through the lens of gratitude

Like many things, the day that practicing gratitude became a reality in my life was not a day where I set out to make it happen.  Instead, I decided to take a photo at the turn of each hour one day. I did it because I was tired and bored and felt like I would…

and she laughs without fear of the future

Every year since 2012 I’ve wanted to write about the significance of this date. I never know where to start, so I’ve never done it. So this year, five years later, I will just write. I did not know what an impact my friend Carrie would have on my life. We saw each other often…

what are your strengths?

Today I have a fun challenge for myself, and I thought, it would be awesome if YOU would join me. Here it is: Name your top three personal strengths. As I’ve been faced with this question over the course of my adult life, I’ve groaned inwardly. Years of self-doubt and self-loathing can do that to…

here I am

Ever since I found out about blogs, I’ve wanted to have one. I’ve dabbled in blogging for the last ten years. I had one blog for several years that focused on my graphic design, and when I decided to exit that world, I shut it down. I started several more after that, but nothing stuck….

Easiest Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Recipe

easiest instant pot pulled chicken

When I’m looking for a recipe online, I usually don’t want a lot of chatter beforehand. Someday soon I’ll get a recipe plugin so you can save my awesome recipes to your favorite online recipe box or whatever it is modern folk do these days, but for now, I’m giving you a nice simple recipe that…

do what you love

Quotes and words have always spurred me on and provided inspiration and hope to me. I consider myself a quote collector, with scraps of paper or handwritten words squirreled away in my memory box to be pulled out when I need them most. This one has been one of my favorites for the last couple of…

when I’m overwhelmed

Let me take you on a little tour of my home right now. We’ll start at the side door; the place where most people are greeted when they come into our house. There is an ever-present box or bag for the thrift store. The remains of our camping trip over a week ago and the…

Baby Steps: From the Hare to the Tortoise

baby steps: from the hare to the tortoise

You know the fable of the tortoise and the hare, right?. The speedy, hot-headed hare thinks he can beat the slow steady turtle in a race, no problem. After the race starts, he is so far ahead he settles down under a tree to take a little nap. The turtle keeps on going, one step…

on love and losses

When I met my husband, we decided after about one week of dating that we were exclusively dating each other.  About three months later, right before Thanksgiving, we decided to get married. Eight months after that we were married. The first child, our first daughter, arrived in the world *almost* exactly five years to the day from…

planning for homeschooling

My very favorite part of homeschooling is dreaming and planning. I know it should probably be seeing the light shine in my child’s eyes when they’ve mastered a difficult concept or the time snuggled together on the couch reading aloud. The reality in our homeschool is that understanding hard things comes with a struggle that…

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