a contented heart · I am blessed · looking ahead · this is where it's at

What We Lose in Flowers, We Gain in Fruit: My Back-to-School Wish

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” – Samuel Butler Shopping pencils and pens, sweaters and jeans. Making lunches and long car pool runs. Crisp sunny days, frost hanging on night air, Geese in the sky, combines in the fields. Fall is a cozy time… Continue reading What We Lose in Flowers, We Gain in Fruit: My Back-to-School Wish

casting aside fear · looking ahead · meeting God

Have You Prayed for Courage in Your Faith?

“What a beautiful idea,” I thought as I read the Hello Mornings Bible Study on women of the Bible. After reading through the account of Abigail, Nabal and David, the study asked us to reflect on what situations we might need to seek God’s guidance and provision for today. Then we were encouraged to pray… Continue reading Have You Prayed for Courage in Your Faith?

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?

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 · cultivating gratitude · looking ahead · no regrets · recovering perfectionist

Why Life Will Never Be Better Than This

It hit me, just like that. I was sitting at my desk, having just finished reading my Bible, and was thinking about the possibility of someday moving from this home we love. And suddenly I realized: today, this moment, these circumstances, this time and place, this is as good as it gets. Oh but no,… Continue reading Why Life Will Never Be Better Than This

finding peace · looking ahead · meeting God

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To In Heaven

Almost exactly one month after the day we thought we lost our three cats, we truly did say good-bye to one. Several days ago one of our cats became extremely sick suddenly and had to be euthanized. This lead to conversations about Heaven with my five-year-old. It’s been a sad but good teaching moment, a… Continue reading Four Things I’m Looking Forward To In Heaven

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

fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · looking ahead · motherhood mission

What Ifs For Overwhelmed Moms

Just like a brand new notebook that has never been opened, so a baby’s mind, too, is pristine and new when they are born, ready to receive thoughts and impressions and all that the world brings their way. As each of us grows to maturity, the collections of our lives can be built into a… Continue reading What Ifs For Overwhelmed Moms