About Us

A bit of background

John and I met in college almost 20 years ago. They called him Johnny O. And he was waaay more popular than me. This girl never thought she had a chance.

But I caught a break when on a hot day in July, Johnny O’s roommate asked me out (I accepted very reluctantly) and a couple hours into the evening my date’s truck broke down and we needed a ride. Johnny O to the rescue! I jumped into the front seat of his Passat and my date sat in the back. We chatted, and dare I say flirted, the whole way to my house.

Johnny O called me the next day to ask me out. Me? We went on a bike ride along the greenbelt by the river which must have been some kind of foreshadowing. (Picture of family on greenbelt riding bikes).

My mom tells me that the night I came home after our first date, I told her, “I’m going to marry that guy.”

The cool thing is he asked me to marry him 3 weeks later. We married 2 months after that.

Now I know what you are thinking and I totally agree. Woah, that was fast! But when you know something is right, you know something is right.

We couldn’t wait until we were officially ‘John and Amanda,’ husband and wife.

We didn’t need time to think about it, apparently.

So that’s our sappy beginning. And I love it!

I love that we fell for each other so hard and so fast– that our connection is deeply rooted and feels beyond space and time. That we are true soul mates. I know, I know, more sappiness. But with all the difficulties, and there’s been PLENTY believe me, it’s that soul connection that keeps us together.

Who We Are

We currently live in a small, picturesque community called Eagle, Idaho. It’s super dreamy. Beautiful landscapes, wildlife, lots of rivers and ponds, bridges and trails. We love it.

With three kids, homeschooling, (or dare I call it un-schooling, shhh) a home-based business, soccer, Scouts, church youth activities, and a mini-van, we are somewhat stereotypical.

We blog about our lives. Which are pretty ordinary. I guess. Except they’re not. I guess. We’re not fitness gurus, vegetarians, bodybuilders, homesteaders, movie stars or anything like that, and we don’t do anything too exciting, but there are a few things that set us apart. I guess.

Believe me, we wish we were like everyone else we know. Rather, we wish everyone we knew was just like us! Ha ha. We’ve been able to do something most people wish they could do but either don’t know how, don’t see the need, or they decide it’s too hard, too expensive, or too unrealistic. For us, we’ve been able to do it. And we are doing it!

Why we started this Healthy Family blog.

We blog now because we feel like we have something valuable to share with you.

I (Amanda) started blogging in 2009 because that’s what you do sometimes when you are frustrated. You write. You write to feel understood. And to understand. So that’s how this started for me. I wrote all about my frustrations with cooking and food– my fantasy to just do away with it all together. Ahhh, wouldn’t it be so great if we never had to eat and I never had to prepare a meal ever again? Or worry about my weight? Wouldn’t life be so wonderful if there was no such thing as food?

So that’s how it began, all because I was a total disaster in the kitchen. My blog was called Making Dinner Sucks and my writing was all about my cooking foibles and my loathe for food. But somewhere along the way, AS A FAMILY we underwent a change….a revolution actually. (Change just doesn’t do it justice). I won’t get into the details here but you can read about OUR STORY and then let us know what you think. Does it qualify as a revolution?

Now we have this intense SATISFACTION in our lives that centers around healthy living and find ourselves passionately living it and sharing it.

We’ve come to know that most people are looking for ways to help their family members feel better, look better, eat better, and live better too. And they are coming to us for help and support

But I’m not really sure why you would follow us or want to listen to anything we have to say. We don’t have degrees in nutrition, we’re not doctors, and we don’t have any titles to lend credibility. We are completely self taught. In fact, everything we learned was derived from a gentle nudge from God to be clean and from there He’s been showing us the way ever since.

I know it’s not much but we can offer you this:

We have been where you are.

We are now on the other side.

We are doing it.

You can do it too.

So snuggle up close and take a journey with us as we explore healthy family living.

“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
-Unknown