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Did you know Captain Von Trapp & Maria were some early advocates for home birth in America?

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From her autobiography…

“Oh, time and time again, (people) told me that one had to have a doctor and one had to go to the hospital to have a baby. I was finally persuaded to make one concession: the doctor. But go to a hospital – that was ridiculous. Why? What for? I wasn’t sick. In Europe you went to a hospital when you were dangerously sick, and many people died there, but babies were born at home. Would they in the hospital allow my husband to sit at my bedside? Could I hold his hand, look into his eyes? Could my family be in the next room, singing and praying? The answer to all these questions was ‘no’.”

All right, that settled it. I tried to explain that a baby had to be born into a home, received by loving hands, not into a hospital, surrounded by ghostly-looking doctors and masked nursed, into the atmosphere of sterilizers and antiseptics. That’s why I would ask the doctor to come to our house.”


The Trapp family went on to give birth to their healthy baby boy at home, unassisted, while the doctor and nurse were prepping on the other side of the room.

I really enjoying reading their life story. Would recommend for anyone who’s a fan of The Sound of Music, or just a fan of a good life story!

Goumikids giveaway!


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Have you heard of Goumikids yet? They are a tiny two-mom company making some of the sweetest little baby products on the market. I’m excited to share them with you – and offer a chance to win a newborn set of your own too!


Goumikids offer mittens, booties, and most recently have introduced hats for babies. The adorable little hat reminds me somewhat of a gnome or pixie, which in my opinion makes it just about as perfect as can be for a baby.

how cute is this? Borrowed a photo from goumikids to share, since we’ve no tiny babies in this house at the moment ;)Goumi Kids | Leah Verwey Photo

All goumikids products are made with organic cotton and have sophisticated and versatile patterns and colors, designed to engage baby’s developing vision.


They sent me a newborn set to check out and it is some of the softest fabric I have ever found in a baby product, which I really love. Cuteness goes so far, but when something is super soft I know I will use it for baby all the time.

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I was happy to receive a “gender neutral” color so that I’ll be able to use it someday in the future, but if you win the giveaway you’ll have your choice between diamond dots (like I received), “pink leaves”, and “blue sketch” which can be seen here.

And for one more reason to love them, Goumikids contributes a portion of all proceeds to protecting children and prevention of trafficking in their goumigiving program.
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Summer Oatmeal


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Oatmeal does not feel especially “summery” to me, being hot & all, but this recipe is a perfect update to keep it in the breakfast rotation all year round. It’s cool and refreshing, filling, and best of all you mix it up before bedtime so it’s 100% ready to eat as soon as you’re up in the morning.



  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds (this is optional, but I’ve been throwing it in looking for more iron in my foods)
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Blueberries & chopped strawberries (about 1/3 cup each. Any other berry would work in this too.)


Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, spoon into bowls and serve! Makes 3-4 servings.

The kids get so excited when I say we can make it at night, it’s a new favorite for everyone – even Daddy likes to too:)

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life on the iPhone


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I always imagine my “life flashing before my eyes” looking something like watching my iPhone import. Here’s a little of what life looks like around here lately :)

Reading & playing.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPopsicles on the porch.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBug hunting & sparklers in the backyard.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve been working on some more iron-rich recipes. Chinese dr says I need it for my immune system, so I’m trying. I feel like I’ve had a cold every other month the past year or so and it is seriously old. So working in lots of molasses, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas… Will share some recipes here soon :) Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetJournaling before bed. It’s a really nice way to close out each day.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFinished putting our bedroom together.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIMG_8831Watching the rain and the deer. Both happen nearly every day.Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetIMG_7624She seriously loves dress up.
IMG_7821Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPiano time.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt’s been a pretty laid back summer. But overall it’s been nice. Chill & relaxed, settling into our new house, while I’m still working on getting over this cold.Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset

Family Tree Wall


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The kids and I put up together a family tree wall this week and I really love it. I’ve had the idea floating around my head for the past two or three years and am really happy with how it turned out!

To make it I used:

  • this tree decal from amazon
  • 4×6 clip frames from Michaels
  • photos, hammer, & nails

3treesFirst we assembled the tree. I like that I could order a second decal set in the future & add more branches when we find more photos to add.

We arranged the frames how we wanted them on the floor, and then started hanging them on the tree.

IMG_9087IMG_9091Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI asked K who the man on the left is and he thought it was his uncle “D” (it’s actually our great-great grandfather – but there is a resemblance!)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHe thought the photo of Landon as a little boy was a picture of himself too :)
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Something about seeing my ancestors makes me feel really present, and gives me a good perspective on life. That it’s a gift. That it’s temporary. That the good stuff should be enjoyed, and let the bad stuff go. And then I feel different while I’m rocking the baby, putting away the laundry, or doing the dishes. Looking at everything from that point of view it really does all feel like a gift.

And it simultaneously makes me feel really big and really small. Like who am I out of the thousands of people who came before me, I’m just really no big deal. But then at the same time, the love of all these people whose lives are gone now went into making me and I’m alive now and what am I’m going to do with it? Because it’s temporary and precious and such a gift. Anyway, I like it.

I like to think about all the mothers before me too. As I was getting the babies to sleep last night, with Kaden laying on one arm & Alia cuddling her “Good Good” teddy bear & nursing on the other, I wondered how many women in my family tree have cuddled their babies holding a teddy bear as they fell asleep. It’s such a precious thing. And it all just really makes me want to love. Because one day all that will be left of me is the love I shared. And I want to be sure I did it with all I could.

So there it is, our family tree!

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