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

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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?

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

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

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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

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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

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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