3 Things I’m Discarding Before We Move

Lately I’ve been cleaning out my house. Hauling down from the attic old toys and baby items that have seen better days. Ridding our closets of items we haven’t worn in years. Clearing shelves of books and dishes once lovingly read and used but now no longer needed. Cleaning the playroom of old and broken toys to make room for new ones. Moving is a great time to reassess which…

Walk in the Light

I was in the kitchen, cleaning up breakfast dishes, when suddenly I heard a huge crash followed by screams coming from my then five-year old. I rushed toward his cries, anxious to see what had happened because he doesn’t usually cry unless he is really hurt. I found him standing in the living room, holding his ear. This was our conversation: Me: What happened? J: I hurt my ear on…

When Mother’s Day Hurts

I was tempted to stay home from church. I wasn’t sure I could walk in and fake being happy on this particular day. I cried out to the Lord, telling Him that He was asking too much, expecting me to attend the worship service that particular morning. You see, it was Mother’s Day. For the first several years of our marriage, Mother’s Day was an uncomfortable event to process. Year…

What I’m Loving, Edition April 2017

April is over, and our family is moving in one month. One month. I can’t believe it. We have been crazy busy around here with Peter’s retirement ceremony and celebration dinner, Vivi’s early birthday party, and getting our house ready to be put on the market. (We were hoping the owners would wait until we moved out, but no such luck…) Here are a few things I’m loving right now:…

When Overwhelmed Is All You’ve Got

Exhausted Stressed Weary Short-tempered These are words that describe my state of mind right now. As I sit in the quiet, looking over my to-do list, which keeps getting longer and longer, I feel overwhelmed. Our family has many exciting things on the horizon. But even joyful happenings can cause anxiety. Retirement Birthday party for our youngest End of school year activities  Moving out of state Job Search Going back…

Are Your Holidays Sacred?

Do you hold your holidays sacred? Is it difficult for you? This year for Easter our family has done things a little differently. Well, a lot differently, actually. I am generally pretty good about doing fun, biblically based activities for Advent (the days leading up to Christmas) but I’ll be honest. I don’t usually do too much for the Lent season (the days leading up to Easter). Why is that?…

Staycation 2017 and Making Time for Sabbath

I’ve been living vicariously through all of my friends who’ve been traveling during spring break. They’ve gone to the Bahamas, Disney, New York City, Mexico. If you can name it, one of my friends probably went there. This year our family decided to stick around Valdosta for Spring Break. We chose to do this for several reasons, the biggest one being that Peter didn’t realize the community college where he’s…

What American Culture is Teaching Us About Being Christian

Do you feel like your life is in chaos 90% of the time? I don’t normally feel like we are crazy busy but recently I’ve felt a little overwhelmed. We have just come out of a super busy season because we added an additional activity to our family dynamics. On top of Brienne’s piano/ukulele lessons and swim team practice, we signed Jonah up for winter soccer. I’m glad we did,…

What I’m Loving, Edition March 2017

March has flown by over here! Do you feel like that too? Soon it will be Easter and then the end of school will follow shortly thereafter. And then we will be moving to another state. Time, slow down please! Here are a few things I’m loving this month. Twenty-One Pilots: Ok, so this band is not for everybody. In fact, my hubby isn’t really a superfan. But this is…

When the Four-Year Old Gets It

Yesterday as we were pulling up to church, Vivienne decided she didn’t want to go to her class. She wanted to go to “big church” with us. In my mind, I was thinking, “I’m not prepared for this! I don’t have any paper or coloring books or anything to ‘distract’ her during the sermon! Why???” But instead of letting her see my panic, I tried to prep Vivi as best…