when you feel like you failed.

Recently my weeks of potty training efforts came up in a conversation. You know, the time that we had just moved and then a few weeks later, entered into about 6 incredibly intense weeks of working hard to teach new bodily skills and trying everything; lots of wet sheets and poop on the floor more…

full, simple & oh so rich.

On New Year’s Eve, I sat with my journal, feeling as though I should do some sort of reflection or resolution-making or some version of tribute to another year passing. But the truth is that I don’t love making resolutions. They seem to typically leave the Lord out of the process of change. And I…

a desperate prayer for potty-training [+ a giveaway]

Two weeks ago today, I prayed for something that I feel like lots of people probably haven’t. (I certainly hadn’t only a few months ago.) I prayed a desperate prayer for potty training. After over a month of jumping in, full force to the demands of teaching another human about their own bodily functions, things…

my FAVORITE books of 2016.

This year I read and shared my thoughts on a big stack of books, but wanted to highlight my absolute FAVORITES as we head into the end of the year (and potentially for some Christmas shopping!) [These aren’t all books that were necessarily released this year, just books I read this year.] And friends, Amazon is…

5 simple & free ways to decorate your home for Christmas.

I was reminded this last week that we haven’t been in our new home very long. I think sometimes transition makes the days feel long, and that can make things feel different than the reality. But the reality is that we’ve only been here a little over two months. We’re still finding our feet. We’re still…