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

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 The 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

Being Content with More

Mo! Again! Mo! One of my favorite learning-to-speak mix-ups is when Elle confuses more with again. I'll be spinning her in her swing and she'll shriek in the midst of laughter, mo! mo! ag'n! While making cookies, she'll lick the batter, demanding, ag'n, mo! Already, she's outgrowing this sweet mix-up, understanding that more is used for quantities and again is used … Continue reading Being Content with More

When Getting Up Early Fails

I was talking with a new friend the other day about finding time to write. One of her kids gets up at 5:15 everyday, on the dot and has since he was a baby. I asked if she had gotten the alarm clock that turns green and I clearly struck a nerve. Yes, they had. … Continue reading When Getting Up Early Fails

The Habit of Forming Habits

This fall has been filled with 30-day challenges. From our Whole30 cleanse to setting an alarm at 9:00 each night for bedtime to this Write 31 Days challenge, I'm liking the benefits of these short-term, habit changers. Setting a goal and sticking to it these days is a challenge in itself. There were many days … Continue reading The Habit of Forming Habits