Surviving Summer w/ Kids

Hello? Is this thing still working? I just had to go search for my password so I could login to my own website. Yikes! I guess it has been a while. Blogging is just too much to make a consistent habit right now. On top of daily life with five kids (who ALL need something different from me at the very same time every day), trying to edit/re-write a manuscript, & staying in a somewhat healthy rhythm spiritually/emotionally/mentally, I just can’t. So I don’t. But I do Instagram, so any random thoughts or ramblings tend to…

You Are What They Need

In my last post, I shared a broad overview of our one year adoption milestone. That first year is a doozy- not because of the child, per se, but anytime you grow or add to your family, there’s changes and adjustments that need to be made. And even in the best, most ideal circumstances, change brings new challenges and a new way of doing things. This may mean a new morning routine, a new mealtime routine, a new school routine, or a new bedtime routine. Because we are creatures of habit (and the older we get,…

Adoption Update: One Year Later

It’s taken a while for me to process the one year milestone in our adoption journey. (Our “Gotcha Day was Oct. 21st. & we arrived home Dec. 4th.) Many facets of this journey are still uncertain and my feelings still unreliable, but over the last couple weeks, I’ve felt like it is time. Time to start trusting myself again and share a little bit more about our journey- or more importantly, what our journey has taught me up until this point in the game.  There are two things I’m very conscious of as I share…

Exploring Imagination

I can’t think of anyone who has influenced me more over the last decade like C.S. Lewis. The way he thinks and the way he uses words to communicate what he thinks have had a huge impact in my own faith and even as I’ve led others around me in their Christian faith. The Screwtape Letters top the list. So, of course I was thrilled to review the recent book by Jerry Root and Mark Neal, The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis. Fortunately, it was even better than I expected. As someone who adores C.S. Lewis’ work and…

Learning from St. Francis

I’m currently in a season of intense writing. While I used to think I should scale back my reading when I’m write, I’m learning it’s the opposite I should be doing. When you’re in a season of pouring out creatively, it’s important to also be refueling and filling back up the creative well. So, in the breaks between writing sessions, I try to read, watch good movies, and even have made more of an effort to attend shows and concert. Recently I was given the opportunity to review a book on the life of St. Francis…

Entering a New Season

Ten years ago today I entered a new season and stopped working full-time. I worked for our college ministry alongside my husband (one of the pastors) as an admin for five years, but admin wasn’t really where I was gifted. Details stress me out, and while I love to be organized, I’m horrible with systems. I did admin work for the sake of ministry work (mentoring/discipling college girls), but admin was not my future, nor was it my passion. I had to lay it aside. I went to our pastor and told him we had…

Transition, For the Love, & a Giveaway!

When I look back on this year, I will probably label it “the transition year”. It’s that kind of year. We’ve transitioned from a family of five to seven (and are figuring out how big families operate). Our big boys are transitioning from a semester of homeschool to public school. My baby boy is transitioning to kindergarten. AND, I am transitioning from being with kids almost twenty-four-seven for 9+ years to getting almost THIRTY HOURS a week to work, write and do whatever God’s whispers is next for me. I’m pretty excited. Have I mentioned school start…

Healthy Living: A Deodorant Recipe

If you’ve followed me for any significant amount of time, you aren’t surprised when I suddenly announce a new lifestyle change- whether it be the kinds of food I buy, do-it-yourself household cleaners, or personal body care. These things usually come from a newfound belief- whether it be new health studies, ethical practices, or a personal revelation as how I can live a more honest, healthy lifestyle. As I learn, I try to share as much as I can with you, dear readers, and hopefully we can all live a more healthy, honest lifestyle. Over a year…

Needing a Watchman

A couple of weeks ago I found myself reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I had it on my summer reading list and it was just the next book on the stack. But as I began to read it, things began to jump out at me. Comments here and there about religion, race, and the Bible. My ears perked up pretty high when one of the characters commented how the “foot-washers” believe “women are a sin by definition”. The story began to touch something deep within me. It brought up emotions in a fierce…

Our {Short} Homeschool Journey

This time a year ago I was diving head first into the world of homeschooling. Now, a year later, I’m kissing homeschooling goodbye and counting down the days till all FIVE of my kids head to school this fall. Here’s a little recap of our journey, what I learned through it, and why I’m changing course. Summertime is often when parents re-evaluate their education goals for their family, so if any of you out there are considering homeschooing, I hope this helps you in making your decision. Past School Experience Both of our girls started…