• 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…

  • 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

    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

  • 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…

  • Motherhood,  Product Reviews

    Wildflower & Rye Linen Swaddles

    When Annelise, mother and owner of Wildflower and Rye, reached out to me about her handmade linen baby swaddles, I couldn’t wait to wrap my little fall baby up in them. The durability and timelessness of the linen, along with the richness of color makes for one lovely baby swaddle. I also love that they add so much charm and beauty to the nursery when they’re draped over the crib or even just sitting in a basket. I chose Terra-cotta and Ivory Stripe. You can shop her swaddles here! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Wildflowerandrye

  • Motherhood,  Product Reviews

    WildBird Ring Sling

    I have a bit of an attachment to my ring sling. To the point where if my house were burning down I’d grab my kids and this sling. I know lots of women who swear by other slings/wraps, but even after trying those, my WildBird is always the one I grab first. It holds my big babies well and distributes their weight evenly, plus I can throw it on and tuck the baby inside in about 10 seconds flat. When Peter was a newborn, I never felt like he was loose or slipping, and I love how it’s easily adjustable so that I can tighten it with one quick tug.…

  • Motherhood,  Product Reviews

    Fin & Vince Guest Post: Minimalist Wardrobe for Kids

    Original post here: https://finandvince.com/blogs/news/minimalist-wardrobe-for-kids “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ― Fred Rogers I have two little boys, ages 2 and 9 months. My two year-old, like most toddlers, has boundless energy and an imagination that breeds wonder. I learn so much from him every day, and am often in awe of how he looks at the world and engages with it. Play really is how he learns and works. My 9 month-old isn’t far behind, and I can’t wait to watch my boys grow and learn and play…

  • Motherhood,  Writing

    What I Do Matters

    For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mother. This desire began as the simple dream of a little girl who looked to her own mother as the pinnacle of femininity, womanhood, and a life of service to her family. Years later, it became a grown woman’s fervent prayer, which I hoped and trusted God would answer in His time. When I met my husband, married him, and had our first child last spring, I felt as though a new part of me was also born; a part of me that was more protective, intuitive, nurturing, and gentle. The challenges of caring for a newborn surely…