A little independence {Whole Together Family 22/31}

The kids were adamant they wanted to go the steep way. The trail the just goes straight up one of our most frequented hills has always been their favorite. I tend to beg off because I end up carrying someone, the one with the shortest legs who shall not be named, at least part of … Continue reading A little independence {Whole Together Family 22/31}

Room for our feelings {Whole Together Family 12/31}

Let me be honest, I sometimes have a hard time remembering my kids belong in this moment of my life just as much as I do. It's a combination of a selfish tendency to center my own wants/needs, and a tired attempt to avoid the discomfort of trying to understand what is going on in … Continue reading Room for our feelings {Whole Together Family 12/31}

What happens when you have a book-centered mama {Whole Together Family 10/31}

I handed in the library kid-pack sans the missing hammer. The librarians smiled and granted a renewal, just as benevolent as I had imagined. We now have two more weeks to find that silly plastic hammer. Aw, blessed relief. The real Win of the Day though?  While looking for a few books for Meg, I … Continue reading What happens when you have a book-centered mama {Whole Together Family 10/31}

Four True Things {The Kind Side}

Here are four true things, regardless of your gender, but maybe particularly important for women. Sometimes it is easy to feel disqualified or less than as a woman in Christian places since the dominant story has, for a long time, been one where women are not to teach or preach or yadayadayadapatricarchyisbiblicalduh nonsense. But I … Continue reading Four True Things {The Kind Side}

Raising World Changers in a Changing World by Kristen Welch {Review}

"We find we are helped when we stop to help others." - Kristen Welch, in Raising World Changers in a Changing World: How One Family Discovered the Beauty of Sacrifice and the Joy of Giving, (page 13) Kristen Welch is the founder of Mercy House Global and a very driven person. This is her family's story … Continue reading Raising World Changers in a Changing World by Kristen Welch {Review}

Hills I’ll Probably Lie Down On by Rachel Toalson {Review}

"If we're fighting every single little battle that comes our way, we're not going to win the war. We don't have enough stamina. we will burn out halfway to the end. So these are the hills I'm not willing to die on. What are yours?" - Rachel Toalson This book had me chuckling constantly. Full … Continue reading Hills I’ll Probably Lie Down On by Rachel Toalson {Review}

So we’re all different, now what? {Book Review}

------ I am pretty familiar with what I like and how I want things done. I have preferences about almost everything, even if I don't realize it because I think my way is obviously the 'normal' way. But we all do that. It's easy to assume we're thinking the same way when actually our unique … Continue reading So we’re all different, now what? {Book Review}

The Real Role of Feelings (Day 3)

With three kids and life besides, the emotional input in this house are constantly at high levels. As much as I would like to tune it out or make them all be happy and volume-controlled, I can't. It doesn't work. The only person I can control is myself. And even that goes awry at times (I'm … Continue reading The Real Role of Feelings (Day 3)