Inspiration

All the Time There Is

Pa and Ma Ingalls and family had just spent an entire year building something from nothing. A barn to protect their horses from wolves. A cabin from felled wood by the creek bed. A well for fresh water. Pa had just gotten enough hides to trade for garden seeds and supplies. Next year they’d have a garden. After a year of hard work and skill we can only imagine,...
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Personal Growth

On Dystopia & Our Messy Lives

I love it when the books I’m reading share themes and ideas and push me to think harder about life and love and my faith. This is especially fun when the overlap happens between fiction and non-fiction. That’s exactly what happened this month. I picked up The Giver this month because I wanted to read the book before watching the movie which is now at Redbox. I never read...
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Babies & Toddlers

Dear Brand New Mama

Dear Brand New Mama, I hope you are sitting down a lot. Cuddling a lot. Dear God, I hope you’re getting at least some sleep. I hope you have help. I hope someone is willing to drop the world to wrap their arms around you and your brand new little one. I hope you’re not worried that you’re getting it all wrong. I hope no one is making you...
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As a Family

Forget Resolutions, Form Some Habits

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for their unhelpfulness. We don’t usually keep them, so I don’t really bother making them. Habits on the other hand are remarkably reliable. I brush my teeth every night before bed. And put my seat belt on each and every time I get into a car. These aren’t things I think about or will myself into. I just do them. Mainly because they’re habits...
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Faith

As We Resolve

As we resolve: Let us remember we are more than the sum of our weight. Or our bank statements. That clean houses, kiddos who sleep through the night, carbs, and report cards don’t define us. That kindness beats out productivity every time. Let us remember there are no easy answers. And progress takes time. That simply trying a little harder isn’t the answer. Let us remember that comparison only...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Into (December 2014)

Reading I finally finished up Bittersweet (worth if just for the chapter titled, “Phoenix”). I also read my first fan fiction book ever: Death Comes to Pemberley. It was alright. I think I’ll continue to steer clear of fan fiction… As a family, we read Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas. The kids loved the coloring pages, ornaments, and illustrations. The actual text went...
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Faith

When You Think it’s About Trying Just a Little Harder

You know those days? When the dirty laundry is scattered all around the floor. And someone knocked the clean laundry off the couch so who knows what is what anymore? And the youngest doesn’t have clean underwear. And the oldest can’t find her favorite shirt. Or any shirt for that matter. The dishes are piled up, there are no clean sippy cups, and you roll over in bed, determined...
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