We won’t figure it out right away. Each attempt will probably show us something really useful. Our creative efforts might help other people in ways we’ll never know. This cute picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, is about a little girl trying to create something she has pictured in her head. She… Read more
You don’t have to have any of it under control. This is obvious. But it also isn’t. I often feel like I have to have things under control. Maybe not all the things, but at least my things. At least some things. I know I can’t control a lot of things, but I also know… Read more
Listen. Listening involves being quiet. But beyond that it involves stilling our own inner dialogue where we prepare what we want to say next or decide what we think about what we’re hearing. Listening is sitting in the space of someone else’s words. Not just hearing. Not just taking in the auditory signals. It’s observing… Read more
Hi, You! I’m Erika.
My home is wild. I’m sure yours is, too. In the chaos, it’s hard to make sure everyone in the family feels whole and free to be themselves. We’re all on an independent path even as we’re trying to live congruently in a family. Everyone needs, wants, and is passionate about something different. On top of that, the house needs to be somewhat livable, certain levels of learning and growth are expected, and social, cultural and spiritual values are foisted haphazardly and silently.
Raising little people and being a healthy adult in the face of all those conflicting needs and expectations is a wild ride that doesn’t really have rule book.
In this process of making room for all my people and myself to be whole and free, I’m writing. It’s one of the ways I become more whole and free. Musing, muttering, and putting words in a row until I make a little more sense and find a little more freedom for my kiddos, my husband, and me. Writing reminds me to look for the grace, look for the third option, and to keep my eyes open to what God might be doing in the midst of it all, too.
I hope my musings and thoughts are helpful to you too. Here are some of the things I’m learning and sharing about lately:
- Making space for kids and parents to be whole and themselves – as a group and individually.
- Saying yes to creativity and optional pursuits while learning to deal with an aggressive inner critic.
- Helping kids to learn and grow through an unschooling-type approach to learning.
- Always finding really good books to read – because I can’t help it, I’m obsessed. And a little nerdy.