On Moving

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I find myself surrounded yet again by boxes. Tall, white wardrobe boxes. Short, shallow boxes for books. Medium boxes that can accommodate lamps, pillows, and art. I've packed up a home so many times before, it has a familiar rhythm-one that isn't all that unwelcome. The possibility of a new start and fresh aesthetic extends a welcome hand, beckoning me forward in the sorting, organizing, and wrapping duties. And I do love unpacking and setting up house on the other end. But on this side, … Read More...

On Being Creatively Constipated

On Being Creatively Constipated

A friend of mine commented the other day, "I noticed you haven't been posting as much as you used to." It's true, and it bothers me. Writing infrequently in recent months has morphed into some combination of guilt, frustration, and shame. Maybe you can relate regarding some creative endeavor of your own? I feel like a poser in my writer's guild, haven't pitched to publications, and have scarcely touched my blog. I hold no illusions that anyone who's ever read my writing is sitting there … Read More...

Home Building Updates

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We've been building our house for years. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but it seems like it. When we moved to Wisconsin the fall of 2015, we looked at homes for a few months and decided that building was the best option for us. We found a lot location that provided walkability to downtown with it's coffee shops, parks and festivals, access to a walking/running/bike path, and a smallish neighborhood with a variety of generations and plenty of kids. Starting with one builder and having to … Read More...

Long Days of Small Things

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  My word this year is compromise. It's a word that has been more incorporated into my life since motherhood found me eight years ago. I'm constantly deciding between choices that feel decidedly less-than ideal, something's always getting compromised... The amount of sleep I get versus productivity in meeting my goals. Writing versus being a present parent. Being a good employee or an available friend. Service or self-preservation. I feel this pull towards greater and … Read More...

On Sickness, Death, and Winter

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This past week was pretty crappy. Because I like things neat and tidy and to go the way I want them to go, it was a sucker punch to the face to realize, once again, that I'm not in control of the universe. I'll start with the less trivial things. All week, I was wicked sick. The majority of the time was spent the couch in a fetal position, without motivation for anything. My oily hair fanned the back of my sweaty neck while I moaned for some relief from the alternating pain and chilly … Read More...

The Time I Went Gray-zy: Picking the Kitchen Cabinet Color

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Some of you know we're in the middle of having a home built. Exciting! Because we've moved so much, this is our 3rd new construction, but it's our first custom build. For the other homes, we had to pick out a handful of things like paint colors and  tile, but for this one, we've had to choose everything. It's a fun process, but also I've reached the point of decision fatigue. I suspect we reach this point when  decisions take on more importance than they deserve. Could it be that when our … Read More...

#OneWord365 2017

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Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It's not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It's both a nebulous and intimate thing to dance with a word for a year. There's nothing particularly glamorous or magical, but purposefully meditating on a concept for an extended amount of time is always … Read More...

December Favorite Things

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Every so often, I like to share my favorites, because, well...it's fun. If I was a savvy blogger, I'd have affiliate links and earn money but nope, not that committed of a blogger. I love hearing about other people's tips and trends, so please comment with anything you're loving at the end! Buying fair trade Christmas presents- Shopping to keep women out of sex trafficking and slavery? It's a no-brainer! I have friends who sell with two great companies... Trades of Hope Better Way … Read More...

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

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I’ve noticed a recent mental shift. When I have flashbacks of childhood memories, I’m thinking less about my own perception of experiences and relating more to my mother than my own young self… The way she tried to dance around us lingering in her bathroom as she got ready… The way she listened to our stories with real interest…. The way she disappeared to for a few minutes of solace when Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers were on T.V… The way she tucked us into bed with a book and a … Read More...

HerStory: Meet Natasha

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Author, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Meet my friend and fellow Redbud Writers Guild member, Natasha. This woman is a force, in the absolute best way. Within moments of meeting, I was drawn to her infectious passion, joy, and spirit. She consistently lives out her leadership gifts and shares her hard-earned wisdom in the recently published book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship. Enjoy getting to know Natasha in this HerStory interview. What is your story … Read More...