Enjoy the Crazy

A little bit of everything–I think the new normal for this crazy wonderful season of life is a little bit of everything everyday. Today I worked on preparation for our staycation. I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing and the finished product. But first the kids need to […]

Read More...

A Few Good Men

I love these good-looking guys. We had a pretty chill Father’s Day. Gene and Caleb are plenty tired from working on Kelsey and Caleb’s new house, so they welcomed a relaxing day. Both guys (actually all three guys) found time for a short nap. I am honored to be Gene’s […]

Read More...

Dreams Come True (Sometimes when We’re not Looking)

When the kids were little we had a Sesame Street book about the four seasons. A few of the pages showed a family’s backyard and how it changed with each season. It also showed the family doing seasonal activities in their backyard. This family happened to have a little pond […]

Read More...

Pizza Night

When the kids were all living at home or came home from college, I almost always made pizza for Friday supper. To me it says, Family is together. So any time the kids are here for Friday night supper, it’s gotta be pizza. Tonight Kelsey, Caleb, and The Grand were […]

Read More...

Today I Made a Hard Decision

I have been overwhelmed lately. Being overwhelmed always comes with its fraternal twin, frustration, and their younger sibling, guilt, in tow. Okay, enough of the family analogy. You get the idea. I feel like I have more to do than time to do it. I feel like I am always […]

Read More...

A Little Skin in the Game

Today Kelsey and I literally tore up her kitchen. She chiseled away at the layers of plywood and linoleum (2 different kinds!) to uncover a beautiful hardwood floor, which they will have professionally refinished. It will be gorgeous. I chiseled through layers of plaster, 2 kinds of wallpaper (one a […]

Read More...

The Word for Today is. . .

Today’s word is grace. It softened all the hard edges in my day. In every conversation, book I read, and thought, I was made aware of how I (we) are in constant need of grace from others and ourselves, and how it needs to flow from us to others and […]

Read More...

It’s Really Something

This little guy was perfect today. We had a wonderful day. His mama, daddy, Pops, Grandpa, and other family members worked on his new home. But we played. There is something about being with him—how he looks in my eyes deeply like he’s trying to communicate to me and looking […]

Read More...

A Day in Real Life Home Reno

This is the only picture from today. Kelsey and I spent the afternoon shopping and researching for bathroom fixtures, flooring, and tile. Thanks to all things HGTV and Pinterest Kelsey and Caleb have seen more home reno ideas than they know what to do with. My job with Kelsey today […]

Read More...

My Life-Giving Day

The past few days I’ve been mulling over the phrase “life-giving.” God placed this phrase in my path twice in one day. Both times it was spoken/written by women I deeply respect, admire, and aspire to be like. So I thought God might be trying to tell me something—like “pay […]

Read More...