Mindfulness for Melancholics: On Gratitude and Grace

“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” – Mary Oliver Have you ever been haunted by a word? It’s name popping up here in conversation, there in a magazine. Always speaking to you, in a hushed whisper, of what lies in store should you pursue her? Mindfulness. Over the last [Read More…]

NFP: Are You Aware?

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything to say in these parts. So I figured what the hell? It’s NFP Awareness Week and I haven’t written about anything that I can’t stand in quite a spell, so here we are. You all are so lucky I’ve turned off Criminal Minds long enough to tell [Read More…]

What We're Reading: Library Edition

A few weeks ago I got to experience one of my favorite pleasures, going to a new library for the very first time. Since we just moved to a new town, with its very own library just a couples miles from our house, I was thrilled to check it out. Libraries are my happy place. [Read More…]

By Our Love, By Our Love

I’ve been watching the series on the early Church, A.D.:The Bible Continues, since Easter. It’s quite well done, not 100% accurate, but very compelling and entertaining since after all, it is a network TV show. In the show, you see the Sanhedrin and Pharisees a lot, since it is basically telling the story of Acts [Read More…]

Your Body Is More Important Than Your House: Thoughts on House and Body Keeping

  We had just finished dinner and the kitchen was a mess. I love to cook, but I hate to clean up after. Thankfully its getting warmer again, the longer days and higher temps a lifeline to parents of young children. Atticus took the kids to the backyard so they could get filthy while he [Read More…]

Mother's Day Thoughts From a Motherless Daughter

It seems like I write a post about Mother’s Day every single year. Mostly, I think this is because I find myself blindsided by it every single year. My mother’s been gone for 24 years and this will be my sixth (!!) Mother’s Day as a mother myself. Yet every year around the first week [Read More…]

Riots are the Voice of the Unheard: Thoughts on Baltimore

I went to college in Maryland, and while I now live in the mid-west, I have many friends and connections in the DC metro area, including Baltimore. My perception of Baltimore may be somewhat different from others, since I’ve only been there a handful of times and when I was there, did one of two [Read More…]

An Easter Post

Oh, Death! Where is your sting? Oh, Hell! Where is your victory? Oh, Church! Come stand in the light, the glory of God has defeated the night! A picture is worth a thousand words. Someday, we will have holiday photos with 3 out of 3 children looking at the camera or maybe even smiling. Dream [Read More…]

A Love Story: Part 1

Part I “And what you thought you came for Is only a shell, a husk of meaning From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled If at all. Either you had no purpose Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured And is altered in fulfillment.”   –TS Eliot This is a love [Read More…]

A Prayer for Moving to a New House. With Small Kids. {A Guest Post by Laura}

Laura of Mothering Spirit is one of my “writing role models”. I love everything about the way she tells her story and listens intently to the stories and voices of others. And she’s a Domer, so that’s awesome. As I sit here, having come only a few hours ago from handing over the keys of [Read More…]