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Ten Year Challenge

A current social media trend is the “ten year challenge.” This involves posting a then and now picture comparisson. I looked in my January 2012 album, then remembered that was a really difficult time. In that album, there is not a single picture of me, not even a selfie....

Shiny and New

When you clean and declutter, something transformative happens to that space. Sadly, I didn’t take before and during pictures of my recent school room transformation. Even sillier, I couldn’t find older pictures of the school room. To add insult to injury, unless the kids are using the computers, they...

Year in Review: 2021

In some ways, 2021 was an extension of the strange happening in 2020. In other ways, it was filled with greater abundance and possibility than we could imagine. In January, my friends and I took a road trip to Fredericksburg, a German town in the Hill Country of Central...

Giving Up

Yesterday, our preacher taught on the Wealth of Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). The beginning of the year is a good time to focus on fundamentals, like giving. The serendipitous part is that I was already forming my own thoughts on this topic. At first, I thought it would be...

The Power of a Single Word

A few years ago, I read a blog post about choosing a word for the year, instead of a list of resolutions. I adopted this, sort of, but didn’t really focus on the word with intention. At the end of 2019, I revisited this idea. The word you choose...

A Year of Reading

In 2021, I listened to 29 books on Audible. Most of these listens were with my children and a few were on my own. In addition to Audible listens, I also read through the Bible in a Year. We also read many physical books and articles on a daily...

Lessons from Percy Jackson

Not to be left out of this year’s reading (listening to) books while traveling, Dietrich chose the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. We listened to these books on our longer trips, to and from visits with family, often finishing them while driving around town or sitting in the...

Provision and Gratitude

Tonight, I picked Dietrich up from youth devo and learned a valuable lesson. As is our custom, I asked him what they ate, which song he picked, if they sang a certain fun song, and about the devotional talk. In the course of this discussion Dietrich said, “History looks...

Lessons from the Hiding Place

In addition to listening to books with Madilynn, I also enjoy listening to books on my way to and from my vendor events. I typically pick a self-development type book or something completely frivolous and entertaining (my music playlist is equally ecclectic). Occasionally, I pick a novel or narrative....

Lessons from the Little House series

When I was a little girl, I read the Little House series. Madilynn and I listened to the entire series this semester on our way to and from ballet (and a few other trips or quiet times sitting in the house). The books I read belonged to my mom...