The #WholeMama Dances Through It {from Rose Shepley}

By Rose Shepley The #WholeMama Dances Through It I have strong memories of both of my mothers dancing. My mama would dance around the HoneySuckle Rose, the bar she tended for most of my childhood. My step-mama danced around the house, and on a few occasions she danced on friends’ porches like she was dancing … Continue reading The #WholeMama Dances Through It {from Rose Shepley}

Time and Contentment :: soul calm {21/31}

I need to grab hold of time. I always want to all the things. I'm always reaching into the future. Hoping, dreaming, making plans and lists. Languages, running, reading, learning to write, caring for my kids, investing in community, making new friends, traveling, spending loads of quality time with my husband, teaching my kids. Any … Continue reading Time and Contentment :: soul calm {21/31}

Space to be Whole {#wholemama}

Space to be whole.  I've been wondering lately if I've been leaving myself enough space to be whole. I work to fill each moment of my day with something useful or productive in an attempt to be whole. Reading, cleaning, cooking, shopping, writing, herding my kids. And then the social media habit. Those are probably … Continue reading Space to be Whole {#wholemama}


The band on my watch is cracking. After five years of nearly constant use it's finally giving way. That's a long time to wear a watch. The tan lines deeply engrained across the skin of my wrist make me wonder of perhaps I should go without now and again. vanity or sanity. How attached to … Continue reading Time

On Doing and Not. An Interesting Dichotomy.

Summer is busy for me. And I love it because it is busy. At the end of the day I always feel happily worn out and that I have accomplished something of note. But for me, I have to watch that feeling of accomplishment because sometimes I do things just to do them and spread … Continue reading On Doing and Not. An Interesting Dichotomy.

The Habit of Being Home {life intentionally}

All too often I get distracted with my writing for the sake of writing (hello, short lived fame of being freshly pressed!) instead of writing out of a place of fullness and reflection in my life. My writing gets stale and my babies get cranky. So this month I'm going to be getting into my … Continue reading The Habit of Being Home {life intentionally}

While the children sleep.

While the children sleep I have many things I could do...should do..would do.. might do. There is always a list. A long one. Easily made longer. But sometimes the list gets scrapped and I sit on the couch. Drink a mug of hot chocolate. Eat some more chocolate on top of that. And just enjoy … Continue reading While the children sleep.


What with new things to do online and new goals, I'm spending more time then I should with my eyes taped to the screen of my iPad. It is bad news people. I do way too much on this little device and it keeps me from my babies sometimes. I read books, write to do … Continue reading De-screened.