Permission to Dream

A change is in the air. On my front door hangs the big letter M that my boys painted and glittered last year, the yellow flowers in my entryway have been replaced by a bouquet of sticks collected from our yard, and a pumpkin spice candle flickers in my bathroom. Fall has arrived. I am busy packing away the sandals and shorts and swimsuits, hanging up sweaters and hoodies and still searching for that perfect fall shoe to replace my beloved Gizeh sandals I have worn all summer. A gentle … [Read more...]

Seasons Change

We've had an unusually rainy and cool summer down here in Georgia. Even though the calendar says we have four weeks until autumn, the school bus driving up the street, the cozy cardigan I am wearing, and hot cup of coffee I am sipping, leads me to believe that autumn has already arrived. I've been thinking a lot about seasons and change lately. When I wrote back in February that I felt like I was entering into a season of quiet, I had no idea that six months later, I would still be here, … [Read more...]

5 Things I Am Doing to Bounce Back

Yesterday I shared with you that my life has felt a bit chaotic lately and that I have been struggling as a result. But, I am ready to get my life back in order, so here are five things I am doing to bounce back. I threw out my 2012 planner and bought a pretty new one because it's the little things that make the mundane more fun. With my new planner, I will get back to planning our meals, my daily time with the boys, my blog posts, and all of the other things I want to be intentional about … [Read more...]

Ready to Bounce Back

I have to be honest with you. I have been off my game for a bit. I am a person that thrives on rhythm, routine, and schedules. I do not like surprises. I do not like chaos. And lately, my life has felt a little chaotic. I think it all started in October. We went to our fall student retreat, then left immediately for vacation, then I left immediately for Allume, and then we took a new ministry job at a church an hour away, then we put our house up for sale, and since then we have been … [Read more...]

My Practices of Intention {A Manifesto}

Well, I am happy to say that I finished my 31 days series before the calendar rolled over to 2013. So what if it took me three months. (sigh) I am glad that I finished what I started. Really, it was more to me than following through on something I set out to do. Writing the series really helped me define the areas of my life that I want to live with intention as well as opened my eyes to how much I really need to walk in His grace. So as a little tribute 2012, I thought I'd write a … [Read more...]

What I Wore {and a Winner!}

Last week,I said that I was going to start linking up on Wednesdays with Lindsay at The Pleated Poppy and her What I Wore Wednesday series as one of my practices of intention in the art of self-care. Well, I should have known better than to commit myself to a regular weekly posting because, as you can see from my 31 Days series, I am not the most disciplined blogger. I spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday working at the church with Phillip, and the blog had to take a backseat to ministry, which … [Read more...]

Finding Balance

If there is one thing that most moms have in common, it has got to be the struggle to find balance between spending quality time with our children and getting everything done that we need to get done. Our children want a lot of our attention, and we must be intentional about giving them our time and focus to communicate a message to them that they are loved and important. But there is also the reality of the tasks that must be done in order to take care of our children, that also are … [Read more...]

What I Wore {Latte}

I have been a big fan of Lindsay of The Pleated Poppy and her What I Wore Wednesday series for several years now. She started the series long ago as a way to motivate herself to get out of her sweats and start putting together outfits that made her look and feel better in her everyday life. The series has grown to be a great encouragement and inspiration to the many women who link up and read her blog each week. One of my practices of intention is the art of self-care, and this includes how I … [Read more...]

Time Alone

I stepped up to the counter to place my order. As the barista prepared my tea, he asked how my day had been. “It’s been awful!” I exclaimed. “I’ve been homeschooling four kids all day and it was just one thing after another. I thought I was going to lose my mind!” The poor barista looked a little startled at my answer. I think he was expecting the usual, “Fine. And how was yours?” He didn’t really know what to say after that. I walked away to my table, slightly embarrassed for playing … [Read more...]

Soul Food

So far in writing about the art of self-care, I have mentioned the importance of both rest and nourishment. Today I am going to write about an even more important kind of rest and nourishment. Prayer. Rest for our souls and nourishment to our spirits. But before I get started, I need to tell you a few things. This is not going to be a blog post where you will hear about an early morning quiet time with a cup of tea, a Bible, and a prayer journal. I am not going to recommend … [Read more...]