• Meet Polly

    pollyWell hey there!

    Thanks for taking an interest in who I am. I’ve been described as a “high tech grandma” meaning that I enjoy the hobbies of an old lady but have the skills of a techie. I’m embracing the nickname because yes, I love to craft, sew, knit, find new uses for old things, garage sale, bake, and wear slippers. Since I’ve entered the blogging world, I’ve been working on my design skills and have stumbled my way through blog design and photo editing. (I’m still very much in progress!)

    Before the Blog 

    I graduated with a degree in Communications and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I then stuck around and got my masters in Educational Counseling Psychology. Despite my ambitions to move to Colorado and bum around the mountains the rest of my life, I stayed in Missouri and took a job as the Director of Student Ministries at my church and worked there for almost five years.

    Good thing I didn’t run off to the mountains because within a few years I ended up marrying the best guy I ever met. He currently works as a pastor for a college ministry. (Thus, allowing my evenings to be open for blogging!).


    My husband and I met when we were right out of college and got married a few years later. We now have two kids, Adelyn (3) and Tyler (1). I love these two goobers to death and am continually learning how to grow as a mother and wife to all these people I love. With two kids and two dogs we are a busy little family but I’ve grown to love the mild chaos.

    More About Me

    My husband tells me that I am in a constant state of nesting. I have grown to love being at home and finding ways to be resourceful. I started blogging a few years ago and absolutely love that it has grown into a part time job for me. It has challenged me to become a more thoughtful writer, creative thinker, better photographer, and to take my influence on readers seriously. It makes my day when I hear from a reader that has been encouraged by something I shared.

    When I’m not nesting or blogging,  I work part time for my church for the 20-somethings ministry. I strive to glorify God in all that I do whether it be serving my family, blogging, cooking, striving to be thrifty, or even cleaning my house. I believe that God has called me to be home with my kiddos and try to live faithfully and treasure Christ in the seemingly mundane.

    Rachel and I both hope that Thriving Home serves as a place for moms to be encouraged, inspired, and equipped to create an all around healthy home for their families. family

    If (for some reason) you want to know even more about me, here are a few posts that are near and dear to my heart.


    tyler4Welcome to the World, Little Tyler

    In this post I share the birth story of my second child, Tyler. It was particularly special because I was attempting to have a vbac after a c-section with my first.


    My journey towards weight loss: Before and after pictureMy Journey Towards Healthier Living

    Since my college days, I have lost over 25 pound. In this post I share about my weight loss journey and share some of the tips on how I got to a healthier weight.


    IF2The Beauty of Female Friendship

    A few thoughts on friendship with other women. A reflection on the blessings and challenges that come with TRUE friends.


    toesA Word to the Struggling New Mom

    I really struggled as a new mom. I have a huge heart for other struggling mamas out there so I wrote this as an encouragement to them.

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    Jill Hogan May 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Was looking for a healthy recipe on breakfast muffins and found your site. I love it!! I have two boys 9 and 5. I’m always looking for creative stuff to do with them and new foods. Your site is great! I have a great yogurt Popsicle recipe to share with you. I didn’t see it at your site. Take Stony Farm vanilla yogurt 2 cups, then take 1/2 can of concentrate OJ, a tsp of vanilla, mix and drop them in your popsicle molds. Freeze…omg my kids love them. We have deviated from this trying out different pureed fruits! We have also recently purchased an electric ice cream maker and we have made some amazing pumpkin ice cream..I know…I was thinking about making pumpkin yogurt pops…I will let you know how those turn out. My girl friend just made no-pudge brownie pops. They just took the brownie mix with yogurt and added vanilla and froze them…kids loved this…I didn’t use all of the brownie mix so I took the rest of yogurt and mixed to cook in oven!! Happy Summer cooking:)


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