Today’s Sigh of Relief: (You Can’t) Make This the Best Day Ever!

LauraHealthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I’m a sucker for self-help books and blogs that coach us how to live without regret and to make the most out of every day. But I’m also a critic of this type of writing because its “no regrets” message is the candy-coating of a big, fat cultural lie. We see the lie everywhere. It’s scripted on the pillows at Target, … Read More

“The Sky is Blue” and How My Prayer Life Has Soared

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood

Our Sunday School class just finished an incredible book called The Praying Life by Paul Miller. Ryan and I are still reading it aloud together, so we’ll be savoring it for a while. One of the most powerful take-away points for me was Miller’s encouragement to pray about the things that seem as unchangeable as the color of the sky. … Read More

This Human’s Resolutions

LauraHealthy Living

I can’t help it. I love New Year’s Resolutions. Or, I should say, I love the kind I can actually achieve. Like the year I was fixin’ to learn how to do eye-make-up. I learned how. And I think I’m sometimes cuter because of it. Or, like last year, when I resolved to close the bathroom door when I was … Read More

Not a Machine

LauraFarm Life, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I was buzzing about my day, accomplishing everything on my extensive to-do list, when one thought changed my life. It happened the day I pulled the car into the garage after grocery shopping – keeping within our budget, mind you – and using a handful of coupons. I had selected the finest fruits and vegetables, bought all-natural snacks, and befriended … Read More

Why I Spoke at the Relevant Conference

LauraBlogging, Healthy Living

I’ll tell you this much: it wasn’t because I have impressive stats. In fact, I had the smallest blog on the speaking team. Actually, I probably had one of the smallest blogs at the conference in general. It wasn’t because I know html or photography or even fill a niche really well. I’m not a business woman, I’m not an … Read More

The Most Important Thing

LauraBlogging, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Marriage, Motherhood

“Jesus is not coming for a church that’s gritting her teeth, struggling to stay free from sin, secretly wishing she could indulge in a little immorality No, Jesus is coming for a church utterly devoted to Him – one that is free on the inside. The greatest motivation for obedience comes as we encounter more revelation of who Jesus is.” … Read More


LauraHealthy Living, Motherhood

This afternoon, we enjoyed a delightful tea party in the shade of the lilac bush. We read encouragement from Ephesians, poetry from Stevenson and Milne, and a chapter in Charlotte’s Web. Lia kept a British accent and a prim little chin the entire morning. She’s the fanciest farm girl I’ve ever known. In the basket: Queen Cakes Ingredients: 1/2 C … Read More

3 (Simple) Ways to Simplify Life

LauraFarm Life, Healthy Living, Motherhood

1. Baskets! One basket sits by the kitchen table, holding our meal-time books. One basket sits behind a stuffed chair, holding blocks. One basket snuggles up to the couch, holding library books. Baskets are an amazing invention: they look good, and they are easy to put things into. (An essential quality if we want little ones to help clean up!) … Read More

What Did You Hear?

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living

  Perhaps the stars emit a sound wave that is a symphony we cannot hear. Perhaps the sky is etched with words of wisdom that our illiteracy calls “nimbus clouds,” and “weather patterns”. Perhaps the rocks resonate with rejoicings that we cannot recognize as crying out, yet it is. Perhaps the trees of the fields have arms and hands that … Read More

What We Can Learn From Others

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living

We can learn a great deal by observing and appreciating the insight of others. When I was in 10th grade, I had the opportunity to be the class president. With that honor, came the responsibility of selecting a cabinet of peers to accomplish our work. To serve a class of 700+ students, we had plenty of tasks to go around: … Read More