Hospitality {Five Minute Friday}

I like to think I'm good at hospitality. I don't invite people in too much. But I sometimes do. Good enough, yes? But then, I think the people I choose to invite tend to be easier to deal with then the people I don't or didn't quite choose. I'm wondering a bit: how would it … Continue reading Hospitality {Five Minute Friday}

Start Again (and again, and again). {Five Minute Friday}

I'm talking myself into it again. Every day I feel like I find new layers of doubt dusting off contentment of apparent productivity to scream their discouraging thoughts across my interior existence. "What are you even doing?" "Why try?" "Who are you to say anything at all and shouldn't you just put the kids in … Continue reading Start Again (and again, and again). {Five Minute Friday}

Helter-Skelter Goal Maker {Five Minute Friday}

I'm a helter-skelter goal-maker. If you are trying something interesting and a goal worth making you can bet I will want to jump right in with you. I make goals about everything. Especially the small action things that add up to more: books that become libraries, miles that become marathons, hikes that become a lifestyle. … Continue reading Helter-Skelter Goal Maker {Five Minute Friday}

Maybe I’ll be a Guinea-gator. {Goals, Parenting Style, and Atmospheric Pressure}

I've been busy the last couple days. Some of it is chosen busyness like reading way too much, and finishing crocheting a cardigan. Some was necessity: cleaning the kids rooms (their carpet is going to last longer because we don't get to walk on it right???), cleaning the bathrooms, putting away a mountain of clean … Continue reading Maybe I’ll be a Guinea-gator. {Goals, Parenting Style, and Atmospheric Pressure}

“I don’t sew” vs a pile of possibilty.

I don't sew. But in the last two days I've recovered four throw pillows, freehanded three tote bags for the kids' library books, and mended a quilt. All this because my older sister asked to store and possibly use her extra sewing machine as a favor to her closet space. And also could she offload … Continue reading “I don’t sew” vs a pile of possibilty.

Small decisions in favor of not fighting {Whole Together Family}

The kids finally started playing nicely after a morning of irreverent shouting at each other, not to mention the last week or so of tired snarling while recovering from our trip. I mean, they are sweethearts, too, as are all kids, but we all have our days. And this last week has been a series … Continue reading Small decisions in favor of not fighting {Whole Together Family}

On not choosing everything

I tend to want to read all the things (with good success), write all the things (with nominal success), and participate in as much as sounds fun (with moderate success). And then rate the success of each endeavor. Apparently.  When the 100 day project came around I said yes. When I heard my friend was … Continue reading On not choosing everything

Life in Practice {Five Minute Friday}

Is there such a thing as practice when you're all grown up or is it just jumping in with four limbs flailing seeing if it works? Because it seems like in these situations where the stakes are higher than soccer practice or piano practice or the practice SAT, we get thrown in with a good … Continue reading Life in Practice {Five Minute Friday}