The Inspiration Cycle

We moms want to inspire our kids. Just having children makes us strive to be the best versions of ourselves, examples we hope they’ll want to emulate. But in some ways, my kids have already surpassed that goal, and now, they inspire me. My 14-year-old son started a YouTube channel this summer, where he posts... Continue Reading →

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Present Prayers, Future Rewards

My husband's grandmother celebrated her eighty-eighth birthday with my family on Saturday. My mother-in-law and I brought brunch to her house, and we all gathered around her scrubbed kitchen table to eat and chat and reminisce a bit. Grandma is not much for aimless conversation, but that's a trait I have come to admire. She... Continue Reading →

Let There Be Light!

Since purchasing our country home eight years ago, we have renovated it a bit at a time, as funds have allowed. Some rooms have been complete gut jobs, like our little powder room under the stairs. Others have just needed some patching and painting and prettying up, like our mudroom. But our kitchen had us... Continue Reading →

Bumblebees & Me: Created by Design

All too soon, I'll wake up one morning to find that the first frost has covered the landscape, signaling the beginning of the end of the gardening year. In the mean time, pollinators are taking advantage of the last bright blooms of the season. This afternoon, I discovered this bumblebee on some blue sage in... Continue Reading →

Much-Needed Rest

We've completed week three of about thirty-three in our home schooling year. As seen above, the sunrise view from my kitchen window is lovely, but morning is already coming far too early each day. I feel a bit discouraged that I am already running low--of energy, of enthusiasm, of empathy--all those good "e" words. This... Continue Reading →

Poetry from my Down East Days

Though I have lived in the landlocked Midwest for nearly twenty years, I spent the summers of my girlhood Down East, on a little island off the coast of Maine. Even after I went to college, my family and I continued to visit the island every July, and there I found lots of "scope for... Continue Reading →

Under His Wings

We recently bought new ISA pullets (baby girl chickens) at our local farm supply store. They were sent home in what looked a lot like a Happy Meal box, which could be either disturbingly ironic or charming. Anyhow, the little yellow fluff balls of six weeks ago are now in their awkward adolescence, terracotta colored... Continue Reading →

My Girl

I've mentioned in a past post how much my kids inspire me--not just to be the best mother I can, but to be the best person I can. When I snap at them not for something they did, but because of my own fatigue or stress, their attitude of quiet obedience chastens me. When we... Continue Reading →

What Home Schooling Means to Me

Throughout our ten years of home schooling, I've learned to accept its challenges and embrace its blessings. (Some days, I'm still learning!) Home schooling isn't for everyone, and it does require sacrifice. Here are a few challenges I face every day: My dreams being set aside for now, for those of my children's. Preparing lunch... Continue Reading →

The Honest Prayers of Children

I never imagined how much I'd enjoy working with children. When a child myself, I was not one of those girls who waited my turn to cuddle a newborn. I never once begged to babysit. But after I got married, my husband and I wanted to serve in our little church, and we offered to... Continue Reading →

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