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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...

life is good, living for real, love, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 14.02.2016

  Oh, February 14. You're here again. I didn’t get any flowers and I’m glad.   Some things to know about my husband:   His work calendar is not predictable, and that causes us both a lot of angst. No matter how much he knows about the importance of setting boundaries, he is not going to be able to make a solid starting and stopping time when it comes to work. There are no boundaries.   He nobly carries the weight of our family without complaint. He works the way he does for us.   If everything...

crying, grace, guest post, kids, living for real, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 24.01.2016

"Mesmerizing" by skippyjon is licensed under CC BY 2.0   I am proud to feature a piece today from Steve Austin, a new friend of mine. I can't get enough of his blog, I AM STEVE AUSTIN, WRESTLING WITH MESSY GRACE. I hope you enjoy it, JJ   My four-year-old has had five meltdowns in the past two weeks. It’s a new record. If you’ve got kids, you know the drill: kicking, screaming, and general falling apart over something major...