Love thy neighbor.

Love thy neighbor. The concept seems simple enough. In fact, I think I first heard it somewhere around age four when I started Sunday school at the country church about 100 feet from my front door. Treat people with kindness. Be generous with grace. Show up when others are struggling. Bring a hotdish or a…

2021 Wishes

I’m entering 2021 with zero expectations. Sure, I’d love to get back into a morning exercise routine, shed a few pounds, clear the clutter from my closets, grow our savings, complete a few house projects, raise kids who always listen. But after all the pivoting of 2020, I’m ready for things to be easy. Light….

Snow Day: Sprinkles of Grace.

Snow days! As a kid, I loved them. A snow day meant curling up with a cup of hot cocoa, cozy blanket and captivating book. Today I’m thankful for snow days because it means my family is safe at home instead of stuck on the roads. Yet, snow days feel quite different as an adult….

Life got you stressed? Choose calm.

This will come as no surprise to those of you who know me best:  I lose my cool pretty easily. Yep. I’m the person who screams, falls down, rolls around and moans… after I stub my toe. These girls got their fabulous drama from their mama. (Have you seen the viral video, Company is Coming,…

Choose your yes, and speak your no.

Please tell me I’m not the only person who has searched “how to say no” more than once. (Why, oh why, is it so hard?) Surprise: I’m a natural people-pleaser, often striving to out-perform and sometimes stretching myself too thin in the process. But you know what’s worse than saying no? Saying yes to the…

Good things come to those who… hush the hustle.

I have a sign in my office at work that says, “Good things come to those who hustle.” I loved it, until I hated it. It’s the opposite of waiting for good things to just happen. It’s a kick in the pants that our time here is brief and we’d better chase after the things…

When you feel too busy for your own life.

I haven’t blogged in months. Months! And it’s driving me a little bonkers, to be perfectly honest. Maybe it’s moving to a new home, maybe it’s raising two energetic kids, maybe it’s keeping up with a full career. The days are few and far between when I can actually sit down in a quiet spot,…

Today: the beautiful present of the present.

In three short weeks we say goodbye to the place we’ve called home for over six years and hello to our sparkling new adventure. Right now, it’s easy to get sucked into the nightly rhythm of managing our stuff: purging, selling, organizing, packing. Boxes are stacked high in every corner. Supper is whatever’s left in the freezer,…

What it means to keep living.

A pretty sign above my sunny kitchen window softly whispers, “Keep living.” Kelby laughed when he first saw it. He said it reminded him of placing a “Breathe” tattoo on your wrist (which, I personally love) — as if you’ll forget to do it without the regular reminder. Actually, it’s easy to forget. Keep living….

Dear daughters, the world needs love.

Dear daughters,We live in a cruel world. There are angry people. Lonely people. Sad people. People who want to destroy other people. And sometimes, they do, whether with words or weapons. So, what do we do? How can we help the world heal? Love is the answer. Love people – even the mean ones. Especially the mean…