About Us

Hi Friends, thanks for visiting my blog today!

I'd love to share with you a little about myself. Born to a contractor father and a perfectionist home-keeper mother I (Loni) was blessed with the desire to have a perfect home right from the beginning. Okay maybe not, there was a lot of battling about my version of clean and my mother's version of clean during my youth.  Although now I can fully appreciate a well constructed, decorated and clean home.  I love to design floor plans of houses just for fun and rearrange the furniture.  

My husband Ben was gifted with lots of artistic talent, with a background as a professional graphic designer he has now become a teacher in the printing department at a local community college. We've been saving our pennies and recently purchased our first home, 3 three bedroom "cottage" in southern California.  In June of 2016 we welcomed our darling daughter Carolyn into the world.  She is such a pleasure to have!  I gave up teaching to become a full time stay at home mom and love my little class of one. For now our little family consists of the three humans and our two fur children Lucy the Chihuahua and Teddy the Dachshund mix.  

Ben and I love to adventure together, if we had the money we would travel all over the world.  For now we will settle for traveling all over southern California.  Our interests consists of volunteering with youth ministry at church, hiking/nature walks, camping, geocaching, snowboarding, crafting, gardening, DIY and our most recent hobby is reenacting.  Yes we dress up in the funny clothes of yesteryear and ENJOY IT!  We portray a British marine and his wife during the American War of Independence and a rifleman in the 95th Riffles and his wife during the Napoleonic Wars.


We like to think that we are normal people, but I'm sure you're probably thinking that we're not.  Our new hobby is so much more than dressing up in funny clothes, we've learned how to sew, cook and woodworking skills that have become very useful for modern day too!

You might wonder about the name Clearwater Cottage, and this all stems from our interest in English history.  In England many of the houses are named.  Our house is a small 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home, nothing too grand and we wanted to give it a name that fits it, hence cottage.  We were thinking of all sorts of names to accompany cottage such as: Sunshine, Willow, Squirrel, Quacker, Hidden, etc.  When Ben suddenly threw out the name Clearwater, and it stuck.  It symbolizes our faith in Christ, substance for life, our love of water and also a dream of having a nice clear swimming pool in the backyard!

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog about our adventures!


  1. Your blog is so cute! Thank you for your kind words on mine, now following :)

  2. Nice to meet you, Loni! By Rhond Jean's Down to Earth blog.
    Just for the third time in my life I 'meet' a Loni outside the family.
    My mother's name was Loni, my sister's is and I named my daughter after my too young deceased mother; Loni.
    I love that name, it sounds feminine, firm and joyful.
    Greetings from The Netherlands,


    1. Oh my goodness, I just found your comment, I'm so sorry I didn't know it was here or I would have responded sooner! It's such a pleasure to meet you Jeanneke! Thank you for the compliments on my name, I only know a few other people with it also and even less with the same spelling. I'm soooo going to miss Rhonda's blog, she's been such an inspiration to me! I'm now following your blog, it looks so sweet. :) Blessings, Loni

  3. This is great! Love that you are reenactors..my middle son is an aspiring reenactor, and recently built his first Kentucky flintlock rifle! Do you have any tips for a family that may be interested in doing it?

    1. Reenacting is a wonderful family activity! Hopefully your son won't mind you tagging along because I really think you should! Try to visit lots of different groups and get a feel for which group you would like to belong to before jumping in, once you're in a group it can be very awkward to try and switch to a different group. There are tons of online resources for sewing clothes, I'd love to share with you all of my personal favorite sutlers for where I buy accessories and supplies, but really the group that you join will be able to give lots of good local information on that. I'd love to help you get started in any way I can, email me at loni.clearwatercottage@gmail.com


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