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