Communal living

Food, Life around home

My parents-in-law are living with us for a week: communal living at its finest. We’re remodeling our master bedroom together–‘we’ as in I’m cooking the lunches and riding along to Home Depot. And asking good questions of course. And there may be a few other things I forget, like handing a tool to someone and […]

November 15, 2013

On gardening and imperfection

Growing stuff, Walking with Jesus

Part A Confession: Almost I would give up writing on any issue I care about, for the way in which I am tested in that area immediately afterwards. I wrote about seeing work as play, and immediately began taking my own so seriously I could hardly stop to breathe. I wrote about grace, and started […]

July 4, 2013

Today, a piece of cake

Food, Life around home

Today I did not feed my kids enough, I guess. They asked for food every fifteen minutes. Mommy, can I have a snack? as I was washing up the lunch dishes… Hmm. Thought you would be makin supper by now… at 3:30 in the afternoon. Mom, I’m gonna DIE… at 5:00, after plenty of snacks. […]

June 12, 2013

Boatloads and behinds

Life around home

Confession: You know you’re running behind When you dial the library to ask how many books Exactly Are still overdue After the boatload you sunk in their drop-slot this afternoon? And there are eight, And eight dollars and eighty cents worth of fines.   You know you’re running behind When the kids say Mom, hide […]

April 30, 2013

An airtight box


Dear Reader, In writing to you today I am pretending that you are one person, instead of the unwieldy and three-dimensional herd of actuality. It’s kind of hard talking personally to a herd. Condense yourself if you will. There, that’s better. You and I are sitting together over tea. I want to talk to you […]

April 4, 2013

Looking to learn

Life around home

Confession: I feel like I spend about 90% of my time and energy on a treadmill entitled Trying to Keep Up with This Household. I’m not trying to whine (horrors) or brag (horrors), but seek some input. Here is what was on my plate today: Clean-up from an excursion to Lake Erie last night—think soggy, sandy […]

May 29, 2012


Brain things

So. I’m standing in the shower the other morning, still groggy with sleep, still furious from yesterday, and the day before. Furious with God about these feminine dilemmas that don’t make sense, the desperate longing for more and the impossibility of getting it. This girl who’s passionately in love with solitude, independence, adventure, creation, exploration, […]

May 8, 2012