writer : coastie wife : boy mom : hot mess
secret weapons ~ gratitude, grace & chocolate

What is a Quitting Practice?

What is a quitting practice? What will happen if I just said no more? What if I let my arms drop all the things I’ve collected so I can reclaim joy, live freely and reach

Big Changes Coming Soon

I carried the boy's toys upstairs, along with a basket of laundry and some other little random stuff. Things never seemed to stay put away and I think all I do anymore is walk my

when family and holidays are hard

  A few years ago my family sat in a really sad stage. We had come out of some trials. There was fighting and pain and broken relationships. I dreaded the holiday season. Seeing my

i decline to accept the end of man

I decline to accept the end of man.  Both sides are still in shock. But this isn't the end, friends. It's not the last word. We can change this. I'm not talking recall. This is

i couldn’t wait to get away and then…

I think babies have superpowers. Last weekend I left for a girls weekend. I could not wait to get away.  Could.  Not.  Wait.  I even asked Jeff to drop me off at the airport earlier

What Nobody Tells You ~ Faith Through Fall Season

  A few years ago a friend of mine said her favorite season wasn’t one season but the changing of seasons. I love this. It’s true for me too. In the winter, I crave bare

Can you name three places you belong?

Can you name three places you belong? Belonging is such a strange thing. I’ve struggle with feeling I belong somewhere. Or that I don’t belong somewhere.  The older I get the more I realize you

First Family-of-Four Vacation

We took our first family-of-four vacation (five if you count our pup). All of us, German Shepherd included, squished in the car and we made the four-hour drive to Lake Shasta.  It was a long

quit waiting for others to get on board

I’ve spent so much time waiting. For people to notice. To see my heart, my value, my worth. To give me permission to be me.   But I’m in full #quittingpractice mode and today I

My Quitting Practice Countdown ~ I Quit Church

Today I sat in church for the first time in six months. Each day gone by has felt like a lifetime. Six months ago, feeling overwhelmed, I took up a Quitting Practice and church was

creativity, fear & stubborn gladness

Without question, my favorite non-fiction book this year is Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert has taken what I thought about creativity and flipped it on its head. It’s not just an idea but a way of life.

Choosing the Path: letting go, loving life & my hips

Note: Just for fun I'm posting some throwbacks from my old blog no longer online. I wrote this post two years ago. It was a year after I had my first baby. Now it has