Intentionally Transitioning

Isn’t it crazy how many stages we move through in life? Not just from babyhood to childhood to adulthood, but all the tiny transitions within the larger ones? If we tallied up all of the phases, seasons and changes we go through in one lifetime….well, we probably couldn’t count them all. As this pregnancy progresses, I’m getting more and more aware of just how many transitions I’ve gone through in such a small piece of time. Within the last two years the titles of student, girlfriend, barista, writer, friend, fiance, mommy, wife, nanny, stay at home mom, daughter, teacher (and … Read more…

“Inside Out” Embraces the Wholeness of Life

Inside Out movie review

Pixar has perfected the art of high-quality, funny, and cute animated movies that tug on our heart strings. Both Up and Toy Story made me shed a few tears. My husband cried too. He called them “man tears“ . . . but his ability to cry is one of many reasons why I love him! Inside Out proved to be just as cute, funny, and touching. Plus, it tackles the topics of personality, emotions, and life transitions in a way that I think kids and adults can both relate to and learn from. My in-laws invited us to accompany them to the movie, and though we had not … Read more…

3 Challenges for Wives on Father’s Day

This past week we spent moving across the country. With a two-month-old baby. Yep. Fun stuff. All things considered it went smoothly (thanks to the help of my awesome mother-in-law Teri!). But I felt so ragged and worn down by the time we landed in Missouri after a three-day drive. There is so much that goes into a major relocation, so making it to Missouri (after a long week of packing) was only the beginning. We still need to nail down a place to live, finalize our new bank account, find new insurance, get new car tags, register our dog, … Read more…

Embracing Life’s Bittersweet Moments

bittersweet moments: transitions

Bittersweet. The word everyone uses when facing a transition or major life change. We use it to encapsulate our conflicting emotions: excitement about what lays ahead mingled with nostalgia and sadness about what must be left behind. I first experienced a bittersweet transition when I graduated high school. A new adventure stretched out before me; yet, it meant moving away from, and inevitably loosing, close contact with many of my high school friends. Graduating college was also bittersweet. It was that long-awaited transition into adulthood: no more homework, no more classes, etc. However, I mourned the tight-knit college community, familiar sights and sounds of campus, … Read more…

8 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

gift ideas

I have been brainstorming for the past month what to get Mitch for his first Father’s Day. I think I have it narrowed down now, but the juries still out because I want to get him too many things. Decisions, decisions! 😉 In case you are still unsure about what to get for the father or husband in your life, here are some of my favorite Father’s Day gift ideas (because, let’s face it, men can be hard to buy for): 1. Father or Grandfather Willow Tree Figurines:  * * This post includes affiliate links. You are by no way obligated … Read more…

Crocheted Washcloths, Lomah Acres Soap, and The Wizard of Oz?

Lomah Acres

What do these three things have in common? Well, to be honest only the first two actually go together–unless, like me, you enjoy reading while taking a bath! Last week I shared about this crocheted spa washcloth pattern. Above is the finished product tied up with Lomah Acres’ goat milk soaps (I also included a Starbucks’ giftcard because what midwife doesn’t need a little coffee?!). These crocheted washcloths were incredibly easy and fun to make! I also made a dishcloth with this pattern that matched these hanging towels I crocheted for part of a wedding present. The important part is to use 100% cotton … Read more…