If you've ever wondered how I occupy my day as a kept woman, it may just surprise you to know that a large portion of it has to do with food. Another is laundry, but I just plain don't want to talk about that. Chances are, at any given moment, I'm figuring out a meal, … Continue reading Large Family Eating
Obedience. The word, to me, can have heavy connotations. I think of obedience school, for dogs. Of authoritarian, official, rules that must be followed to be protected from punishment. As someone who follows Jesus, though, it also carries a freedom that others may not understand. It's a covering; a protection from things that would harm … Continue reading Are You Willing to Run?
In the day and age of cell phones, busy schedules and so much on-the-go, old fashioned visiting and having company over has really fallen by the wayside. It wasn't that long ago that days "out" consisted of spending afternoons at the neighbors' or visiting on porches in the summer: now everyone is cocooned in their … Continue reading Hospitality and Children
Last year, I shared my "word" for the year, which was Presence. I really wanted to focus more on being in the Presence of my Savior, as well as being totally in the presence of my children and friends. I always have so much on the go, I felt very scattered. I learned a lot … Continue reading Seeking Joy in a Sad, Dark Place
When putting away the Christmas clutter decorations, I wrote a letter to pack along with them and open next December. I know it will be new again, and I won't remember writing it, because I wrote a grocery list last week and I didn't remember anything on that by the time I get to the … Continue reading A Letter to Myself
Sunday, my mind was BLOWN. I saw a fight. There were two sides to the story, heightened emotions, children involved: the whole nine yards. It was beautiful. It was epic. I've never seen anything like it. See, I'm tired of being involved in drama. Who isn't? We all say it, we all post it, … Continue reading Conflict: God-Style
Well, we have a couple more weeks of school, and then we're done our first real year of school (I don't count Kindergarten, because we didn't have to do it. It was still a lot of work though! That stuff didn't come naturally to me.) Our Clever One went from slowly, painstakingly, precisely printing a … Continue reading THAT Year
Sometimes the ones that preach tolerance the most, actually are the quickest to judge and condemn.Oh, do I love Facebook. It is, literally, my only outlet to the outside world on most days. Like, where grown ups are. I don't know if your newsfeed looks like mine, but sometimes I get so angry, I have … Continue reading Quick! Your Tolerance is Showing!
I'm tired. I have been trying to switch our family over to whole foods, as quietly and calmly as possible. I don't want to hear a lot of whining, complaining or arguing: that's why I don't talk to myself anymore. But as I do this, I am fighting the "rules" that I've been fed for … Continue reading Trans Fats, Conspiracies and Provision
Each day we are given 24 hours, or 1 440 minutes, or 86 400 seconds. I'm embarrassed to say that I have squandered a great deal of them. "Presence" is my theme this year. I wanted to spend more time in Jesus' presence, and actively participate in the presence of those around me. When you … Continue reading Ordering My Days