Struggling with Joy

A lot of spiritual lessons culminated for me today, only after I had the emotional breakdown, of course. We've got mold issues. And I've got some intense allergies to mold of any sort. So that, and hormones, and not having felt baby for a few days, and missing the closeness of family, and my husband … Continue reading Struggling with Joy

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Prayer Garden Progress

This afternoon I finished up the first section of the prayer garden. The focal point will of course be my lovely peonies. Alongside them, between the peonies and the rock border, I planted some Columbine (which hasn't sprouted yet). I think the blue-green foliage will be really complimentary, and hopefully, they'll flower beautifully the second … Continue reading Prayer Garden Progress

A Quiver Full

Well, We'll be expecting #4 in January 2020! A few thoughts on this pregnancy so far: This was the first time my reaction to a pregnancy was only excitement. No fear, no anxiety, no worry- just peace and excitement for this new little person. I think I'm getting more mature, guys. Holy nausea, Batman! I … Continue reading A Quiver Full

Oh, the Brokenness

Let me just start this one off with the warning that it contains semi-zealous ranting. I was washing dishes and got to the beaters for my hand mixer...my 10 year old hand mixer... that's seen a LOT of action in 10 years... we're talking Lebkuchen dough, folks. (Google it.) And one of the beaters just … Continue reading Oh, the Brokenness

The Awkward Side of Vocational Ministry

I am brand new to this whole "pastor's wife" role. Frankly, it's incredibly awkward. Mostly because my husband is not yet a pastor. He's still in the process of finding work as a vocational minister, either in chaplaincy, youth ministry, or worship ministry. It is his calling- undoubtedly. Every time I hear him speak, I … Continue reading The Awkward Side of Vocational Ministry

Disappointment on the Homestead

Well, today was a bust. Not only was it rainy and dreary, but no one came to our workshop today. Which is just as well because my daughter ran a fever (likely due to seasonal allergies) and wasn't feeling well. And the garden needed the rain, so I guess all is not totally lost. It … Continue reading Disappointment on the Homestead

Havin’ Fun Just Messin’

Today was bee installation day! 1) nucs are way easier than package bees. 2) that's a LOT of bees. 3) the trepidation goes away after you've done it once before. It was an adrenaline rush for sure, or maybe I'm just a scaredy cat... Either way, I'm happy with how it went. I had to … Continue reading Havin’ Fun Just Messin’

On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

Every mom has been there... If she says she hasn't, she's lying. I love my children. I'd take a bullet for them, no questions. But there are days when I really just don't like them. My oldest is 3. That should be enough said. Honestly, 3 has been worse than two by far. Terrible 2's? … Continue reading On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

Thoughts on Marriage: Humility

Next Sunday, April 7th, is my husband's and my 9th wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe we have been together for almost 11 years-- I'm not sure where the time went! (...well, about 4 years went to the Marine Corps) But as a sort of "fun" thing, I decided to share one lesson I've learned … Continue reading Thoughts on Marriage: Humility