Feasting on Full-Circle Moments

Feasting on Full-Circle Moments

Fall 2017 has been yet another season of transition for me. Cas began middle school, Jay settled into his new position, Jake (all five of us, turns out) joined a travel soccer league, Molly is learning to read, and I am working most days from bus pickup to bus drop off. All this means my [...]

The Way He Should Go

The Way He Should Go

It's the morning after the last TCAP (Tennessee's standardized tests), a soft rain just the permission we needed to sleep in. As a third grader, this was Jake's first experience with the tests that somehow mean everything and nothing. Jake is more of an athlete than a scholar, and I'm still trying to figure out what to [...]

My #1 Way to Actually Enjoy Cleaning the House

My #1 Way to Actually Enjoy Cleaning the House

You walk into your living room and suddenly it hits you: Wait, this place is a mess! Was my house this dirty yesterday? What happened? Who lives here, a gaggle of vermin? Didn't I just clean... um... a couple days ago? Naturally, the next thought is: the last thing in the world I want to do right [...]

God Will Not Let You Stay Stuck // A Life Lesson from Toddlers

God Will Not Let You Stay Stuck // A Life Lesson from Toddlers

"God will not let you stay stuck."  Weeks ago I read an article with this title, and ever since I have kept that Safari window open on my phone. It's a daily reminder beaming with hope when the voice in my head tells me I'm stuck. In this short post, Graham Cooke addresses seasons of waiting [...]

5 Ways to Not Feel Like a Slave in Your Own Home

5 Ways to Not Feel Like a Slave in Your Own Home

Isn’t it the time of year when you get the hamster wheel feeling? Me too. Revisiting this (most viewed) post today to find true north and return to joy. I’d love to hear how you keep your heart alive when the laundry becomes your undoing?

Rachel Norris

Every day is the same – shop, cook, dishes, laundry. Sweep, wipe, scrub, pick up. All the papers, all the arguments, all the scheduling, all the homework. Do you ever feel like the monotony will swallow you whole? Do you ever feel reduced to servitude – pointless, unseen, neverending? Do you get bombarded with the voices like I do?

Most of my life is spent doing thankless work that will be undone hours – if not minutes – later. Maybe my days are just pointless.

I am stuck. I have no choice.

I am invisible. I am not getting paid for this.

Why must everyone make so many messes?

Why don’t they consider my time and effort?

Sometimes it feels like…

I’m a slave in my own home.

I’ve been working on displacing these hopeless voices with positive ones that treat me much better. In the process I’m finding a…

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A Back-to-School Blessing + Free Prayer Guide

A Back-to-School Blessing + Free Prayer Guide

It's time! Pencils sharpened, buses rolling, kids excited, lunch boxes... TBD. It's also  become back-to-school normal for us to gather with school families the night before the first day to pray for our teachers, staff, students and parents. What a privilege to worship at the front doors of our public school; to walk around the property inviting God's kingdom [...]

On Vocation and Motherhood: Lessons from the Mother of Moses

On Vocation and Motherhood: Lessons from the Mother of Moses

In a matter of days, my youngest starts kindergarten. Probably the biggest transition of her life to date. But I’m not worried one bit about her; I’m so thankful we held her back. Now I’m confident the Molly Girl is ready. Then there’s the Mama. You guys know I’m not overly sentimental, and you know [...]