• Motherhood

    On Grief

    “We live in the broken place, in an earth bruised and blackened with grief, yet still pulsing with the beauty that began it. Brightness is all about us, light and love, music and friendship, an air that fills the lungs of our souls with life even as our feet are mired in death. We breathe it, dying into life as our God draws us to himself. Grief is the music to which we are born, yet joy is the rhythm by which we walk our long way to all that God intends us to be.” I bookmarked that excerpt from Sarah Clarkson, whose writing I love dearly, at at a…

  • Motherhood

    Children’s Books: Autumn

    One of my absolute favorite things about having kids is celebrating the changing seasons with them. With all of the noise and mess and daily duties, small things like sitting next to them with a new book from the library as their eyes grow big with excitement means so, so much. Jack has been loving these books lately, and they’re getting us excited for apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf-pile jumping, bonfires and hayrides at Marmee and Pops’ house. The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor Autumn by Gerda Muller The Autumn Visitors by Karel Hayes

  • Writing

    Not Your Typical First Date

    In honor of Valentine’s Day (and Stephanie Weinert’s #fridayintroductionsourlovestory), I thought I’d resurrect a very old post I wrote for the Love and Fidelity Network a few years ago. Here’s the original post. Ours wasn’t your typical first date. Unless, of course, I was the female protagonist in a Jane Austen novel, adhering to the social and marital protocol of allowing others to select my suitor. It was a rainy day in July, and I was walking downtown for a luncheon with my Dad, my twin brother, my Dad’s friend from high school, and his mysterious, entirely unknown son, Sean. A couple weeks prior, my brother, Michael, had mentioned running…

  • Faith,  Home Design,  Motherhood,  Writing

    What makes a house a home?

    I wanted to share an article I wrote for Everyday Mamas about the meaning of home. You can find the original post here: https://everydaymamas.com/what-makes-a-house-a-home/ “Hitherto the Herb of Grace had been to them a summer home; they had known it only permeated with sun and light, flower-scented, windows and doors open wide. But now doors were shut, curtains drawn to hide the sad, grey dusk. Instead of the lap of the water against the river wall they heard the whisper of the flames, and instead of the flowers in the garden they smelt the roasting chestnuts, burning apple logs, the oil lamps, polish – all the home smells.  This intimacy…

  • Home Design

    Christmas Home Tour

    Welcome to our home! There is usually much more clutter on the counters and toys all over the floors, but we (I) cleaned up a bit to give you a little virtual Christmasy tour. Hope you’ll stay a while! This is our first Christmas in our new kitchen, and I’m falling in love with it all over again. I added a few garlands here and there and it’s amazing how festive it makes everything look. The lights add an extra twinkle, too! And since we don’t take our decorations down till mid January, I’ll be enjoying these views for many many weeks to come. Now into the living room..I just…

  • Motherhood

    Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

    There are few things that bring me greater joy than choosing Christmas gifts for my children. It’s just too much fun to imagine their little faces on Christmas morning when baby Jesus is finally in the manger and Santa Claus has paid us that long-awaited visit. Christmas in our house growing up was unbelievably magical (thanks, Mom!) and I’d love to give my own children that gift, too. Since I know it’ll be hard enough to keep a quiet, peaceful Advent with all of the activities and normal life going on, I wanted to get most of the shopping done now so that I can really enter into the Advent…

  • Motherhood,  Writing

    sleeping babies

    There was this very distinct moment in my first year of motherhood that is still so vivid in my mind. It had been a hard day–one of those days as a new mom where you feel like the quiet and hiddenness is more of a burden than a gift. It seemed like everyone else was out there doing exciting things while my own life was standing still; even the life that I had chosen and dreamed of since I was a little girl, the life that my heart always longed for. I remember saying to God, “I didn’t go to graduate school, I’m not working a high-paying job (or any…

  • Photography

    A Photoshoot with Ever Thrift

    Sean got me my first real DSLR camera a couple years ago for Christmas, but it was only until recently that I got serious about learning how to use it in manual mode. He has been the best encourager and I’m so grateful. The whole photography world is really overwhelming, and I feel like I have so much to learn and master. But it has made for some pretty exciting nap times lately! Sean is the one who pushed me to take a local class back in April, which totally transformed how I use my camera and lit this fire that I’m excited to keep kindling. It never ceases to…

  • Home Design

    Our Kitchen Renovation

    When we moved into our house two years ago, we knew we’d love to renovate the kitchen somewhere down the road. It was so dark and dingy, not to mention covered in grease that I had attempted to clean in vain over and over again because the exhaust fan had been broken for years while the previous owners were there. Almost immediately, I took off all the cabinet hardware because they were disgustingly sticky, with every intention of putting them back once they had been thoroughly soaked and cleaned. But alas, they never really came totally clean and I couldn’t stand the look of them. So partly for aesthetic and…

  • Writing

    Creativity in Motherhood (+ some thoughts on social media)

    There is something so beautiful and desirable about a hidden life; a life lived for God alone and in the service of your family, behind the walls of your home and within the sacred space of those you love. I’ve been rethinking the purpose of social media and why I’m choosing to use it at all (though sparingly and with clear, intentional boundaries) after a good long break. It will never and should never show the hidden, personal life that is meant for my family alone. It won’t even show a fraction of it. When used as a tool and nothing more, it can maybe be just one of many…