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On Writing and Vulnerability

On Writing and Vulnerability

A roller coaster ride describes my experience during the last few years that I have shared my writing publicly. The entire process of writing and sharing is far more in depth than I expected and the emotional ups and downs took me by complete surprise. The experience has become a mirror for my personal growth as I’ve embraced writing as […]

by · March 20, 2017 · 2 comments · Daily Life
Scarlett and Serafina!

International Women’s Day

  Because today is International Women’s Day, I am sharing a paper my oldest daughter wrote for her Women’s Voices college class. She wrote it in a letter style and needed to write about the “social construction of gender” and how it applies to her own life. Manny and I have been pleased to see how Scarlett has responded to […]

by · March 8, 2017 · 0 comments · Family
The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many of us know this famous quote well. I wonder though, how often these words make us think of the world at large, and not the world right in our backyard? It is easy to think about changing the world — the world far away, the world that isn’t close […]

Byzconsin: Farms, Tractors and Little Boys!

Byzconsin: Farms, Tractors and Little Boys!

Life feels surreal some days here in Wisconsin. Having grown up in Southern California, the life we live now is very different from what we were accustomed to. Seeing my younger children growing up here and knowing this is the only way of life they know is strange to think about. Not that it’s bad at all, it’s just so very […]

Byzconsin: Wannabe Hobbits

Byzconsin: Wannabe Hobbits

Spring in Wisconsin (once it finally warms up) is gorgeous. Many times we have thought the farm country we live in looks like what we imagine The Shire would look like. In many ways the simple, down to earth life of the Hobbits is exactly what we long for–a good book to read, a pantry full of good food, things […]

Favorite Things…Planners and Schedules

Favorite Things…Planners and Schedules

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. — Ephesians 5:15-17 I have a love-hate relationship with schedules. In the past I have had the household on a strict schedule which worked […]

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

I was chatting with a lady today who was shocked that I am pregnant with baby number ten (most people are). Our conversation was typical for the way these kind of interactions go: Nice Lady: Wow. Number ten! You must have the patience of a saint! Me: No, not really. Nice Lady: No, really you must. Me: No, honestly I […]

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