Randy and Karla met and fell in love on Twitter. [Seriously.]

Thousands of text messages, phone calls, and airline tickets later, they are now married, run a business together, and live happily (and chaotically), raising 4 kiddos.

This is their place on the web to journal and share their journey of living simply, purposefully, and against the grain, in a world that screams for the opposite.

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Purposeful Living


Decluttering Frees Us Up to Live Purposefully

Several years ago I flew, by myself, with my then 2-year-old daughter and 6-month old-son. After checking my baggage, I still had a diaper bag, a small purse, a stroller for my 2-year-old, a sling for carrying my 5-month-old, a car seat, which was required on the plane for my 2-year-old, and a large assortment […]


31 Days to Peace :: Day 31 – This Is Not The End

When I started this series, I had grand plans for it. A part of me is sad that I didn’t do more, but another, bigger, part of me is thrilled that I made it thru the month. I remember day 3, worried that I had nothing more to say on the topic, and choking at […]

Parenting & Educating Gifted Children


Gifted News & Resources: April 5, 2014

Hey there! March continued the busy trend we’ve had since the start of the year, and my weekends and personal time on the computer have become more scarce. But I’m still here, advocating locally and on various social networks, and slowly learning to balance all areas of my  life better :) Each week we round […]


Gifted News & Resources: March 15, 2014

Greetings from the Smoky Mountains! We are having a blast on our vacation – and even got to play in the snow on Thursday: Each week we round up and highlight various articles, blog posts and links relating to or of interest to gifted children and/or education. Some of these may pertain to a specific […]

Big Family, Little House


9 Benefits of Living in a Small Home

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: two of the posts that get the most traffic on our site are: Big Family, Little House and How to Begin Living a Minimalist Lifestyle. Writing the first post was a big leap of faith: I was nervous about being judged and criticized, but I knew that […]


The Reluctant Minimalist

One of our most popular posts here, on Living The Life Fantastic, is our How to Begin Living a Minimalist Lifestyle post, which includes tips on how to get started on a minimalist lifestyle. The second most popular post is “What Do You Really Need? Thoughts on Decluttering Your Home“. I’ve been amazed by the […]