The Hidden Beauty in the Barren Places

This post contains affiliate links, which if you purchase through I make a small percentage. I dug my toes into the cool sand and closed my eyes, the salty spray whipping my hair against my face. The peach-hued sun was just slipping into that fuzzy line along the horizon. We had the Mexican beach, scattered with…

When All is Holy

Lord, sometimes we don’t have words. Sometimes we see clearly that we are not enough. That our needs engulf the opportunities around us. How can mortal flesh reach in and touch the soul? Human hands reaching for the heart can only connect with heartbeats when filled with You. Sometimes we can plow impressively through lists…

Twenty Minutes

The cutest little midwife stretches the string over my belly and announces “Twenty minutes!” I wish it was just twenty minutes instead of seven weeks. I really do. But like my mom said once, “Life is made up of waiting seasons. Once one is past, you find yourself waiting in the next.” I’ve never been…

Why we love Teaching Textbooks 3.0

This is my honest opinion of Teaching Textbooks, which I have shared with anyone looking for a math program since we discovered it. Teaching Textbooks has given me 3.0 access this year for my students in exchange for this review. But honestly, my review wasn’t tainted by the exchange- because we love this program so…

The Math Curriculum​ that ​is Here to Stay

I am so thrilled to share my honest and unbiased review on Teaching Textbooks with anyone looking for a math program. While I received a year subscription for my two students in exchange for this review, I’ve been bragging on this curriculum ever since we stumbled onto it a few years ago. It has been…

Saturdays as they should be

This post contains affiliate links, which if you purchase through I make a small percentage. ____________________________________________________________________________________ It is a quiet overcast Saturday morning, just perfect for sitting on the couch sipping coffee and losing myself in a good book. The only reason it is quiet is that my four littles dreamed up an adventure, packed hot…

The Wonderful World of Creative Play

Embracing creativity and development in our children This post contains affiliate links, which if you purchase through I make a small percentage. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I heard a throat clear, “Ahem.” When I glanced up, I was surrounded. An anchor held a mic to my face, a videographer wearing a headset held a videocamera on me. To my…

Giving our Children a Glimpse into the Big World

This post contains affiliate links, which if you purchase through I make a small percentage. _____________________________________________________________________ The hush under the Dallas bridge overpass was almost overwhelming. High overhead I could faintly hear traffic, but standing in the shadow down below felt almost eerie. But we were not alone. I held to my mom’s pant leg tightly…

When you have little to offer, you are enough

This post contains affiliate links, which if you click on and purchase through I make a small percentage. _____________________________________________________________________ She shuffled up to the offering box, her worn hands clutching the two small coins. I imagine she kept her eyes low, to avoid the critical sneers of the wealthy religious crowd. Somehow, even here in God’s…

7 Tips to stay connected with your husband during hard seasons

Just because your season in life is hard doesn’t mean your marriage is doomed to famine. This post contains affiliate links, which if you click on and purchase through  I make a small percentage from. ___________________________________________________ “It’s fall break this week,” my husband mentioned in passing yesterday. I looked up and waited. I waited for the explanation that…