Howdy! I’m Ruthanne.

You never know what tomorrow will bring.

A new life – healthier, happier, maybe a bit crazier – was waiting right around the bend, and on December 6, 2010, I decided to grab it. My journey to health has been one of the most surprising, challenging, and defining of my life. To date I’ve lost over 80 pounds and gained so much more – a healthier family, a passion for running, and a new outlook on life.

When I started blogging in 2008, I had no idea where it would lead. Eclectic Whatnot has been home to all my adventures along the way – photography, weight loss, homeschooling, and motivating my family to face new challenges every day.

My modern day Brady Bunch began when I met my handsome hubby 15 years ago. A single mother of one and a single father of three, we began a family that has now grown four more children and, coincidentally, an addiction to caffeine! (I’ll take a Grande Caramel Macchiato if you’re doing deliveries.) We wouldn’t make it through a single day without the grace of a good God we seek to follow.

On any given day, you’ll find me sneaking in a run before dawn or dragging the whole family out for a jog, dreaming of a Guinness and Jack Bauer, and snorting my way through this crazy, eclectic, whatnot of a life. Keep up with every step along the way via instagram, facebook, twitter, and of course – here on the blog!

I can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend.

Photo (R) credit: Melissa Stover Photography