8 Incredible Places to Be

I've been nostalgic lately about great trips that I've been on. My passport is lonely and far off places are showing up in my dreams. I'm thinking about good suitcases and this red leather travel journal I have. I love the thrill of seeing a view for the first time, hearing other languages and smelling new (good) smells. I … Continue reading 8 Incredible Places to Be

Lowering My Standards

My job description could read: Spend all day putting things back where they started. Matchbox cars, pretend food, books. Wash, dry, fold, put back. Repeat. Maintain. Keep needs met, keep everybody alive. Most of the things I do get undone again before the day is through and I rarely feel like I'm making progress. I am not … Continue reading Lowering My Standards

In Good Company

Having guests in our home is a habit. A very natural and very intentional habit. I grew up in a family of social people and "having company" was a way of life. My parents valued and protected time just for our family of five, but they also maintained a culture of hosting and inviting others in. We lived a mile away … Continue reading In Good Company

Embrace THIS Season

The summer after I graduated from college, I attended 22 weddings. Twenty Two. There's only 14 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I have been a bridesmaid 12 times and maybe sometimes during those wild wedding years, I felt left behind. I was anxious to walk through life with a true companion (a song we … Continue reading Embrace THIS Season

My Comfort is My #1 Priority

Our family dog is a pug named Chub. Pugs are known to be very smart but to have a low work ethic. It's true, I see him pretending he doesn't "get" the instructions. He likes creeks and hikes and walks, but he'll also feel free to find shade in the middle of the adventure and will not budge … Continue reading My Comfort is My #1 Priority

I See a White Butterfly

Last week my family and I joined 15 others for a 5 day trip into a village called Vista del Valle, east of Tijuana, Mexico to serve the people there. Together we mustered up all of our God-given gifts (that we weren't totally sure we had) and shared ourselves with this community. We painted and fixed things. … Continue reading I See a White Butterfly

Think Upon Such Things- part two

Think Upon Such Things-part one (in case you missed it) For the past few months, my kids have been wild about listening to The Jesus Storybook Bible in the car. It’s a paraphrase of scripture for kids by Sally Lloyd-Jones and is read on CD by British actor David Suche. We’ve listened to all 3 CDs at least … Continue reading Think Upon Such Things- part two

Think Upon Such Things- part one

Early in my childhood we had a quintessential 70s style wooden plaque on the wall near our kitchen table. It's edges were scalloped and wood burned and it had a couple of painted flowers on it. It said, "God is First, Friends are Second, We are Third." I have no idea what happened to it (probably sold … Continue reading Think Upon Such Things- part one

The Icing on the Cake

I like to celebrate. I like food and decorations and music and treats. I've been known to celebrate because it's sunny, because I'm in a great mood, because I'm in a terrible mood, because it's Wednesday. I get especially carried away with celebrating life's big events. Somewhere in the middle of the night before my … Continue reading The Icing on the Cake