• Faith,  Simple Living

    Finding Rest in Hospitality

    It looked like a tornado had ravaged its way through our house. Toys were strewn from bedrooms, to living room, to bathroom, to playroom and back again. Dishes were piled and overflowing in the sink. We could feed one of our girls for a week with the amount of crumbs underneath the table. Somebody’s kid had pulled the toilet paper roll across the bathroom floor. Every organized, clean freak nerve in my being was pulled taut. And yet, there was something so beautiful about the chaos all around us. While my mind was frantic with all that needed to be cleaned up, put back in order, my soul felt so…

  • Simple Living

    February’s Challenge: Living with Less

    First off – thanks to all of my readers who commented/messaged me with their feedback on my last post. You guys have given me some really great food for thought (pardon to pun!) with paring down our grocery bill each month. I’ve also received quite a few questions about our bi-weekly meal rotation. Let it be known, I’ve heard you guys and I’ll be writing a post in the next couple of weeks with more of a “how to” in regards to meal planning. All of your feedback and insight, though, has sparked some interesting conversation between Jeff and me. The premise behind our $500/month grocery limit has been to…

  • Faith

    Keeping Up with the Jones’….Or Not.

    Money and I have a love/hate relationship. Everything about it stresses me out. I sit in bank meetings and my eyes slowly glaze over. Don’t ask me what a mutual fund is. Or what the current interest rate is. I mean, seriously…I just figured out what a tax-free savings account is. Now I whip out the acronym “TFSA” like a boss. Like I know what I’m talking about. You might be wondering how I’ve gotten this far in life with my head buried in the sand, financially speaking. Truth be told, I do understand more about money than I let on. (I did live on my own for a good…

  • 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…