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changes, future, living for real, marriage, real life / 08.08.2017

Life… why does it feel like everyone except me has it figured out? Every day I face some sort of existential crisis. Who am I? What are we all doing here? I don’t believe people with answers, unless they present these so-called answers to me in the humblest of ways, through learned experience.   I am job hunting right now because it’s finally time, after staying home with children for more than sixteen years and working part-time jobs, to earn the big bucks. When I was twenty-seven – after flailing...

beauty, changes, fear, future, kids, living for real, marriage, pain, parenting, real life / 04.08.2017

It's Friday night. All my kids are home with me. I am happy. My sixteen-year-old is on the couch drinking a smoothie and watching The Office. My eleven-year-old and I just made some baked oatmeal to eat in the morning. My fourteen-year-old son is in the shower washing bleach out of his hair. Against my better judgment, I helped him slather bleach on his hair. We may be shaving his head later tonight – if he ends up with a crispy, orange hairdo. My husband is in his...

balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

balanced life, bible, coffee, contentment, kids, life is good, living for real, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 22.02.2016

My bedroom smells like paint from my current “I’m sick of beige walls, so let’s change everything” project. Strong odors give me headaches, so I was glad to come downstairs this morning and snuggle in my happy space with coffee and the news. I enjoy the early quiet in my house, my favorite time of day. Lee and I had a successful “do nothing” weekend away (read about it here) and I was still feeling a bliss hangover this Monday morning.   The national news was quick to knock me...

balanced life, living for real, marriage, parenting, silence / 20.02.2016

    I’m spending the weekend at a country inn with my husband. We haven’t been away alone together for seven or eight years. I don’t even know the last time we went on a “date.” We both enjoy being home, we don’t like to spend money, and we don’t like to ask other people to watch our kids – so we end up not going out much. (We're so interesting. Envy us.)   In early January I was invited to speak at a silent retreat. Have you ever heard of a...