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

casting aside fear · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · my misadventures

My Secret Speedy Bedtime Plan for Kids

“No one wins when we go through life trying to prove we can handle it all.” I recently read this quote and figured it sums things up well. I tend to write a lot here focusing on areas I’m working to improve, perhaps at the risk of sounding overly idealistic at times. The fact of… Continue reading My Secret Speedy Bedtime Plan for Kids

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 · 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)

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

Christmas · fighting overwhelm · recovering perfectionist

Courage for the Mom Overwhelmed By Christmas Preparations

We’re on a fast countdown to Christmas and if you, like me, have just begun gift shopping and are beginning to realize that Christmas cards and fancy baked goods are simply not materializing for you this year, you’ll love these encouragements as much as I do. Christmas has long been a struggle for me. I… Continue reading Courage for the Mom Overwhelmed By Christmas Preparations

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)

casting aside fear · fighting overwhelm · motherhood mission

Sometimes Service Isn’t What We Think It Is

I’ve had a number of tired, uninspired days lately. Maybe it’s the grey of November, maybe it’s a lack of exercise, maybe it’s well, anything! In any case, some of my days have seemed less than wildly successful. One of these quiet dull days I happened across this verse in my Bible: “With good will… Continue reading Sometimes Service Isn’t What We Think It Is

fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · looking ahead · meeting God · recovering perfectionist · this is where it's at

Trusting God With Our Family Health Care Decisions

For quite some time I’ve been wrestling with the need to make better choices for our family’s health, both in the products we use and the food we consume.  I don’t consider myself a big health nut but I admit I do like to make educated decisions when possible. 🙂   I always used to think… Continue reading Trusting God With Our Family Health Care Decisions

fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · looking ahead · no regrets

When You Only Have 365 Days Left to Prepare Your Child For School

In honor of a new school year beginning everywhere and new teachers teaching, parents sending off a child for the first time, and brand-new students anxiously starting off to school, I offer my hearty and heartfelt wishes for a wonderful first day and week. May the year ahead be a truly delightful one. School here… Continue reading When You Only Have 365 Days Left to Prepare Your Child For School