As someone who loves to read but rarely finishes a book, the idea of reading articles appeals to me. Life can be busy, and I find myself hesitant to begin another book on a topic I want to explore. Articles expose me to new ideas and ways of thinking without the commitment that seemingly comes with a book.
Enter Articles Club, a new collaborative blogging project that I want YOU to be part of. I first read about this idea on Joanna Goodard’s blog and was immediately inspired. Articles are fun and helpful to read, but how much more fun and helpful would they be if done in the context of community?
Enter my friend, old co-worker and fellow Boilermaker Andrea DeVries. We met our sophomore year of college while working at a coffee shop. Our friendship consisted of making delicious food and drinks together at Greyhouse, exchanging the occasional book and visiting when we’d happen to meet on campus. She is now married to Nicholas and they live in the great state of Texas. She began keeping her darling blog about six months ago and I’ve enjoyed following her journey of homemaking, young married
After beginning my blog in July, I wanted to collaborate for other bloggers in meaningful ways. When I was reading Andrea’s blog a few months back, a lightbulb went off in my head. Why not see if Andrea would want to collaborate and create a virtual, community-oriented Articles Club? To my delight, she said yes.
You’ll benefit from Articles Club because Andrea and I are committed to mining through the Internet and finding those gems of articles worth reading. We promise the articles will be readable over a lunch break, civil in tone and approachable. We’ll share about five discussion questions along with each article to encourage conversation. Article topics will include: community, homemaking, food and relationships. If you have a suggestion for an article, let one of us know!
Articles Club starts this upcoming Monday, right here on my blog. So check back for details and join the conversation so we can grow together. This endeavor is a work of community and we want you to be part of it.
One of the many reasons I’m excited about this venture is because of the perspective Andrea will bring. Although we’re similar in many ways and share many values, there are key differences in how we live out those shared similarities and values. We’re both living in new cities, but I’m in the Midwest and she’s in Texas (practically it’s own region 🙂 ) We both have “day jobs”, but I’m a writer and she’s a nurse. We both love making a home, but have different ways of accomplishing that task. When it comes to food, we both approach it with thoughtfulness and care. But, we’ve read different materials, met different people and enjoyed different cuisines which make our food choices and cooking styles different. Differences can create conflict or community. We’ve chosen the latter and want Articles Club to reflect that, for we all have room to grow, learn, be shaped.
I want to welcome Andrea to my blog and let you to get to know her a bit better before Monday, so enjoy the Q&A below!
How were your interests in food and homemaking developed? Was there a distinct moment “aha” moment in your life or did these interests evolve over time?
As a child, my mom cooked and baked from scratch, so I grew to love and appreciate good food made at home from an early age. Over the years, I grew in my independence in the kitchen and love for the preparation of food. However, my interest in these topics (and homemaking, in general) really took hold when I got married a little over a year ago. I had to adjust to cooking daily and meal plan accordingly to make food that we would enjoy and food that would satisfy our tastes and our bodies’ needs. We’ve been eating a much more balanced diet: more seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fewer processed foods. I’m much a more comfortable cook in the kitchen, plus, we’re much less picky eaters now! I also dearly love the communal aspect of “homemaking”–not only serving food I’ve prepared to guests, but extending that feeling of “home” and “hosting” to a coffee date out in the community. And I’ve fallen in love with making our apartment feel like a home, not only to my husband and I, but also to our friends, family, and guests.
What inspires you to keep a written blog?
Both of our families live in different states, and I wanted a way to document exciting and/or everyday things happening in our life. However, I’ve long loved writing as an outlet, and I find I process through any trials/lessons better through writing. I’m seeking to find joy in the little, everyday pieces of life. Overall, I hope to be a source of encouragement to anyone who reads my words.
Sum up your current state of life in one sentence.
Newly transplanted to Austin, seeking and making community, loving creativity in the kitchen, realizing my need for Jesus more everyday, and loving on people (especially my husband).
How’s living in a new city? What are the joys and challenges?
The move from Indiana to Austin was a drastic one, and not the most “comfortable” route we could have chosen, but we’ve felt stretched in our faith to trust God with providing for us and paving the way for us to where He can best use us. It just so happens that Austin is a vibrant city with lots of live music, a great tech scene (for Nicholas), and great food culture. We’ve only lived here since July, but we are loving it. One of the hardest aspects of the move was transitioning from wonderful, comfortable community to an environment where everything is new. We are so blessed to have two close friends here, and as we continue to settle in to Austin, we have to keep reminding ourselves that growing more deep communal roots takes time and intentionality.
Now for fun, what’s your go-to breakfast(s)? Why?
We love big breakfasts, even on weekdays! Our go-tos include baked peanut butter oatmeal, steel cut oats, or eggs (scrambled or fried) with sprouted wheat toast. And always, always, always, we have freshly brewed French Press coffee.
We cannot wait to hear from you on Monday!