All There


Today after lunch, he needed to let it all out.  So, I left chicken salad out on the counter far too long and I listened longer. And then, I saw that I scratched out this post this very day 3 years ago. Such a simple message, but one I very much longed to read again.  Maybe we all just need to remember it's not about just being there.  But being A L L there.  Because they feel the difference.   My heart...from 3 years ago today~ Last night, Noah and I scooted out the door … [Continue reading...]

With All My Heart in 2016


Little drops of water, Little grains of sand,  Make the mighty ocean And the pleasant land. So the little moments,  Humble though they be, Make the mighty ages of Eternity. Little deeds of kindness, Little words of love, Help to make earth happy Like the Heaven above. Carl Sandburg's next door neighbor, Julia Fletcher Carney, wrote it for the children.  The year was 1845.  Maybe it was the gray hair.  Or that she adored children and wanted to write for them. … [Continue reading...]

Putting My Apron Over My Head


Every time I scratch their backs, I realize I can do this one more day.  I can mediate arguments and teach them how to fold a blanket one more time.  Face the kitchen sink at noon and shake my head at how it piled so fast.  Again.  Talk through why we don’t bite and hit. […]

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Bend Low


  I may have noticed it most when my back kept me from stooping that Monday.  And Tuesday and Wednesday. Some months back. That I spend a lot of time less than 180°.  Bent low. To pick up the raisins that made it into the laundry room? To clean a croc that just danced over dog business. […]

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A Beautiful Interruption


I almost googled, “How to write a blog post.”  Almost. Truth is, it has been a long drawn-out while. I met a lady a few months ago at a creamery/dairy farm three towns over.  Both of us bustling around with littles, she said, “Hey!  I follow your blog.  You haven’t posted in a really long […]

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Wait. He’ll Strengthen Your Heart


Tis the season for backpacks, new crayons, and busy schedules. The season for fresh beginnings and habitual activity.  And you and I can feel lost in the jungle of ordinary.  This lowly season of redundancy.   Unless we have set Him before us.  Unless we find rest in hope.  Pleasure in the wait. Joy in now. This post, […]

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Why so Quiet?


To everything, there is a season.  A time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecc. 3 I find myself blissfully anticipating the arrival of fall.  You?  It’s my favorite.  Windows shoot up throughout the house.  Power bills drop. Pumpkin-based dishes permeate the house.  As does the clean breeze of an October day.  My soul thrives in […]

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“I’m Going to Knock You Out”


Dear lady behind me at the copy desk at Staples with your precious and rambunctious, RED-HEADED, 5 or 6 year old little boy who was putting your mothering to the test, You don’t know me nor do I you.  And your son is adorable, but you must know I have a thing for red-heads.   […]

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Birthday Tea


There’s something different about “7.” Something that makes it sound so much more grown up than “6.” “Six” sounds cute.  Missing teeth cute.  Little girl, innocent, snuggle in mama’s lap cute. And 7? It’s different.  Maybe it’s because it’s her first 2-syllable age! It sounds mature, proper, growny. She asked to have a tea party […]

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Grace…In Real Life


I haven’t exercised in weeks. No scrapbooks are current.  None. Ok…I’ll be real.  Levi, the youngest, doesn’t even have one. My fall flag is flapping in the wind out back.  Complete with harvest cornucopia and all. So when you see my photos, you must know that they are my silver lining.  They are packages of […]

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