Cooking · Family · Friendship · Kids · Marriage · motherhood · Parenting

Pumpkin soup and laundry heaps

“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” (Proverbs 14:4) Years ago when my husband and I were just newlyweds, a family we had recently met invited us over for dinner. I walk into the kitchen to see pumpkin soup simmering on the stove – the shell… Continue reading Pumpkin soup and laundry heaps

Christianity · Faith · Family · Friendship · Kids · Marriage · motherhood · Parenting

“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.”

“How are you doing over there, Andrea?” A friend of my parents turns to me and asks. We are seated at a long table in a restaurant, surrounded by my parents and a handful of their friends. We’ve just come from a Good Friday service. I smile and respond that I’m doing well. “I’m just… Continue reading “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.”

Christianity · Faith · Friendship · Marriage

This is close

We are more than a week into spring where I live. Yet the ground is still frozen, trees and bushes are covered in snow, car bumpers are lined with icicles, the wind blows strong and cold. It’s been 3 weeks since the young man at our church passed away suddenly. I found myself on my… Continue reading This is close

Family · Marriage · Mindfulness

Just a pile of clothes

My husband has a nice little habit of dropping his clothes on the floor rather than putting them away. Through conversation amongst other married friends, I have discovered how popular this habit is. It used to be a major pet peeve of mine, being the neater person of the two of us. I would watch the pile grow… Continue reading Just a pile of clothes

Faith · Family · Marriage · Parenting

Home is…where?

When my husband and I got married we were given a picture that read “Home is where your story begins”. We hung it above the cupboards in the little apartment we moved into after the wedding. I thought the picture was tacky, to say the least. But my husband had carefully done the measuring and… Continue reading Home is…where?

Cooking · Marriage · Mental health · Parenting · Self-Care

In the Name of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies 🙂 When I was a little girl I loved Valentine’s Day. I would plan my outfit carefully, with as much pink mixed in as I could find. I’d spend hours filling out valentine after valentine to give away. My friends and I would take loads of pictures of ourselves at school, giddy… Continue reading In the Name of Love

Creativity · Faith · Marriage · Mindfulness

The Beauty of Wandering

Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) When my husband bought a sailboat last summer we all told him to take sailing lessons. “Are you crazy?” We’d all say when he refused. “Of course you need to take lessons!” Instead, he got on the sailboat with a… Continue reading The Beauty of Wandering