Summer days and epiphanies

Hello my dear friends and fellow creative mamas! I hope that this month finds you fully present in making wonderful memories with your family. Some of those memories will of course be of tantrums, messy houses and maybe a mama meltdown (or two!). But, hopefully it is being sprinkled in with lovely moments of nature,…

The Curse of the Main Lesson Book

  It was a normal homeschool morning. Train tracks and jammies were strewn across the floor, remnants of breakfast had yet to be put away and I was wearing my apron and my best “can do attitude. My mental pep talk was keeping me going. It probably sounded something like this:   Ride that wave…

Beyond the Denim Jumper: Summer Edition

  Fashion used to be a HUGE part of my life. I lived and breathed TJ Maxx and Salvation Army racks. I used to consult Instyle Magazine much more than my Bible. I still have a giant three inch binder full of outfit ideas (going through that monstrosity is next on my list!)   There…

Herbs and berries all around me

Oh August…. I am finding that the fullness of summer is even more enjoyable when the winters are so long- it seems as though this time of year Michigan explodes with ripe berries, fragrant herbs, golden flowers, and greenery. In past years, this was one of my most dreaded months. Blistering, parching, soul-sucking heat. Here,…

For the love of Spiders

“Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web This beloved story first captured my…

Stepping into Unknown Places

And just like that are lives are in flux again! Some of you already know that the lovely home we have been renting is being sold. We have spent the last week up to our elbows in boxes and tape, purging, sorting and taping up the books, toys, clothing and mementos that we just unpacked…

Dipping our toes into camping

Ah Nature….. how I love you and how you enjoy tormenting me whenever I try to camp 😉 Every year it is something….. I suppose I can count my blessings that this year a wanderer did not come and stroke the outside of our tent for twenty minutes (true story). Or that Taylor did not…

Dandy Days

Dear Universe~ I don’t need a fancy car, a new wedding ring or a dozen roses. Just send me an eternity of days just like this. Days of dandelions in mason jars, children playing happily outside, the brilliant breezes and colors of summer. Send us anywhere you need us to go, but let me keep…

The Power to Become Whole

Blessed Easter to you all…. This year I am especially grateful for sweet children who did not make a peep about the absence of baskets this morning! I was asked to speak at church and I cannot think of a more intimidating Sunday… but as I prepared for the talk, I had so many witnesses…

After Spring Rains

We are anxiously awaiting the first signs of spring. The home we are renting has expansive wooded areas around it which give us the opportunity to go on nature walks everyday. We have been looking for worms and the first hints of green and purple. I have a feeling that we will wake up one…