The Crazy Lunatic Yeller Mom

This was the subject I have been avoiding for a long time now.  Writing here the words that lurk behind almost every FB mom status, picture, post and idealism we see. Mom’s want to know.  Am I the only one that has raised my voice to her children, lost my ability to think like an […]

September

You May Never Know (when you feel small, but your life shines big and bright)

When I was in the thickest of my “stay at home motherhood” days, I felt stretched to my thinnest. The veneer of brave that fit so well, was beginning to feel tight and uncomfortable. Much like my own skin. Looking back on those days is bittersweet.  I wish I had known then what I know […]

September

DIY Tutorial For Your Own Resurrection Eggs

We have been reading the Easter Story to our children from the time our oldest was a baby. Did you know you can make your own resurrection eggs and use them to help tell the story? Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs All you will need: An egg carton 12 plastic eggs A symbol from around […]

September

50 Ways To Celebrate Your Children

Being a parent is a rigorous balance of time, energy, and love. Whether you have one, two, or even…ten children to celebrate life with, we are all parenting with everything we have and sometimes feel as if we need a little more.   If there is one common thread that is pulled a little too […]

September

Admit It. You’re Being Unreasonable. (when the truth will set you free)

When I find my little ones playing in the mud, I am conflicted over the cuteness of their pink rubber boots knee high on their bare legs, while they are bent at the waist, swirling a stick or two, or any thing creative they could find to add to their little pond. And then I […]

September

When It is Hard To Love The Unlovely (attitudes and actions that can change your future)

We live life to it’s fullest every day in this family.  Some days are bright and shining and others are gray and dull.  And then there are the fire storm days, when our un-loveliness is a harsh break in the normal spin of our faith and our family. When you are raising daughters, your spirit […]

September

Doing The Right Thing, Even When It May Cost You (digging into the deep places of living an authentic life)

The petite form of our long chestnut haired thinker, sat Indian style and listened intensely as I spoke the serious words to my children this week. Her gaze never left my face. The serious, contemplative and sometimes silly look I see in her eyes most every day, had been replaced with conviction, fixed on my […]

September

The Ridiculous Notion That I Have It All Together (a keepin’ it real Monday)

Ten years ago, when I had “only” six youngin’s under the age of 11, and life was smaller, simpler and cleaner than an average day in the woods, I had one of those “AHA,” moments. An acquaintance of mine stopped in unannounced to drop something off.  With hospitality always at the center of my heart […]

September

To The Woman Who Gossips (and doesn’t see the harm)

I’ve seen women become their words. The secret words that they share, feeling empowered in their emotions or their resolute decisions.  If someone is on their side or will listen to them, then their decision feels so right. When it is so wrong. I’ve seen sweet-hearted women become like those they befriend, listening and communing […]

September

Can’t Means Won’t (raising children who will be brave and never give up)

My builder is a quiet observer in this home.  In life. We do life together in almost every way and I have learned one important life lesson from this man. Quiet has a commanding truth to it.  A calm and a nature that our family has grown to respect and listen to when he speaks. […]

September