a contented heart · Christmas · fighting overwhelm · recovering perfectionist

What Makes A Meaningful Christmas Celebration?

The countdown to Christmas is on. It can be a fraught time, trying to navigate all the holiday expectations. My want-to-do list is practically limitless, although I only get a fraction of it done. There are Christmas cards and letters (preferably personal) to send, Christmas decor to put up inside and out, fun little DIYs,… Continue reading What Makes A Meaningful Christmas Celebration?

looking ahead · motherhood mission · no regrets

What Makes A House A Home – For Me?

What is home? What exactly transforms a building into a home? More specifically, what makes it home for me? It’s been said that one man’s castle is another man’s cave, so your vision of home may differ significantly from mine. In any event, homes are as individual as the people who inhabit them. Several defining… Continue reading What Makes A House A Home – For Me?

cultivating gratitude · finding my way · motherhood mission · recovering perfectionist

A New Way to Look at Privilege

Do you consider yourself privileged? What does a life of privilege look like? I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home with Christian parents. I’m privileged to be happily married with three children and live on a small farm. But why shouldn’t I be? Shouldn’t everyone be so privileged? Is there something wrong… Continue reading A New Way to Look at Privilege

fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · recovering perfectionist

Are You Grasping at Stars? (Time-Tested Advice for Mondays)

Mondays are historically a day when I struggle. Typical domestic duties (i.e. getting dressed, doing dishes, cooking, laundry) fail to inspire me.  This Monday morning I pondered deep thoughts such as how I want to run my home like a well-oiled machine. Figuratively, anyway. But when it comes down to the complete, all-encompassing time and effort it requires, I… Continue reading Are You Grasping at Stars? (Time-Tested Advice for Mondays)

casting aside fear · looking ahead · meeting God

Have You Prayed for Courage in Your Faith?

“What a beautiful idea,” I thought as I read the Hello Mornings Bible Study on women of the Bible. After reading through the account of Abigail, Nabal and David, the study asked us to reflect on what situations we might need to seek God’s guidance and provision for today. Then we were encouraged to pray… Continue reading Have You Prayed for Courage in Your Faith?

a contented heart · becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · home love · I am blessed · recovering perfectionist

What are You Choosing? (A Mom’s Decorating Manifesto)

If you had the money, what’s the first thing you’d buy yourself? Is there a gorgeous piece of furniture or a new set of wheels you’ve been eyeing up? Would you tour the world or buy a new house? Quit your job and sail off into the sunset? I don’t know how I’d choose just one.… Continue reading What are You Choosing? (A Mom’s Decorating Manifesto)

becoming a mom · finding my way

Before I Became a Mom: Then and Now

Before I became a mom, the thought of motherhood caused me anxiety, doubt, and overwhelm. I knew some general things about motherhood but I didn’t know some of the most important things. I could visualize changing diapers endlessly and dealing with cranky babies but I had no idea how vastly my children would enrich and… Continue reading Before I Became a Mom: Then and Now

a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · looking ahead · no regrets

Have You Ever Resented Ordinary?

I certainly haven’t always appreciated ordinary.  I’ve resented it and complained many a time about the ordinary. There’s something about endless stretches of mundane routine that can drive a person crazy almost as fast as wild chaos. The ordinary is easily overlooked and under-appreciated and yet it has a beauty all its own. I’m an ordinary human so… Continue reading Have You Ever Resented Ordinary?

a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · I am blessed

I’m Blessed Because of These 7 Things

Think of it for a minute–seven blessings in your life. How do you choose a mere seven?  When my writing group was assigned this topic I knew it would be difficult to single out seven from a practically never-ending list. So I decided to challenge myself to find the blessings in seven things I often… Continue reading I’m Blessed Because of These 7 Things

from the trenches · looking ahead

Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment

She confidently walked into the Wal-Mart bathroom stall and the door banged shut. That’s when I realized.  Realized what? Where am I going with this? No, it wasn’t the lady who stole the fifty dollar bill out of my hands. (That’s another story for another day.) It was my daughter. And I realized today in the Wal-Mart… Continue reading Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment