On Aging

I’m a year older today. And it is making me closer to thirty than I am to twenty. I know, I know. I’m only a baby. All you who’ve lived even a few more years than I will remind me of that. Still, I’m older than I was yesterday. Older than I was the day…

Why Self-Care is Hard for Me

I love the idea of self care. Any time the subject comes up, bubble baths, pedicures, and early bedtimes are inevitably mentioned.  Who wouldn’t want to jump on board? But in reality, I struggle with self- care. Very much. The whole idea seems…selfish. And selfishness is definitely not in the character qualities of a ‘good Christian.’…

Slowing Down Summer

I have encountered an odd dichotomy pulling at my heart this summer. On one side, there is the inevitable end of summer looming over all my waking hours, reminding me these warm summer days aren’t going to last forever Before I know it we’ll be back in the frenzied throws of another school year. On…

My Summer in Objects

Imagine burying a time capsule – a container of all the things that would capture you, exactly as you are. What would you put in it if you were to tell the story of yourself to future generations? What objects would define you with sharpest clarity? I don’t have a plot of ground to do…

Hope For a Happy Ending

I love good stories. Real life stories, imaginary stories, memoirs, children’s fiction, movies, TV shows, a conversation with a friend. Any narrative that relates a person’s journey through obstacles and triumphs, sorrows and joys, until they reach the end, the fulfillment of their destiny. Maybe it doesn’t turn out as suspected, maybe it is exactly…

Loving the Summer I Have

I’ve been living in this town for two summers. We have much in this sweet mountain town – great views, white water rapids, the cutest ice cream shop, good weather. But we’re missing a swimming pool. And not many days pass that I don’t reminiscence about those glorious summers that were filled with trips to…

Saturday Shares

Online links worth a read: How to Receive Your Own Summer Life  by Marian Vischer “You can spend your seconds turned minutes turned years wishing for a life that isn’t yours, making yourself and everyone else miserable in the process. Or you can choose to receive the beauty, provision, and even heartache of your actual life.”…

Ten Things We do to Keep Marriage Fun

We’re newly weds. Well, oldly-newly weds. I think a month past the three year mark deserves a little accreditation. We’re in our fourth summer of being married, after all. But I still get excited when I hear him coming up the stairs at the end of a work day and I still feel like crying…

Freedom Beyond America

We’re celebrating freedom today. Cook outs, parades, fireworks, red-white-and-blue. The whole country has come out for the party.   But how many of us proud-to-be-Americans are actually living in freedom? Yes, we can go to any church what we want. We can buy anything we feel like. We can say whatever we want (within reason,…

Saturday Shares (What I want to watch in the Summer)

I’m all about downtime, cool theaters, and consuming buttered popcorn during these hot months of summer. Here are my current favorites for your next movie night.   Classic Disney movies In my attempts to use the afternoon Netflix time with the little ones constructively (aka – we all feel rested and aren’t wasting our life…

What I Learned in June

June has gone quickly and I am not quite ready to part ways with it. This month is the dawn of summer. The early morning to this season, in which everything feels fresh and the light is soft and there are many hours ahead yet to be lived. And then we cross the border of…

How to Not Waste Your Summer (or Your Life)

Last Saturday I went to a funeral. We hugged and cried and solemnly celebrated the life of one who had loved extravagantly and was loved fiercely. I then went home, changed my clothes, and went to a wedding. We hugged and cried and jubilantly celebrated two lives choosing to love extravagantly and fiercely until death…