every member of the home {a positive look at ‘child labor’}

These early years of babies and playgrounds and travels and projects and scrambling about in the morning have been grand! But as babes grow into boys, studies into shiftwork, and huts into houses, I am witnessing a need to strengthen the foundation of my home and family rhythm. Within that realization is the fact that … Continue reading

under construction

I’m smitten with my new home. We moved in earlier than planned and won’t see an end to the work for months yet, but really, it like a new earth to me. I love that the boys can choose to be together in the midst of play and chores. I love the colors I worked … Continue reading

The Master Mama

Living as a mama is one of those gloriously difficult endeavors. On the one hand, it is a journey of hope and fulfillment as we engage wee souls and witness unique moments of discovery and development. On the other, it is a filthy and frantic scramble through brambles and booby-traps of the home and heart. … Continue reading

honest sin, honest salvation

I have not always observed Lent. I have not long participated in liturgy. I have not yet understood all the questions and mysteries of that desert time. Even so, I hold a deep and growing appreciation of both the season along with much of the tradition and history and expression surrounding it. From ashes to … Continue reading

First Week Lent

Only weeks ago, or so it seems, we were in the glow of Advent. Now the days of Lent are upon us. I love that about The Calender: always present, always pausing, always moving, always giving form and shape to our days. There is always much to reflect on during these forty days. Countless writers, … Continue reading

One year ago….

This was me, one year ago this morning. It was 6:00am, I was showered and scared and about to drive to our local health center for my first ever experience with Cervadil in hopes of inducing laor with our youngest, who was apparently about twelve days overdue.   One year ago…wow. One year ago, we … Continue reading

Rise!

It’s the first day of the new calendar year. On this day, bloggers everywhere are sharing about their new ‘one word’ for the year. For me, the first of January does not hold quite the same thrill and meaning as in previous years. Through life and change, I’ve become much more of a Rosh Hashanah/Autumnal … Continue reading

Winter Solstice {a few days after the fact}

This is an excerpt from another piece, sharing what this Solstice means to me and my family, and some of the thought within it. And yes, Solstice happened on Friday but we were on the road so…here you go! — Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice is intricately woven into our Advent celebration, and always lands … Continue reading

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