On Cleaning House – Four Principles That Have Helped Me

I'm not of the belief that cleanliness is right there next to godliness but truth be told, I really appreciate having a clean house. I’m more comfortable in my house when it is tidy and clean. That’s not to say it has to be immaculate or that I can’t choose to be at peace in the untidy version of my house. Or that when things are topsy-turvy and life is faster-paced than I like that I need to go crazy. And if I’m honest, more often than not, there’s a toilet that needs to be cleaned and dust on something and there’s probably toothpaste on two of our three bathroom … [Read more...]

So Much More Than Childbirth

Somehow, finding Legos in the sugar dish seems completely reasonable.

A week has gone by since Mother’s Day and so much in the last few days has made me reflect on mothering. Monday morning, I went to the washing machine to move jeans into the dryer and found very clean rocks, Lego hands, and plastic Playmobil swords. What did I expect? Well, not Lego hands – I was surprised they survived the washing machine and didn’t get lost in the drainage. But the rocks? Yeah, I have boys and boys play outside and hoard things in their pockets, and I don’t always catch everything that gets thrown into the hamper along with the dirty … [Read more...]

Pouring Out

The sweet ones I get to be poured out for. Photo credit: Katie Morin

  I do write things down that I've already done, and I love this meme because it makes me think maybe you're doing it, too. I also like to remind myself of the things that I already know. It’s been one of "those" days and so here I am at nap time, finally getting a cup of coffee and writing down one of these things to tell truth to myself so I don’t get as off-base as I feel like I might end up being today.   “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a … [Read more...]

Why I Love Classical Conversations

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  I have been asked at least 5 times in the past month about my thoughts on Classical Conversations, and I finally got around to writing up a little ditty to answer that question. Bottom line: I love CC.  Love it. I have a lot of reasons for loving it, but here are a few. 1) It gives me an actual, weekly support system and I get encouragement from other moms doing the same stuff. It gets me out of the house (because I would actually like to be a hermit, please) and gets me into a community where I can grow and my kids can grow, too. The interaction and … [Read more...]

God is Not Your Doctor’s Office

I keep thinking that I can’t be the only one who approaches prayer like I have to be super careful. I mean, I’m talking to the King of the universe, my Creator, my Savior, my GOD, and I’d better get this right. Right? Well, sure… And I’d better not make any mistakes in how I ask, if I dare to ask for something. And I’d better tack on that safety phrase, “if it’s Your will.” I’d better be clear and ask for just what I want and not any more than I need. But not for anything less than I need, either, because what if He only gave me what I asked for and I … [Read more...]