Hopefully this blog will inspire those of you that have undertaken the journey to live frugally, but also abundantly. For we three midwestern-bred sisters, this journey started years ago, and in that time, we have grown to understand “abundance” in a whole new light. We have come to discover the fact that one really can live off of less and still live well. This blog is meant to be a place of hope and encouragement for those who love home-keeping, fashion, food, and life, but do not possess a large bank account. The resources are available, but it requires you to think outside of the box, and to live from your heart, embracing the adventure of abundant frugality. Enjoy and God Bless!
My name is Starla. I live in northwest Ohio in a lovely house in the country. I have the joy of living with my fourth sister, Sierra. I am the eldest daughter of five girls. I love to cook. I am a balanced disciple of the Weston A. Price movement so I really enjoy fermenting drinks, veggies, dairy and fruit, making sourdough bread, and making meals from scratch. I love to antique and go junking, it is a true delight to find a treasure among all the trash. This habit feeds my love to decorate, and bring beauty to our home. I love to garden. I collect cookbooks because I am fascinated by the way food tells you the history of a country, and how you can make a meal, and go anywhere in the world right in your kitchen. I love to read, and I have a bit of an obsession for the classics. I love to be outside, go for long walks through the trails in the woods. I really enjoy going to the city to explore ethnic markets, and visit museums. I have made a discipline out of frugality, and it has served me well. It has helped me to appreciate all that God provides, and makes me aware of how blessed I am. In short, I love life!!!!
This blog is an extension of our hearts, to all of you, in the hopes that the lessons that we have learned along life’s journey, will help to inspire you. We realize that our place as women in society can be used to bless others and bring beauty to a world desperate for something real. True beauty heals and restores life. We hope to facilitate you, in some small way, a place for you to be encouraged to bring out all that is in you as woman, to be vulnerable through creativity in your home and in your everyday life.
My name is Shanna. I am the second born of five daughters. I am the one who has always been afraid of her own shadow and yet, somehow Abba Father has brought me so far…both in body and in spirit. When I was 18, He moved my timid little self a thousand miles south of my home and family in Ohio, and planted me among family members in northeast Louisiana. I finished high school, then met my husband, Chris the following summer on a blind date. We have now been married since 2000 and have 2 boys, who are my full time occupation and my beating heart. I am their home school teacher and co-learner. It’s quite an adventure, to say the least.
I love to decorate and I’m excited to share some of my DIY projects with y’all. My husband and I worked on our first home together for 11 years and right as the paint dried on the last room we renovated…we moved to another house in the country. I have spent the last few years making this house a home, all with treasures from flea markets, antique stores and Craigslist finds. I love the thrill of a treasure hunt and using my finds to decorate! I also love cooking and entertaining and I consider my home and my kitchen table my mission field.
Overall, this whole blog-writing experience has been such a place of growth and vulnerability. It is so scary to put one’s heart out there like this, but if any of our stories touch your heart and inspire you on your own journey, what a deep and profound honor! I pray Jesus will heal your heart where it has been broken, that he will refresh you with the newness of his full and abundant life, and fill yours to the brim with his lavish and abundant blessings.