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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 […]

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Strawberry Lemon Scones

This is my go-to scone recipe. Until our recent kitchen renovation, this recipe was taped into the cupboard door where I could have quick access to it. I made it so often over the years whenever we needed a pick-me-up during a long, tedious school […]

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

I spent most of the day outside, tending my herb and flower garden while my 3 year old played nearby. It’s warm enough now to plant, so I bought a few herbs to replace several that didn’t survive the winter: parsley, mint, and basil. I spent […]

“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 […]

Two books I’m loving on the calling of motherhood

Two books I’m loving on the calling of motherhood

I don’t quite remember the first time I felt self-conscious and embarrassed when I told someone I was a full-time housewife and mother, but I’ve had lots of experience with that feeling to date. Mostly feelings of inadequacy and second-guessing what I was doing with […]

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 […]

Messy Beautiful Friendship Book Review

Messy Beautiful Friendship Book Review

I just finished reading Christine Hoover’s Messy Beautiful Friendship which comes out on April 18th, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely and wanted to share a few thoughts and quotes from it with you. First off, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book about cultivating women’s friendship. […]

Love the Imperfect “Right Now”

Love the Imperfect “Right Now”

Yesterday, I woke with the knowledge that I was already behind. Coffee mugs, ice cream bowls, and popcorn kernels graced my kitchen sink and told the tale of the late night festivities that come with a house full of older children and their friends who […]