We Stopped Giving our Kids Birthday Presents

I was tired of tripping over toys! My four kids had so many. Some they had outgrown but nostalgia had prevented them from passing the toys along. Some were only played with when I held it up and said “are we done with this toy yet?” followed by a chorus of “oh, no, that’s our … Continue reading We Stopped Giving our Kids Birthday Presents

Because of Winn-Dixie

For the past nine years, our family has had a tradition of Friday pizza and movie night. Usually, the pizza is homemade and we watch a movie that everyone will enjoy. It’s tough to all agree with the mix of ages and genders and interests in our home, but such a joy when we find … Continue reading Because of Winn-Dixie

Asking Questions: The Art of Being Inquisitive

What is your name? How was your day? Where did my keys go? Do you have any advice for me? How did you get to be so wise? Each day we ask a variety of questions. Simple ones, complex ones. Ones to which we don’t listen to the answer and ones which we lean in … Continue reading Asking Questions: The Art of Being Inquisitive

Functional Fridge Magnets

My fridge used to be lost under layers of reminders and art and pictures and who knows what else.  Sandra Felton’s book, The Messies Manual, preaches having a clear fridge.  I was apprehensive at first about letting go of displaying the children’s artwork there, but I decided to try it. She was right! It makes … Continue reading Functional Fridge Magnets

Real Life Spartan Race Feat

I spent a lot of time and energy training for the Spartan Race. Running, running, and more boring running to build endurance. Lifting weights. Lots of burpees. On race day I wasn’t fast, but I finished! It was great fun. It was all just for fun. I didn’t know I would need those skills for … Continue reading Real Life Spartan Race Feat

Who Understands Stay at Home Moms? Pastors Do.

When I was a stay at home mom of preschoolers (I had 4 under 5 at one point) I felt a twinge of jealousy when my pastor-husband would go off to work.  I would grumble inside wishing I could go sit in a quiet office and accomplish things off a to-do list. But the more … Continue reading Who Understands Stay at Home Moms? Pastors Do.

Better Together Though Miles Apart

I first met Holly when I was a 20 year old newlywed who had just moved to town. She was also relatively new to town and we landed in the same small church. I remember the moment clearly when I knew Holly was a “kindred spirit” as Anne of Green Gables puts it. I was … Continue reading Better Together Though Miles Apart

Organization for School Papers for Four Kids

Now that all four of my children are in school, I needed a system for organizing all their papers that I need to keep or fill out. But in an effort to keep my kitchen counters clear, I did not want any organizational system that would rest on a flat surface. So I designed this … Continue reading Organization for School Papers for Four Kids