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Join me, a stay-at-home mom and Navy wife, as I chronicle my trials and errors into the domestic domain. I invite you to follow my endeavors in grain-free cooking, natural mothering, home decor, crafts, and more.

About Me:

In July of 2007, surrounded by friends and family, I became a brand new wife. After our brief honeymoon, we loaded everything we owned into a truck and carted it to a new home in a new state.

Another month and a half later, we packed up to move again. Any military spouse will understand the complications of living with a guy in uniform. My husband’s Navy career might move us often, but I have quickly become an expert at setting up a household.

Fast forward to 2014… Now we have a sweet preschool girl, and a precious toddler boy, and our little family is making our way together as a team.

May our abodes always be joyful!

Our abodes so far:

  • Pensacola, FL
  • Milton, FL
  • Meridian, MS
  • Hanford, CA
  • Lemoore, CA
  • California, MD

My Top Posts:

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top posts in a few categories:


Grain-Free Recipes:




If You Liked Those, You’ll Love What I’ve Got Next!

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My Contact Information:

You can get in touch with me by email by using my contact form. I’m also on twitter @JoyfulAbode. And if you’re on facebook, be sure to “like” me there too so you can hang out with other Joyful Abode fans!

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  3. Kemon
    Aug 31, 2009 @ 16:56:21

    I was scanning through your FABULOUS blog and the city “Milton” caught my eye. Being the OCD laden person that I am, I had to finish going through ALL of your posts before I could go to the contact page! HA! I was happy to see that the Milton that caught my eye was the same town just a few hours away from our home here in the Fort Walton Beach area.

    Isn’t the military life something!? My husband is now retired and we have only been married the last few years of his military career. I missed out on all of the traveling, moving and stuff, but we have plenty of friends that are going through the same things you are. Of course, that means we’ve been privy to HELPING all of those friends pack and unpack!

    Anywho, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your recipes and food ideas! All of the flavorful ingredients inspire me to eat healthier….or at least prettier!



  4. Teena
    Aug 28, 2009 @ 12:52:13

    Don’t remember how I got here but am I ever glad I did! I would love to say more but I’m currently busy drooling over your wonderful recipes (and adorning pics).
    It’s a fantabulous blog you have created, thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely be back many times, for now it’s off into the kitchen :)


  5. Jillian Fromage
    Aug 27, 2009 @ 09:03:54


    Wanted to let you know I really admire your blog.
    I just started a cooking one myself, tho is it still an egg.

    Hope you don’t mind if I link you on mine.




  6. amanda Crowder
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 09:16:42

    I love you site. I am just starting out in the blog world and basically have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m having fun. Your site is very well written and fun to navigate through!


  7. Kerri
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 20:37:16

    Hi, I came across your blog while trying to figure out how to store my chocolate dipped pretzels. I was trying to think of something new to do for a christmas work party and had a recipe for a truffle like thing, and had left over chocolate so I thought pretzels might be tasty. Thanks for the info- they are in an air tight container at room temp. You are hilarious by the way. I am going to continue reading your blog. Thanks.


  8. Kristine
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 20:49:26

    So random… I came upon your site looking for a good recipe for boiling corn on the cob. And then, I find out we were born only days apart (I just turned 24 on May 24th) AND we got married on the same day. Twilight Zone for sure :)


  9. Jeannine McCloskey
    May 08, 2008 @ 16:10:27

    I really like your blog, and I have enjoyed reading about your endeavors. I live in Milton, FL and was trying to find anything related to sewing here. I came upon your blog. My husband and two children have lived here for two years and we really like it. I sew for both of my little ones. Pictures are at http://sewpink.wordpress.com. Thanks for writing about your craftshows. I really enjoyed learning about them. I have not been to the riverwalk yet. Shame on me. Well, I wish you and your husband the very best.


  10. Lisa
    Feb 05, 2008 @ 18:54:10

    You said:
    Hi Emily! I did not know you were a military wife too. My husband has been in the Army x 18+ yrs and our son has been in the Army for about 3 yrs. You & your husband look very happy & wonderful!

    I just started a blog & my first “series” I’m blogging about is things that vintage aprons are made of. Was looking through your pictures to see if you had any vintage aprons made from anything unusual. Let me know if you do & I’ll include it- giving you all the credit , of course!

    I am also putting Joyful Abode in my links section on the blog. Please add me to yours if you’d like.

    Here’s all my links…

    (my vintage apron store)

    (my blog)

    (Flickr group photo pool I started)


  11. Random Notions
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 21:10:30

    Your site is awesome and i am sure i will be looking here for advice! Thanks so much for your encouraging words on my blog, I really appreciate it.

    I am a military wife too so i know what that can be like! :) you look so beautiful in your pictures i wish you both the best!


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