You might wonder, with a blog named Life Your Way, whether I believe in any absolutes. Let me assure you that I do.
I believe in right and wrong, the God of the Bible, the covenant of marriage and the sanctity of life.
However, I also believe there are lots of gray areas where each of us have to make our own decisions. Some of these are a good/better/best kind of thing. But most are simply to-MAY-to versus to-MAH-to.
In this internet age, we’re hit with opinions, facts and information from every angle every day — about organizing, food, education, pursuing our passions and more. And each day we have to wade through it all and try to decide what’s best for ourselves, our family and our children.
This is my blog, and I’ve never been shy about sharing my opinion, so you’ll probably hear what I think a lot. But I hope you’ll also share your own thoughts and experiences. And if you come up with a different conclusion than me, that’s okay. In fact, I think it’d be pretty boring if we all thought the same thing, so I hope you’ll share what works for you — and what doesn’t — in the comments.
Mandi Ehman, Blogger
Twelve years ago I married the guy who lived across the street.
We set off on a cross-country adventure, moving 3,000 miles away from our family to a city where we knew no one. We made a lot of stupid decisions and did a lot of growing up, and two years later our oldest daughter was born. In the nine years that followed, we had four more babies, moved three times and built our dream home on a little slice of heaven in the middle of nowhere. We made a few more mistakes, and our hearts broke as we said goodbye to four babies that we never got to hold in our arms.
These days, my husband has the privilege of being a stay-at-home dad, and I have the incredible privilege of pursuing my passion — as a blogger and entrepreneur — while also being home for all of the milestones I wouldn’t want to miss and the booboos that need kissing. We’re a homeschooling family, which means we get to spend every day together. And most days we consider that a blessing!
Although it might sometimes seem like I’ve got it all figured out, let me assure you that I don’t. There are probably dirty dishes in my sink right now, and I end up wasting time on Facebook more often than I care to admit. Our marriage is beautiful, but not perfect, and I still get buyer’s remorse after a stupid impulse purchase. I’m a huge fan of Plan to Eat, but sometimes I totally ignore my meal plan and we end up eating out because mama doesn’t feel like cooking.
But through it all, we’re just a family trying to make the best decisions we can while pursuing our passions and enjoying each other. And here at Life Your Way, I try to share the things I’m thinking about and the lessons we’re learning along the way.
**Photos by Krystal Griffin Photography
Terry Newsome, Advertising Manager & Bookkeeper
Terry Newsome is not only our advertising manager and bookkeeper but also Life Your Way’s biggest fan, which may have something to do with the fact that she happens to be Mandi’s mom. With years of small business experience, she keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes and works closely with advertisers on sponsorships, giveaways and more.
In addition, she runs our sister site, Jungle Deals & Steals, where it’s all Amazon, all the time.
Emily McClements, Live Renewed:
Emily strives to live with compassion and caring for creation in a way that will impact the world. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family’s journey toward natural and simple living at Live Renewed.
Jason & Jennifer Bruce, New Season Design:
Jason & Jennifer are the husband-and-wife design team behind New Season Design, where they help clients put their best foot forward online. Jason is a pastor-turned-graphic designer, and Jennifer is a teacher-turned-blog designer who also blogs at The Simple Pen about life, learning and the things she loves.
Katie Clemons is a storycatcher and journal crafter. She helps people celebrate their stories with her award-winning writing prompt journals at Gadanke. She also blogs at Making This Home about simple, handmade living from a vintage airplane hangar in Montana.
Katie Kimball, Kitchen Stewardship:
Katie has been “green” since 5th grade when she read 50 Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. She remains disappointed that she didn’t save the whole thing then, but now that she has 3 kiddos counting on her, she keeps plugging away hopefully. Katie blogs at Kitchen Stewardship about real food and natural living and is the author of Healthy Snacks to Go & other eBooks, available for Kindle.
Lauren Rothlisberger, Get Me Geeky:
Lauren blogs and consults over at Get Me Geeky. As a military wife, mom of three girls and one new baby boy, she loves focusing on technology and productivity and finding new ways to simplify her life. She recently started putting together MacMinis, which are easy to follow videos for Mac users, and also wrote an ebook, Evernote for Moms.
Shaina Olmanson, Food for My Family:
Shaina is the freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with and for her four kids and husband, Ole, drives her desire to inspire other families to do the same. Shaina is also the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine and contributes regularly to a variety of sites and magazines.