What We Are Doing For Advent This Year

Last year, I had so much fun creating my own Advent Calendar, complete with readings, activities, and treats.

This year, I can’t even find where I stashed the stupid thing.

Life is like that. Some years you are making paper snowflakes and building gingerbread houses as soon as you turn the calendar to December 1, while other years you struggle to even get the tree up.  Continue reading “What We Are Doing For Advent This Year”

The Beautiful And The Brutal

In recent days, we’ve experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. The most beautiful of beautiful that life has to offer, and the absolute most brutal of brutal.

And really, I’m sure you have too.

Whether it is in listening to the news or listening to a friend share her heart, the beautiful and the brutal seem to never be too far apart. They coexist on the same plane. Life never seems to be all roses, but truly, nor is it ever all thorns. Continue reading “The Beautiful And The Brutal”

Creating Meaningful Connections: How We Stand In Our Own Way, and What To Do About It

While individual humans are made up of individual qualities, there is one quality that we all share – our desire to connect with other human beings in a real and meaningful way. We desire to be know. To be seen. And to be accepted. We are both made to form meaningful connections with others and made through the forming of meaningful connections with others. Connection is at the core of who we are and who we hope to be.

We all want it. We all crave it. But we aren’t always good at acknowledging and responding to that desire. Some of us struggle to form connections because we don’t think we need to, while others of us struggle because we don’t think we have the ability to.

Both, are fundamentally untrue. Continue reading “Creating Meaningful Connections: How We Stand In Our Own Way, and What To Do About It”

Our Favorite Family Tradition. 2017 Edition

Every fall since becoming a mother, I’ve continued a tradition that my mother started when my brother and I were small children.

We bake treats, we dress up in Halloween costumes, and we surprise family and friends with a visit at their home or work.

We never tell anyone we are coming (it’s so much more fun to surprise everyone). This means that sometimes we knock on doors and nobody is home, or that we have inadvertently chosen a day when that person isn’t at work. But this also means that we make plenty of impromptu stops for people we didn’t plan on seeing and the day is always full of visits and surprises and fun. Continue reading “Our Favorite Family Tradition. 2017 Edition”

Life Lately: What We’ve Been Up To

Fall is always a fun time of year for our family. We celebrate all but one of our birthdays (Bea’s is up next in November), which always makes life feel extra full in a special sort of way. And we tend to soak up the last of the warm weather and beautiful changing landscape with lots of impromptu adventures that fill our memory bank and hearts with all sort of goodness. Continue reading “Life Lately: What We’ve Been Up To”

I Gave Up Folding My Boys’ Laundry

I haven’t folded my boys’ laundry for a month now, and it. has. been. GLORIOUS.

My boys are ages 6 and 4, and they create a massive amount of laundry. Between their love of throwing “mud bombs” (help me, Jesus), spilling 3/4 of everything they eat on their shirt/pants/shoes, and the fact that getting to the potty on time is hard because “I’d rather be playing,” all I do outside of all the other things I do, is LAUNDRY. Continue reading “I Gave Up Folding My Boys’ Laundry”

An Interview With The Person Who Has Taught Me The Most About Friendship

I am full of excitement and anticipation for today’s blog post. I just know you will come away with some encouragement and inspiration after reading my dear friend’s thoughts on friendship.

Sheila and I became friends when our oldest two were just babies, and our friendship was forged when our husbands were busy pursuing their respective master’s degree program. Once a month, we would trade off coming over to each other’s homes on Monday nights to share a meal together and be there for each other during an otherwise very dark period in both our lives. Ohhhh. It gives me shivers just thinking about it. Higher education for husbands with wives with little babies to care for at home is straight from the pit of hell. But I digress. This is a happy post! This is a post about friendship. This is a post where you get to meet a person who is not only incredibly special to me, but who has also taught me the most about friendship. I’m honored to know her and be called her friend. And after reading this, you’ll know why. Enjoy.

/// Continue reading “An Interview With The Person Who Has Taught Me The Most About Friendship”

Celebrating Oliver

We celebrated Oliver’s birthday with cheap party decorations from the Dollar Store (including the official “birthday goblet” that everyone uses on their special day), stacks of coconut pancakes for breakfast and a caramel apple bundt cake (made by big brother) for dessert that night. We walked into town for a bag for of penny candy and sat on a bench to soak up the sun while we ate our our treats. We sang “happy birthday” several times throughout the day, and were surprised when Aunt Rhiannon showed up with a special birthday snack. We hugged and we kissed and we cherished the little life that means so much to us all.  Continue reading “Celebrating Oliver”