• Faith,  Simple Living

    Learning from a Difficult Year

    I feel like I can’t continue writing posts until I’ve written a bit about something that has become extremely near and dear to our hearts as a family. The year 2017 was a hard year for us: a year full of travel for Jeff, weeks of single-parenting for me, health issues, a difficult toddler, a child struggling with night terrors, school transitions, and so on. Yes, there were beautiful moments throughout this past year, but if given the option to relive 2017, the answer would be a hard “no.” Towards the end of the year, Jeff and I listened to a podcast by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub about establishing…

  • Family

    “If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

    We have entered the stage in life where Zoe gets invited to school kids’ birthday parties. Last night, one of her friends was celebrating turning 5 and all of the girl classmates were invited to go rock-climbing. (A side note – now a crazy high bar has been set for what Zoe is expecting for her 5th birthday. I guess gone are the days of pizza and cupcakes at someone’s house?) I will be honest, I was little more than skeptical about a group of ten five-year old girls going rock-climbing. Especially Zoe. I kept thinking, “She’s so cautious! She’s scared of heights! She’s so timid! This is totally not…

  • Family

    How to Celebrate(and Somewhat Survive) a Strong-Willed Child

    I was a perfect parent before kids. My theoretical kids were cherubs. I had all the answers. It was going to be all natural, no epidurals, organic baby food, cloth diapers, only breastmilk, never raising my voice, thru-the-night sleepers, dot, dot, dot. I was the living definition of the perfect mom. In theory. And then, four years ago Zoe happened. And you know what, no…I didn’t do everything the way that I had envisioned in my “perfect”fantasy, but I did manage to meet the majority of my expectations. Yes, she changed our world. Drastically. But she was easy. So easy. I remember being so scornful of moms who had picky…

  • Simple Living

    Introducing….

    It seems that I’ve just jumped into this whole blogging thing without a somewhat formal introduction, so today I want to take the time to let you guys take a peek into my life, who I am, and what led to the the birth of “Me and My House.” Where to begin with this? I’m a thirty year-old stay-at-home mom to Zoe (4) and Elsie (2), and any stay-at-home mom out there knows that “stay-at-home” is hardly a fair description for the 100’s of roles we are each day. I wake up every morning as myself, but by 9:30 A.M., I’ve usually managed to enact the role of  Mom, wife,…

  • Family

    Because I Love You

    There are some moments where I just want to freeze time so that I can remember every detail. Last night we experienced such a moment. “You’re far happier giving than getting.” Acts 20:35 MSG Beginning this month, Jeff and I have started giving Zoe and allowance of $1 a day for helping out with chores around the house. She’s only four so they’re easy chores…making her bed, getting dressed by herself, helping to clear the table etc…Prior to this, every time we would go shopping, Zoe, like any regular kid, would persistently ask us to buy her things that she clearly didn’t need. We thought that giving her an allowance…