Finding Joy In Motherhood

Motherhood is so hard and also one of the greatest joys. Find happiness in parenting your children.

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Within These Walls

I curl up in bed at night with my fluffy IKEA clearance bin comforter and a half-read library book, the sounds of my husband tapping away on his work tablet in the living room and my daughters’ sleepy thick breathing comforting me, like a solid rain pummeling our old window panes. In the gray early […]

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A Quiet Christmas and Look Toward 2017

Our December was hectic and overflowing with my daughter’s involvement in the Nutcracker and Kirk transitioning to a new job. Last week I turned in my grades for my online humanities courses and hid my laptop. 2016 had been a year of too much technology, constant digital connection, and limited face to face interactions of […]

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A Big Change on the Horizon

Last year when I went to Storyline Conference last year (and I highly recommend it) Don Miller suggested that we think of our life story like a movie storyboard. Β Thinking that way has radically changed my perspective on where we’ve been and where we hope to be in the future. It can be easy to […]

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Our 2016 Homeschool Plans

This is technically our first year homeschooling (although I played with it last year) as my daughter is now kindergarten age. We sent her to a Montessori preschool at age 3, and it was simply too much. Love the methodology, but not the 4 days/week program. When we moved to Indiana, I decided to keep […]

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4 Big Reasons to Consider Small House Living Instead of a Tiny House

    Several years ago I read a book by Tammy Strobel about living in a tiny house. Totally enamored with the idea of >350 square feet to clean and maintain, I set out to convince Kirk. Although we didn’t end up with a tiny house, we did find a compact and well-designed small house […]

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Small Home Design: The Before Photos

When we first made an offer on our house several months ago, I began dreaming and planning the tiny rooms. How could we make room for all of our favorite activities in a house not much bigger than a studio apartment? Home is greater than the sum of the rooms or the sizes of them; […]

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One Year Later….

Nearly one year ago in May 2015, we sold our 1950s one-story ranch in Oklahoma City and moved north with only the slightest idea of what we were doing. We had some specific ideas, a handful of dreams, and a short-term plan. My husband Kirk didn’t even have a job yet! We took a huge […]

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How Living Simply Inspires Gratitude

  When I was younger I correlated lack of possession with identity. If there was something that I did not own that others did, I felt resentment, jealousy, and desire. Even if I was able to buy that *thing* that was so special, the happiness would inevitable fade, and I would find myself back at […]

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Live for Simply Enough

Last Saturday afternoon I snuggled into the dinette booth clutching hot coffee in one hand and my kindle in the other, a fuzzy blanket keeping me warm against the light sleet falling outside the Casita’s windows. Kirk took the girls for a drive to give me some time to read and write, and I did, […]

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