6/52 the Austin family

Cousin fun is some of the most fun! We had a great time hosting my sister, her husband & her kids this weekend. We enjoyed playing games, making musical instruments and getting some long over-do renovation work done on the bathroom project. My sister’s family will be relocating in the spring, so our time together…

5/52 Supper Club Girls

This group of women. They are my people. I could tell you much about each of them, and about our lives together. I could tell you about how extraordinary they are, how much they love God, their families, and each other. About how I see Jesus in the way they live each day–how they sacrifice…

4/52 the ‘Greats’

For about five years now, Griffin’s Grandma, my Grandma, we’ve been doing a little dance. About once a month our phone will ring and sweet Grandma will say, ‘you know, Gayle is coming into town on Friday’. This has become a code of sorts–Griffin’s Aunt Gayle will make plans to come into town, Grandma calls, we clear…

2/52 the Bubars

Growing up, I didn’t have an appreciation of the value of being rooted in a small(er) community for a long period of time . I’ve grown to have deep love for the people who’ve loved my people for many years–the countless families who have gotten into the trenches–celebrating & rejoicing in the good, weeping &…

1/52 the Jones family

“I pray that we’ll live with intention, hope, and love in this wild season and every season, and that the God who loves us will bring new life to our worn-out hearts this year and every year, that we’ll live, truly and deeply, in the present, instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for perfect.” Shauna Niequist,…

You brought your kids?!?

  How often have you heard those exact words? You brought your kids??! Or, when you arrive to the party, minus your kids–and see friends with their kids, you’re the one to say it? It’s no secret my husband and I owe a great debt of gratitude to our parents. We’re very blessed to have parents who…

Table52 Project

  oh friends. there’s something big brewing at the Ott house. We’re not quite to the sharing stage… but we’re brimming over with excitement and anticipation. Stay tuned–the big reveal is coming in the next few days. (and no, mom. I’m not pregnant!) #table52project    

the Hungry Kid hits Mackinaw Island!

Growing up in Michigan, it’s easy to take all the great state has to offer for granted. But, speaking as a Michigan-der that moved away for a brief number of years, there’s nothing that quite compares to living near ‘The Lake’, having an abundance of seasonal fruits & veggies at your fingertips and all the amazing…

from Pin to Plate!

We’re excited to introduced a new weekly feature on the Hungry Kid: from Pin to Plate! Each week on the Hungry Kid we’ll introduce a top pinterest recipe and provide a shopping list for your next run to the grocery. Should the recipe sound yummie (perhaps it’s something you’ve had pinned for months!) whip it…

Eat your vegetables, kids!

“In general, children preferred fruits to veggies, but children who helped with cooking showed a greater preference for both. Vegetable preference was also 10% higher among children who helped cook.” Science Daily, June 2012