Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

You’re invited!

Yesterday I took at look at my month of writing. Here’s where I want to go: Change this blog format! Yes, my comments are wonky. Fix that. I want it to be more inviting, hold photos really, really well, and have an easy way to get my RSS feed or maybe even connect on Facebook. I would absolutely love to know what isn’t working for you on my blog, format-wise… Read More

A look back…

I thought that a review of the month would be my last post. But in reviewing my blog, I think it is better as two posts instead. Today, I want to review how this 31-day blog experiment has gone for me, what looks like it worked and what didn’t. Tomorrow, my post will be more forward-looking, to let you know where I’d like to go with this blog. I took.. Read More

Teaching My Children Well

When it comes to raising our children, Bill and I have always agreed that our goal is not good kids. Our goal is competent, God-fearing adults who are capable of being happy. They aren’t necessarily the same thing, you know? I’ve come across a couple of things in the last day or so that have me thinking. First, Penelope Trunk wrote about how we need to spend at least as.. Read More

Linky Love

I have really enjoyed trying to post every day–and this is my 28th straight post! Go, me. I’ve also been reading some other bloggers who are doing the 31-day challenge. Here are a few that have stood out for me: Samantha McGowan:  A twenty-something writes about life. I love her perspective! Carrie Owens Photography: Tips and tricks for capturing all the details of your life via photography. I wish she.. Read More

Welcome to my farm!

It’s been almost a month, and I think it’s time to write a post about one of my favorite places, Shady Oaks Farm. We bought Shady Oaks about two and a half years ago. Both our daughters were riding, and we had bought them ponies. Then I started riding, and of course then I bought a horse! Bill started adding up our expenses, and it was almost the same as.. Read More

What I’ve learned from my Fitbit Flex

I’ve had my Fitbit Flex for about six weeks now, including some time off while I waited for a replacement to be sent to me. The replacement has been working great, no worries, and I have about a month of continuous data to look at. The Fitbit app has a way to monitor sleep and water intake, in addition to steps. (It also does other things but I ignore those.).. Read More

Week in Review, 10/25

When I used to write my blog I had a weekly review that I did. It was actually one of my favorite posts because I was able to track what happened in our family that way. I’m really super sleepy after having spent the entire evening at our barn party so I’ll see how this post goes tonight. Last Saturday was the Homecoming Dance. It’s one of only two dances.. Read More

Books That Built Me.

Several days (weeks?!) ago a friend challenged me on Facebook to name the ten books that have influenced me the most. Of course I have a tendency to think of the last ten books I read, but this time I wanted to dig in and see if I could come up with a real list that spanned more of my life. Sandi, here is your answer, finally.  And I figured.. Read More

A Train Wreck of a Yes (recipe included)

Have you heard of Lysa TerKuerst’s new book The Best Yes? Well, I have it and it still didn’t help me today. A couple of weeks ago I offered to make the main course for the football team’s Thursday night dinner. Around 50 boys. I hated that Lauren did this every single week and I thought I ought to help. After all, I can cook. Plus Matthew specifically requested a.. Read More

Oh, Renee…

I’m sure you’ve seen Renee Zellweger’s new look by now. I hate to say it, but I miss your old look, Renee! That second picture is only a year old…I think she’s had work done. I get it. I’m a year older than Renee. While I don’t make my money from my face (a good thing!), I’m just like every woman. I watch the lines creep in, the fullness where.. Read More