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Habit Bull and the Big Three

So many things I want to accomplish, and so very little time. Or whatever. I think that’s often an excuse. “I don’t have time” really means “I am not making this a priority.” There are plenty of things I want to do, and don’t... read more

Superhero Sunday

I love this kid. He has the most elastic imagination, going from Captain Hook to Puss & Boots to Escelato (sp? skinny guy in Nacho Libre) in a matter of minutes. He fights bad guys, takes down alligators, and protects me, the “Lost Boys mom,” from mean... read more

This day, forever

Our CPH board meetings happen to fall around September 11 each year, which often puts me on a plane on a day of anxious, heightened sensitivity everywhere. A day of sorrow and remembrance. A day with every monitor in the airport blaring memorials, bells clanging for... read more

On the menu 9.7.14

We’ve got a crazy week ahead, and I have the lack of great meals to prove it. Sunday Drip beef sandwiches. This is a recipe my sister made for us in South Dakota, which she got from the Pioneer Woman. It’s incredibly tasty, and especially gratifying to... read more

Staying off the hedonic treadmill

The hedonic treadmill: I came across this term recently and sort of fell in love with it, as the idea of it perfectly encapsulates a feeling I’ve had, and have expressed very wordily, many times over the years as Derek and I work on our budgets and financial... read more

On the menu 8.31.14

I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile (since October), but a few of the few people who read this blog have mentioned it recently, and I thought I should start it up again. After all, some day when I’m old and blogs are a relic of the past,... read more

Wrapping up 36 and 14

We’re winding down one of my favorite weeks of the year, our standing celebratory week of anniversary and my birthday, and beyond the amazing evening I had with Derek on our 14th anniversary Tuesday at Knox Mason, the highlight of the week was largely this: My... read more

Home, and home

One of my best friends from college came to visit us today. We haven’t seen them in eleven years–eleven years!–which we know because our oldest daughters were roughly two weeks and two months old, respectively, at the time. Fifteen years ago we... read more

Strategy, soul, and Lutheran fiction

Yesterday the girls and I played Monopoly. The outcome of the game is pretty clear from the picture, but read on…. Jonathan was my business partner. I’ve been reading real estate books, all of which talk about the strategy of Monopoly, and I warned the... read more

Ten in ten, part deux

A year or so ago, Lauren challenged us to do a 10 in 10, i.e. take a picture every hour of your day and post it with a caption. At that time, I was working at {shudder} the restaurant-supply-company-that-shall-not-be-named, and every day was pretty much just like the... read more


We’ve been home for nearly 24 hours and I can still feel the waves lapping at my toes. We toured Fort Sumter, took tourist pictures at Rainbow Row (feeling slightly bad about it since real people live there), and gaped at the gorgeous, imposing Federal-style... read more

First communion, Boston, and other momentous vignettes

Here we are in mid-June, and all we’ve got to show for the summer on the lame side so far is 0 trips to the river 0 hikes But, on the awesome side, we have 1 week of swim camp for the girls 1 trip to Boston for Derek and me 1 stay at the grandparents for the... read more

Phone etiquette

I took this screenshot of Kate’s Instagram post the other day so I could send it to Susie. Who is Susie, and why would I send her this shot, you ask? Susie is only the greatest family friend one could ever have. She has been a part of our family since we moved... read more

Summer, day one

Hooray for summer, for sleeping children (till 6:30 a.m., anyway), for bonfires and s’mores and swim camp and gymnastics and orchestra camp and hot days and most of all, for our upcoming vacation! Because Derek and I are wiped out. A guy at work just went... read more

Holding the paradox

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. –F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve always loved paradox. How is it that two things so seemingly contradictory can both... read more

How I love thee, Trader Joes

What did we ever do without a Trader Joes in Knoxville? I first discovered TJ’s when we were living in Palo Alto. At the time, I was all about the inexpensive wine. (Not 2-buck chuck, though. More like 5-buck sauvignon blanc.) Here in the grand state of... read more

The rules

Our sweet boy has been having trouble staying quietly in bed at night, so Derek invented a few simple rules for him to follow. As he learned them, he added his own. I particularly like #6. P.S. Yes, he ripped the vinyl airplane on his wall off one night. Yes, we need... read more

Easter Monday ramblings

The family, Easter 2014. The backstory: honestly, this was the most relaxed and beautiful Holy Week we’ve ever had, and although I say “relaxed” anyone who is in a pastor’s family will understand that what I mean by that term is not “we... read more

Better than most pop songs

Sophia’s latest song: I clap my hands so high in the air I am so excited for you to be there. Come on just come I can (can’t?) wait for you to see your surprise for you and me I am standing there waiting for you to come I have a surprise for you Come on... read more


When Sophia was little I worried that she might not have a conscience. She’d do something wrong, and, when the transgression was pointed out to her, would simply shrug it off. I wrung my hands over her more times than I could count. As she’s grown,... read more