For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May we find new ways to say old truths, new eyes to see old loves, and new courage to release what we no longer need. May our souls learn peace in the midst of chaos, gladness when we feel small, and may we quiet in the presence of love. Enjoy your weekend, friends. … [Continue reading]

What We’re Really Hungry For :: by Emily T. Wierenga

atlas girl

Today I'm welcoming author Emily T. Weirenga to share from her new book, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look. I met Emily for the first time last year and the first word that came to mind was gentle. Hers is a gentle, kind soul. Read her words and see what I mean. We were newlyweds. I was anorexic. Trent came home one day to find me crying on the couch about the living room—about how off-kilter and ugly it looked with our second-hand furniture—and I hadn’t … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We’ve Learned This Summer

kitten

It's the end of July and that means it's time to share what we've learned! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning - both the silly and the not so much. So make your own lists and share with us below for my favorite link up ever. Here are 10 things I learned this summer in no particular order: 1. My kids don't need me to make their plate anymore. When we have a buffet style dinner or when we go to someone else's house, they can serve themselves and don't need my help. I … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May I be quiet long enough to stop caring what my own voice sounds like. May I have courage enough to be small, to be still, to wait. May I be gracious enough to forget myself and see others instead. May I be open enough to let go. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Hello!! After nearly seven weeks of silence here on the blog, I'm happy to be back. I'm sharing what I've learned so far this summer on Wednesday July 30 and I hope you'll join me. We've got two months worth of goings on to catch up on … [Continue reading]

Welcoming Summer and All Her Gifts

The summer of 2014 - chatting at the sky

“We stop, whether by choice or through circumstance, so that we can be alert and attentive and receptive to what God is doing in and for us, in and for others, on the way. We wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.” -Euguene Peterson, The Jesus Way On Instagram, I mostly only follow people I know. But there are a few feeds I can't resist and one of them is a farmer named Ben Hole who lives on The Isle of Purbeck, England. In the tangled trail of clicking, I don't know where I first … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

summertime

May you enjoy all the blues of summertime and find someone to share them with. May you notice and receive the gifts that present themselves to you in hidden ways, gifts you may not have even known to ask for. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good reads for along the way. Escape From the Matrix: Can We Break Free From the Fear of Missing Out? by Jacob Burak for aeon Magazine Just Stay and Wait by Hayley Morgan at The Tiny Twig The Work of the Week by Eugene Peterson for The … [Continue reading]

For When Your Soul Needs Whitespace

Bonnie & Ann

With only a few days left of school, I'm planning to take some time off from writing here on the blog beginning next week. For now, I've started a list of things I want to do while I'm taking a break and one of the first things on that list is to finish painting the walls in our living room white. We've started, but we haven't finished, as you can see here. Having a plan to finish painting is a normal thing but it is also revealing. First, I'm making a list of things to do during my … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

Local Interest

Before the sun is even high enough for shadows, we wake up to read. This one wakes up, too - reads his Bible next to Daddy, asking questions about pillars of salt. May I be ever curious, open, willing to ask and to learn. May I remember where to go with my questions and rest in God's presence even when I don't understand the answers. *** On the last day of May, some reads for your weekend: The Masterpiece Mom :: A new website and podcast about motherhood created by two lovely women I met … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in May

Iced SF Hazelnut Latte

It's the end of the month so it's time to share what we learned in May! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome. Here are seven things I learned in May: 1. What Barbie would look like without makeup (or, evidently, a toothbrush): source  2. When people write LOML on the internet, it means Love of My Life. 3. … [Continue reading]

Why I’m Listening to Jerry Seinfeld

New Rhythms

With barely three weeks left until school is out for the summer, many of us will begin transitioning into a different kind of daily schedule, one where the day-time agenda shifts. I will still do my work, but the pace will slow and we'll all settle into a new kind of rhythm together. I wish I could say I glide gracefully into the summer schedule, but the truth is I limp and fight my way through this transition every year. This year I'm accepting that it will take some time to settle in to the … [Continue reading]