You Need Beauty

One son is away at church camp. The other son has driver's ed in the mornings. My husband is at work. This means I'm home alone for THREE whole hours. I honestly cannot remember the last time that happened. Still trying to remember. Nope. No … [Continue reading]

Therapy Sessions

I’ve been spending a lot of time in therapy lately--physical therapy--with my hubby watching his body pushed beyond its physical and mental limits. Some days I wonder how much more he can take. It’s not easy to watch someone you love struggle, even … [Continue reading]

Asking For More

It was the end of the service and we were singing our last song of the day when I saw her walk up the platform stairs and approach the guest speaker. She approached with an urgency that first made me a little concerned for the speaker. All I knew was … [Continue reading]

When Mr. Steady Met Nurse Ratched

A few weeks ago I drove my husband to the emergency room. We didn't leave the hospital for two and a half days. A few days later we went back for surgery. One moment he was fine, the next he was anything but fine. My man has always been my rock. … [Continue reading]

It’s Time to Grow

It’s been about a month since I quit a job I loved so that I could focus more on writing and put some order back into my not so orderly home. So far I am a complete failure at both of those things. Awesome. I thought when I woke up the morning … [Continue reading]

No Time for Dog Drama

This winter when the polar vortex would not let it go my boys got a chance to attend a sledding day event with some homeschool families. I teetered between gratitude that they would be socializing somewhere other than at work with me and guilt that I … [Continue reading]

Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Because it's my birthday and because it's almost always better to give than receive, I'm giving you something really special today. This is the carrot cake my husband and I dream about. This is the kind of cake that will make you invent special … [Continue reading]

The World’s Worst Compassion Blogger

A few years ago our family began sponsoring a child through Compassion International. I was at a concert sitting in the front row feeling particularly blessed that night and even though I had heard the Compassion pitch no less than 15 times at other … [Continue reading]

Do You Wanna Kill a Snowman?

It snowed. Again. And I’m sorry. I remember those days like they were yesterday. Stuck inside a two bedroom apartment with two rowdy preschool aged boys, it wasn’t a snow day. It was a hostage crisis and I was the hostage. “Mom! We wanna go … [Continue reading]

God’s Faithfulness in the Hard Places

**Hello! Last summer I had the privilege of  sharing this post as a 5 minute talk in a speaker evaluation group at the She Speaks conference. Today I thought that maybe since it's like the 432nd day of winter where I live that someone out there could … [Continue reading]

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