A Quiet Person in a Noisy World

A Quiet Person in a Noisy World

The small bell on the door announces the arrival of more guests. The store resembles a living room — with cushions on the floor for reading and toys in a basket for playing. This humble bookstore boasts the charm of a private enterprise. It’s the kind of bookstore I love most.

My children are accustomed to our monthly visits, and they know to use our library-quiet voices when we’re here. So my youngest daughter tugs on my shirt with enthusiasm to garner my attention.

Simple Living

Simple Living

I crave real simplicity. I’m not really a minimalist in the true sense of the word. I could never get rid of my shelves (and boxes) of books and I think it’s okay to have more than three or four completely mix-and-matchable outfits in my wardrobe. But I know how full and crazy life is….

The Simple Life

The Simple Life

The television show, Hoarders, has a simple premise — documenting the lives of people who obsessively collect things, even if the collections are pointless, harmful, or unsanitary.  I’ve only watched the show a couple times because it makes my neat-freak tendencies go haywire. It was hard for me to see these people, unable to get…

Worth Doing Badly

Worth Doing Badly

I love Pinterest. Really, I do. And it’s been a helpful tool for me as I figure out what my personal decorating style is, collect recipes to try, and file away ideas for later. I love seeing the creativity other people have, and the beauty God lets us create. But sometimes, Pinterest sets the bar…

Beautiful Bookshelves

Beautiful Bookshelves

I love books. And I love having them in places I can see them and access them easily. If you aren’t blessed with a library with built-in bookshelves (that was a gift from God when we bought our 1880’s house!), you may find yourself in need of more storage space. Here are some ideas for…

More Than a Meal
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More Than a Meal

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the opportunity to practice hospitality. There’s something about colder weather that makes us want to gather inside and enjoy food and fellowship, and of course the holidays are a great excuse for parties. I’ve only been married for two years, so I’m still new…

Lists and My Life

Lists and My Life

I love lists. For as long as I can really remember, my life has been filled with unexpected interruptions, big moves and funny little adventures. The order and rhythm of regularity has often been put on pause as a sort of unavoidable chaos takes the reins for a time. The one thing that has seemed…

Lightening the Load

Lightening the Load

Have you read about pioneers on the westward trails that would leave belongings by the wayside so they could travel faster? In my quest to have more time for things I want to do, I’ve learned I enjoy having less “stuff” to slow me down. Sometimes I feel like a slave to my possessions, and…

The End.

The End.