For about the past week and a half, we have been decluttering and purging to the extreme. I so badly want to reflect on how good this has been for my soul, how the process can be simultaneously liberating and joyful although overwhelming and painful, too. I haven’t much time, however, as I’m on a schedule and have a purging deadline. Continue reading The Art of Purging
Just when you think I may never blog again, I post something almost completely unrelated to anything else on my blog. I have high aspirations to blog more frequently, and we have adventures on the horizon that will provide some once-in-a-lifetime writing material. However, for today, I just want to share some thoughts on being a woman. Continue reading Beautiful Woman
A long time ago, I started working on my list of 1,000 things for which I’m grateful after reading the wonderful Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. Continue reading Five Days of Gratitude
As I reflect on the privilege and honor of being a mom, many thoughts and emotions race in my mind and well up in my heart. Chief among them: There is no such thing as a perfect mom, so motherhood comes with lots of questioning, second guessing, guilt, and feelings of failure.
Many of my Facebook friends recently listed several random, interesting, or relatively unknown facts about themselves, and anyone who liked their posts was then given a number of items to list in his or her own status. I have enjoyed reading these posts, and I have subsequently been assigned numbers ranging from 5 to 13. Being the wordy writer that I am, naturally I have decided to turn this into a blog post instead of a Facebook status. Continue reading 10 Things You May Not Know About Me
Here we are, just a few days before Christmas, and I finally have time to sit down and jot some thoughts about the year. I know these days few people have little time to sit and read Christmas newsletters, and even fewer have time to write them, but I am one of those who actually enjoys doing both. Last year I decided to post my newsletter on my blog for those who care to read it and leave it out of my Christmas card for those who don’t, which worked out well and saved me both paper and ink. So, here I go again … 2013 in review, from my family to yours! Continue reading Crystal’s Christmas Chronicle: 2013
I haven’t had a lot of first-hand experience with death, so I don’t feel at all qualified to write about it. Yesterday we lost our beloved family dog, and I know that losing a pet isn’t anything like losing a person. Except, it is. And when something profound happens in my life, I write. So I will attempt to tackle my emotions through my typing fingertips and hope you’ll forgive me if I make a mess of this post. Continue reading Life Lessons from Death
I love photographs as much as I love words. The two complement each other so well, and yet they can also stand alone and sometimes should remain independent. I certainly agree that a picture can be worth a thousand words, although I would add that likewise a word can be worth a thousand pictures. Continue reading Pictures and Words
Have you ever thought about the terminology we use for the sun? As a homeschool mom, I am asked to explain every word that comes out of my mouth, and that can get pretty interesting when little ones first start to understand how the solar system works. Continue reading The World Revolves Around What?