Saturday Snuggle 03.05.16


Michigan… oh Michigan… How bipolar are you?

Three times in the past two weeks, we have gazed out into our yard and seen all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape… and then all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape… and then all of the sticks on the ground from all of the high winds we got this winter… and then a snow covered landscape…

They say next week is going to be pretty warm… lets hope it sticks.

Not that it should make a big difference to us this weekend, anyways.  We are sick as dogs, and will be spending most of today undercover… either sleeping… or consuming fruits, veggies, juices, and media…

Let’s get started with a video:

This guys name is Randolph Arriola.  Found this video recently, and was like, ‘hell yeah…’ by the skill.  Then got interested in what kind of guitar he was playing.  Stopped by Quinn’s and they helped us identify it as a Godin.  Wheels started turning.  We plan on selling the Martin soon so that Chadwick can get his hands on one of these.


With spring approaching, now is a good time to start planning out that spring cleaning.  Check out this great post to get those wheels turning.

If you are in love… or hope to be… and you still read things called books… we highly recommend ZimZum by Rob and Kristen Bell.  Amy ordered this one for us last year and we cruised through it in a weekend.  Over the past couple weeks, it’s landed next to the coffee pot on the night stand, and will be picked up again.


And for those of you in between marriages… or into your second one… we know that many folks out there are already filling your head with the, ‘don’t you know that second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first ones?’  It’s one of those things you hear, but don’t really challenge.  Somewhere in the back of your mind can be all the tapes of what went wrong in the first marriage, and you have learned that you don’t want to go through that again.  But your friends… bless their hearts… don’t know what it was like to walk in your shoes in the first place.  Go ahead an politely tune them out… and then move forward.  Here is a nice short read to keep you encouraged as you look for love in all the right places.

To nurture some poetic culture into your life… we’ve taken a liking to Miss Sarah Kay as of late.  Here is a sample:

Also Michigan related this week: it’s time to vote in the presidential primaries on March 8.  Here are a few things you’ll need to know to be educated enough to get to your polling center.  How educated you are beyond that about the candidates or the process… that’s up to you.

Ok… it’s quite possible that climbing out of bed for a turkey sub from Maikes could be in order.  Peace…


Stories… and the Curing of Soul


One of the most wonderful facets of the minimalist community… particularly in the blogosphere, is that we are able to offer mentoring, directions, friendship, and family to each other. We’ve all taken the risk of stepping away from over-consumption.

As we journey together, we give and take insight that eventually ends up leading to a place of wholeness and healing. It is a safe place, where we are able, as individuals, to address our own baggage, brokenness, distortions and longings. As we learn from others, we are able to follow our own life story a bit more, and to grow into the person we’ve been created to be.

It’s an amazing community.

As we write, share, and learn from all of you, there are a few questions that we keep in mind, that helps us to recognize and isolate our own desires, hungers, needs, convictions, areas of separation, and thirsts of our soul. They go a little something… like… this…

  • What are you longing for in life?
  • Where do you experience this longing in your life right now?
  • What do you think is at the heart of your longing?
  • Where does your mind go when it isn’t focused on this longing?
  • Where have you experienced pain because something/someone else has taken the place of really satisfying the longing?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • Where are you compromising in life instead of pursuing your longing?

Questions like these are what make up your story.  How would you answer them?

This blog has been an attempt to address these questions in the moment… and unpack what lies at the root of it all.  All that being said…

What is your story… we would love to know.  If you are able, tackle one or two of them in the comment section below… or email us.   It is our desire to offer you the opportunity to share your story… through blog post, YouTube video, podcast, etc…

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