When you feel like you’re suffocating …

October 29, 2014

“I’m suffocating.” I didn’t know any other way to describe it to Jeff. I love my mundane with my two little bugs, but Heidi had become increasingly anxious and clingy. It started with tears when I’d travel to retreats. That was fine, I cried too! But then I was all done with retreats, and the […]

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Wiser than I

October 27, 2014

For some reason my parents’ house prompts rummaging.  The kids rummage through the various books and toys, always certain they’ll find some unearthed treasure.  Jeff rummages through the pantry.  I rummage through books, photo albums, sewing room stuff, and occasionally my mom’s closet. Every once in a while, I find a gem. This time, my […]

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The End of Mommy-Guilt

October 24, 2014

“Dear God, please help Mommy not be sad at her retreats because she misses us.” Oh sweetieboy. We were sitting around the dinner table. Jeff had asked each of us to pray one thing for someone else. This was Dutch’s prayer. The last weekend’s goodbye had been tearful. Dutch and I had held each other long […]

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3 ways simplifying might save your sanity {SimpleHomeschool}

October 22, 2014

I have this fantasy of fleeing into the far-off woods and living off-grid. In my (unrealistic) fantasy we live off the land with no iPhones, no trips to Costco, no internet, nothing. Whenever this dream crops up my husband shakes his head and patiently waits for it to pass. It always does. We love our life […]

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Simplified schedules and meals

October 20, 2014

Finally, we’re back to simplicity! The fact that it took me two weeks to get back to this series is proof that life is anything but simple. Emergencies happen, sleep doesn’t, and people inevitably get sick. But here we are and I’m happy to share the last two components of our Simplification Overhaul: Schedule & Meals. (Read here about simplifying Toys and Clothes) […]

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Marriage is hard …

October 17, 2014

{Today we’re welcoming Kurt Bubna, a brother in Christ and NW pastor. Kurt has a recent-released marriage book: Mr. & Mrs.: How to thrive in a perfectly imperfect marriage. Perhaps this is one of the ways you can continue to fight for your marriage. Have a wonderful weekend–thanks for reading!} ~ Many years ago, the […]

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Keep Fighting

October 15, 2014

Fight the good fight of the faith. -1 Tim. 6:12 I had this post I was supposed to write. On simplicity and organization and all that good stuff. But I got dragged down a bit with a cold and my eyes are burning right now; I really need to sleep. And something just jumped out […]

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What to wear this season…

October 13, 2014

It’s asinine. Why on earth does it matter what I wear today? But for some reason, even though every single day, carefree, I  pull on my favorite jeans and the next fitted tee from the stack, this day I stared at my closet looking for something cute. I even told Heidi to please match. Why? Why this day?  It’s not […]

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Following Grace

October 10, 2014

I follow a few people around this virtual world of words. It can be dizzying, you know, all the names and who’s who and what’s posting and trending and twittering. So this week I just focused on following Grace. She never lets me down. This week she told me to smile a little more–the real […]

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While we are not looking…

October 8, 2014

As I sat down just now to write a post, I heard, from the other room, Jeff reading a bedtime story aloud to the kids. He’s reading Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury. There is no way I can sit here on my computer while those precious littles are growing up in the other […]

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