a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · home love · recovering perfectionist

#This One Thing: All I Need is a Snake Plant

Sometimes gratitude comes easily. Sometimes it doesn’t. There are times I see the people and things I love and this great, bubbly feeling of ‘how-could-I-be-so-lucky’ springs up. The coloring sky behind the maple trees just beyond my kitchen window. My loud but happy family. And an iced pumpkin cookie sitting before me. Everything is perfect,… Continue reading #This One Thing: All I Need is a Snake Plant

a contented heart · I am blessed · looking ahead · this is where it's at

What We Lose in Flowers, We Gain in Fruit: My Back-to-School Wish

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” – Samuel Butler Shopping pencils and pens, sweaters and jeans. Making lunches and long car pool runs. Crisp sunny days, frost hanging on night air, Geese in the sky, combines in the fields. Fall is a cozy time… Continue reading What We Lose in Flowers, We Gain in Fruit: My Back-to-School Wish

a contented heart · cultivating gratitude · I am blessed

Miracle or Common Occurrence?

“Nothing is worth more than this day,” my calendar shouts, quoting Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.” I need the reminder. In a world of cares, it’s often necessary to open the blinds and draw back the curtains that hinder my sight. A typical day finds me… Continue reading Miracle or Common Occurrence?

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?

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)

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… Continue reading Have You Ever Resented Ordinary?

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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