A Few Things Homeschooling Has Taught Me

I rarely write about homeschooling, even though I’m passionate about this area of our lives. Despite the world’s quick—and often ignorant –judgements on homeschooling families, I don’t want other families to feel judged or condemned from me if they choose to utilize the public or private educational vectors. Parents can parent well regardless of how […]

Natural Hygiene and Beauty Products That Won’t Break the Bank

Soaps: I love the Activated Charcoal, Tea Tree Facial Bar by Aunti Zibbas Handcrafted Soap, and Cornerstone Soapworks also has deliciously fragrant homemade soaps. I’ve used so many products over the years, but nothing keeps the bacteria at bay without drying out my skin like activated charcoal and tea-tree soap. The soap lasts a long […]

You Belonged to Me Before You Belonged to Anyone Else

We all belong to someone: even if your life is so broken, you can only claim the foster system or the government, you are associated with another entity besides yourself. Sadly, we identity ourselves by tag lines that don’t give us a complete or accurate picture of who we truly are:_______’s spouse, ___________’s daughter, __________’s […]

I Don’t Want to be in This Place Anymore…Or Do I?

The two words God keeps putting before me are “surrender” and “process”. Of course, I feel uncomfortable with both. I am a take-charge, make-it-happen kind of girl and those words require patience, humility, and the forbearance to accept yourself when you don’t get it all right–or even part right. My husband and I are currently […]

Paralyzed by Indecision

“Too many options can flood someone, yet their inability to choose may be directly tied to their fear of making a mistake. This is exponentially increased if they have had a history of being corrected when they were making a choice—or always being told what to do and what to want. Both extremes create self-doubt and the […]

Reconciling the Various Stages of Who We Are and Who We Become

Because the kids spent the night with grandparents into Labor Day, I had the rare opportunity to wake up to an empty house Monday and then spend the whole day alone. I can’t recall when that happened–not one person for 8 whole hours. The house was so quiet, I heard noises I’m not usually able […]