May 12, 2019

As I looked at our smashed-up van, and our hungry, scared, needing-to-pee kids, and my frustrated husband, and the anxious woman who had hit us, and the kind police officer who joined us at the scene, I prayed that I would be able to take my own advice.

April 11, 2019

Forty-eight hours is not a lot of time to spend in New York City. It feels like even less when it’s dumping rain for half of those hours. And it feels like even less when you’re running from place to place with a toddler in tow, and that toddler has his own ideas about the […]

March 11, 2019

You know those pictures of pets of different species doing adorable things together? Like when dogs and cats get all snuggled up, or cats and birds set aside their differences so the bird can perch atop the cat’s head, or a fox mother adopts a bunny baby? Don’t those pictures just make you feel all […]

February 14, 2019

Will did not wake up well the other morning. At first he didn’t want to wake up at all, then he didn’t want to get dressed, then he didn’t want to eat, then he didn’t want to put shoes on, then he suddenly wanted to eat right as we were walking out the door, then he cried in the car because he had no shoes.

January 10, 2019

Here’s part three of three, which contains books like The Return of the King (also part three of three), some YA fiction, some theology, some history, and quite a bit more. Read on for my final fourteen books of 2018!

January 5, 2019

2018 book review, part 2 of 3!

January 4, 2019

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but maybe you can judge a year by its books? Here’s the first third of my 2018, for your reading pleasure.

November 30, 2018

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Todd did the craziest thing ever. On Sunday of last week, after fifteen months of training, he swam for 2.4 miles, biked for 112 miles, and ran for 26.2 miles, and at 10:02 p.m. — after over fourteen hours of constant exertion — he crossed the finish line amid exuberant cheers and he heard those coveted words over the loudspeaker: “Todd Watson, you are an IRONMAN!!” And then he laid down in the grass and refused to eat and all our friends thought maybe he was dying, but then he did get up and he did eat and he didn’t die and here we are a week and a half later looking back on it and it still seems just as crazy. Todd shared about the experience in his own post, but if you’re interested in hearing about it from a spectator’s point of view, here are my top ten takeaways:

October 13, 2018

We almost didn’t include Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in our travels. Did I just cause you to spill your maple syrup in astonishment? To choke on that piece of lobster you’re eating?

October 11, 2018

Back in February, Todd and I traveled to Cancun, Mexico for a vacation with two of our closest friends, Nate and Erin. That trip boasted many a lively conversation, but perhaps one of the liveliest had to do with the topic of personal mission statements. Why such a conversation should become heated may seem strange, […]

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