That Horrifying Moment When Your Dog Attacks

     I had this wonderful plan all worked up about how my day would go yesterday.  I met another lady online who homeschools and lives very close to me.  Her son and my oldest son are the same age, and I have been pining for an adult who lives nearby that will come and have a cup of coffee with me and chat on a lonely morning.  We planned to get together for a play date and a visit to see if we hit it off.  Little did I know, my day was going to take a horrifying turn for the worse.  My day came to a screaching half when our dog attacked....more
KnowWhatlMean I have just lost all faith in dogs.  I think that for some people, they can be an ...more

Refusing to Say "I Don't Want to Become My Mother" Anymore

I've spent most of my life either saying or thinking, "As long as I don't become my mother..." like it was some kind of motivational quote for my life. As long as I could keep chugging along and not become her, I was doing okay. As long as I didn't make the same choices she did, that would mean that I had somehow done better with my life. I knew with every fiber of my being that I could become my mother, but I didn't want to. I wanted my own life; I wanted to be different. ...more
I think it is great when you can say you actually want to be like your parents.  I did not have ...more

Your List of "Things You Should Never Say" is Not Helpful

     A few weeks back, a friend posted this article on Facebook titled, "Ten Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Chronic Pain".  These things float around on every topic.  "Nine Things You Should Never Say to Breastfeeding Mothers", "Top Eight Things You Don't Mention to Foster Parents", "Five Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Bi-Racial Children" etc.  I could go on forever.  Except this time, I just felt super irritated when I finished it.  I couldn't figure out why for a long time.  Then, a light bulb went off....more

Buying Our First Home

     We are buying our first house.  Not in December, after we've saved up a huge downpayment, but right now.  I'm am shocked and amazed by what God is doing in our lives right now.  In this moment, I cannot believe that it is actually happening.  I know that it is His hand because of how smoothly it has all gone.  Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, right? ...more

Don't Take My Sunday Away - Thoughts on Parenting Young Children

     "I'm working on Sunday."  Four dreaded words that my husband nonchalantely threw my way Saturday evening.  Sunday is this small haven in a week of chaos.  Sunday is a day when I know I don't have the weight of having to do everything all at once bearing down on me.  Sunday is a day when I get to visit with friends, quilt, play xbox with my husband (yes, we do that sometimes!), or do something else fun together.  Sunday is the day we go to church and I get to see other adult humans, many of whom really understand what I go through day to day....more

Simple Living: Buying a House

     I've been blogging a lot about this book on simple living.  Well, my real life has provided us with an exercise in practicing this on a big scale.  We are getting ready to buy our first house.  I have this dream homestead in my mind complete with chickens, the dog breed I've wanted since I was a kid, an outdoor kitchen for when we have friends over, and the biggest garden I can get away with.  My husband wants the biggest house his money can buy, turn-key ready, and the dog he has always wanted (not the same one I want, mind you.)  What constitues simple living in a home purchase?...more

Simple Living (Lessons 11 and 12)

     My 30 days of simplifying are stretching into 60 days.  I feel like living simply is a state of mind though, and not so much a race to organize.  I don't mind that this tiny book is taking me a long time to complete.  The more days I focus my mind on minimizing, organizing, and making things less complicated in my life, the more it will become habit....more

Making Meatballs and Other Ways God Makes Me Uncomfortable

     We all like to be comfortable.  We like soft sheets, clothes without scratchy tags, food that makes us say "Mmm"; we even talk to others about how comfortable they are.  "How are you guys doing?""Good, you?""We're good.""Good." ...more

Simple Living: Creating a Routine (Lessons 8,9,and 10)

     These last few days' lessons have been things I have already been working on.  This is nice, because I don't feel overwhelmed with a bunch of new things on top of my already hectic life.  It is a nice breather.  My last post was about managing my time, and in this one, I am going to get more into what our routine looks like. ...more

Simple Living: Time Management (Lesson 7)

     This is lesson seven from the book I am reading through on how to live more simply.  I've just gotten to this point where I am either going to get rid of some stuff and downsize my life, or I am going to scream.  I have four kids six and under, and I cannot do everything I want to do.  That's alright, but I need to learn to have reasonable expectations.  If I don't, I will just be frustrated and disappointed all the time.  ...more
I enjoyed reading this post! I also struggle with getting things done that I'd like to get done, ...more