on our fifth anniversary

We celebrated quietly, with grandma babysitting we slipped out to a bookstore, perusing the shelves then coming together for a piece of cheesecake. We laughed throughout the day as we remembered what we were doing at that very time on that very day 5 years earlier:...

on Mother’s Day 2012

In lots of ways, it was a typical Sunday. We went to church, got a coffee treat on the way home, made brunch, took naps, grilled outside, had bath and bed… But today was a little different. morning snuggles. Today I was a mom on Mother’s Day. my babies =)...

on identity: five minute friday

Sweet Lisa-Jo hosts a weekly linkup at the Gypsy Mama called 5 minute Friday. That’s exactly what you do – write for ‘five minutes flat {on the given topic} – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking’. And right now, Sam is asleep so...

on prayer

Samuel, sweet darling Sam, I have prayed for you for years. I will pray over you for years to come – all of your years, I will be covering you in prayer. As your mother, I worry about your everything – are you breathing happy hungry sleepy cold – and...

on being (in)RealLife

This weekend, I went to a virtual beach house with nearly 30 other women. We savored chocolate cupcakes and drank hot coffee. We put our feet up, scooted together on couches, shared blankets, laughed and cried. ———- Every day, posts from (in)courage...

thanks, an admission, and playing outside

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement and praise that you left on my last post. You blessed me. The concept of Sam being miniscule and strong, and my grandpa going into fullness of life at the same time has floored me since I realized its occurrence. God,...

hands

**warning: this post contains pictures, raw and beautiful, of my grandpa as he was dying** A year ago this week, my dear grandpa went Home. I held his hand and sobbed with my husband as grandpa’s soul left the shell his body had become. Grandpa had celebrated...

everyday miracles

My friends at LoveFeast Table are having a party today to celebrate their new Gathered Thoughts box, and I’m one of the ‘hostesses’. Join us at the table! I can’t help but drink in my new baby boy. His fingers, toes, belly button, round tongue,...

on real friends, in real life {inRL2012}

During the childrens sermon, in my white patent leather Mary Janes, I solemnly listened as the pastor spoke. ‘Friends’, he said, ‘are from the Lord. Today, just ask someone to be your friend. It’s that easy!’ And everyone knows that if a...

Garlic-Angel Hair Pasta & Shrimp

When I was featured on the Gooseberry Patch blog almost two years ago, they asked me what my 30 minute go-to meal was. My answer was shrimp scampi! Now I am an early bird reviewer, and we still have scampi a few times a month. It’s so yummy and simple, we love...

Colorful Couscous Salad

There’s nothing better than down home, country style comfort food. That’s exactly what Gooseberry Patch excels at providing us – tried and true family recipes for delicious meals and sides, sweet treats and beverages. The new Meals in Minutes: 10th Anniversary Edition...

why I’m counting

I have a tendency toward melancholy. Staying indoors, overcast days, mid-winter bare trees, being quiet… I don’t mind these things. They make me cozy and calm. Because I know this about myself, when I was pregnant I asked my husband to keep an eye on me...
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