Our little family of five finally ventured to Oregon for a family reunion, and overall 10 day trip for all things fun. We tent camped half the trip, and decided to townhome the final days… because Tetris packing the truck is only fun twice.

Family was loved hard (Ry met my entire side FINALLY, and clicked instantly), the ocean was seen for the first time, our bikes were stolen, and lots of adult beverages consumed… but in the midst of it all we undoubtedly became closer. Maybe it was the 12-13 hour drive, or maybe it was the salt water + sand on our Montana feet.

My heart surely grew fonder of Oregon, and burst at the seams for my Birgensmith family… but dang it feels good to be home. Wide open skies, pine trees, and not 100,000 people on the roads. Helllooooo Flathead Valley, my beautiful safe haven, we sure missed you.

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Recharging on the Oregon Coast.

Our little family of five finally ventured to Oregon for a family reunion, and overall 10 day trip for all things fun. We tent camped half the trip, and decided to townhome the final days… because Tetris packing the truck is only fun twice. Family was loved hard (Ry met my entire side FINALLY, and clicked instantly), the ocean was seen for the first time, our bikes were stolen, and lots of adult beverages consumed… but in the midst of it all we undoubtedly became closer. Maybe it was the 12-13 hour drive, or maybe it was the salt water + sand…

You Do You, Mama.

In a world where everyone is telling you to be everything… do you, Mama. For the past year and a half, I’ve been doing things because I had to, to survive. To provide for my family, because I have a talent – and it would be a “waste not to pursue it”. Doing just that, nearly killed me. You don’t have to be something to everyone, friend. In doing so, you’ll find yourself worn so thin you won’t even shower. You’ll despise your phone, an incoming text from a well meaning friend that is just too much to answer. Another person…

Unplugged Birthday Celebrations.

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to catch up on our family blog, but after an amazing weekend spent at a 1913 Homestead celebrating my 26th Birthday weekend – documenting is a must. Instead of writing about how thoroughly we enjoyed being out of cell service for four days, or how the smell of bonfire + muddy clothes is still prevalent in my laundry room, I figured I’d share 25 different lessons during my last 25th year of life. Friends are the family you get to choose… but choose wisely. My husband is more stronger, and capable than I ever…

Thoughts on Self.

This season of life has been HARD. Most of you close to me know I’ve been struggling with severe depression + anxiety. Not to mention the swelling in my knee is worse than before surgery (which was operated on in Nov 2016). These three things combined, along with life itself, has created a constant cloud above my head – which never seems to fade, only darken. Ry and I were laying in bed the other night, and he said to me “Babe, what happened to that go-getter I married?! The one thing I loved about you, is you fought for what…

Sunday Reflections.

The first week of January I found myself questioning all the things, and feeling this maddening, indivisible pressure to have my life goals and plans written out in a thousand page diary. Oh the pressure of a new year. You see, I have all these amazing changes I want to make, and so my wheels start to spin. Then I see something else I’d love to do… and jump on that train too. Before I knew it, my mind was spinning faster than a carnival ride, yet my spirit and body couldn’t quite make sense of what to do next.…

Homemade Marshmallows.

Every time my children ask for hot cocoa they MUST have their Marshmallows too… except my 100% organic, no refined sugar or corn syrup brain secretly despises purchasing them. Thanks to Danielle Walker of Against All Grain, Celebrations- we now have a Paleo/healthy version of these delectable puff balls. I’m sharing her recipe because #1… its awesome and #2… because I want my children to have a book of our favorite family recipes when they grow older, and this blog is a perfect way of keeping them all in one place. So without further ado, here’s our new favorite Marshmallow recipe.…

2016 in Review.

“Let your days teach and transform you. Let them leave you differently than they found you.” – unknown. This past year consisted of daily learning experiences, intertwined with blessings. In January, Ryan went full-time self employed with Backcountry Woodworking. He built some amazing pieces for his clientele, and picked up work from folks like Glacier Highline (the Aerial Adventure Park), Proof Research, Kalispell Brewing, EnVouge Salon, Walleyes Unlimited of Montana, Lake McDonald Lodge, Swift Current Café, Rising Sun Motor Inn, and custom work for local families. You can view most of his work by clicking HERE. I also hired a full-time seamstress in…

Almond Butter Buckeyes.

Tis the season for warm beverages + satisfying treats. Although I try to keep my Holiday indulgences to a minimum, these are still a traditional staple… not to mention they’re gluten free + delicious. Almond Butter Buckaroos : 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 2 TBSP + 1 TSP coconut flour 2 TBSP arrowroot powder 1 TSP pure vanilla extract 4-5 oz of organic, fair-trade dark chocolate. In a bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and vanilla extract. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then using a spoon, create 1 inch round…