Parenting is Messy. Life is Messy.

  In a strange way the spiritual life isn’t “useful” or “successful.” But it is meant to be fruitful. And fruitfulness comes out of brokenness. – Henri Nouwen I am certainly no parenting expert but I have learned a great number of  lessons from mothering four teenagers at once. First and foremost, there is no “one size fits all formula.” Parenting is messy. Life is messy. The “right’ thing to do varies…

I Am What I Am What I Am

“We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life. . .I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is…

Kind, Peaceful, Quiet

“If our thoughts are kind, peaceful, and quiet, turned only to the good, then we also influence ourselves and radiate peace all around us – in our family, the whole country, everywhere. This is true not only here on earth, but in the cosmos as well. When we labor in the fields of the Lord, we create harmony. Divine harmony, peace, and quiet spread everywhere.” ~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitnovica At 5:15…

Filled with Less

You have a choice in life. You can either live on-purpose, according to a plan you’ve set. Or you can live by accident, reacting to the demands of others. The first approach is proactive; the second reactive. -Michael Hyatt About a week before Christmas I was sorting a huge pile of laundry on top of my bed, feeling very scattered, malaise-y, and overwhelmed by seasonal demands. To pass the time (and escape…