It’s always good to know when to take a break. Over the last week or so, several factors have come together to let me know that this is the time.
Last week my computer died. One morning it was working fine. The next time I went to turn it on, it simply wouldn’t start. It suffered from a major hardware failure, and was completely done.… Continue reading
I was preparing to fly out of town for a memorial. In and of itself, that made my trip last weekend feel like an emotionally big trip. To add to the feelings, this was the first time I had left either of my boys over night. While my husband travels frequently on his own, I don’t.
It’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot. In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.
We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer. I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit. But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading
This simple advice of Mary Oliver’s is often quoted, and understandably so. I love how it captures so much in so few words.
Pay attention. Be mindful. Be intentional. Look around you. Observe the details, they’re often where the greatest everyday joys can be found. Life is full of beauty and grandeur, we simply need to open our eyes to see it.… Continue reading
We returned earlier this week from our second big road trip of the summer. The trip went well. We had a great time visiting my extended family. We celebrated my brother’s marriage with his fabulous wedding party. It was a good trip.
We drove home and made it from Southern California through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and through part of Colorado. We were making it home in record time.… Continue reading
We are one of the few families I know who don’t have an in-door water and ice dispenser in our refrigerator. (This is by choice, those models tend to be much less energy efficient than their solid door counterparts.) This means that cold water is not a given at our house, nor is it instantaneous.
If your refrigerator is similar to ours, than this tip is for you. … Continue reading
Taking time to relax, to step away from day-to-day demands, is important. We all need white space in our lives. Time that is unscheduled. Time to think. Time to dream. Time to simply be.
While I work hard to create moments of quiet in my day-to-day life, as truly we all need to have downtime daily, it’s definitely a challenge to accomplish this while homeschooling two young, active boys.… Continue reading