Taking a Short Break

Taking a Short BreakIt’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

Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers

Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers
My new addition to my purse whenever I travel on public transportation: a bag.

Last weekend I traveled across the country for a memorial.  It was an emotional weekend, but in the midst of it my heart was happy to be reminded of the kindness of strangers.

 

I prepared for a weekend of travel.  I was traveling by myself, and prepared myself for all sorts of possibilities (I’m a planner in that way).… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice CreamIt’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

Thought for the Day: Oliver

Thought for the Day: Oliver

 

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

When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful Tips

When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful TipsWe 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

Thought for the Day: William Wordsworth

Thought for the Day, Wordsworth

 

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

A Cool Way to Save Water

A Cool Way to Save WaterWe 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

Thought for the Day: Nelson Mandela

Thought for the Day: Nelson Mandela

 

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

Relaxing Near the Bay

Relaxing Near the BayTaking 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