About

~~ Welcome ~~

These days, I’m All About FAMILY, FORM and FUNCTION and FOOD!

FAMILY

Born and raised in Northern Indiana, I’ve lived here all my life.  I married my high-school sweetheart (Jennifer) in 1987.  She is a total Type-A personality.  Focused and driven.  She is sharp and very organized.  I love her dearly.  Together, we keep each other balanced.  Which, by the way, is really important in a marriage.

Our oldest son was a “May Day” baby, born May 1, 1995.  Five years later, our little redhead Matthew, was born on June 20 — which just happened to be our 13th wedding anniversary.  How cool is that?

The boys bring such joy to our lives.  They are honor students (they take after their mother), voracious readers, and sports- and musically-minded.  Matthew is also a creative dude.  And they both have a great sense of humor.  Hmmm, wonder how that happened?

FORM and FUNCTION

I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember.  Paper, glue (paste back in the old days) and scissors were my best friends during my childhood.  Truth be told, I liked paste so much that in the first and second grade, I ATE it.  Yep..right out of the jar while sitting at my desk in school.

Fast-forward through high school and college.  Jennifer and I got married in 1987 and rented an apartment.  I made the curtains for our office/den and crafted our first Christmas tree skirt out of some preppy, plaid fabric.  We were (are) both Preppies.  (I guess they call it ‘classic’ nowadays.)

Today I still make a few things from time to time, but my creative time is mostly spent on home DIY projects, yard work, and writing.  And I’m always tweaking my website — I’m a little bit ADD about that.  I need to get busy and get some more items in my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned!

FOOD

Here’s a little secret about me:  my metabolism isn’t what it used to be.  Back in the day, I could eat and eat and eat and never gain an ounce.  Today, I take medication for a very under-active Thyroid gland.  The doctors think I have Hashimoto thyroiditis disease.  You can read about it here.

Want to know another dark secret?  I’ve gained seventy-five pounds since I was married 26 years ago.  I’m VERY proud of the 26 years of marriage.  But the weight gain?  Not so much.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to the Paleo Plan.  It’s the ONE plan that works for me.  I’ve done Atkins®, Weight Watchers®, Nutrisystem® and a few others.  Honestly, the Paleo/Primal food plan is my success story.   A couple years ago, I lost 30 pounds in just a few months.  I felt better than ever.  I had energy.  I was making (and eating) great food, running several times a week, and just feeling REALLY good.

Then, like so many of us, I got lazy and went off the plan.  And yes, the weight came back.  Not all of it, but most of it.  Fail.

Once again (as of June 2013) I am on the PLAN and doing well.  I’ve been sharing tons of tips, recipes and food photos with my readers and followers on Pinterest and Instagram.  Follow me and see what it’s all about!  I’m a self-proclaimed salad artist.  : )

If YOU are looking for a new plan, I urge you to give the Paleo plan a try.  There are no counting calories or measuring your food.  The food you can eat is good, clean food [meat + fruits + vegetables].  And it’s all available at the supermarket where you currently shop.

On top of that, it’s food that your entire family can enjoy.  There are TONS of options.  Sure, there are some things you have to give up.  But you can do it!  Believe me:  If I can do it…you can too!

FINALLY

Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to read all this.

My goal here on the blog is to create COMMUNITY.  I hope and pray that I (or another reader) can help you in some way.  Whether it’s a tip or tutorial or a word of encouragement, I’m here for you!

Please:  leave a comment or drop me a line.  I’d love to hear from you.

–CraftyDad