Starting Fresh

photo source This past week has been one of spinning plates. I did a lot of running around for science class and library trips and swim lessons. I forgot to thaw foods for meal prep. I overslept one morning and tanked the rest of the day. I don’t think I was “caught up” or ahead […]

Treasures in Cardboard Boxes?

When we got engaged we chose a “casual” china pattern. As far as I was concerned, they were our good dishes — and our only dishes. I loved the pattern, and didn’t want anything else. Once kids came along, I started rethinking “the good and only” part of the scenario, and we got some plain […]

Defining Moments

There are defining moments for every generation. I imagine that we may each get several in our lifetimes. For my grandparents, it might have been the end of World War Two. For my parents, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. For the longest time, I thought the Challenger explosion was that moment for me. And […]

To Have An Opinion Worth Having

To have an opinion worth having. I’ve been thinking about this phrase for a couple days now.┬áMy man-child is starting high school coursework in a couple days. He’s four years away from “legal independence.” But, he’s already on the road to becoming a man. He’s taller than me. He’s growing a mustache. His voice is […]

Songs for Inspiration

Inspiration is all around us. It’s in the beautiful pictures you see scrolling by on Pinterest, the creative ideas that you glean from magazines and blogs, the poignant stories that you hear about hardships, adversity, and the fight for justice. It’s in the waves of the magnificent ocean God created, the tall mountains He built, […]

God Makes the Best Seating Arrangements

photo source I had been on my first trip without husband or kids to a blogging conference in Nashville. The weekend had been a whirlwind. Things had broken down at home; the meal plans I had left had failed for my family; and my plane was arriving in the middle of the Superbowl! In a […]

The Days are Long, But the Years are Short

There’ve been days in this motherhood gig which seemed really long. Somewhere in the midst of childbearing, I had three babies in three years. When hubs and I finally realized that we were SOOOOO relieved! No wonder we felt tired and worn out. It wasn’t old age, after all. Just a very full life. My […]

An End to Extreme Poverty?

I have been praying for a cause. Over the last year, I’ve been asking God to put something on my heart that was bigger than me. I had inklings that my life was pretty good, all things considered, and I wanted to do something outside of myself, my life, my little world. It’s all too […]