Yearly Archives: 2009

My Nicaraguan Life

Today is one of those days. I’m not particularly motivated to tackle my to do list. Nor am I ready to tackle the 2 hour lesson I need to finish before tomorrow morning. I’ve spent the morning thinking of the…

Welcome to My Home!

Welcome to My Home!

When we first decided to move to Nicaragua, I had a vision of what our home would be like. That vision was filled with dark wood, open courtyards, hammocks gently waving in the breeze. I.e. a Gringo house, not a…

DIY Terra Cotta Lamp

DIY Terra Cotta Lamp

After moving to Nicaragua, I realized that fashionable lamps were in short supply. The best option was to DIY a lamp, as hardware stores and terra cotta pots are plentiful and cheap. The entire project cost us under $10 for…

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

I picked up a copy of Outliers knowing that I would enjoy it, but I didn’t predict how much it would motivate me. Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink, has a simple approach to complicated subjects that…

Save Money, Get Fit

Save Money, Get Fit

Uploaded to Flickr by Sydigill. Used under the Creative Commons License. Let’s face it – just about everyone wants to lose weight. I only say that because according to Wikipedia, 64% of the U.S. population is chunky. And I think those stats…

Hola de Granada!

Hola de Granada!

It’s been sooooo long since I’ve posted. As in, 2.5 months long. During that time, we have moved out of our apartment and into temporary housing, moved to Granada, set up our home, adjusted as much as we can to…

Shotgun on the Passenger Side by Mandi Mapes

Front Row Series: Mandi Mapes from Second Row Studio on Vimeo. I’m really missing our church right now, and music from this talented girl.

In Search of Jane Austen

In Search of Jane Austen

Jane Austen is like being in love. When someone mentions her name, my eyes light up and a smile comes to my face. It’s an immediate reaction rather than a conscious decision. I can’t help myself. This love affair began…

An Invitation to Serve

An Invitation to Serve

Use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. –…

Yes Woman

I’m not one to normally find inspiration in Jim Carrey. I love his movies, but inspiring? No. Until I watched “Yes Man!”. I realized that I was saying no to so many adventures and opportunities. I Last week, my husband’s…

Learning to Can

Learning to Can

In the spirit of being thrifty and using what we have at hand, I invited a small group of community-minded friends over this weekend to make jam. Several had canned before and all have an interest in cooking. One brought…

Don’t Waste Your Life, Lecrae

Prodigal Wife

We met and married the summer after I graduated from high school. He was 23, I was almost 18. We eloped at the court house, buying a $30 marriage license with the optional ceremony in front of the fountain. Without…

Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James

Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James

Atlas of Unknowns Tania James Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-307-26890-7 You can read an excerpt of the book here. Every time I’m caught up in a book, my husband asks me “What’s your book about? Sisters?”…

How To Forgive the #@*$(%@ Who Screwed You Over

There is no room for pride and dignity in forgiveness. To truly forgive, it is necessary to remove your emotions from the situation. When we focus on ourselves, it is impossible to see the motivations and reasons behind the hurt….

Screwing Up

Screwing Up

My stomach cramps, my palms sweat, and I start frantically thinking of options. We all know the feeling. The sick to your stomach, what am I going to do feeling. It can happen at home, when you’ve let down a spouse…

Casual Decor

Casual Decor

If I had to define my style, it would be ultra casual. As in, let the dogs sleep on the bed and sofa, soft comfy couches covered in couches, hammocks tied to trees, walk around barefoot, live at the beach…

I’m Not Who I Was by Brandon Heath

One of my current favorite songs. Love this version of the video.

All I Need by Radiohead

All I Need by Radiohead

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows Kamila Shamsie Picador; New York, NY $14.00 ISBN: 0-312-55187-8 I absolutely loved this book. It’s been featured on our main library bookshelf for several months now, but I didn’t pick up because of the cover. It looked slightly…

The Quarter, New Orleans

The Quarter, New Orleans

My first trip to New Orleans occurred in October of 2002. I went with a group of girls from work for a bachelorette. We layered on the makeup, zipped up our short skirts, straightened our hair and hit the town….

Playing House: Rustic Summer Fruit Tart

Playing House: Rustic Summer Fruit Tart

by guest author, Amy I of Playing House. — Per my geeky husband, this past Wednesday was Pi Approximation Day, 7/22. According to him, it was a special day “because a common approximation for pi is 22/7.” Right, I knew that….

Two Vital Financial Rules

Two Vital Financial Rules

There are two rules I live by for budgeting. The first is to have as much margin as I can between my income and expenses. The second is to earn interest not pay interest. We applied these two rules and…

Epidurals and Salad Dressings with a Frosting of God

Epidurals and Salad Dressings with a Frosting of God

Tonight, as a sat in my small group I realized exactly how much I’m going to miss the girls. We were studying Genesis 3, and talking about God’s curse on humanity.  LL joked that we had broken the curse through…

Moving Day

Moving Day

  Photography by Rebekah Burder. We’re moving not once but twice in the next 30 days. The first time will be this weekend to a friend’s house. She moved to the beach and is letting us stay (rent free!) in…

5 Things to Say to Your Spouse

1. What you would tell them if you only had an hour left. I have known several young brides who lost their husbands in heartbreaking ways within the first four years of marriage. I know that if I die tragically,…

Irrelevant Christianity

Irrelevant Christianity

A few years ago, I belonged to a small group of Christian women. For those of you not in “The Church”, a small group is just that. A small group of people that get together weekly for religious purposes.  During…

Personal Style File: Darci from With This Ring

Personal Style File: Darci from With This Ring

Darci and I met at the B List Conference last April. She’s one of those girls that is easy to chat with, and we had a great time getting to know each other in a non-digital world. When she sent…

The Evolution of Norway

The Evolution of Norway

Norway is the land of many American forefathers, but not mine. This, it seems, was an oddity among travelers to this Scandinavian country. On more than one occasion the owner or manager of the hotel or bed and breakfast where…

The Resourceful Pantry-goer

The Resourceful Pantry-goer

I belong to the school of thought that a woman’s creativity can (in-part) be my measured by her ability to compose all of her pantry’s ingredients into an edible song of sorts. Take heart, it’s a skill that can be…

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