“I Cannot Live Without Books”

The first time I saw the Thomas Jefferson quote, “I cannot live without books,” it was on a t-shirt in the Library of Congress gift shop. It resonated so strongly with me that I plunked down the money and bought the shirt. That was around 20 years ago. I still have (and wear!) that shirt, […]

New School Year, New Projects

Even though I no longer have students actually living in my house, my kids’ lives are still dictated by the school calendar. My daughter embarked on her final year of her master’s degree program last week. My middle child had his first day of school on Monday–this time as the teacher! And my youngest gets […]

Another Real Grown Up in the Family

Last weekend we moved child number two into his own apartment in Arkansas, where he will begin his first teaching job (4th grade). That means 2 of our 3 are “real” grownups with full time jobs to support themselves. I can’t believe we only have one left in college now! Here are a few pictures […]

Fifteen Focused Minutes

Fifteen Focused Minutes

I’m a little hard-headed. I’ll admit that. Sometimes I hear wisdom and it takes a while for it to penetrate my thick skull and seep down into my heart, the part of me that will actually at least┬átry┬áto put wisdom into practice. I don’t know when I first heard the concept of working on a […]

How Cute Is This?

How Cute Is This?

My daughter’s new apartment is small, but it has some wall space. So she got the idea that she wanted to something cute to hang her mugs on instead of having them take up valuable cabinet or counter space. She found a picture and instructions and convinced her brother to give it a try. Didn’t […]

Would You Pray for Us?

Would You Pray for Us?

My daughter and I are off to Philadelphia to find her an apartment. Would you pray that the Lord will lead us to the right place–one that is affordable, safe, and close to the school? Thank you!

Ready to Organize

Ready to Organize

When my house is quiet and everything stays generally in its place, I can ignore the chaos behind cabinet and closet doors. But when my house erupts in the chaos of kids (and all their stuff!) home for the summer, I find myself compelled to organize the unseen places of my home. And so I’m […]

Keep Dreaming

Keep Dreaming

As a dating/engaged/newly married couple we spent lots of time dreaming about our first house. And our dream house. Of course life does what it does and alters what you think you want. Or what you need. Or what you can afford. We were privileged to buy a darling starter home that served us well […]