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?

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?

cultivating gratitude · no regrets

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 · 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 · 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

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

becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · looking ahead · meeting God · no regrets

What is the Best Way to Prepare for Motherhood?

If you said practice gagging over the frying pan every time you fry eggs, you know something about morning sickness that I didn’t when I first got pregnant. I had absolutely no idea how awful that smell could be!  But the truth is, it’s pretty difficult to prepare yourself for the individual things that may… Continue reading What is the Best Way to Prepare for Motherhood?