Hi. I’m Bethany.
I’m a goofy, logical, creative, easygoing, confident, and surprisingly nerdy woman in my thirties. I love God, have an amazing husband, two awesome little boys, and two adorable shelter mutts.
I do the stay-at-home mom thing and homeschool our boys on the days they aren’t in class (hybrid schools FTW!), but I also work part-time at our church as treasurer and secretary, find good stuff at thrift stores and resell it on eBay, do portrait photography and have sold a few art prints, and model and act when the opportunities arise.
I’ve lived in eight states in almost every major region of the country and was mostly raised a Midwesterner (lifelong Detroit Lions fan… feel free to send money or chocolate to make me feel better) until my family moved to Florida when I was 18. I married a New Englander who lived in the same house his entire life until he went away to college. To both of us Jacksonville is definitely home – until we can work out moving to Hawaii, which we adore.
Midwest in my blood, Florida in my heart, Hawaii in my soul.
My favorite things to do include: going to the beach, traveling, photography, drinking coffee at all hours, reading fiction, running (longest distance: marathon; favorite distance: 15K), going to Disney World and Universal Studios Florida (dual-wield annual passes!), going out to eat, watching TV, enjoying my city, and shopping at thrift and discount stores.
In 2016 I grew out my long-time pixie cut… and then happily chopped it off again, ran a half-marathon every month, bought a new house twice the size of the one we spent the previous decade in, and travel hacked our whole family to Korea and Hawaii for a few hundred dollars in airfare.
In 2017 we finished five years of homeschooling and enrolled the boys in a local hybrid school (3 days in class, 2 days homeschooled), which has been very good for all of us. I ran six half-marathons, added a new state, and ran a race in another country for the first time! I also completed the runDisney Castle to Chateau and Coast to Coast Challenges. I dyed my hair purple all year. We traveled to France, Belgium, Mexico, and Disneyland. We went to Connecticut in summer for the first time in a long time, and I had an amazing time with my church worship team at the Gettys’ Sing! conference in Nashville. I got to see Hanson in concert twice. (Yes, that Hanson.) We went to Disney so much with our passes that my boss thinks we live there. Oh – and I stopped going to Universal as much because they took away my favorite ride: Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge. #stillbitter
In 2018 we are going to Hawaii, Connecticut for a long-awaited family wedding, and Washington as a family, Australia and New Zealand (another travel hack success!) as a couple for our 15th wedding anniversary, and Illinois and Missouri by myself to check off half-marathons in two more states! I will turn 35 years old and I think I might just get another tattoo.
On this blog I write about family, homeschooling, Florida, being a white mom with black kids, Christianity, travel, silliness, thrift store scores, running, and whatever else I want to talk about. Sometimes I’m serious, sometimes I’m controversial, sometimes I’m only funny to me, and sometimes I’m actually funny. Always I’m grateful for someone listening, so if you’re out there, say hi!