We’re on HGTV!

September 9th, 2014
One year ago, our September was a bit crazy at the airport. First, I was working on my TEDx speech, which I delivered in Minot, North Dakota. (What a fun town!) Second, I was eight months pregnant. And third… well we can finally share the third big thing that happened one year ago…
airplane hangar house on hgtv
We shared our home in the airplane hangar with a crew for the TV series, You Live in What? on GAC (Great American Country) and HGTV!
You Live in What? is a popular reality TV show that shares how ordinary folks have turned the most unlikely places into wonderful one-of-a-kind homes.
In the episode, Martin and I walk viewers through our 720 square foot home and tell the story of how our space came to be – a story we’ve been chronicling here on the blog since we started three years ago.
An HGTV scout was watching our progress and asked if we’d like to be on the show. We said, “You betcha!”
It was one of those perfect early autumn days in Montana where you wake up with a hot cup of tea and leave the windows (and hangar door!) wide open. A crew flew up from Texas to film us talking about a lot of things around the airfield – the geothermal heating system, the local building materials, how Martin and I met.
In the episode featuring our home, viewers will also peek in a bank, chapel, and former soviet radio factory.
The story premiered on August 29th and repeated on August 30. But don’t worry you guys! You haven’t missed it yet. The episode is considered timeless and will rerun on both GAC and HGTV in the future. (It’s episode 306.) We actually haven’t seen it ourselves yet!
It’s funny to us to hear that our story that day would be timeless, because of course Niklas was born a few months later. The days of life before him feel like a faint memory.

The writing prompt journals have a new home

September 5th, 2014

I suppose it would be just awful to admit that I’ve enjoyed taking a breather from blogging. But I’m confessing it! I’ve been able to focus on some really brave steps at Gadanke. The first? The entire website received a major overhaul by my husband, Martin!

I’m cheering so loudly about this huge achievement at the journal shop.


Welcome to Gadanke’s new home!

We could not have done this without all of your continued support. Thank you. I appreciate you! Here’s what’s new:

Next up, I’ve got some pretty cool news to share with you. It may involve HGTV. See you on Monday!

Birthday journal entry

August 29th, 2014

birthday journal entry

I was flipping through the pages of my She journal last night when I couldn’t sleep, when I saw this entry. It’s another really easy tag project.

Isn’t the tag cute?! Here’s what I used:

To make the tag:

1. Stick three pieces of paper tape on the tag to represent the candle sticks.

2. Draw wicks and flames.

3. Color the reinforcement around the hole yellow to pull everything together.

4. Open the binding of your journal, and pop it in.

5. Journal.

6. Date your entry.

I wrote a letter to my mom for this journal entry. True, she’ll probably never read it since it’s in my journal and all! But that’s not the point. I was thinking about how she always made us feel so special for our birthdays. Isn’t it a lucky thing to feel loved? It felt important to document that.