The Cracked Crock

stoneware crock holding wooden spoons

A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite local consignment/second-hand shops. I was motivated by the fact that, before long, the kids would be on summer break and my schedule would no longer be my own. So I took advantage of having the time to slowly meander the aisles, working my way around the store and relishing the joy of shopping without anyone asking me if they could buy something or having to break up ridiculous arguments over which kind of cereal we should buy. (Chocolate Chex is … [Read more...]

Cake and Grace

Grace is finding a waterfall quote

I have decided that while there is a great deal of discussion about girls going through adolescence, those of us raising boys are generally ill informed, ill equipped and sometimes just downright ill....that last one is mostly because of the odors they omit at this stage. This past year has been a doozy for us as we feel like we are just along for the crazy roller coaster ride that is puberty. We're not sure if it's worse going through it first-hand or experiencing it with your children. … [Read more...]

Tips for a Peace-Filled Home

clutter is quote

*Get caught up on the previous installments of the Peace-Filled Home series here* Up until now, we've been primarily talking about matters of the heart. We've taken a look at our peace-personalities and discussed how we can get to the place where we are willing to change. So now it's time for some practical tips, don't you think? And right out of the gate, let's establish something very important. If the heart issues are the foundation that needs to be poured in order to build a … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 4

the peace filled home series from atthepicketfence.com

I've often wished that it didn't take experiencing the hard things in life for me to grow as a person. I mean, wouldn't it be so much nicer if depth could be added to our souls while we lie on the beach sipping margaritas? But the only divine revelation I'm likely to have in that scenario is that I need to take a nap. The reality for most of us is that it's only when we walk through really challenging seasons that we come to a greater understanding of who we are....the good, the bad and the … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Feel Easter-y

blueberry muffins in a spring vignette

I was determined this week that I would write words to you which are very spiritual and very uplifting and very Easter-y. I would tell you about what Holy Week means to me and how I've spent it in God's word and doing all kind of resurrection crafts with my children and then they listened to me with unwavering attention as I read the story from scripture. But, as I sit here staring at a blank page in front of me, I'm struck by the fact that it hasn't really felt like that holy of a week … [Read more...]

Spring is a Tween

rainbow

As I type these words, I'm keenly aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on one side of my house I would see blue skies, puffy clouds and sunshine. But, I'm just as aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on the opposite side of my house I would see a sky that was so dark it's almost black, and ominous clouds full of rain. … [Read more...]

Dreaming in Season

Dream come true quote by Vanessa Hunt

The zoo field trip. It's the highlight of 2nd grade and even though I've chaperoned it once before with my son, it all felt new again thanks to the giddy excitement of my daughter. With a car full of bubbly, chatty 7 year old girls, we made the one hour trip from school parking lot to zoo parking lot and quickly joined the rest of the class. We were divided into smaller groups and sent off to explore with plans to meet up again at a designated time.   … [Read more...]