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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...

bible, contentment, grace / 09.02.2016

  We hear a lot of sermons about the last day of God’s Creation, the day of rest. The Sabbath. But what about before that, the other six days?   God created something each day of that first week. When He finished His daily creation, He looked at and evaluated it. Seven times in Genesis 1, we read a version of the sentence: “God saw that it was good.”   Whatever you believe about the Biblical account of Creation, as far as when it happened or how long it took, or even if...