Kristin + Nate

We first met Kristin + Nate a few months ago at our local neighborhood Produce Exchange, but I was already an avid reader of Kristin’s blog, A Beautiful Mess. Kristin + Nate are one of the most inspiring couples I know because they are wonderfully at ease with themselves, and thus exude a sense of acceptance to those around them.

Allow me to paint a picture of the awesomeness that is Kristin + Nate: Upon salvaging and restoring a craftsman home a few blocks north of us, they transformed it into an urban homestead.

Among the zucchini and nasturtiums lies a lovely chicken coop and run, which houses the six eight hens that are being raised by Kristin + Nate, us, Sonia + Kurt, and Jenny + Eric. The inspiration for Kristin + Nate’s edible gardening and chicken-rearing isn’t just mouth-watering fresh produce + eggs (although being foodies is part of it). They value ecological responsibility and sustainability, and felt emboldened by Barbara Kingsolver’s courageous path in her memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

What’s that you say, Nate? You want to add a friendly goat to your homestead so that we can enjoy fresh, locally-made goat-cheese? Fabulous idea! Oh, if only…

Anyway, when Kristin and Nate aren’t blogging, gardening and chicken-rearing, Nate is ministering at World Vision International, and Kristin is leading workshops and retreats that empower women to combat the pressures of perfectionism with emotional, physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual self-care. I had the privilege of attending one of Kristin’s retreats in Santa Barbara this past April, and experienced deep sisterhood, creative expression, and catharsis while I was there.

Kristin’s first book, A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self-Care, will be published in August. If it’s anything like the rest of her writing, Kristin’s reflections will leave her readers liberated to wholly love themselves, and thus accept others as well.

By the way, when you buy  your copy, flip it over and check out the author photo – taken by yours truly!

I wonder, blog readers, how do you express love for yourself? Personally, consuming copious amounts of goat cheese is one of my self-care practices (hint, hint)!

Kristin + Nate, we look forward to many more relaxing afternoons in your backyard. You are a blessing to our lives, our chickens, and our church, Mountainside Communion.

Warmly,

megan + daniel



Kristin Ritzau - June 29, 2010 - 2:16 pm

Oh Megan and Daniel! That was beautiful – I am tearing up. Thank you so much for the gorgeous pics and for our budding friendship. We treasure you guys! Blessings on the extraordinary website.

K & N

Emily - June 29, 2010 - 3:55 pm

Learning to be a new mom I’ve found that self care is oh so important. If I’m not waking up with a refreshed spirit than it really affects Eva and everyone including me. I find that the best way to take care of myself is to state my needs and be open to help from others. Even asking for a cup of tea from my husband while I’m breastfeeding can really calm me down. Little things like that can allow me to be in a good place to be able to feed Eva and really enjoy it instead of it being rushed or frantic. I’m realizing how culturally difficult it is as Americans to ask for help and I’m learning a lot in this season because of my dependence on others recently (because of the recovery time and all). Music is so healing too and both of those things are relatively cheap and available things, I just have to remember to do them!

daniel + megan - June 29, 2010 - 6:52 pm

Emily, those sound like great ideas! So much of self-care is about forming those good habits. I especially related to the healing aspect of music.

I wonder, what self-care practices do other readers find beneficial?

misty - June 29, 2010 - 7:09 pm

to the lovely ritzau’s – go for the goat! i’d go in on that with you!
and M&D – as usual, lovely. just lovely.

Crystal - June 29, 2010 - 7:27 pm

What a lovely post, and lovely pictures! Taking care of one’s self is so important. I’m a huge fan of curling up with a good read (currently Eat Pray Love), a candle, and some Mighty Leaf Organic Earl Grey. Chocolate never hurts, either.

daniel + megan - June 30, 2010 - 1:27 am

Thank you, and thanks for being on team goat, Misty!

daniel + megan - June 30, 2010 - 1:31 am

I feel like using all of your self-care ideas, Crystal.
Also, I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love – perfect book for self-care! Here’s a link to a talk she gave that I inspired me (megan) – let me know if you watch it!

daniel + megan - June 30, 2010 - 1:34 am

:) Your reply made my day, Kristin.

Donovan - July 15, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Great pictures, great people! It’s good to see that you are both doing well Kristin and Nate. I had no idea we were at your place for our baby pictures. It’s lovely. And congratulations on the book!

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