She Watched The Revenant

She Watched The Revenant #moviereveiw

noun rev·e·nant \ˈre-və-ˌnäⁿ, -nənt\ :  one that returns after death or a long absence  Last night, my husband and I went on a date to see The Revenant. We arrived 10 minutes before the movie started, found seats in the front row and settled in for what, we had heard, would be a gritty couple [Read More...]

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Mere Breath

I’m failing at Advent. Ben is really good about lighting the candles, dolling out treats, reading scripture to us and singing Advent songs with our family whenever he is home. But the nights where has to work… it feels like I’m barely passing as human, let alone a spiritual guide for my children. We watch a lot [Read More...]

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Small Frys

Small Frys

Right now I’m asking myself why I am typing these words. I don’t feel inspired. I don’t think I have anything worth saying right now.  Jude (age 5), is balancing on the arm of an old chair, peering over the printer in our office/homeschool room trying to see what is on my computer screen. His grin [Read More...]

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Weeping With Addicts

Weeping With Addicts

On Saturday night, we returned home from a road trip at 1 AM. We looked everywhere but couldn’t find my medication lock box. Since it was so late, and we’d be getting up in a couple hours for church anyway, I decided just to go to bed. On Sunday morning, I woke up already in [Read More...]

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Nourishing Romance In Our Marriages

My amazing husband, Ben, and I.

Once upon a time, a boy and a girl who were very much in love got married. In the months that followed, the newlyweds lived off their love for one another. They made love multiple times a day, they didn’t see the point in clothes when they were home alone and could rarely be coaxed [Read More...]

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Why We Don’t Have “Best” Friends

My kids and some of our good friends.

My daughter, Ophelia, is nine years old. She is slipping out of childhood and into young adulthood. We already have frequent conversations about clothes, life goals, and appropriate relationships with boys. Recently, the question of female friendships arose. She, being very tender-hearted, was feeling guilty about making new friends when she has so many wonderful [Read More...]

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Protest

Liam and Jude (2012). They are 17 months apart and were both unplanned blessings. I wouldn't change a thing!!

A few more signs: #PPProtest #DefundPlannedParenthood pic.twitter.com/vA1FcpqmG2 — Daniel Foucachon (@foucachon) October 10, 2015 I’m near the beginning of the clip. My boys, Jude (age 4) and Liam (age 3), stood with me and hundreds of other pro-life supporters and their children. The support we received was heartfelt and infrequent. More often, our signs, smiles, [Read More...]

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Hot Mess: A Reflection

Hot Mess | Mere Breath

I’m sitting down with a quad shot Cubano that I made with a fifteen dollar espresso machine. It has been years since I pulled my own shots. When I was 15-years-old, I landed my first real job at a coffee shop as a barista. At that time, the minimum wage was just over three dollars [Read More...]

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Lou Rhodes and Chicken Soup

Liam and my dog, Chloe, napping.

It is raining outside, something the Northwest desperately needs right now. These are my favorite kind of days. The rain patters on the skylight above my kitchen. My girls are spending the weekend with Mimi and Poppi (Ben’s parents), so it is just me and the guys. Ben spent the afternoon sleeping after working a [Read More...]

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Suffering and the Mind/Body Connection in Mental Illness

Suffering and The Mind/Body Connection in Mental Illness  | Mere Breath

Over the last month or so, I’ve felt debilitatingly sad and overwhelmed. A feeling that was reinforced every time I learned more about Planned Parenthood, saw the orange, hazy smoke outside my window from the fires and every time I visited with my dear (incarcerated) sister online. She should not be locked up and the [Read More...]

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