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

Front Yard Living

At the beginning of the summer, during our daily Quiet Rest Hour, the energy in our house changed. I looked up from my book and felt that it had gone from Quiet Rest “Quiet” to eerily and suspiciously “Quiet.” I closed my book and walked upstairs where I found my oldest daughter obediently and happily … Continue reading Front Yard Living

The Habit of Learning Hope

One of Bea's rituals is to run through the front yard, waving to Frank as he drives off to work. Barefoot and in her nightgown, she'll yell before the neighborhood is awake, I love you! You can count on me!! The other morning, Frank got up early to try to get in before any of us … Continue reading The Habit of Learning Hope

Connected Consumerism

Yesterday we talked about voting with your dollars and how we each have our own ways of connecting with our purchases and through our lifestyle choices. Because not everyone sees the connections between our choices and a greater world impact, I thought I'd share a few of the things we do as a family. These … Continue reading Connected Consumerism