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

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

my misadventures · recovering perfectionist · this is where it's at

The Best Spring/Fall Cleaning Products

Last night I lay awake for a long time thinking about an unusual subject: Fall Cleaning my house. My poor, poor house. It has not been fall cleaned in much, much longer than either I or it care to admit. I thought about flies that die and linger in light fixtures.I thought about dust bunnies… Continue reading The Best Spring/Fall Cleaning Products

a contented heart · fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · recovering perfectionist · this is where it's at

Maybe I’m a Virtuous Mom After All!

I can assure you that my kneejerk reaction to that age-old question “Who can find a virtuous woman” is “if you’re looking for a virtuous woman here, you’ve come to the wrong place!” But what is virtue? Merriam-Webster puts it like this: conformity to a standard of right : morality, a particular moral excellence, a… Continue reading Maybe I’m a Virtuous Mom After All!

casting aside fear · finding my way · motherhood mission · no regrets · recovering perfectionist

Why I Write About Motherhood (And Why You Can Too)

If you’ve been around here for any length of time you know I write about motherhood and things that go hand-in-hand with motherhood a lot. You may also be aware that I’ve been working on a book about preparing for motherhood for the past year. Now here’s the thing. If you know me at all,… Continue reading Why I Write About Motherhood (And Why You Can Too)

becoming a mom · looking ahead · no regrets · recovering perfectionist

Why There’s Never a Perfect Time to Have a Baby (So Don’t Put Off Being a Mom)

I’ll admit it: when Kev and I decided it was time to get serious about starting a family, one of the first things we did was decide when the best time of year was to have our baby. I remember clearly thinking November would be a great month to have him/her arrive. Ironically, that baby arrived… Continue reading Why There’s Never a Perfect Time to Have a Baby (So Don’t Put Off Being a Mom)

cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · I am blessed · meeting God · recovering perfectionist

Understanding Difficult Days

I love the nap time hour. I love that complete silence. It’s just me, alone with my Creator. I listen. I rest. I feel his love surround me and I know He’s here. We talk about the past few days, Him and I. I’ve had some rough days with my two little ones this week.… Continue reading Understanding Difficult Days