I hit "publish" for the first time in July of 2009 having no clue what I was doing on the internet, having not read many blogs, and having no clue where blogging would lead.  But I did have this one strong desire--to write, to share, and to let people have a little peek into our lives.  Truly I had no idea there would be any "people" besides my mom, but I'm so glad you're here--you too, Mom. 
After publishing several posts with poorly-lit photos and  run-on sentences, I started to get the hang of this blogging thing--and I loved it. 
Investing Love was born out of a desire that I have--and all moms have--to invest their life into their families, their homes, their kids' childhoods.  As mothers, this is our biggest calling--to love.  And as Mumford and Sons so eloquently put it, "where you invest your love, you invest your life."  I believe this to be true
On these virtual pages of our story, you'll get an earful and an eyeful of our daily adventures and our daily simplicities that appear not so grand, but add up to a lot.  You'll read about our craft projects and my mom projects that sometimes turn out and sometimes don't.  You'll peek into our homeschool days and see what works for us and what doesn't.  I'll show you inside the walls of our home(s) as they have changed over the years since unlocking the door to this web space and how we've decided to create "home" in spite of what style it is.
This blog looks a lot different than it did when that clueless mom of three hit publish for the first time in 2009.  But now, after several blog remodels of new colors and fresh new looks, this mom of now four babies is starting to get the hang of it.  Blogs should be a web-based reflection of the writer, and I believe this space does that--it portrays us as a family.  The simplicity with the flair of color we all crave.  Here, you'll read about the small things that mean a whole lot, the failures as we attempt things that sometimes don't work, the good days and the not-so-good ones, and mostly the way we invest our love.


Born on the prairie of South Dakota and raised as a "town kid" in the middle of the country and a Minnesota resident by way of the mountains of North Carolina, Alicia Hutchinson is a wife to Jarrod and a mom to Noah, Jack, Sophia, and her little wild card, Vera.  Living in the woods by a lake outside of Minneapolis, Alicia is a writer, a homeschool teacher, a photographer, and a nature lover.
Alicia has contributed to many other blogs for both mothers and homeschoolers.  You can find her work in Molly Green magazine; Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers blog, Bookshark blog, Wild + Free homeschool bundles, and several others.  Her work has been featured in Country Living and Midwest Living magazines.  She also was a finalist in a spelling bee once, but she's not one to brag.
But these are just stats on a virtual resume, let me tell you about who I really am...
I'm a maker of things--photos, lesson plans, birthday cakes, and an organized closet are all on the top of my list of things I love to do.  At the very top though is making my kids' day--not with big and elaborate things (although that's fun too), but with the little things that add up to a whole lot like evening bike rides, late night chats, morning stories, painting fingernails, folding the perfect paper airplanes, jumping on the trampoline, one-on-one trips to Target, and sandwiches cut like flowers.
I realized one day that being a homemaker isn't just shuffling kids around from place to place and it isn't anything to sneeze at, but homemaking is a big and important job that's a privilege to call your occupation.  Homemaker encompasses all the things I love (minus a few things like cleaning the bathroom)--arranging my living room to create the perfect cozy spot for my family, cooking up a simple meal that fills our home with good smells, choosing the furniture our kids will read on, sleep on, and play on.  This one role melds all my interests and cords of creativity into this one amazing job--making my home.

On the top of my list of life loves are coffee, east coast beaches, the smell of a baby's breath, German milche chocolate, books and more books, and finding the perfect paint color for my home.  I love learning new things, some days I like running, I love snapping moments with my camera, swearing when appropriate, and puppies that I don't have to take care of.  I can sew, sing, and dance a jig--all at sub-par talent level, but who cares because I love it.  Plants are afraid of me, but I love them so I keep trying and once in a while I bake something that takes good.  Birthday parties are my favorite, just give me a theme and let me run.  I don't like to let people see me cry and sometimes I over share.  I feel like I constantly contradict myself, but I realized its just me growing and changing all the time.

Never expecting or planning on being a mother--especially not a mother who would be homeschooling her children--I found myself in that exact spot early on in my adult life and as you may have guessed, it's the best thing that ever happened to me.  As Louisa May Alcott says, "I am a great many things," but mostly I am a mother.   On the pages of my web home, I share some bits and pieces of this walk.  I like it.  I'm glad you're here.



cami said...

Love your blog....the music is great...your home is beautiful!

Sue said...

Thanks for the awesome mug and goodies from the mug swap! I wasn't sure of your email address, so am commenting here!
Love your blog!

Melissa Dorn said...

We are headed to Minneapolis tomorrow for a week! Hope you've gotten moved in to your new home. Can't wait to see what you do with the place. I love your decorating ideas. Do you have any ideas or know of anyone who could speak to homeschooling a child with special needs?

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