In The Nutshell






Hi! I'm Nicole. I hail from the beautiful state of Minnesota and I love to write. I don't write fiction, but I have stacks of journals going back to my teen years, files of hand-written letters, and packets of poetry. When I discovered blogs back in 2006 I was immediately enamored with them and it didn't take me long to jump in and establish my own little home on the web.

And it really is like a little home away from home. My blog, like my own home, gets updated and changed around and redecorated from time to time. There are new things I discover all the time that I like to add here and there to make things pretty for me - and for you. I'm all about the pretty, for sure!

I have mused on the why of blogging: why I still do it, why I enjoy writing it, and why I enjoy reading others'. I have not come to any concrete answers other than that it's the way God has wired me. I process through writing. I communicate through writing. I even pray through writing. That blogging exists and allows me to connect with others around the world through my writing is like a gift. Like so many others who maintain their own blogs, I have been blessed to get to know people from around the world and to have a view into other lives and cultures that I would never have otherwise. I also know and have access to people who share in many of the same passions I enjoy in life and like to write about here from time to time.

For a while I thought my blog should have one particular focus. And I suppose, if you are someone who wants to create a blog for a career, that is a very good idea. I'm keen to branding, but have found that that is not the kind of blog for me. The writing I do here is as organic as my life, ever changing and moving. And yet, there are topics that are close to my heart that crop up here time and again and are these:

My ever-growing, ever-deepening, ever-blooming relationship with Jesus; my home and family (I have a husband and two daughters and a wonderful, loving, and zany extended family!), our homeschooling adventures; vegetarian/vegan dishes (I have been a vegetarian since 1987 and dairy- free since 2004; we eat eggs from farms we like at home); knitting; reading; running, yoga, exercise, and healthful living in general; art; gardening; books; the changing of the seasons; living lightly on the planet; and homemaking. I'm a die-hard Anglophile with a penchant for French fashion. I like to dress up for the day, but need to do it on our one-income budget. And while I enjoy many of the trappings of modern life (the internet in general - so wonderful for homeschooling, - and blogging and Pintrest specifically), I am an old-fashioned girl at heart. I love domesticity am ever-grateful for the privilege of being a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Currently, I am also a student studying Library Information Technology. Once both girls have graduated I hope to be working in a public library or school media center in our area.

So, that's me and that's here in a nutshell. I'm glad, as always, that you have stopped by and I hope you'll pay me more visits from time to time. Until then,


"The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."

~ Numbers 6:24-26


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