Thanksgiving Without Turkey (and stress)

I see all the amazing recipes and Instagrams of set tables. I see people playing football at the park and the mad rush to grab that last minute item at the grocery store. The air smells like roast turkey. It’s Thanksgiving Day….and I’m in bed. The last couple weeks have been rocky for me. I [Read More…]

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. ┬áJude (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┬ácomputer screen. His grin [Read More…]

Little Things

I’ve been resting and it has felt so very good. A couple months ago, we purchased a small home and I am still unpacking. Books mostly. When a liberal arts major and a bookworm marry, the result is several wonderfully geeky children and a house filled to the brim with books. We have thousands despite [Read More…]

Reflections for July 8.15

I am playing catch up on my Chronological bible reading plan. I usually listen on my phone through my earbuds while I work around the house, but the jack on my phone broke so I am trying to create new habits. Anyhow, so I was reading 2 Chronicles today and a definite pattern emerged. Ecclesiastes [Read More…]


  Last weekend, we packed up our family and went to visit my hometown. As we drove the seven hours from Northern Idaho to Southern Idaho, my stomach churned inside me. Outside my window, the landscape transformed from a lush oasis to a dry, desert land, and I couldn’t help but notice that my insides [Read More…]

Too Much Salt?

“I don’t want to lose this friendship,” I said. “I don’t either” she confessed. Our girls were close friends. They went to school together. We lived in a small town, and we had several mutual friends. I thought our friendship had been growing, but now she was asking me to change, and I simply couldn’t [Read More…]

Psalm 23 (for while I unpack)

The Lord is my Helper; I will not be overwhelmed. He makes me work all day and then gives me rest. He fills up my energy tank. God protects me from becoming a grouch because I belong to Him. Even though I cannot take one step without bumping into something, I will not become frustrated, [Read More…]


I know I’ve been quiet. I’ve been very busy. We bought a really cute house with a ton of potential. The walls had been painted the color of dry wall. The house was covered carpet — even the bathroom. The lease on our current home ends on May 15th, and we just closed on the [Read More…]


It is such a gift to have a Dr who calls you personally to check in. Even more so that she is level-headed. She reminds me that it is normal to feel a bit numb after starting a medication because I felt everything too acutely. Doh! I feel like an idiot for not seeing the [Read More…]

Answered Prayers 2015

“Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to boss you around.” –Lysa Terkeurst This is so encouraging today. It has been a long week and a half. I went in to visit my doctor a couple weeks ago for [Read More…]