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To keep or to purge, that is the question

I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have packed up 26 (read more…)

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Memento mori

Everybody dies. You know this. You’ve mourned. You’ve anticipated more grief. You’ve even pondered your own passing. When this fact infiltrates the defenses I’ve subconsciously erected to avoid considering my own mortality, I feel an odd swell of emotions. There’s some fear, but not much. My faith invites me to trust God in the face (read more…)

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FOMO: it’s a real thing

While we were in Tuscany, the group of us debated sharing photos on Instagram. I sometimes have a knee-jerk response (often emotional) to a type of oversharing that happens at events where I either know several people attending, or I really, really wanted to be there. And I didn’t want to cause that in other (read more…)

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Weekend links

How family game night makes kids better students :: The Atlantic These aren’t regular paintings :: A plus Psychologists find a surprising thing happens to kids who read Harry Potter :: Mic 7 reasons we should stop praising excess :: Becoming Minimalist A diet of distraction :: Unfiltered “Truth is ever to be found in (read more…)

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Stepping back so that our kids can move forward

Honesty time: I’m a helicopter mom. I hover – a lot. There could be a gazillion reasons for it, but that’s not the point. The point is I can be overprotective and well, hovering. However, this summer, I’ve been stepping back. It’s been tough. But the results are so worth it. I’ve seen my little (read more…)

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