New Beginnings

repost from April 2011


Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.  ~Virgil A. Kraft


Spring always brings renewal. In nature as well as in me. This is the time of year that I am reminded that all things are possible. I am thankful that God gives us this season as a reminder that we are never stuck where we are, we can always start new. I don’t know about you- but I need a daily dose of “do over”-  my very existence as a wife and mother hinges on the fact that I know- tomorrow is another day. So as I mother and educate my children, tend to my husband, de-clutter and clean my home, I am thoughtful…What am I going to do with the day God gave me today?

Live it!

And remember when I don’t live it well…tomorrow is indeed a another day.


A renewed focus

woman on computer

A few times every year I go MIA on this blog. It’s not always intentional, I usually just end up too busy to post or completely unmotivated with nothing interesting or helpful to share. Sorry, I guess I’m noncommittal. 😉 Although I wasn’t counting on taking this long of a break, I did stop posting with a little bit of intentionality. I realized that I was spending too much time online. My family was starting to notice and comment. It’s just so easy to jump on the computer for a quick minute and realize an hour later that I’m still on it and dinner is yet to be started.  I also realized that while I was on the computer I was allowing our children to watch more t.v., play more video games, and do things that I wouldn’t normally allow them to do otherwise- all for the sake of some "alone time." I don’t want to be that mom. I don’t want my children’s memories of me to always include a computer or some other electronic device. It was time for a break. I enjoyed a renewed focus and the holidays were a great time to step back.

But I have missed my blog. It’s a little piece of my life, an extension of me, a hobby, my creative outlet. I hope to return to it a few times each week. I want to catch back up with a few of you that I have missed, and share all the great recipes we have tried, and the craft projects that have kept me busy as well as give you a peak into our schooling.

I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring with this blog and in “real life”

I don’t like small talk

I’m not a small talker. Sure I can ask a few questions about your family, discuss the weather and talk about what your hobbies are- but what I really want to do is skip past all that non-sense and get to know the real you. I want to invite you over for coffee and pretend that we have known each other for the past five years. I would love it if you walked into my home, kicked off your shoes, rummaged through my fridge –only to tell me I never have anything good to eat {It’s true} and eventually end up sprawled out on my couch with a cup of coffee and a magazine while we chat about all things important and nothing important at all. Both feeling comfortable to just “be”  in whatever state we happen to find ourselves that day. 

I hate that life gets so busy that I rarely have time to connect with new women that I meet- time to cultivate those intimate relationships. That I often don’t get past the small talk. I hate not having the freedom to ask you what’s really wrong? Is there something your struggling with? To join with you in celebrating life’s joys.

I want to get to know you in a non-weird way. One that doesn’t have you wondering why this woman would ask you such personal –none of her business- questions.

Meet me half way.

I’ll ask you a few impersonal questions.

You share something that’s on your heart.

And maybe I’ll find you hunting through my pantry for something good.