Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

I'm sitting in my living room right now, laptop perched halfway on one knee, halfway on the arm of our old and worn-out chair. The fire is on, snow is covering the branches of the trees outside though the sun has melted it from the sidewalks and streets. My girls are across the street watching … Continue reading Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

Trust God And Do the Work

I was part of an interesting discussion on platform building in one of my Facebook writing groups. This particular group is populated by Christian bloggers so the discussion was mostly around promoting one's work without promoting oneself. Many people said that they don't promote but trust that God will put their words before the people … Continue reading Trust God And Do the Work

Life is a Narrative Story, Not a Report

One of the best outcomes of this practice of blogging has been learning the art of storytelling. My goal with each essay is to take a life experience and weave a greater thought that can be applied beyond my story at this moment. It's been a good practice as I reflect on this phase of … Continue reading Life is a Narrative Story, Not a Report

Recalibrating Toward Rest

I've never really been cutting edge. Growing up, my clothes were hand-me-downs from my fashionable cousin. I get most of my books from the library, so it's rare I'm reading material that came out at the last minute. Maybe it's because I'm such a processor that I have to sit with new ideas for a … Continue reading Recalibrating Toward Rest

The Compost Heap: A Newsletter

After hearing about the need to start a newsletter for a few years, I've finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. I like the idea of having a more conversational "this is what I'm into" sort of thing that doesn't really fit in with the blog. So, I'd like to introduce┬áThe Compost Heap: Digging into … Continue reading The Compost Heap: A Newsletter

Five Things I Learned in July

It's August, which means school starts in just a couple weeks and our routine will start again. I'm thankful for this month off - we had a busy July and it was such a relief to know that I could focus on the present, to not worry about self-imposed deadlines. But, for the necessity of … Continue reading Five Things I Learned in July

Enjoying the Noisiness of Summer

Different seasons have different volumes, don't they? Winter is quiet, hibernating. We are in a set routine and getting out of the house feels more necessary in some ways. Summer is loud, active. Even on days we don't get in the car, we're outside biking and climbing and getting wet. In those quiet winter months, … Continue reading Enjoying the Noisiness of Summer

Me Time in the Margins

Bea's current favorite manipulative phrase is, "I just haven't had enough daddy time!" (Or mama time or grandma time or whomever she thinks will give her what she wants time...) Today, I told Bea that I needed some┬áme time. She had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. In Bea's perfect world, we would … Continue reading Me Time in the Margins