About Jodi

This is me. And Willow, my camera. Together we capture moments in the Granola Family life. Together we can be quite annoying. But we work well together.

And later my legacy will thank me for it. In fact, some people even enjoy my pictures.

One day, February 13th to be exact, little me who wasn’t so granola, met Hottie Hubby on a blind date. We were in high school.  It was love at first sight.

Actually — it wasn’t . . . I have a secret to share.

The blind date was set up by yours truly.  It was only blind on one side!

The Hottie Hubby is a water engineer, which is probably why our kiddos love to build dams in the sand box, play in the rain, stomp in puddles, and throw rocks in a river. Hottie is probably the funniest person I know. Not only does he look good, but he is smart, a godly leader in our home, compassionate, creative, and insanely supportive of his emotional and dreamy wife. He loves to run, wrestle, date me (Awww! How cute!), read books, cook, eat chocolate, backpack in the snow, hike, and snowboard. In his spare time he reads my blog, changes diapers, and listens to me. I love him!

My mission statement:  I am living life under the conviction of bringing my family closer to God by returning to traditional ways of eating, mothering, homeschooling, cloth diapering, gardening, and sewing while living alongside my husband, our three sons, and one daughter.   My blog was created to journal this endeavor and share our learning with others.  (Because God told me to.)

Let me introduce our three sons.

Asher is my eldest.

His online name is Mr. Smackdown because of a game he and his dad play. Smackdown is simply defined as wrestling in our family. Mr. Smackdown loves to play smackdown. He gets to be close to his daddy and practice the skills that God gifted him with . . . strength, valor, adventure. Mr. Smackdown loves school, coloring, cooking, and being a helper. He is great at riding his bike, memorizing AWANA verses, and backpacking.  Asher is in first grade.

 Next comes Sir Honey Ezra.

If you stand still too long be prepared for a great big bear hug from this lovable fellow. Sir Honey derives his precious name at his request because he is a Knight for the Lord. When asked if he wants to play football, ride bikes, eat chocolate, play smackdown, or catch some Veggi-Tales he pipes up an enthusiastic “me-too!”  Ezra LOVES gynmastics, football, cutting paper, looking at books, snuggling with our dog, and getting massages from Mom and Dad.  He is currently enrolled on preschool.

 And soon after Sir Honey came Mr. Smiley.

Watch out! If you look at him long enough, he will be sure to flash a winning smile at you. Mr. Smiley (Gabe) is like opening a little present each day. Born at home in the water, he has always just glided along. You can be sure to find him opening up his play kitchen doors, climbing over the dog, asking for milk, and watching his brothers intently. He loves to explore, go for wagon rides, give wet kisses, and giggle.  He is in Tot School.

Much to our surprise,  God blessed us with a little girl.

After calling her Sweet Pea for nine months, we often forget to call her by her given name, Naomi.  Born at home, in the water, with only mom and dad around we are anxious to see what her little personality will be like.  Already she is pleasant as her name suggests.  You can read all about her over at her own blog, Pleasant Word, which is my journal to her on her first year and all things mothering.

 Sadly our furry lion hunter, Mussoorie the Rhodesian Ridgeback, passed away before Christmas. She was a constant source of annoyance and laughter. She was an economical and efficient vacuum and bedroom heater.

 However, God blessed us with another Rhosesian Ridgback that seems to have just as much spunk.

Meet Ruth . . . or Ruthie.  All she does right now is bite.  We should have named her Alligator.

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