Ralene Burke

I’m Alive!

I’m Alive!

So, I can’t even remember the last time that I actually posted here at NAF. It seems the week would fly by and suddenly it was Tuesday, and I would be like, “Wasn’t I supposed to do something?” The past few months have been rough on me. Both my husband and I have been fighting […]

Important People

Important People

Happy Labor Day! Did you know that Labor Day was originally started as a way to acknowledge the “social and economic achievements of American workers.” (Dept. of Labor) So, I thought we’d acknowledge some of the achievements of our current writers here at NAF! Ren Black: This year, Ren welcomed another baby. Yay! While she […]

Organization is like a Drug

Organization is like a Drug

When I was growing up, my room was almost always a mess. Seriously. I hated cleaning–and I was definitely one of those that felt that if my room was clean, I couldn’t find anything when I needed it. Of course, it would only take me 2 seconds to find something in my own chaos. When […]

Realm Makers 2015

Realm Makers 2015

In case you don’t follow them on Facebook–which you should–here’s the save-the-date flyer for Realm Makers 2015.     If you’ve been to Realm Makers before, what was your favorite part? Did you have a favorite workshop?  If you have NOT been to Realm Makers, start saving up! Who’s going to be there in 2015?

A New School Year

So, this past week has been pretty crazy around here as we were preparing for the new school year, which starts today. If you didn’t know, we homeschool our 3 kids. I have 2 girls, who are going into 3rd grade, and a pre-k boy. On a whim last Sunday, I decided we needed to […]

Summer Brain

Summer Brain

So, several weeks have passed since my last post. I’m not sure how many–I lost count. I have to apologize. NAF kind of got lost in the waves of life this summer. All sorts of craziness: vacation, illness, work, kids, etc. No sooner did I recover from one wave than another crashed down, sending me […]

Post Realm Makers Recharge

Post Realm Makers Recharge

So. I was going to have some clever post to put up this morning. Really, I was. I had this whole Realm Makers photo montage thing worked out in my head. Then, I bumped my head while trying to doze on the plane, and it all disappeared. That, or I’m just so tired that I […]

A New Kind of Memorial Day

A New Kind of Memorial Day

This is the first year that I’m celebrating Memorial Day from the other side. In September 2013, I lost one of my childhood friends. Jon and I both grew up as military brats. Our parents were stationed in Germany when we met. He was one of my two best friends in Kindergarten. But as with […]