These days, I find myself living- and I really do mean living- in a lovely old home just outside of Portland, Oregon. My husband and I have been given the chance to settle on farm rich in fruit and vegetables while commuting to our day jobs. I recently made the difficult decision to leave my full time work at Starbucks to spend more time teaching swimming lessons at a private pool.  I am surrounded by people who love God and love me (and for that I am eternally thankful). Though there are many things I enjoy, the way to make me happiest is with a cup of tea, a good plate of food, a book, or a sewing machine. The rest, you can learn as you read along.