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…

Reminders Between My Eyes

The moment just happened, and I just happened to have a camera in hand. The warm sunlight was quickly slipping beyond the trees across the field, and my kids laughed and ran in the magical light. The oldest leaned down and whispered something to the fourth and she giggled. “Hey, do that again!” I said…

Motherhood, my teacher

Motherhood has a way of stripping you bare, peeling back to reveal insecurities and silent wounds carefully covered before. As a mother, I’ve stumbled into things in my heart that I never even dreamed were there. I’ve looked in the mirror and been taken back by the tired woman staring back at me. There have…

When it’s more than we can handle…

Four years ago we were just dipping our toes into this journey of Daniel going to school. I don’t think either of us had a glamorized view of what school would take in this stage of life. We knew it would be hard. We knew it would take sacrifice. I knew this would involve long…