Have you ever heard someone state their “word” for the year? “This is my year of AWESOME,” or, “This is my year of ZEN,” or something along those lines? I always kinda scoffed at that - thinking, what kind of goal setting mantra is that? One word? How does that work? Make some real goals… have some deadlines… get ‘er done. Well, the Lord put me in my place because I’ve been reading the posts of a blogger I like who was totally transformed by her “year of REST.” She talked all year long about … [Read more...] about 2017: My Year of Focus
Happy New Year, dearest family & friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & are going into the New Year joyful & well rested. Life seems to pass faster than I can blink lately. I know the days are supposed to be long and the years short, but it all feels fast to me most days. Except for the 30 minutes prior to kids' bedtime... that one half-hour feels like 3. The highlight of 2016 was meeting Elliot James, who arrived 3 weeks early, much to this … [Read more...] about 2016 Christmas Letter
I've kind of accidentally become a quasi-minimalist over the past couple years. I'm sure I'm not a "real" minimalist because, let's be honest, sometimes often almost always, my house looks like this. And if I search google images for minimalist home, I get this: So I guess I'm minimalist in the sense that I've come around to the somewhat old fashioned idea that less is more. I tossed a lot of things I'd been saving for some-day. I got rid of clothes I didn't wear anymore. … [Read more...] about Operation Simplify Christmas
Here are my top picks for gifts for your little ones. We tend towards pretty simple Christmas gifting, so I stuck to toys that seem to be entertaining to kids for a few years, and that encourage creative, independent play. I made 3 separate gift guides: *one for babies/ young toddlers (birth-2) *one for older toddlers & preschoolers (2-4 years old) *one for gifting experiences *non toy gifts Toddler & Preschooler Gift Guide - TOYS 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Beads (3+ year … [Read more...] about Gift Guides for Babies and Toddlers
We don't really get into much Christmas hullabaloo around here before Thanksgiving, but the day after Thanksgiving, I busted out my Christmas playlist and am still trying to manipulate my children into choosing it in the car! (I usually let them take turns choosing music when we're driving around town, but I've been pulling the mom card the past week and choosing CHRISTMAS MUSIC EVERY DAY.) In the spirit of giving and Christmas and music and minivans, I want to giveaway a copy of my FAVORITE … [Read more...] about My Favorite Christmas CD Giveaway!