I’m welcoming fall, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss slow summer mornings and dipping my toes in the lake. We had a very happy and healthy family summer filled with adventures and memories, and I’m so grateful for all the sun-drenched experiences we’ve had together. We crossed almost everything off our summer 2014 […]Read More the coney island of the midwest
“I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing. To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world. The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.” Psalm 27: 4-5 Thanks to the deep and wide generosity of a dear family, we’ve had the privilege […]Read More i'm asking God for one thing
We’ve been unplugged. I’m in my hometown with the boys this week, so I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog front. Between bike rides and pool days, there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging. I can’t say I’ve minded. But today is a rainy day, so I thought I’d pop in and say […]Read More busy making memories
Summer is the best season. There, I said it. Fall has its merits, but summer is where it’s at. I get all nostalgic when I think about family lake trips and dripping ice cream cones and late-night drive-in movies. I want our boys to have special summer memories. Today, we’re packing up for a week-long […]Read More 35 things to do this summer
Setting sun and twinkling stars, glowing fireflies and open fields. There’s nothing quite like a Midwest summer night. After the last bubbles circled the drain and we whispered the final page of Green Eggs and Ham, after we pulled the covers over two little boys and quietly shut the creaky door, we tiptoed into the […]Read More God is bigger, but is he really?
Sunglasses perched on my nose, sunscreen (let’s be honest — tanning oil) slathered on my arms and legs. I spent my high school summers soaking up sun, but I wasn’t a pool rat. I was making the big bucks as a lifeguard. Now that I’m a parent, I’ve been reflecting on my three summers as […]Read More 10 things your lifeguard wants you to know
I’ve always been a huge fan of iced tea. So refreshing with just a hint of caffeine, there is nothing quite like a tall glass of freshly brewed, unsweetened (yes, I just went there) iced tea. Brewing it at home has always seemed kind of stressful and intimidating, until I tried these instructions. No sun or […]Read More the quick + easy way to brew iced tea.