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balanced life, be present, contentment, kids, living for real, parenting / 12.08.2017

I’m counting minutes until the oven timer dings. Fourteen down. Six to go. The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls floods the house.   Earlier this month, we vacationed in Illinois with our family friends. Jill casually made cinnamon rolls for breakfast one morning (okay, they weren’t ready until lunchtime, but it was vacation, so…). I don’t do things like that. We eat cereal, bagels, eggs, whatever is easiest. Occasionally someone in the house will whip up pancakes (the “just add water” kind), but that’s as elaborate as it gets for...

be present, focus, perspective, run / 05.07.2017

A blue Penn State cap covered in cobwebs hung on a hook in Lee’s closet, so I repurposed it as my running hat. Being the extreme sports fans that we are (I’m kidding. We barely even know what sport is in season. Last year, I went to a Super Bowl party without knowing who was playing), it is surprising we had a hat in our house, let alone a collegiate, sporty one.   I wanted the baseball cap to keep the sun off my face while running. I’ve done enough...

balanced life, be present, freedom, kids, parenting, real life / 12.04.2017

  Hello. My name is JJ and I am a skimmer. I read newspaper headlines and captions. I flip through the Bible, rarely stopping to read more than a verse at a time. I read the first few entries of devotional books and then skim the rest. I bookmark professional articles but don’t return to them. I repeatedly make lists of who and what to pray for but rarely follow through in prayer.   My kids ask me questions and I don’t answer. I ask them questions and don’t remember what...

balanced life, be present, book review, freedom, kids, living for real, writing life / 09.02.2017

Good day, my friends. It’s a beautiful snow day here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The kids have been traipsing in and out of the house all morning, overjoyed that school is closed. Our exchange student finally got to experience a significant snowfall for the first time! The snow came overnight. The midmorning sun is now shining that crisp brightness that causes snow to glisten and sparkle like a fairytale.   For some of you who subscribe to my blog, please accept my apology for spamming you with over a hundred emails last...

balanced life, be present, coffee, contentment, living for real, parenting / 11.01.2017

I found our kitty curled up sound asleep, nestled in a pile of blankets on the bed early this morning, so I let her be, and the bed remained unmade. I envy her sometimes – her ability to drop and sleep anywhere.   I went to the couch to drink my coffee and enjoy the slower morning. The roads were covered with a layer of ice, so school was delayed two hours. Once my body and brain begin to move, they are reluctant to slow down. But in the mornings,...