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?

a contented heart · Christmas · fighting overwhelm · recovering perfectionist

What Makes A Meaningful Christmas Celebration?

The countdown to Christmas is on. It can be a fraught time, trying to navigate all the holiday expectations. My want-to-do list is practically limitless, although I only get a fraction of it done. There are Christmas cards and letters (preferably personal) to send, Christmas decor to put up inside and out, fun little DIYs,… Continue reading What Makes A Meaningful Christmas Celebration?

cultivating gratitude · finding my way · motherhood mission · recovering perfectionist

A New Way to Look at Privilege

Do you consider yourself privileged? What does a life of privilege look like? I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home with Christian parents. I’m privileged to be happily married with three children and live on a small farm. But why shouldn’t I be? Shouldn’t everyone be so privileged? Is there something wrong… Continue reading A New Way to Look at Privilege

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)

a contented heart · becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · home love · I am blessed · recovering perfectionist

What are You Choosing? (A Mom’s Decorating Manifesto)

If you had the money, what’s the first thing you’d buy yourself? Is there a gorgeous piece of furniture or a new set of wheels you’ve been eyeing up? Would you tour the world or buy a new house? Quit your job and sail off into the sunset? I don’t know how I’d choose just one.… Continue reading What are You Choosing? (A Mom’s Decorating Manifesto)

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

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

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 · 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