About Restored to Land
Restored to Land is a space where I share about my family’s daily Catholic life and our ongoing journey to minimalism. This project was born out of the question “Are Catholics called to be minimalists?” and hosts both philosophical musings on minimalism as well as practical DIYs and recipes for a family.
As a mom to four young(ish) kids I spend most of my time serving my family. This means a lot of time in the kitchen and playing! When I’m not with the kids or my husband I can usually be found in my garden or basement workspace.
I love vegetables and nourishing food. As a result of this we have a large garden every summer, and you can always find something fermenting on my counter. I also love making sourdough and kombucha for the whole family.
I have a passion for creating. We live on thirty acres of raw land that we are converting to a farmstead. Because of this there is always something here to satisfy my creative itch. I also love sewing and our home boasts everything from homemade curtains to my quilts on the kids’ beds.
Early in our marriage Nick and I committed to being debt free. To meet this goal we paid off 60k of student loans in four years of marriage. To do this we lived in small apartments and watching our spending. Now, ten years into our marriage, we only have half our mortgage to pay off. I believe living a debt-free lifestyle goes perfectly with sustainable living. Because of these values We don’t replace many things and I’ve become good at mending. Its a win-win: less in the landfill and more money to pay down our mortgage.
The values of being debt-free and sustainability naturally led us to minimalism. Our family values time spent with family and friends. Over the years we found that too many things meant too little time with people. Read along to see why I believe that Catholics are called to be minimalists and how our family practices this.
Come along on the Journey
I invite you to come along on our journey as I explore Catholicism, minimalism, sustainability, and how to live all three with a young family. Thank you for stopping by and I’m glad you’re here!