a few of my favorites

It’s been awhile since I last shared a few favorite links with you. So on this Sunday morning, there’s no better place than here and now to invite you to read along with me.

For all of my fellow write-in-the-margins readers, this poem by Billy Collins speaks right to us.

grocery list notepadThis grocery list by BrimPapery. (I *heart* all things organizing and all kinds of paper. Love her design and I just found this: a gorgeous 2016 calendar).

When you feel mom guilt (and what mom doesn’t?), Sara Hagerty (author of Every Bitter Things is Sweet about finding God when life stops working for you) offers these words to encourage our hearts in The Best (and Most Resisted) Words A Mama Can Say: Help. I Don’t Know What I’m Doing.

On those who share my feeling of weariness, this is hope-filled and honest: Lay Your Tired Stories to Rest by Charlie Howell, a student at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

Enjoy your Sunday, friends. May it bring you rest as you step away from the busy, frenetic pace of life for a few moments or hours. And may you find that a God who is there in these still moments.






Five Minute Friday: favorite

We are finding our summer rhythm, which looks like weekly visits to the pool, the ocean, and/or the children’s fountain play area in our local botanical garden mixed in with lots of popsicles, the $1 summer movies, and some play dates with friends. Having a plan has made such the difference for me/us. I do promise a post soon devoted to all things summer.

For today, it’s Five Minute Friday time and today’s prompt of “favorite.”


The horizon of ocean meeting sky – an image of infinity and feeling lost in this vastness.

berriesStrawberries red and ripe, and blueberries fresh picked at the peak of summer.

Late night heart-to-heart chats with family and friends.

Lightning bugs at twilight.

Smiles and cuddles from my curly-haired and straight-haired twins.

Blue mountain ranges stretching into forever.

The last light of day disappearing and lighting up the sky in its wake.

A day with no agenda.

A day full of enjoyable plans.

Road trips (without kids).

Bubbly prosecco.

Morning coffee with hazelnut creamer.

Steak grilled to melt-in-your-mouth perfection (yes, there *is* such a thing).

Connection and creativity and grace and light and beauty and joy …

These are a few of my favorite things. What are yours?