For me, this has been the Summer of Sufficiency. Like most moms—and probably like you, too—I am always on the lookout for better and more thoughtful ways of doing things: running my household, teaching my children, opportunities I want then to have and experiences for...

Our house is brimming with boxes and bubble-wrap: we're moving soon and I'm determined to downsize. I fancy myself (mostly) organized when it comes to things, but paper is a problem. No matter how much I toss, keepsakes, greeting cards, and documents of all sorts are...

There is a remote beach off the coast of Italy near Cinque Terre where my husband and I swam and sunned one day during our trip to the Mediterranean. We had walked a steep, rocky path down a mountain to get to the beach and...

No matter how much I know that racism exists, hearing blatantly racist comments shocks me in a way I hope never goes way. It isn't an ignorance that these things don't exist. It is a heart reaction, experiencing in real time, hate or pride in...

The ten hour drive went without a hitch - one of the easiest we'd made to North Carolina as a family, really. We arrived at our family cabin in time for dinner and went to bed. The next day we did what we always do...

I’m a talker. Oh, right, this comes as no surprise to anyone who’s known me for longer than four seconds. So this passage has followed me persistently throughout my life, convicting me on more than one occasion as I rattle my way through friendships, marriage, and parenting. “For...

Summer is a season for some of my favorite things: watermelon, ice cream cones, iced tea, and fresh fruit smoothies! If you are looking for a fast, healthy, and yummy breakfast for your kids in the warmer months, smoothies are a wonderful option. I throw...

As I was reading "The Pastor's Wife" by Sabina Wurmbrand recently, I realized it had been awhile since I had read an autobiography or biography (except reading them to my kids). Too long. For many years I have been endeared to biographies and for whatever reason hadn't...

My husband and I met during our college years and I'll never forget the first time I visited his dorm room on his college campus. His roommate was from Nebraska (fun fact: my husband went there and helped him out with cattle branding once) and...

Summer is in full swing and for us that means early morning drop-offs for my oldest daughter at our neighborhood pool. During the school year, one of the luxuries of homeschooling is that we can take our time with breakfast in the mornings, but here...