Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

I was scared. Are you?

This afternoon Bill and I worked concession at the middle school football game–it’s a service the varsity parents perform for the middle school parents, and they return the favor during varsity games.  The younger three kids didn’t want to stay, so they caught a ride home (Thanks, Aunt Stacy!). My oldest had football practice, concluding with team dinner.  Bill left concessions early to swing by home, grab dinner, and head out to a church meeting that will probably last another hour from now.  Late.  The other three kids ate, well, I don’t actually know when.  I know they ate, because there are very few ribs in the pan!  I was supposed to have a riding lesson late this evening, but I have shingles and I’m just not up to it.  So I’m actually home unexpectedly. This is all to just give you an example of one night in our home.  One.  Most are just as irregular–not chaotic, because we can plan for them, but not regular, and we don’t get.. Read More

31 Whole Days!

Thanks so much for stopping by! This is the landing page for my 31 Days blogging challenge. Every single post will be linked here. Right up front, you need to know I don’t have a theme this year. My theme is to actually write every day! I have tons of blogs in my reader, but some of my favorites are just glimpses into other people’s everyday lives.  That’s what I’m going to share here, just a little of us.  We have an…interesting October planned:  the usual fall football fun, farm construction, breaking ground on our new house (I hope I hope!), a trip to Dominican Republic with HOPE International, shingles recovery. I’m so grateful you clicked on my little linky and landed here.  Please look around–not much here yet!–and leave a comment.  Here’s my list of posts: October 1 October 2:  I was scared. Are you? October 3:  Recovered. October 4:  Explaining myself. October 5: Housekeeping October 6: Honest Answers October 7: Scenes from our life October 8:  When you.. Read More


Thank you for visiting.  This is the first post, obviously, in my new blog, with my very own url!  I’ve decided to dip my toe back in the blogging world because I miss the record it created for my family, and because I loved having a forum to share the things we were working on, doing, and learning.  So I’m back. Why “Holding Butterflies?” A long time ago I realized that as much as I loved my children and my life exactly as it was, it was bound to change.  Held too tightly, my children wouldn’t have the freedom to grow and stretch and become fully the people God had created them to be.  Held too loosely, well, I’d miss out–actually, we ALL would miss out.  There is a balance, and it’s a lot like when you try to hold a butterfly.  And that image has guided me a lot ever since. And what are we working on, doing, learning?  So much.  Our horse farm, Shady Oaks.  A new home.. Read More