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
While I tremendously enjoyed our last trip and I’m looking forward to the two other big road trips we have planned for this summer, today my soul is rejoicing in some time spent alone.
We all need to make room for quiet in our lives. Whether it’s taking a walk alone, taking a relaxing bath, spending time reading a good book, snuggling with your little one, or simply pausing for a minute of purposeful quiet in the morning before you step into the business of the day, it’s those moments when we can reconnect with our better selves.… 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
On this day, when we celebrate our country’s declaration of freedom from British rule, may we be thankful for our own freedom as well as be willing to defend the freedom of others.
Freedom of speech. Freedom to disagree. Freedom of expression. Freedom to object. Freedom of thought. Freedom of the press. Freedom to love. Freedom from corporate rule. … 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
We’re getting ready to head off to Michigan to visit my in-laws. This week I’m focusing on planning and packing.
I keep a Master Packing List [you can find a version of it from a previous trip HERE], which makes packing so much easier. Each time we have a trip planned, I pull out our master list and modify it as needed for the particular time of year and circumstances under which we’re traveling. … Continue reading
Mindfulness means paying attention to what you are doing. It is a focus on what is going on in us and around us. By focusing on the uniqueness of each moment, we can be undistracted from and accepting of whatever lies before us.
With a mindful focus, any task can become a meditation. Tonight as I was chopping mushrooms for dinner, I focused exclusively on the task before me; it helped that my boys were outside working in the yard with my husband.… Continue reading
I believe that love can conquer fear, hatred, and heartache.
I look forward to a day when human kind can live in peace. Let us work together, love one another, and leave a legacy of kindness and compassion wherever we go.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.… Continue reading
If your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap. My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing. I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands. It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading