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On the eve of womanhood

Fourteen years ago at this very moment I was just a couple of hours away from one of the most influential moments in my life. I was tossing and turning in a dark hospital room and getting ready to meet the little girl who would make me a mom for the first time. I was...

Sacrifice: 5 tips for volunteering with kids

Tomorrow we embark on another service project with the kids and I just wanted to take a second to talk about why we do these things and how we use them to reinforce our commitment to serving others as a family. So, serving with kids. It is not for the faint of heart....

Renewal.

It's been a long and stressful day for no particular reason. Just that mundane feeling of busyness that sits on your chest and keeps that deeply coveted breathe of calm out of reach. Tonight after kids trickled off to bed (not until after 10 -- whyyyyy??) I got a...

Nashville Day Three: All over the map

Vomit free on Day Three! Maybe it was a random stomach bug? Maybe it was just our awesome luck. Either way, no more pukey kids and for that we are thankful! Day Three took us to the top of the Dyer Observatory here in Nashville. This place is a perfect example of our...

Nashville Day Two: Maybe we should have quit while we were ahead?

Oh, Day Two. You had to make it difficult didn't you? So maybe I didn't check to see if the observatory was open on Mondays and we just headed there. That one is my fault. It's the risk of that whole spontaneity thing I was talking about yesterday. But we found a...

Nashville Family Travel: Day One

You know what makes a road trip with 5 kids a piece of cake? Pack your car the night before, wake up at the crack of dawn,  get everyone loaded up and let them sleep the whole way! At least I think that sounds like a good way to do it. I'll let you know how it works...

Matilda’s Under the Pines

  You've heard me say it a million times, but our family's favorite way to spend a warm Summer evening is packing up snacks, juice boxes, patchwork blankets, and wine and heading out to Matilda's Under the Pines. It's taken us a little while to get back into our...

We made edible slime. Because our house wasn’t messy enough already.

It seemed like a good idea. Mostly because I was feeling insecure about not being a "cool" mom anymore. I think I used to be more fun. Actually, I'm 100% certain I used to be more fun. So, we went off on a quest for fun. Don't worry. I was smart about it. I picked a...

Summer Lovings

This summer has been a really beautiful one so far. I feel so thankful for the long days that wind to a close with kids playing and screaming outside with neighborhood friends and afternoons spent at the pool getting brown (the kids - not me. #redheadproblems) and...

Motherhood. Mothers. And the song that cannot be stopped.

So, Mother's Day. Blah, blah, blah. It's never been my favorite. To me, it feels a little like the holiday equivalent of finally listening to your mother when she's screamed at you for the millionth time to clean up your room. You only pay attention when it gets super...

Motherhood. Mothers. And the song that cannot be stopped.

So, Mother's Day. Blah, blah, blah. It's never been my favorite. To me, it feels a little like the holiday equivalent of finally listening to your mother when she's screamed at you for the millionth time to clean up your room. You only pay attention when it gets super...

On bending, breaking, and the importance of rest.

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not...

3.6.2017

It's Monday and not my favorite of days but the kids are at their hybrid school and Viola is napping (Hallelujah!) and I have a moment where the house is quiet. I figured I would take a second to step back into this blog space and reflect on the weekend and things...

A slow steady beat.

Life has been busy and good and hard and crazy and boring all at the same time. I think that is what is means to be a mom. Or maybe just what it means to be a human. Either way, when I sit down to blog it seems like I have nothing to report and everything to report....

Favorite Halloween Party Food Ideas

Halloween prep is in full swing around here. You guys, I LOVE Halloween. Our annual Halloween Bash is coming up in a couple of weeks so I am determined to get this place looking spooky. The food, though? That may be my favorite part. Here are a few of my favorite...

My top 5 homeschool hacks.

I'm not a great homeschooler. Really. When I imagined homeschooling I pictured my family sitting on blankets in a field on a prairie reading Anne of Green Gables and eating homemade bread and jam while we absorbed the beauty of the knowledge in the stack of books we...

Natural Lice Repellant Spray

**This post contains affiliate links that provide me with ice cream money to bribe my kids. Thank you in advance for their good behavior.** I've had some friends asking about this since they're seeing these fun little critters crop up in their school and friend...

Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist.

There are probably worse things to wake up to than a cat peeing right beside your face, but right now I can't think of too many. When your day starts out like that it's a sure sign that it is going to be a doozy. And, yesterday did not fail to live up to that...

THE LOVING FAMILY

The real life adventures of a

imperfect family trying to do their

best to be their best while

embracing the weirdness and

crazy adventure that comes from

being a not-so-typical family of 7 in

the suburbs.