What I learned from painting a wall

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m back! My summer break was great. I did a lot of good stuff during my offline time, but the most interesting — and unexpected — endeavor was that I painted a room. It all started with reading The Nester‘s book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, which… [Continue Reading]

Here it is! The free ebook!

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail AAAAH! I AM SO EXCITED! For those of you who pre-order my memoir, step right up and get your free ebook! –> Once you have pre-ordered Something Other than God, click here to get your free copy of The Family-First Creative instantly! <– You can see a 10-page preview of The Family-First Creative here…. [Continue Reading]

The Family-First Creative: A little thank-you gift from me, to you

The Family-First Creative

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did. Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you: I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders… [Continue Reading]

The secret to not being overwhelmed

Shaun the Sheep overdose.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the turning points in my life was an email I received from Fr. Joseph Langford, MC back in 2009. He was close friends with Mother Teresa, and she worked with him to found her order of priests. I had the privilege of getting to know Fr. Langford because I was working with… [Continue Reading]

The lazy nerd’s guide to weight loss

These ARE the running pants that come in "long".

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The bad thing about committing yourself to writing a post a day is that it inspires you to write about subjects that you might normally have the good sense to avoid, like weight loss. I know that this topic isn’t everyone’s thing. Joe, for example, stares at the nearest exit like someone trapped in… [Continue Reading]

The courage to rest

Praying the ancient Vespers prayers at sunset. That's the life.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few years ago, I found myself in a state of being perpetually overwhelmed. I mean, I still feel that way a lot of the time now, but back then it was worse. There was more of a sense of hopelessness, a feeling that I was sinking and couldn’t figure out how to pull… [Continue Reading]

22 things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood

Doll face-down in urine on the couch, 2010

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I was sitting here thinking of all the awesomeness that this wonderful, new, non-2013 year will hold, it occurred to me that my oldest child will turn ten this fall. Ten! I have officially been a parent for a decade now, and I’ve had six kids during that time. When I took a… [Continue Reading]

We interrupt this blog to bring you the ultimate Pinterest carpet-cleaning challenge

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Let me begin by saying that I know that nobody comes to this blog for cleaning advice. Like, not one single person in the history of the internet has ever had the thought, I need to get my house sparkling clean. Let’s see when Jen Fulwiler has to say about that! But I made… [Continue Reading]

Organizational hacks for the rest of us

There would be no problem here if I'd just labeled it "Art Supplies."

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent too much time reading Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple. Friends of mine had used the suggestions from those pages to bring order to their homes, and I came to the very unfortunate conclusion that those tips were just what I needed too. About… [Continue Reading]