I came across this yesterday, and I wish I knew who to give credit to, because it’s a beautiful heart behind all this. It’s for those of us in the thick of it with kiddos and parenting and messy houses, when we feel like we’re getting nothing done ~ to sit, to drink deeply of this bit we call life, to treasure what really truly matters. I was blessed and encouraged  and I hope you are too! // blueberry picking… Read more »

{thoughts on mothering} “I remember a time when I used to be much godlier. It was sometime in junior high and my room was clean. It must have been beautiful weather outside because the lighting was very nice in the room where I was reading my Bible every day and feeling really good. It was quite clear to me that my sanctification was progressing very well… I laughed out loud when I came to the paragraphs above. Because, yes, I… Read more »

My son – our son – had his first birthday yesterday. // Yes, he has killer blue eyes, just like his daddy. :) // I don’t know HOW it is possible for a year to go by so quickly, for a little person to become so intricately interwined in our lives, for our love to grow so deeply, for our hearts to swell with love for a new little person in our family… I tried not to cry, but I… Read more »

You’d think the question would have been asked during a most wonderful day. Maybe a day when I was dancing about the kitchen in a pretty little apron, singing a ditty while cooking food like Paula Deen. Or maybe at a time when it was a picture-perfect moment that Norman Rockwell would have painted, like all three kiddos piled around me on the couch while reading “Little House on the Prairie.” Or perhaps on a walk down a country lane, lined… Read more »

There are some moments in life when your breath is taken away by the sheer beauty of it. The little taste of heaven. The feeling that earth is as it should be. And there are other moments when it’s the sheer pain of life that takes your breath away. That phone call, hearing words that make your heart pound with fear. That bit of news that you think just can’t be true. Most of us have had those moments. I’ve… Read more »

  Once upon a time, there was a girl. Actually, a mom. A mom and her three  little kiddos. Uh, yes, three kiddos. One didn’t make it on the picture. And she had a friend. A very dear friend, whom she had made so many memories with in Pennsylvania and Ohio and all across Asia. This same friend invited her to Florida for several days. The mom deliberated. It sure sounded fun. This friend is so dear indeed. And there… Read more »

“Significance is found in giving your life away, not in selfishly trying to find personal happiness.” [G. Thomas] I prayed. That God would help this Valentine’s Day to not be about me and my expectations, where a date would have been my ideal, but about my precious little family, my husband and children, and helping them to have the best time ever. And you know? It was one of the best family times we have EVER had. Ever. Romantic? Well,… Read more »