fragility

You’re so tiny…so little here. You look at us through wide eyes when you aren’t sleeping. You rest easy when the hunger stops, when your belly is full, and you are warm and snug. You’re our bundle. We don’t want to miss your tiny fingers, nose and eyebrows. …Your dark hair fluffy after bath time…your…

The very best thing

What started out as a quick trip up north to a friend’s wedding last Saturday ended up as a visit to the ER, and a 4 day 4 night stay in the NICU. Adria has been a really pretty easy baby (so far). So, even though she was two weeks old, we decided to take…

Sojourners

We have had so many changes within our family over the past year, and a single blog post is completely unable to encapsulate ALL of them. After Dan was notified at the end of October 2015 that not only would his job be changing, but his pay would be cut significantly, we began the long…

When HE doesn’t do what I want…

Today in church I was startled by a thought… You know, one of those times when you can’t tell if you came up with the thought, you heard it somewhere, or the Holy Spirit brought it to mind. It startled me by the blatant simplicity, how I haven’t looked deeply at the concept before(?)… Palm…

Letter to my husband,

I know you’re tired. You work so hard for our family. This whole two jobs thing has filled your sleeping hours with serving those with disabilities on top of serving your family. In this way, and in many others you have loved me.  Loved us. You have given up a lot of your personal time…

New home

Back in December we started looking at the market for a possible new living situation. We weren’t sure at that point if we would be staying in northern Indiana or moving south to Indianapolis. As it ended up, we saw a renovated cape cod that was a foreclosure in North Webster at the beginning of…

what every mama wants to hear

One: You are the right parent for your child. Two: you’re worth isn’t determined by how much laundry you have done, how many woogies are at the bottom of your sink or on your floor, or how long ago you cleaned the bathtub. Three: Your mothering story is more than how many ounces your child…

When this woman learns to breathe again

Life as the momma of our little half Asian ninja has been an interesting few months. With Saturday marking his 7th month, we’ve been learning quite a bit about nurturing this tiny soul that screeches like a flying dinosaur and adds more flailing and testosterone to the Cottage than a small male puppy on caffeine….

Necessary things

During the past couple of months, I’ve come to analyze quietly in the undercurrents of my soul those things which are  necessary. Money, being tight and tighter, and my heart and mind stretched full past what I thought was possible to live in faith, I live. Yes, this here is the necessary tending of my soul….

–transition–

transition. In around 6 weeks I’m going to learn a new definition of this word. As I stretch my writing “legs” and open my mind back to the words I’ve written here before, I sit, looking back on who I’ve been, and who I’m rediscovering. Dan and I have been married months and months now…

{Mr&Mrs}

We’re off friends! On a new adventure. We are just shy of being married for 2 months. We’re learning what it means to love deeply, forgive freely, and to move in the eb and flow of uncertainty. That’s life, isn’t it? It’s been a hard couple of months. Months filled with some serious love, joy,…

…Because of March 16, 2013!

“Even The Winter” What if we find ourselves beneath the snow, our warmest words all frozen in our throats and all we feel is left out in the cold, you and I?What if the days grow short and lose their light? What if the coals burn black and the embers die? and we can’t find…