beginning again.

“Always we begin again.” These words of St. Benedict keep echoing in my heart, especially when a hard moment feels like it has ruined our day. We went shopping at Costco and Aldi today and there were a few moments of whining and disobedience. They felt loud and hard. I had to fight the lie…

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…

hello fall. [+ a giveaway]

September has always felt more like the start of a new year to me than January ever has. It probably has something to do with being part of the academic cycle for so long, even after my own days as a student ended. And this September certainly felt like the start of all sorts of…

truth in the silly, strange & hard.

Being a parent is so different than I imagined. I thought that when I became a mom I would feel so different. That I would feel like a mom. But I honestly still feel like me. It just so happens that I take care of a tiny, sweet girl as part of my life now….