Father of Lights

As the seasons change, so does the light. At my home across from a cornfield, we’ll soon have flaming sunsets and orange moons, thanks to all the dust from the harvest in the air. Inside, I’ve started enjoying candlelight from spice-scented candles, and I’ve begun turning on lamps in the early evening.  Soon, the nights… Continue reading Father of Lights

Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

This summer has proven to be a season of good things begun and completed in my household. We worked and played hard, and we certainly met our goal of spending more time with each other in the midst of it all. After our home school year concluded at the end of April, we kicked off… Continue reading Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

History

We celebrated my son Rowan’s tenth birthday on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that my youngest is an entire decade old! At our house, birthday parties include viewing DVD’s and scrapbooks of our kids’ younger days. We laugh and reminisce about all their firsts: first steps, first words, first birthdays, and first public performances, for… Continue reading History

Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do! As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge… Continue reading Don’t Think, Just Do

Stubborn as a Child

My youngest son, Rowan, is the type of child that determines his preferences based on his own logic, and no one else’s. We cannot counsel or cajole him into liking anything, be it a new food, game, or other activity. So, Rowan is often compelled to try things. It’s not that he’s disobedient – just… Continue reading Stubborn as a Child

Pride, or Pleasure?

My daughter, Shae, whom many of you know from her blogs Teen, Meet God and Shae’s Days, completed her annual dance recital (three performances) this past Friday and Saturday. I marvel when I watch my daughter dance. She has been blessed with the genes and talent (none from me!) necessary to become an accomplished performer. But… Continue reading Pride, or Pleasure?

Apron Spaces

Called the “Mother of Methodism,” Susanna Wesley is famed for being the mother of Methodist Church founders John and Charles Wesley. But she gave birth to twenty-two children in all, many of whom died as infants. For those children who lived, she determined to spend individual time with each throughout the week, and she dedicated… Continue reading Apron Spaces

Self-Care, or Narcissism?

It has been an interesting week in my household, to say the least. On Monday, we celebrated the passing into Heaven of my husband’s grandmother at her beautiful funeral service. (You can read more about that here.) For me, Tuesday was taken up with the completion of a writing deadline. Deadlines are nothing new to… Continue reading Self-Care, or Narcissism?

Five Lessons Learned from Silence

About the same time that I took a hiatus from blogging in November, I got sick, the kind of cold virus that takes a few weeks to run its course, complete with laryngitis. Losing my voice was the most frustrating part of the illness for me.  No shouting up the stairs when I needed one… Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from Silence

Nightly Prayers

You all were so kind regarding my poem, "The Gardener," that I thought I'd share another recent piece. I hope you'll enjoy, and please feel free to share your thoughts and critiques in the comments. Nightly Prayers Kneeling by her window at night Peering upward She prays Sky so high above her Starrier the longer… Continue reading Nightly Prayers