My youngest daughter is very compassionate. She is very intuitive in comforting people when they're sad or upset. And she's tiny and adorable, so it always works. "Compassionate," is not the first word I would use to describe myself...nor the second. Truthfully, I really struggle with showing compassion to others, and I pondered the reason … Continue reading On Compassion
There have been so many times in my life where I presumed certain truths went without saying. There has never been a time in my life where I've seen that more greatly disproven than in the last 5 years. Something about having children awakened me to the reality of the "spiritual forces of wickedness" at … Continue reading The Goal of Entertainment
Sally Clarkson's, Help, I'm Drowning is healing balm to a weary, storm-tossed soul.
With only one goat in milk this year, I've had to be more conscious of how we use the milk we're getting. Last year, we had both does in milk and were able to dabble in cheese making, yogurt, kefir, butter, etc. This year, only Luna successfully freshened. With 4 growing kiddos, we've been using … Continue reading Planning for the Milk Gap and Some Sunday Encouragement
I keep hearing people use this expression as if it is a bad thing, referencing things that just don't seem to work, are frustrating, or ill-suited to one's needs or efforts. Being the literary minded person I am, I've always enjoyed figures of speech and discovering their origins. I'm also a nerd for preserving the … Continue reading Square Pegs in Round Holes
I'll be honest friends- I've had a really difficult spring/summer. To combat the awful, I've been throwing myself in to whole heartedly pursuing that which is good, true, and beautiful. Specifically, I've immersed myself in prayer and God's Word. I've listened to beautiful music, I've read wonderful books, and I've done a lot of crafting … Continue reading The Good, The True, The Beautiful
I've been reading through the gospels and in Luke 18, I got to verse 34 and I found myself asking, "why?" Jesus had been up front and exceedingly clear with his disciples throughout the book. Yet even when he told them exactly what was about to happen in Jerusalem regarding His passion, they failed to … Continue reading Hidden For Our Good
Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh.Job 1:20-21 The month of May has been really rough … Continue reading Hard Loss
I got myself a journal for my birthday, and because I'm now more conservative in my use of resources than I was in my 20s, I invested in a leather refillable one. Oh my goodness, the smell of leather, unbleached paper, and fresh ink is unequaled. Nerdiness aside, I had done some deep thinking- something … Continue reading Prayer Journaling
Today was the day. My thirtieth birthday. Wow. Three decades. A drop in the proverbial bucket in view of eternity, but a spanse of seemingly endless years to my children. And admittedly, it feels simultaneously like an eternity and an instant. Today was full of my favorite things. Mostly good food, good smells, good books, … Continue reading The Big 3-0.