About Tea With Karilee


I’m so glad you are here!

My name is Karilee. Some call me Kare. My love for the hygge (cozy) lifestyle ~ which includes tea! ~ comes from my Danish ancestry, and for as long as I can remember, I have loved the simple things in life… but I am a dichotomy.  The other side of me loves lace, sparkles glitter, elegance, having fun and being impulsive. I love the outdoors, all types of weather, any kind of cozy fire ~ especially if someone is playing guitar ~ reading a good book, doodles (poodle mixes), being with my favorite people, singing, hand-crafts and so much more.

I am definitely not traditional.  I don’t fit well in boxes.  What I am best at is connecting.  I am passionate about friendship and family.  I am known for being genuine, compassionate and encouraging.  I am a 50-something wife, mom, Gigi and soul sister who loves living in Montana, and working from home. My husband and I have been married for about 30 years and we have 5 beautiful children and 1 grandchild (so far). I believe HOME is a cozy, cheerful haven where you are respected, loved and cared for. It is there that you can create memories, be truly alive, laugh and hang your heart. Home is where your hopes and dreams begin. Home is you.  My desire is for this blog to be a reflection of my hopes and dreams as well as a beacon of hope and encouragement to you, my dear readers, my soul-sisters (and brothers) that we can each create the lifestyle we love.


A Short Story

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

-Author Unknown


11 thoughts on “About Tea With Karilee

  1. Hi Kare
    I was so excited to find you 🙂 I am a messianic homeschooling mom
    We have 11 chickens and we currently live in New England. The funny thing is we used to belong the the church that Ashmont hill comes from!! There Dad was our Pastor for a while. Pastor Gilbert Thompson Is the Pastor of Jubille church. I have 3 kids 4 yrs old 14 yrs old and a 20 yr old. We also have met many of the leaders of FFOZ . Are you currenty in a home fellowship?? Where do you live??
    Hope to chat soon

    1. Hi Bonita,

      Wonderful to meet you! How did you find me? 🙂

      We live in Montana.

      Did you live in Michigan?



  2. Greetings to you, who feels like my friend already!!!! I can’t tell you how happy I am to find your beautiful blog and am over- the- moon to discover such a depth of like mindedness. Without repeating your entire story back to you, I will just say the similarities are incredible and I stand in awe at what YHVH is doing amongst the Gentiles. And in the most unique places. We live right above you in Alberta, Canada and continue to hear of pockets of people who are being drawn back to Torah, to embracing it, and to love it. This past year for me I feel like I have TRULY met my Father for the first time in my “Christian” walk and that has only been through the learning of the Hebrew scriptures and Hebrew itself. It is a wonderful gift to be able to teach my children Hebrew with another home schooling family, and to be able to celebrate the Feasts all together. This has been a 12 year journey and a beautiful, moving one!! Like you said, not always easy, certainly not always accepted, but rich beyond words. Anyway, not to ramble on but my husband is getting tired of me saying “listen to this…” and suggested I just respond to you! We live on a beautiful farm with our 7 kiddos and presently 1 foster baby. If you ever head north, please come visit and fellowship with us!

    1. Hi Terri,

      I had a whole reply written to you and then it disappeared…

      I am so excited to meet you, my sister! What fun it would be to head up your way and see your farm and meet your beautiful children :). If not now, soon! Thank you for your encouraging words.


  3. I did see you mention Facebook up there to Miss Bonita, so if it is alright I may just pop on there and connect with you that way. What an odd, small world we live in at this time. One click and “welcome to my world”.

  4. No problem! I will stick with your blog and let you no if we are doing a fly by through Montana sometime. You will likely hear us going through!

  5. just a note to simply say…refreshing to find someone else simply listening to Father’s Word. Sometimes it can be very lonely when others just dont get this belief even though it is so simple children can understand. Stay strong in Him thanks for sharing it was a much needed oasis to find your blog today!

    1. Sooo lovely to meet you, Eunice! Thank you for posting. I’m so thankful this blog is encouraging others! 🙂 would love to hear more about you when you have time!

  6. What a nice blog! I’m 2 years learning about Torah. Never had so many trials. I needed a lot of work lol. I’m liking your health stuff. Do you still use the Jordan rubin stuff. I’m trying to figure out hormones and thyroid stuff. I’ve been soooo excited to be in yah word. I’ve never read as much as now. I feel blessed we have others on this journey which can be lonely at times yet so refreshing!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      So glad you are enjoying the blog!

      We still use many of the principals from Jordan Rubin. We try to eat as much organic, fresh, locally grown foods as possible as well as lots of fermented foods (sourdough, kefir, sauerkraut, etc). Our dairy of choice is from our goats and we have our own chickens for eggs. We eat very little meat, but when we do it is locally raised by someone we know or hunted.

      I also found something recently that is helping a lot of people with their health. If you are interested, fill out my contact form and we can contact each other off line =)

      YES! Such excitement and so much to learn! I love to learn!

      Thank you for your encouragement! =)


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