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

a contented heart · Christmas · fighting overwhelm · recovering perfectionist

Recognizing Perfect Amid Chaos

​Is it possible? Can you really find “perfect” in the midst of chaos I wondered? I’d dreamed of relaxing Christmas holidays with plenty of time for reading books, playing with the kids, napping, you know just generally being unhurried and nothing to do. I don’t know about you but the last time that happened for… Continue reading Recognizing Perfect Amid Chaos

a contented heart · becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · from the trenches · I am blessed

My Postpartum Thankful List

​Warning: This post includes graphic details of postpartum life! Read at your own risk! 🙂 Today I’m sharing my postpartum thankful list as a tribute to mothers around the globe who do not have some or perhaps most of these blessings. As I feed and rock my beautiful, healthy infant son, I’m more aware than… Continue reading My Postpartum Thankful List

a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · motherhood mission · no regrets · recovering perfectionist

It Was An Ordinary Day

It was just another ordinary day. The sun shone, the grass was tall enough to need mowing even though I had just mowed it, the world was still fresh from recent rains, the weeds and dandelions were growing faster than I could take care of them. The garden needed to be planted before the children… Continue reading It Was An Ordinary Day

a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · I am blessed

The Incredible Gift of an Ordinary Mother’s Day

Are you wondering what Mother’s Day will hold for you this year? If you’re a mom of little ones like me, you know that the day will likely include all the regular duties you always do. Chances are it won’t be much of a holiday. The thing is, we don’t always realize just how much… Continue reading The Incredible Gift of an Ordinary Mother’s Day

a contented heart · casting aside fear · cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm

These Things I Can Do! (One Great Remedy for Negative Thoughts)

One thing I’m slowly coming to realize is that when discontent, discouragement or thoughts of despair want to come, it’s often because I’m not thinking the greatest thoughts. As in, nothing all that positive. (I might be a bit slow but hey, at least I’m making baby steps!)   I’m also learning that writing out… Continue reading These Things I Can Do! (One Great Remedy for Negative Thoughts)

a contented heart · Christmas · fighting overwhelm

Ten Important Things To Remember at Christmas (Especially If You’re Stressed)

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. “Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.” – Neal A. Maxwell. I decide if there’s room for Him in the kitchen when the gravy boils over, at the sewing machine, at the mall waiting in lineups, during a strained dinnertime… Continue reading Ten Important Things To Remember at Christmas (Especially If You’re Stressed)

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

Why Life Will Never Be Better Than This

It hit me, just like that. I was sitting at my desk, having just finished reading my Bible, and was thinking about the possibility of someday moving from this home we love. And suddenly I realized: today, this moment, these circumstances, this time and place, this is as good as it gets. Oh but no,… Continue reading Why Life Will Never Be Better Than This

a contented heart · fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · recovering perfectionist · this is where it's at

Maybe I’m a Virtuous Mom After All!

I can assure you that my kneejerk reaction to that age-old question “Who can find a virtuous woman” is “if you’re looking for a virtuous woman here, you’ve come to the wrong place!” But what is virtue? Merriam-Webster puts it like this: conformity to a standard of right : morality, a particular moral excellence, a… Continue reading Maybe I’m a Virtuous Mom After All!