July 1, 2020

Yesterday all four kids needed to get bloodwork done (!) so my mom helped me at the appointment. It was a task I was absolutely dreading for weeks and had zero idea how to optimize such a feat. 

My plan was to have Eloise go first and then proceed in age order, oldest to youngest, in hopes that the oldest ones would show the little ones how to be brave and then hopefully save the hysterical crying for last. Eloise was up f...

April 5, 2020

Hello! We're another week into our quarantine, bringing it up to three weeks now. How are you holding up?

I have been through all the stages of grief and reached an acceptance that this is the new normal for now. I hesitate to write it because I know so many people and families are suffering right now, but this has been a sweet time for our family so far.

I am savoring having everyone home. I am extra aware and grateful for our...

March 26, 2020

How are you doing?

We are two weeks into our quarantine now. I am much less anxious than I was last week but do still have bouts of worry. I am willing myself to be more disciplined and minimize the late-night Googling, which benefits no one, and trying instead to prioritize sleep to help maintain health and sanity. I'm trying to filter out the hysteria. I still don't understand so much about this time.

I know so many...

May 13, 2019

I read the most beautiful passage the other day, in Deuteronomy of all places. It may be one of my new favorite Bible passages!

          Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty                    years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not              you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then...

April 3, 2019

Life has gotten easier in a few areas lately and I have had the idea of freedom on my mind. What am I using my freedom for? 

Sarah's birthday post made me want to piggyback off the idea of "editing."

Although I used to be an editor by profession, I do not always excel at editing when it comes to LIFE. I am the type who jumps at the chance to add things or responsibilities to my life the moment I'm able. Call it being the eldest...

December 21, 2018

I am signing off until after Christmas--today is Nick's last day in the office for a few days and I plan on soaking in my family while we're all home.

I wanted to leave you with a couple thoughts as many of us enter into a time of gatherings and merry-making. 

I recently learned of more than a couple people just outside of our circle who have either attempted or succeeded in taking their lives. This is on the heels of other hear...

August 20, 2018

We had the most special day celebrating George's baptism with family and friends. Here are some photos from the day, if you'd like to see!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

"The Lord your God is with you;

He is mighty to save.

He will rejoice over you with gladness;

He will quiet you with His love;

He will rejoice ove...

December 12, 2017

It's funny because as I sat down to write this morning, I noticed my last post, from a month and a half ago, was sitting unpublished in "drafts." So much of that post no longer applies, so I almost deleted it, but instead I posted it with its original date and decided to let it illustrate how quickly things can change--still one of the hardest parts of motherhood for me. As soon as you get the hang of something, or in the case...

December 5, 2016

An early Merry Christmas to you! I'm signing off for a few weeks. I had all kinds of holiday things I wanted to talk to you about, but life is even busier than usual, and something has to give. 

In church yesterday our pastor told a story about a wealthy European family who had a lavish party at their home to celebrate their child's baptism. Guests were wined and dined, and when it came time for the actual christening ceremony,...

November 16, 2016

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

And also:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you m...

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