3 Ways I Practice Self-Care

I've been all about self-care as of late. Sometimes it's hard to fit it in or find the balance between caring for myself and caring for my family, work, the dog, the chickens, friends, the yard, and so on. But I've found when I make the time to take care of myself, I do a better job at taking care of others. For me, self-care revolves around being active, making healthy choices, and taking some time out. Here are three ways I fit those things into my daily life....more

3 Self-Care Tips for Summer

I’ve been all about self-care as of late. Sometimes it’s hard to fit it in or find the balance between caring for myself and caring for my family, work, the dog, the chickens, friends, the yard, and so on. But I’ve found when I make the time to take care of myself, I do a better job at taking care of others ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: Time Apart

The boys haven’t spent much time together since Saturday due to the illness—now officially identified as strep—making its way through our home. I’ve separated the two mostly, minus running errands and sitting near one another for popsicles on the porch. It’s not their favorite thing ....more

Half a Month

I’ve spent half a month home with the boys. We’ve done a lot of things. It’s felt really great in a lot of ways ....more

2015 Columbus Marathon Training: Day One!

I thought to myself last week, “Oh, I should probably do the math and figure out when I need to start training for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.” It turns out that I needed to start training this week, as in today, in order to run an 18-week training plan. Good thing I looked last week! Of course, it’s mid-June which means running in mid-Ohio feels like swimming ....more

On Saying Goodbye. Again.

John M Swearingen, 1936-2010, and Charlette M Swearingen, 1936-2014, Married June 13, 1956 Yesterday my family gathered at the cemetery near The Farm. While it hid behind the clouds all morning, the sun made its way out making the already hot and humid air even heavier. My maternal great-grandmother pushed her walker across the grassy graves to sit under a sun-blocking tent with the other family and select friends who needed to sit down during the interment ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with Two Weeks

Life ran away last week. Because we’ve been doing all the things. All the things ....more

Grace in Small Things: The Third

1. Morning snuggles with my dog (even though she’s not supposed to be on the bed; shh). I woke up bright and early this morning, and the dog heard me stirring in the bed ....more

5 Things We Loved at Cedar Point and Hotel Breakers in June 2015

This post is sponsored by Cedar Point. A barrel of fun. Literally ....more

You Left When the Peonies Bloomed

You left when the peonies bloomed, their soft petals floated down as your soul, your spirit, drifted away. I spent early days in between the peonies and you, puling weeds and flowers alike; a grandmother’s helper indeed. Their scent brings me to my knees, much the way the scent of your folded tablecloths does; I cannot wash them yet ....more