January 14, 2020

A house that reflects the rule of Christ is no small thing.

A brief book review.

A trusted friend sent me a text several months ago encouraging me to read The Household and the War for the Cosmos.  "You'll either love it or you'll hate it," she said.  I was definitely in...

January 12, 2020

If you happen to have young kids at home - let's say toddler through elementary school - then you are in a sweet spot for creating family traditions.  During those early, formative years our kids are learning what is "normal" by watching us.  This is a bit scary but al...

December 30, 2019

A family mission statement brings you back to the BIG PICTURE which is so easily lost in the day to day struggle.  We desperately need to see the bigger story that is being written if we are going to live these little stories with grace and endurance.

About 8 years ago...

November 21, 2019

Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months where you wake up and feel like you are failing at everything that matters?  Like all the things you used to have a handle on are now handling you and it’s not pretty?  Me too.  It’s not fun…but so far I have found one p...

November 11, 2019

I would like to tell you that I am the kind of mom who regularly prays for her children, but that is just not true.  Sure, if they are sick or struggling with a particular situation I will lift them up in prayer but I have had trouble over the years establishing a good...

August 28, 2019

 I have everything I need.  I have a map.

Today the weather was too beautiful to stay inside, so at 10am I declared we were taking a field trip to Conner Prairie.  We packed a lunch, loaded in the van, and spent most of our morning in a big tree house in the woods....

August 4, 2019

Sin doesn't shock me anymore.  It used to catch me off guard but not so much now.  When a popular Christian leader is caught in some sort of scandal or walks away from the faith, it makes me sad, but it no longer feels like the world has flipped upside-down.  The world...

July 23, 2019

Simple, joy-filled ways to welcome your kids into a new day.

In my past life - meaning, my life before children - I very much enjoyed sleeping in.  Having seldom held a "normal" job that required alarm clocks and early mornings, my natural rhythm involved late night cre...

July 22, 2019

I have been reading through the gospels recently, and I keep bumping into the following directive:

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:14

I certainly don't want to hinder...

July 5, 2019

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; 

through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Prov. 24:3-4

If you're a planner, you are going to love this post.  For everyone else, this might chafe a bit. That said, I...

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