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Blessing others by actually saying it out loud.

Blessing others by actually saying it out loud.

Last week I was blessed by an audible voice. It wasn’t God’s voice, but it was the truth of God through the lips of a friend. She’s a rare gift, a woman who speaks the truth of Scripture wisely and appropriately and who lives a […]

Favorite Things This Weekend

Favorite Things This Weekend

Happy Saturday! I hope you get some down time this weekend to rest and reflect and spend some time doing things that refresh your soul. This weekend I’m fighting a cold, so I’ve had some extra time to read and rest, a gift I’m thankful […]

Fall Planning: Carve out time to live your true calling.

Fall Planning: Carve out time to live your true calling.

Whenever I talk to younger moms, the same question always comes up in one form or another: How am I supposed to get everything done?! If you’ve had kids for more than two minutes, you know that, despite our best efforts, unpredictability and busy-ness is the […]

What 20 years of homeschooling has taught me

What 20 years of homeschooling has taught me

This summer I find myself re-reading some of the earliest books I ever read on home education. Turning the pages of these old friends makes me nostalgic.  My level of ignorance in the homeschooling department was matched only by my fear of pursing it in […]

Why I Take Pictures and Weekend Favorites

Why I Take Pictures and Weekend Favorites

The pursuits of motherhood are often undone minutes before they are completed, aren’t they? (Laundry, anyone?) It can be a little discouraging to look back on your week and wonder what you actually got done. Yes, the house is still standing. Yes, my children are […]

Family Photos and Updates

Family Photos and Updates

It’s been a while since I updated this space with family updates so this post will be news-y. Our biggest life update is that our daughter Emily is engaged to be married to her childhood friend, Sam. Sam surprised her by proposing two days before […]

“I am enough” and other lies Christian women believe.

“I am enough” and other lies Christian women believe.

The church seems to be confused about the concept of truth. We say we believe the truth, but I believe we’ve been conditioned by our culture to think that it is more educated/enlightened/accepting to believe that my truth is as relevant as yours. Just believe […]

For when you are not okay

For when you are not okay

Summer awakens my senses. After a cold New England winter, the warmth of the softened ground gives way to growth and I love everything about it. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sounds of Katydids and frogs in the pond on summer nights, the […]

I am mad so I bake a cake. {A Few Thoughts on the Unthinkable going on in Syria}

I am mad so I bake a cake. {A Few Thoughts on the Unthinkable going on in Syria}

I wasn’t planning to write today so I’m putting this out here as a stream of consciousness, unedited and imperfect. Forgive my mistakes, but… I’ve been thinking about the horrific attack of life in Syria–the hopelessness those poor people must be feeling after realizing that […]

Does Jesus Satisfy and Is He Enough?

Does Jesus Satisfy and Is He Enough?

What to do you value above all else? What rules your thoughts, retains your affections, has your undying loyalty, and warrants your precious energy? Why does this matter? Because what you are passionate about– what you believe is worthy of your devotion and effort–at its […]