When the Darkness Trembles

The water warmed as it streamed through my waiting finger tips. I sudsed up the blue sponge and started with the cups. The drain rack’s contents grew, cups first then followed by plates, stacked largest to smallest. Silverware soaked under the warm water, stubborn egg yolk between the tines softening. My baby kicked in the…

When the World Falls Apart

Dear Mamas, The world has fallen apart over night and people are frenzied to get that next pack of toilet paper and last three cans of veggies into their pantry. The stock market is about as solid as a fishing bobber tied to a wiggly worm. Dark clouds loom on the horizon. The world that…

When we stay behind

All week he’d been leading worship at our annual youth conference- a week teaming with youthful zeal and powerful worship and hearts set on fire for God. He came home each day exhilarated but exhausted. Tonight he pulled in the driveway 30 minutes before we needed to leave for the formal dinner. I was still…

Here a little, There a little

School books and small hands still smudged with breakfast gather around the dining table. The sun has been hiding behind foreboding clouds for days and we are all feeling unsettled. Easily irritated. Yesterday in a desperate attempt I broke out the Irish fiddle music and we all danced wildly in the kitchen. The clouds parted…

12 Years of All Boy

Twelve years ago today, you completely changed my world. I had no idea how much you would teach me about living fuller and feeling deeper… How grateful I am that you got to be held and loved by your Uncle Isaac before he burst into heaven just weeks after you were born. Cuddling you close…

The Little Thing of Words

“I’ll never get it!” Eyes flashed and the workbook skidded across the table. The pencil rolled, hit the chair and then thudded onto the tile floor, lead breaking in the process. Her eyes turned toward me, anger and triumph swirling together into a steaming attitude of “Just watch me!”  The first grade math problems aren’t…

The Kitchen of my Dreams

This kitchen project was a collaboration of companies and contains affiliate links. But mostly it is just me sharing my favorite things in my favorite room. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Five years ago I was scanning the real estate listings daily. We loved our teeny tiny little rental house nestled back on an Angus cattle farm, but we…

The Nagging Question

This morning a mama walks beside a hospital bed bound for the operating room. It’s called the walk of honor, because that is just what it is. The last walk she will have with her child, because his little body has finished fighting. Now his fight will be passed on to other children, his heart…

A Thousand Words: A Children’s Picture Book Round Up

They say “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and I believe them. Better yet, well chosen words paired with powerful art is a timeless way to tell a story that will stay burned in a person’s mind. This post contains affiliate links, which if you click on and purchase through  I make a small…

The Blurry Moments

We strive for clear photos. For capturing perfect sunset moments. We wipe faces and tuck hair and get kids into church clothes at the very last minute. Now that I have a spitting baby again who I nurse minutes before tucking into his car seat, even I stay in comfy pajamas till the last sensible…