A reader recently asked me what inspires me make time for creative pursuits. Let me break it down.Continue reading “Why I Write and What Keeps Me Inspired”
It’s Okay to Use Screens
Let yourself us screens right now. Yep, I said it. And yes I know what these guys say about it. All good parents want to give their children the best of themselves. They want the time they spend together to be educational, recreational, or some other kind of high quality time.
And that’s important.
Right Now is Different
But during a time such as this, we have to give ourselves grace and prioritize. That’s why I’m writing this post. Even before all of the COVID-19 chaos, I noticed my parenting peers feeling such shame about ever using screens (myself included). And now, so many parents view other people’s quarantine schedules and beat themselves up, or strive to do things the way someone else is doing them, etc. instead of looking at their reality and making a plan that works for them. Oh and by the way, making a plan takes focus and time and how are you going to get that? There’s nothing that makes more sense than allowing yourself to use screens. (And yes high quality screen time is best , but just for now a little extra Disney movies aren’t going to have any long term damage.)Continue reading “It’s Okay to Use Screens Right Now (and Other Ways to Relieve Stress)”
I have found myself asking God this question every morning. Amidst so much chaos, what would God have me do to help someone else? I feel like anything I can do is too small to make an impact. Of course prayer is super important, but so is taking action. Here are some thoughts I’m having right now about how to help others during this time.Continue reading “What Would You Have Me Do, Lord?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about love and marriage, especially upon listening to “The Empowered Wife” podcast, and finishing the book “The Five Love Languages”. And today is my husband and my 9 year wedding anniversary! So it seemed appropriate to share my thoughts:Continue reading “Thoughts on Love and Marriage”
No one really talks about suffering, and since it’s a pretty heavy topic, I’ll start off with a funny story.
For some reason, when I was thinking about writing this post, I thought about a trip I had to Santa Cruz, with my Aunt and my cousin.Continue reading “Thoughts on Suffering”
We hear constantly on the news about another shooting, political uproar, or some other disaster. That’s why it’s so important to seek out the good in the world and pay attention to everyday interactions. We have the power to make our break someone’s day. As Mother Teresa said, “if you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” People are hungry. Hungry for love. Mother Teresa observed a great poverty in our country. A poverty of love. In Mother Teresa’s words:Continue reading “The World-Changing Power of Human Connection”
My family and I were driving home through the mountains and the dark, towering, majestic mountains reminded me of a song from Calamity Jane.Continue reading “Suspend Your Disbelief”
There’s Always Something
Recently, I have been feeling much more stressed. My schedule has been out of whack because it’s summer and my to do list has been larger because I have been entertaining more, which is wonderful and I love it, but it’s still a lot of work. We have had some unexpected repairs come up for the house as well as some other surprise mishaps. So needless to say, I’ve been stressed. I’ve tried to make time to read, however, and I just finished the book “Living a Life You Love: Embracing the Adventure of Being Led By the Holy Spirit” by Joyce Meyer. I loved it, it’s super simple and straight forward, like all of her books. And man, does she have a great sense of humor. The part about obedience really struck me, and how God rewards our obedience. I also took the part about praying for God’s grace to heart, and I have been.Continue reading “God’s Ways Are Better Than Our Ways”
Image used in featured photo is from here.
I was inspired to share a few stories and what I’m learning from a podcast I listened to recently. You’ll see how they relate.Continue reading “Coconut Drinks, Pedicures, and Learning to Be Vulnerable”
My Moms Rock
I am so blessed to have an amazing mom and 2 wonderful mother-in-laws. Let me tell you about them:
My momma. She is so beautiful. A lady of great poise. Growing up, she made our house a home and sacrificed so much for us. She plays heavenly music on the piano, and she can comfort me like no one else in the world. She always understands. She sews precious little purses, pillow cases, and other projects. She helps run multiple people’s homes. She never complains. Though she doesn’t always consider herself the most prayerful or spiritual person – in my eyes she lives like a saint. A true example of the works of mercy.Continue reading “Celebrate ALL of the Moms in Your Life”