North Carolina to Wisconsin to Michigan

North Carolina to Wisconsin to Michigan

Well guys, we did it, we packed up our North Carolina house, cleaned it and picked up my dad from the airport only one hour behind our ambitious schedule.  We spent three days driving to Wisconsin and arrived at our new house.  We were so excited to be out of...

Nature

Nature

We have had a nature filled week!  We’ve gotten really used to bears.  We have a mama and two cubs who play in our yard and inspect our grill for leftovers all the time.   In the evenings we like to walk down to the mailbox, about a mile from...

Big changes in the Hazelhome

No I’m not pregnant. We leave tomorrow for Hilton Head!  This is our second family vacation ever and our first without my parents.  I have 6 loaves of bread rising (3 of regular bread, 1 for hamburger buns, 2 of cinnamon bread), a whole tote of snacks and food and...

Why don’t you care?

Why don’t you care?

  Why don’t you care? There are kids dying of hunger everywhere There are refugees who need our help There are orphans who need families Why aren’t you helping? There are vets committing suicide There are homeless people begging for help Racism is still an issue Why don’t you care?...

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

So I wrote this on giving Tuesday about my favorite nonprofit- Raincatchers and how my dad started it- and I’m not sure if I ever shared it here- so sorry not sorry if I already did   I remember hearing the story of how my dad got started in Haiti...

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,...