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December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas from Hammer & Moxie

We were going to send you all a gift. It was on our list. But life got busy, and time got away. So a hammer with some pipe cleaners is all we could muster: Merry Christmas to you and yours. We hope it’s filled with much joy!

A Mistimed Christmas Wreath
December 11, 2014

A Mistimed Christmas Wreath

I made a Christmas wreath. In October. (I didn’t say it was a good idea.) We were prepping our rental house for sale a couple months ago and had to trim yews and holly trees away from the house. I hated for all those beautiful greens to go to waste, and I didn’t have a project in the works, […]

What’s a Moxie?
December 2, 2014

What’s a Moxie?

It’s harder than you might think to name a child. We had plenty of time—9 months to be exact—to name Hannah, but it wasn’t until about four hours after her birth that we chose her name. A name defines a person, and it sticks with them for the rest of their life. You don’t yet know this […]

A Year? Already?
October 18, 2014

A Year? Already?

It was a year ago today that this happened: Being a parent is the craziest thing. Never have I loved/hated something so much in my life. Having a baby absolutely ruins your life (your freedom, your spontaneity, your sleep, your showers, your meals, your everything), and there is no option to take it back. And here’s […]

Applebutter in the Ozarks
October 16, 2014

Applebutter in the Ozarks

We love October in Missouri. The air is crisp, but not too cold. The trees are turning the most beautiful browns, reds and golds. It’s the perfect time  to be outdoors.  We do our best to be outside as much as possible in October. It. Is. Wonderful. One of the best weekends in October is Applebutter Weekend. Every […]

Our Wedding

Our Wedding

“We’re going to keep things simple,” said the reasonable bride and groom. Reality, however, is complicated. Add the word “wedding” or “bridal” to anything you’re trying to sell, and you can up the price at least 10%. Do it yourself, and that’s money in the bank. Right? Right. We should have known we had our […]

How We Met, and How Peter Put a Ring on it
September 24, 2014

How We Met, and How Peter Put a Ring on it

How it went down By Peter I’ve known Leslie for a long time. She has always wanted me. Actually, she doesn’t even remember the first time we met. We were in college at the University of Missouri, at a meeting for a missions trip to Jamaica. We were asked to partner up for a game […]

How I Got Here  (by Leslie)
September 16, 2014

How I Got Here (by Leslie)

Sometime in the late 80s: One summer, three of my friends and I set out to build a fort in the woods. It was to be two stories tall, complete with a “No Boys Allowed” sign, a guard dog, and cable TV. We pitched the plan to our parents and asked them to supply the […]

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