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Kids in church 

For the last year, Steve and I spent a lot of time talking, reading and praying about church. What should it look like? How should the music sound? Where should kids go?  We found a church in Asheville. It’s so different from the churches we have been part of for...

If I’m being honest…

If I’m being honest…

If I’m being totally honest, I say a lot of things that aren’t completely honest. I lie…a lot. Mostly to myself and those closest to me. Anne Lamott talks about writing a “shitty first draft”.  Essentially, you write a rough draft with all your thought and feelings and impulses.  It’s...

The Business of Parenting

The Business of Parenting

I worked in an office for a while, where everything is measured, examined, discussed. Every single thing can be evaluated. I feel this creeping into homes. “How can we best manage our home lives for maximum productivity?” It’s easy to turn parenting into a business. Most parenting books and articles...

Sometimes I feel restless

Sometimes I feel restless

I’m feeling restless.  It happens sometimes…a lot of times…. I feel the need to go, to do, to move. Normally I start to do things in a frenzy.  I get anxious.  I get nervous.  I do something, anything. I rearrange furniture.  I plan a trip.  I shop. I do, I...

Choose Joy…Because I Can’t Handle your Sadness

Choose Joy…Because I Can’t Handle your Sadness

Choose joy Choose happy Let go of pain, of sadness, they only hold you back Think positive thoughts What you put out in the universe comes back to you And so on and so on and so on We say it’s okay to be sad….but we don’t mean it.  Sadness,...

Hazelfam Update

Hazelfam Update

Here’s the latest family update Steve is traveling until the end of the month, so my dad flew out for the week to help out.  It was wonderful to have extra hands to hold babies. And also someone who doesn’t yell at me because the banana didn’t have the right...

When we shout the loudest: Three degrees of complaining

When we shout the loudest: Three degrees of complaining

  So I’ve noticed a trend.  I want to start all my posts with the word “so”.  My dad used to joke that he knew I was about to launch into a story/rant because I paused, said, “so”, paused again, and out came the monologue.  That was not at all what...

Hazel farm update 

Hazel farm update 

We sold the ducks, they needed a home with more water, so now we have 6 chickens. For the last week, every single afternoon, there has been one egg on my chair on our porch. Every day, a chicken flies over the electric fence, walks up to the porch, and...

I was tired so we made a cake

I was tired so we made a cake

Usually my crankiness can be tied to two things, amount of sleep and amount of food.  Yesterday morning I was both tired and hungry.  I was not loving and kind. So I decided to bake a cake.  I love baking.  I love the feeling of accomplishment when I pull something...

My unbiased list of things I think you should do this year

My unbiased list of things I think you should do this year

Guys, I love lists.  Seriously, lists keep my life in order.  I will add things I have already done to my list, just so I can cross them off. So now that we have established the fact that I have a completely healthy relationship with list making, here is my...