How to Offer Forgiveness

Whether you believe in God, the bible, or not, forgiving others allows us to live a whole life. If we hold onto anger, pain, and bitterness it festers and consumes us. But forgiving isn’t easy. It takes much  more than saying the words, “I forgive” to truly let go of a grudge, especially when it’s deep,…

Self Development

When Ella was a new baby, Ryan and I attended a parenting conference, I couldn’t tell you much about it now, except for one speaker. I barely recall her name, Ivy Shawl Song (or something like that), I don’t know anything about her, but she had a very powerful message. She said in order for a…

We’ve been busy

What a month August has been. It’s almost over and I feel like I barely noticed. The nights are darker and the days have been getting colder, though I hope the latter is just a string of bad weather and that September is nice and sunny. I had the good fortune to take most of…

Parenting Through Fear

Yesterday, when we went swimming, Agatha was excited to finally be old enough to wear the ‘grown up’ wristband at the pool. She no longer needs an adult beside her in the pool, and she isn’t required to wear a life jacket in the deep end. I was nervous. To me, she doesn’t really know how to…

Agatha’s post about her day

Today at the pool, there was an obstacle course. The first time I didn’t do good, but the second time I went with a lifejacket. And I DID IT! It was so much fun! If you ever do it, I bet you’d have fun too! But just to warn you, a heads up, it’s wobbly!…

The Beauty of Pain

Trigger Warning: Substance Abuse There’s beauty in pain. If you stop to see it. Sometimes there’s beauty in your own pain, but often you’ll never know it. You stop to watch people, you see them walking down the street, eyes averted. Stepping around each other. Never touching. The sun slides off them. You see the…

New Puppy

We got a new puppy yesterday. Today we woke up at 5 AM. We got a new puppy yesterday. Today we have piles of baking soda all over our carpet. We got a new puppy yesterday. Today my desk is piled high with things I’ve taken away from the puppy. We got a new puppy…

Bored? Games!

We love our board games and when it gets rainy or the snow piles up we clear off the table and set in for a day of gaming. Here’s a list (in no particular order) of games we like to play as a family: Froggie Boogie – A fun little game of matching and memory….

Mystery Birthday Party

  We’ve been loving reading the Agatha Girl of Mystery books, so when we asked Agatha what kind of party she wanted, there was no question. She wanted a mystery party! The invitation was the cover of one of the books, with a few additions of my own. Agatha LOVED it! I have to admit,…

The Princess and the Broken Heart.

Our wonderful adventure with our new friends Sir Homer D’Omer, Smaul the Troll, Dragon, Mrs. Beth MacBeth, and Eager the Ogre  has now come to an end. Agatha recieved one last package in the mail. This one did not contain a letter or riddles, only a book. The Princess (the Knight, the Troll, the Librarian,…

The Loneliness of Fear

I’m feeling a little raw today. A little emotional. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled positivity tomorrow. But today, I need to face this, let it out, and maybe figure out a solution of sorts. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if other people experience this too, but I have very few…

Spreading Abundance Around

When we travel to Walt Disney World Resort, we love to stay on property, we purchase the dining plan, usually deluxe, and let Disney take care of everything. Our vacation is so relaxed, full of joy, and magic. But one of the things we love best is spreading a little pixie dust on others. We…