Fear, Regret, and a Bridge to Peace

Can I be honest? Sometimes my everyday life does not feel sacred. Sometimes the music of my life sounds more like noise than song. Existence is exhausting. It feels routine in the most uninspired way. Drained of joy and beauty. Life feels like hard work that is never-ever-ever-ever going to get done. It feels scary….

Wake Up and Make Things

It is early morning. I stole away from the nursing baby and am sitting in my little quiet corner of the world, on my back-deck, surrounded by potted plants and birdsong. I am writing and contemplating my messy life. I am a homeschooling mother of seven children. My husband and I have a home business…

Faith and Miracles (How Do You Feed Them, Answered)

One of the first questions people ask me when I tell them we have seven children is, “How do you feed them?” It’s posed as a joke, and even though I’ve been asked this dozens of times, I still scramble for a good response. I know people don’t only mean how do we pay for…

Broken Open-Hearted Love

Yesterday I learned that a dear friend is dying.  There is no time to visit.  No time to wrap up loose ends.  This news just rips it all back open–that wound that I thought was nearly healed.  The blow from my fall where I realized that death is actually a part of the human story….

Embracing This Breath

The perfect beauty of this morning actually hurts me.  As I steal a quiet hour in my little garden with a cup of coffee, the world saturated in green, trees in bloom, birdsong, the first signs of new life coming up in my raised beds… My heart aches.  The unabashed brilliance of life.  It stings….

Treasure Hunt, Creative Family Idea Box Day #13

Kids are natural treasure hunters!  Get outside, take a walk, find some woods or look in your own backyard for natural treasures.  Anything can be a treasure!  Be inspired by your children’s natural curiosity and wonder.  Find something to photograph or bring home.  Draw your treasures or write about them in a journal, or tell…

Poetry Delivery Project, Creative Family Idea Box Day #11

This short, sweet, simple poetry project will help those you love to know you are thinking of them from afar.  Choose a poem, read it aloud, and send it via text or email to a friend or family member.  Allow each child to choose his/her own poem to send.  (Even the youngest children can choose…

No-Stress Paint Party, Creative Family Idea Box Day #8

You know why I love watercolors so much?  Because it just doesn’t matter how big the mess is.  If there are any spills, it is just water!  There is no reason painting can’t be a regular part of a child’s life. Surprise your children with a paint party!  Set the table with brushes, watercolors (even…