Simplifying Summer

We are entering week two of summer vacation, and I have already had to run away from home once because the kids were driving me (and each other) crazy. Thank God I have a teenager who can cover for me in moments like these! Overall, though, it has been a good first week, and I am looking forward to what this summer will bring. Did you catch that? I don’t have this summer all planned out; I have left a[Read more]

Discover the Quiet Joy of January

(This piece was originally published in Cedarburg Bridge.) Stark, solemn trees stand sentinel along our streets.  The earth is barren, cold and hard beneath our feet.  In January, winter settles into our bones like a bear into his cave. Gone is the joyous ringing of bells, shining lights, and shimmering splendor of the holidays.  The explosion of fireworks ushering in the New Year fades and flickers into deep winter stillness. And yet, there is comfort in the slowing, as we[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 3- The Church Picnic!

Today, I took on “The Church Picnic” and won!  Well, really, I think God just might have been looking out for me today, because for the first time ever, there was no dessert table!  Can you believe it?  At a church picnic! My wonderful friend and honorary grandparent to our children made the executive decision (weeks ago) not to have people bring desserts to this year’s picnic.  Instead, we were all responsible to bring a salad (fruit, veggie, leafy, pasta,[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Kindness

Kindness is an expression of simplicity.  It costs us nothing to offer a genuine smile, warm greeting, or heartfelt thanks.  Here is a list of 10 simple acts of kindness you can perform on any given day: Offer to return someone’s cart to the corral after they have loaded their groceries. Ask your cashier, waitress, bank teller (or other customer service person) about their day. *Be interested in their response. Say “thank you” when someone performs a kindness for you,[Read more]

Symptoms and Solutions for Perimenopause

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In my previous post, I shared my personal experience of entering into perimenopause.  Today, I will give you a more objective, comprehensive list of symptoms and side effects, along with some great resources to help you navigate through “the change.” There are several signs which point to the onset of perimenopause, which was defined in Prevention as “the transition stage in a woman’s reproductive life that begins, on average, 4 to 5 years before menopause. During that time, your ovaries[Read more]

Valentine’s Day: Not Just a Romantic Holiday

Over the years, I have developed a tender affection for Valentine’s Day.  As a child, this day was marked by the painstaking effort of producing valentines for my fellow classmates, accompanied by the fear of rejection that would come if there were no reciprocal valentines in my own poorly decorated box.  (Back in my day, it was not mandatory to give every classmate a valentine; you could pick and choose who to give them to.) In my college years, I[Read more]

Praying for Peace in the Midst of Pain

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Crohn’s Yesterday, we found out that our son has Crohn’s disease.  He’s 10 years old.  Too young to face a life sentence, which is essentially what Crohn’s is:  an incurable auto-immune disease which attacks the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, causing chronic inflammation.  During his colonoscopy, his small intestine was so inflamed that the doctor couldn’t even get the tiny scope inside to see, so Phinehas will have to have an MRI next week to find out the full[Read more]

How Do We Carry Each Others’ Burdens?

“Carry each other’s burdens.” (Galatians 6:2) We All Carry A Burden If you are human, you have a burden.  Are you in a relationship where you feel obligated to deliver or perform for approval or acceptance?  That’s a burden.  Do you have credit card debt?  That’s a burden.  Do you bear the weight of poor decisions made in your past which prevent you from experiencing joy or peace today?  That is a burden.  Are you weary from the day to[Read more]

Friday Reflections: Disconnecting from Devices and Reconnecting with My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what’s been going on in my world this week.  In honor of this week’s content, I am only including the featured image of my children, the inspiration for this post.  I’m reading Hands Free Mama again- for, like, the third time.  I read bits and pieces of it often, to remind myself of the life I want to be living: a life that is fully present with those I love, not consumed[Read more]

Friday Reflections: Letting Go and Letting Grow

When I’m not blogging (and I haven’t been at all this week), life is happening.  Here’s a week’s worth of what’s been going on in my world. This week has been a respite from the emotional chaos that was last week. We kicked off the holiday weekend with our annual attendance at the Cedarburg 4th of July Parade, followed by a fantastic time with Dave’s family at his cousin’s house, another annual tradition.  Only, this year, we stayed for the[Read more]