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Making Room For Purple Days

Today is a purple day. What is a purple day? Life is really full right now. Teaching homeschool, caring for a baby, and a commitment to a less expensive lifestyle (more cooking from scratch, etc.) fill a lot of time, and Easter musical is upon us now, too. Some days are full from start to … Continue reading

Are You Comfortable With the Cross?

Today is Good Friday. The day we honor the ┬áprice paid for our redemption: the brutal execution of God’s perfect and holy Son in our stead. Every year, our church (along with countless others) put on a musical, and most years I have participated. It combines two of my favorite things: theater and telling people … Continue reading

Power of Words: “Right Now”

We all have rough days. Some years we have 365 in a row. But when addressing a challenging situation, I’ve learned two words that make it more bearable. They put things into perspective. Whatever my frustration or impossible situation, I describe it as being “right now.” Read these sentences, then reread them with the added … Continue reading

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

My least favorite thing about myself? I’m not perfect… I make mistakes. And sometimes it’s hard to recover from those mistakes. Really hard. Even the insignificant ones seem to be a screaming statement about my self worth. Like the other day when I was trying to find the dust pan. What does it say about … Continue reading

But I Just Cleaned That!

I spent the entirety of nap time in the kitchen yesterday. I made two loaves of banana bread (which takes virtually the same amount of time as baking one), and washed the dishes and cleaned the counters while they baked. My feet hurt by the time I was done, but the sight of the clean … Continue reading

Back to Basics: What it Means

Back to Basics: What it Means

Have you ever tried to drive with a worn-out windshield wiper, and added way too much stress to your drive because of it? Or have you ever had one break when you’re halfway home in a rain or snow storm? Sometimes parenting feels like being a windshield wiper. We have a calling and a purpose … Continue reading

Lessons From A Toddler: Too Much!

Lessons From A Toddler: Too Much!

The Story After stuffing her mouth full of banana slices, Little R found herself with a dilemma. She still had more banana slices on her high chair tray, and no room in her mouth. The only logical choice, of course, was to keep stuffing until she could barely breathe, let alone actually chew the food … Continue reading

Branching into New Topics: Motherhood

Branching into New Topics: Motherhood

People talk about how hard marriage is… how hard college is… how hard life is… and having learned from other people’s mistakes and successes, I was able to thrive through these challenges and come away with a rich marriage, a rich education, and a rich life. So why did nobody tell me that parenting would … Continue reading

Taking Friday “Off”

Taking Friday “Off”

Two perspectives on the Stay-at-Home Mom (SAHM): They don’t work. They never stop working. Both perspectives contain a degree of truth, although I swing toward the latter. Dishes, laundry, cooking, repeat. Now, throw in educational enrichment for the kids, relationship building with the husband, commitments outside the home, and ┬átime for ourselves (if we can … Continue reading