Change Is Inevitable

I’ve heard it said somewhere that it takes around twelve months to really settle into a new home. Even if this isn’t the number for most people, it has definitely been true for me, and I realize it each time we pack up to move on to the next year-long lease. It always seems like…

Choosing Your Hard

As a small gift to my husband, I recently left him to leisure at home for a few hours while I took my one year old on a road trip to a sort-of-nearby historic farmstead that has been converted into one of Denver’s botanical garden sites. We couldn’t bear to stay as long as I…

On Nesting and Necessary Things

It’s interesting how second pregnancies are different from the first, especially when they aren’t spaced very far apart. I have completely lost track of how many weeks along I am at any given point; though to be fair, I have also lost track of how many months old Iva is, so many it’s just a…

Cloth Diapering Series: Flats & Handwashing Challenge

The Flats & Handwashing Challenge is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about the accessibility of cloth diapering. This year’s challenge is hosted by the Cloth Diaper Podcast. To learn more visit here. I wrote about cloth diapering once before on the blog, but it’s not something I post about regularly here since this…

Springtime and Sustaining Mercies

It all happened in the span of a few hours. I had been eating strawberries and rice for dinner for several days and was convinced I had a stomach bug. Devynn was convinced of a different theory that I was determined not to entertain . . . at least until I had put Iva to…

Radio Silence | Thoughts On Writing

If you’re one of the handful of people who read this blog on a really regular basis, you may have noticed that we haven’t posted anything new in over a month (or maybe two . . . or maybe three). I’m realizing that at least once every year, I have a personal crisis in regard…

Thoughts on Heritage: In Memory of Patricia and Anne

There is a fair chance that I was awake on August 26th at 3:30 in the morning, feeding Iva and dozing back to sleep. If so, I did not know that I was newly bereft of my last remaining grandparent. My husband and I compare and contrast our families often, and while there are not…

Why Cloth Diapers?

I can’t remember when I first learned about modern cloth diapering systems, but I’m sure when I first heard that people use cloth in the 21st century I probably thought it was ridiculous. Why would you make parenting harder than it needs to be? Why would you want to do any extra laundry? What about…

To Be Content Is To Surrender

As you might know if you’ve been keeping up with us for at least a few months now, I have a contentment problem. It’s the cause of my overspending, my fluctuating between laziness and hyper-diligence, my people pleasing, and so on. I tend to make choices in a “grass is greener over there” mentality. God…

Moving, Motherhood, and Other Hard Things

Our pastor in Virginia told us a few weeks ago, “There is no ‘tired’ like ‘new parent tired.’” Add a sudden cross-country move and a global pandemic on top of that, and the result is a complicated mix of tired, angsty, lonely, and generally just stretched. I think stretched in particular describes most of what…

Let’s Talk About Money

Terms like “budget” and “financial awareness” have struck dread in my heart for as long as I can remember. I know that the majority of my most pertinent, deeply-embedded sins are made manifest in the way that I’ve approached financial matters for the past decade of my young adult life. Many of the Whys behind…

Do I Keep Blogging?

Writing in the 21st century can be hard. On one hand, it seems most people are convinced they have something new and important to say about every conceivable topic. The market is flooded. It isn’t a very novel thing (pardon the pun) to call yourself a writer in any capacity these days, regardless of what…