Lessons about Writing, Discipline, & Lent

On Ash Wednesday I made the spontaneous decision to write a blog post every day for 40 days during Lent. At the time this seemed like a brilliant idea. After a busy season of writing Bible study curriculum, blogging every day seemed like just the creative antidote I needed. Also, I was out of the habit of journaling our family's life, so this would be the perfect chance to catch up. And what … Continue...


Capturing Memories

While moving furniture around this month, I discovered a bookcase full of old photo albums. Some were those cheap books where you slide the picture in between the plastic. Others were massive, … Continue...


Insect Murderers

Every year it's the same story. The weather warms up and the kids and the insects take over the backyard. The insects want to feast on the tender green leaves. They want to burrow into our … Continue...


What We Are NOT Doing This Summer

Several years ago, I visited my friend Jen at the start of the summer. Like me, she was a mom to lots of little kids, and the summer meant the fun and daunting promise of lots of free time. Like me, … Continue...


If a Mom Yells in the Woods, Can Her Kids Hear Her?

The weather is warmer here, and the sunshine seems to have robbed our kids of their hearing ability. Yesterday I asked Catie to put her shoes away about 17 times. I'm not normally a yeller, but I'm … Continue...



The Hard Life of an Easy Kid

Of our four kids, only one was potty-trained by three. Only one learned to write his name in one sitting. Only one can make it through a day of Preschool with no tears, no separation anxiety, and no meltdowns about his shirt tag itching. Nate is an easy child, a pleaser who has the tenacity, IQ, … [Read More...]


Want to Go to Galveston for the Weekend?

If you have three days in Galveston, you are in for such a treat. Here's what to do, see, and eat while visiting Galveston. Come along and experience the very best our little island has to offer.... Day One--A Day at the Beach If you want a quiet beach, head west. Take 61st Street to the … [Read More...]


The Rediscovery of Healthy Eating

Here I am again. After last week's juice fast, I've rediscovered how much my body needs clean food. The other stuff, the processed junk I often eat and tell myself is healthy-ish, isn't working. I didn't realize how tired, how spacey and irritable I felt until I cut all that out of my diet. Now … [Read More...]


4 Reasons to Go to Church This Week

1. Go to church for yourself. You need the quiet space, the Sabbath, the communion. You need to know everything will be okay if you turn off your phone, your Instagram, and your to-do list. Better actually.  Listen closely to the ancient Word, the new songs, and the liturgy you've heard seven … [Read More...]

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