To All the Burned Out Mamas

Sheer unmitigated relief. Meg Hutchinson’s dusky indie folk voice serenades through the speakers, entangling with the current of an autumn scented candle. A mother sits in the peace of her still kitchen. Shellshocked. Teary. Happy. So this is what it used to feel like? Quiet? Peaceful? She sips her jasmine green tea and honey and […]

The Hope of Rootedness

Welcome Home! New Birch Trees It’s been two months since I’ve published a post. Here’s a summary of what’s been going on: we finished building our home, moved across town into said home, moved back out while the first floor was re-sanded (the wood floors were the wrong color initially), and have been dealing with […]

On Moving

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 […]

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

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 […]

HerStory: Meet Roxie

I grew up in a small Midwestern town. We had good schools, a lovely rural landscape, and nice people. And probably THE nicest was Roxie Kaminski, the secretary at my junior high school and mother of one of my classmates. We’ve recently reconnected over social media and I discovered her delightful parenting memoir Puzzle Piece […]

HerStory: Jenn

Jenn was one of the first women I connected with after moving to Hoboken, NJ. She was immediately welcoming and invited us to her family’s BBQ one of the first weekends we tried a new church (where we ended up staying). In our two years together there, Jenn became a close friend. We were in […]

What Breastfeeding Is Teaching Me About God

  I know many of you have already heard, but just in case you haven’t….I’m at Today’s Christian Woman this week with an article on breastfeeding. I am definitely not a militant pro-breastfeeding person, I understand and have personally experienced that it’s not always the best choice for mom and baby. But this time, feeding […]

Writing With Grace: Writing Course Sign-Up Launch Today

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou I am so excited to share this amazing opportunity for those of you have a story inside you. Sometimes it is hard to claim it. To say: “I am a writer.” But if you are looking at the world and you see illustrations […]

Ground Turkey, Veggies and Rice

  You know I don’t love cooking. It’s not the process of it really. It’s the process of it while trying to manage 4 kids. And then all the clean-up. Yikes. So I try to keep it simple and cook earlier in the day. I meal-plan a month at a time so I don’t have […]

Ruining the Fairy Tree, A.K.A. Pruning the Branches

Trees. Really, life would not be quite the same without them. A tree is a source-of-life poster child, season banner waver, emblematic proclaimer of his handiwork. And, a great source of entertainment for children given the chance to use their imaginations. Remember what those are? I feel like mine rebelled against me starting around age 12, […]