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

from the trenches · no regrets · recovering perfectionist · this is where it's at

Are Clean Kitchens Overrated?

Some nights after spending a gorgeous evening outside, I’m met squarely with a cluttered kitchen and dirty dishes. Like tonight. The temperature was that lovely just-between mix of summer day and fall evening. Kev rototilled. I puttered around the garden. Gleeful shouts and laughter floated from the trampoline’s direction. The wind died away, leaving a… Continue reading Are Clean Kitchens Overrated?

fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · recovering perfectionist

Are You Grasping at Stars? (Time-Tested Advice for Mondays)

Mondays are historically a day when I struggle. Typical domestic duties (i.e. getting dressed, doing dishes, cooking, laundry) fail to inspire me. This Monday morning I pondered deep thoughts such as how I want to run my home like a well-oiled machine. Figuratively, anyway. But when it comes down to the complete, all-encompassing time and… Continue reading Are You Grasping at Stars? (Time-Tested Advice for Mondays)

from the trenches · looking ahead

Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment

She confidently walked into the Wal-Mart bathroom stall and the door banged shut. That’s when I realized.  Realized what? Where am I going with this? No, it wasn’t the lady who stole the fifty dollar bill out of my hands. (That’s another story for another day.) It was my daughter. And I realized today in the Wal-Mart… Continue reading Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment

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 · 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

finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · motherhood mission

What To Do When Your Day (Or Life) Doesn’t Seem Successful

I was having one of those days that I and my mom friends call “not very prosperous”. Really I would’ve used a stronger term than that to describe it. I was so, so uninspired and wasting time with tiny distractions: googling this, reading that, thinking about this work I needed to do and cleaning up… Continue reading What To Do When Your Day (Or Life) Doesn’t Seem Successful

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

baby steps · from the trenches · my misadventures

One of Those Days (Every Mom Has One Now and Then)

So I’m having a bad day. Well, it’s a bad week really. Anyway, it’s one of those days where I only cook because I agreed to make lunch for our employee, I only do laundry because there’s nothing to wear and I only wash the floor because it got peed on. Otherwise it’s possible I would… Continue reading One of Those Days (Every Mom Has One Now and Then)

cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · my misadventures · recovering perfectionist

How to Survive Shopping Day with Small Children

I recently learned that pink car shopping carts and tired children are not compatible. I also realized anew that writing long, newsy emails while parked in the grocery store parking lot is totally a good thing. What does a typical grocery run look like for your family? For my family it looks a bit like… Continue reading How to Survive Shopping Day with Small Children