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

cultivating gratitude · no regrets

What I’d Choose If I Could Have Anything I Wanted for Mother’s Day

If I could have anything I want for Mother’s Day, what would it be?  There are countless cliche things that come to mind: time for myself, huge bouquets of flowers, meals I don’t have to make, shopping trips, time with friends, sleeping in and uninterrupted sleep. Yet somehow these aren’t the things I really want. There’s… Continue reading What I’d Choose If I Could Have Anything I Wanted for Mother’s Day

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

becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · I am blessed

When Life Seems Unfair Remember Moments Like These

​It stopped me in my tracks the day we came home from the hospital with our newborn son. We had finally gotten all the necessary tests and checks done, our stuff was stowed in the van and the baby was sleeping, snuggly strapped in his car seat. We said good-bye to the nurse who’d helped… Continue reading When Life Seems Unfair Remember Moments Like These

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

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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)

cultivating gratitude · I am blessed · meeting God

How to Say Thank You at Easter

It’s Good Friday, the day Jesus died to redeem a fallen race and more specifically, one woman who is perpetually struggling to get organized, be more patient with her children and become less of a perfectionist. It’s a day that I struggle once again to comprehend the magnitude of what He suffered on my behalf.… Continue reading How to Say Thank You at Easter

becoming a mom · casting aside fear · cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches

Dealing With First Trimester Apathy and Anxiety

So I am officially PG and Baby #3 is on his/her way! 🙂 Hence the silence here on the blog. I’ve been too uninspired to even think of writing something that could be remotely considered post-worthy. Eventually though I did begin searching through the pregnancy advice links I’d saved, particularly those in the spiritual and… Continue reading Dealing With First Trimester Apathy and Anxiety