothic window. We explored aisles of primitive ladders, glass knobs, and bird egg blue cabinets until we spotted the distinctive curve peeking over nearby antique relics.   Or should I say curves? Turns out,...

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Door of Opportunity
3 Things to Remember When Opportunity Knocks

3 Things to Remember When Opportunity Knocks

I'm not a fan of surprises. I figure life offers up an ample share of them, so to balance things out, I'll take my daily hum in a rhythm of slow and steady. Sometimes, though, surprises make themselves right at home, like the one that showed up at my "doorstep" a few months ago.   Opportunity knocked and I opened the door.   I can't go into details now, but since that tap on my...

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Come Sit for a Spell
Tiny House Tuesday // Come Sit a Spell

Tiny House Tuesday // Come Sit a Spell

Come sit a spell. It's an invitation to come on over, take a seat, and rest awhile. It's a saying my spinster great-aunts spun while rocking on the front porch that hugged their century-old home. Family, friends, and those strolling on the nearby sidewalk were invited to join them for conversation while they shucked corn and popped peas.   That was over forty years ago, but the charm of...

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How I Journal My Prayers
How I Set Up My Prayer Journal for 2019 + A LePen Giveaway

How I Set Up My Prayer Journal for 2019 + A LePen Giveaway

I want to be that woman⏤the one who swirls her colored pencils, creating a design befitting a beautiful prayer journal.   But I'm not.   Instead, I buy pencils and markers in an array of colors, along with hand-lettering books, to feel like the woman who does such things. Truth is, I buy a fetching three-ring binder from Target, a pack of College-ruled notebook paper, and new for...

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Tiny House on the Hill's First Snow
Tiny House Tuesday // Her First Snow

Tiny House Tuesday // Her First Snow

Okay, so it was more of an ice event. Still, it was a milestone for the Tiny House on the Hill.   In 2018, we've seen her bare naked, dressed in walls, and covered in wrap. But this is her first clothing of white. She wears it well, don't you think? Before the first line was drawn on the tiny house plans, my mind ventured into the future, imagining a space the size of a twin bed tucked...

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Christmas
20 Simple Ways to Offer the Love of Christ this Christmas + Starbucks Giveaway

20 Simple Ways to Offer the Love of Christ this Christmas + Starbucks Giveaway

My paternal grandmother, Alberta Scott, aka Ma-ma, crafted the art of memory-making. Every December certain things took place in her home. The smooth sounds of Bing Crosby and Johnny Mathis spun on the console upstairs while boiled custard simmered on the stove. A twelve-inch ball of Styrofoam decked out in olive-green velvet hung over the same doorway for as long as I can remember. And the...

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Tiny House Tuesday
Tiny House Tuesday // With A Little Help From My Friend

Tiny House Tuesday // With A Little Help From My Friend

I mean, how hard could it be to install a metal roof? We were convinced it wouldn't be that hard⏤even with a roof that points to the sky like an arrow. Brian calls it a 14/12 pitch. I call it crazy steep. Over the last several weeks, we'd framed, lifted beefy plywood via sheer willpower, and purchased more nails than groceries. Laying galvanized metal on top of twelve weeks of work felt like...

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