Welcome to Nomad’s Land

Capturing the adventures of the Onstot clan

  • Wildflower

    July 25, 2021 by

    Country music gains a new dimension when listened to while driving through the country. The dirt roads, open fields, and endless blue sky add depth to the music; a new understanding. It’s one thing to hear it, another thing to be in it, completely submerged.

  • 4

    July 11, 2021 by

    She eats pepperoni for breakfast and lies on the floor when she’s tired. She still has dimples on her knuckles and calls pajamas, “Pajammies,” which in my book is the most adorable thing ever. She uses my back massager on a regular basis, to “relax” . She blames her gas on her dolls. She likes to eat butter straight up, and gosh darn it, I can’t blame her.

  • May You Be Fierce: A Wish for My Preschool Graduate

    June 26, 2021 by

    But overriding that sadness is a fear of what is to come. A fear of dipping my child into a world that is not always compatible with authenticity and joy. Fear of the hardships she will face. A fear that I have no idea if I will be able to raise her to be buoyant. It’s a part of parenthood that isn’t often discussed; it is deep, dark, and terrifying.

  • Summer

    May 31, 2021 by

    Growing up, Summer began on Memorial Day with a race into the lake, winner being the person who was crazy enough to submerge in the frigid waters. The water of Long Lake was murky brown, and sketchy things happened on the shores- but I was too little to notice.

  • The Healthy Vacation

    May 16, 2021 by

    Given the length of this trip, I righteously appointed it as a, “healthy vacation,” vowing to eat well and continue exercising. I packed my running shoes, carrots and apples. I also packed a family size bag of peanut butter m&m’s. I will let you judge what my actual intentions were.

  • Catching the Wave

    April 4, 2021 by

    A few months ago, after a glass of wine on date night, I convinced Chad that we needed to buy boogie boards before we went to watch the sunset. Things get really wild after I have one glass of anything.

  • Stomach Ball

    March 7, 2021 by

    I clearly remember the first time I performed brain surgery. The patient had thick blonde hair, but it only grew around the perimeter of her head, leaving an open patch of her scalp. This meant that no shaving was required before the operation. Convenient, because my mom didn’t let me borrow her razor, and the sharpest tool I owned was safety scissors.

  • Wide Eyed

    February 21, 2021 by

    As the sun dipped low in the sky, our mom called us in from the backyard, where we were submerged in the world of imaginary play. If it was summer, the chirp of crickets filled the air, signaling that night had arrived. If it was winter, we unlaced our skates, quickly putting on our boots before freezing air stung our toes.

  • Thirty One

    February 11, 2021 by

    I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I like birthdays almost as much as I did when I was five. Maybe more, now that they can include margaritas.

  • The Tiniest Details

    January 18, 2021 by

    We found ourselves surrounded by lush shades of green, the silence of a dirt path under our feet, and a view backlit by rays of the setting sun, flooding through the tree branches. The path we hiked started out as a typical Florida hike: flat land running along a river, mangrove trees with their roots dipping into the water, signs warning of alligators, and the forest floor covered in greenery, teeming with life.

  • Anchored

    January 4, 2021 by

    If I ran past the pond at just the right time, I could catch the first rays of the sun peaking over the horizon and reflecting its gorgeous glow onto the pond water. The dark outlines of palm trees were backlit by the pinky purple sky.

  • Home for Christmas

    December 21, 2020 by

    Christmas, to me, is a holiday that fully involves the senses. The sound of jingle bells and Christmas music, the smell of pine trees, the taste of gingerbread, the prickly branches of the Christmas tree and the sharp pointy end of a candy cane when savored slowly, and how if you squint your eyes just right, the Christmas lights look like stars. Maybe this is why it is such a nostalgic holiday; it has so many pathways to bring back memories.

  • Beautiful Mess

    December 8, 2020 by

    The question caught me off guard. I fumbled through my answer, the same way I fumbled the first time she asked me how babies get out of tummies.

  • Mountain

    November 26, 2020 by

    I stepped out of the car, inhaled the fresh mountain air, and experienced the tingly joy of the crisp molecules filling each tiny alveoli in my lungs. I surveyed the autumn colors on the trees surrounding the cabin and I heard the unexpectedly loud roar of the water from the creek behind the cabin.

  • What I Didn’t Know

    October 20, 2020 by

    When I was pregnant with Avery, I was bombarded with information from other parents, wanna be parents, and non-parents who believed they were experts anyway.

  • Letting go, Letting in

    September 29, 2020 by

    We did just fine without our “stuff”. Thrived, actually. But the moment I saw our boxes, I couldn’t wait to rip them open and soak in the presence of inanimate objects.

  • Holding Space

    September 21, 2020 by

    I’m writing this from a new bedroom, on a new bed, in a new house. Everything smells new; and for the moment, life feels foreign.

  • Year One

    August 27, 2020 by

    It has been a year. One full year of Florida living. A year filled with sand everywhere, sunsets, tons of ice cream, unbelievable amounts of sweat, missing home, new friends, laughter, tears, and every conceivable emotion in between.

  • Avery Marie 5.0

    August 6, 2020 by

    I remember snipets. It was a cold day. I think there was snow. I hadn’t been feeling quite right. I figured I was fatigued or had a bug. But just to be sure, I stopped at a CVS to pick up a pregnancy test. It was three weeks after Chad and I married and barely a week since we had returned from our honeymoon.

  • Feels Like: Home

    July 27, 2020 by

    I took in the view of the Minneapolis skyline and felt a heaviness in my chest that I didn’t anticipate.

  • From the Middle

    July 2, 2020 by

    But what about the middle? It makes up most of our life. We spend a much higher percentage of time in “middle moments” than in “end moments”.

  • Fireflies

    June 22, 2020 by

    I was transfixed by the quiet beauty of Iowa when Chad asked, “Do you see them?”

    “See what?” I asked.

  • The Pause

    June 7, 2020 by

    These are weird times. If I’m honest, they are scary, terrifying, earth quaking, world stopping, beautiful, real, heart breaking, quiet, loud, soul searching moments.

  • A Goodbye

    May 13, 2020 by

    She was a lovely combination of beer lover and Emily Post. Her manners were impeccable and she was capable of carrying a conversation with anyone, all while keeping the topic off herself. These conversations usually occurred while she sipped a cold one in a tall glass.

  • The Year Time Stopped

    April 9, 2020 by

    I can’t tell you how often I wished that time would slow down. Prior to coronavirus, days were gone in the blink of an eye and we lived at a rather frantic pace darting from one event to another.

  • Hitting Pause

    March 12, 2020 by

    I’ve never had any desire to pause, rewind, or re-live any part of my life. However; recently, I’ve been wishing for a pause button.

  • “You’re doing good”

    February 22, 2020 by

    What do the flu, an ear infection, potty training and my father-in-law’s birthday have in common? They all happened within the last week. Read on!

  • Oh, the Magic

    January 20, 2020 by

    You may notice that my blog posts are fewer and farther between. I’ve noticed too. You see, we are slipping into a lovely new normal. Our days aren’t filled with as many “firsts”, our weeks have begun to develop routine, and our new world doesn’t feel quite so foreign.

  • Reporting Live from: FL

    November 18, 2019 by

    Whenever I write these posts, I have to sift through the pictures from the last week to remind myself what we’ve been up to. Call it mom brain or dementia, but I have very short term memory. Avery asked me the other day, “Mom, why do you always forget things?” Uhhhh, probably because your list of demands is super long.

  • Weddings on Weddings

    October 28, 2019 by

    I love weddings. It is so fun to meet all the family and friends who have formed the couple into who they are today. I love putting faces to names. I love watching the groom watch the bride as she walks down the aisle, the glowiness of the new couple, and the joyful anticipation of the happy years ahead.

  • “Recovery” Week

    October 20, 2019 by

    This weekly update includes: jellyfish, a farmers market, shuffle board, and an untimely church announcement by Alice.

  • Tofu & Turtles

    September 22, 2019 by

    Weekly update- Week 4! A touristy week spent in Palm Beach while Chad golfed.

  • Run, Forrest!

    September 4, 2019 by

    A summary of our first week in FL, complete with a hypothetical alligator attack, hurricane update, and fam update.

  • Week 1: Highlights, Lowlights

    September 3, 2019 by

    Highlights: Key lime pie from Sweet Melissa’s. Easily the best key lime pie that exists Ice cream- a lot of it Getting hit on by an 80 year old in a speedo- Chad better watch out Manatee spotting Simply being able to spend a lot of our time out in the sun every day Beach… Read more

  • Blog Post #1

    August 31, 2019 by

    I’d like to preface this post with a huge thank you to all the family and friends who pitched in to help us make this move a reality. We could not have done it without you. You reminded us just how loved we are (and how sad we are to be moving away). It simultaneously… Read more

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