Creating a Grace-filled Morning Routine

I had plans. Many plans. I was going to rise before the sun and pursue my dreams and passions. I was going to study my Bible, pray, and exercise. My mornings were getting a makeover. But then . . . One of my children began to suffer with some extreme difficulties. One of the worst times […]

What it feels like to have an autoimmune disease

I sat in the rocking hair, surrounded by a chattering, and happy family. It was Christmas morning. I smiled at their joy, but inside I asked myself, “Is this what it feels like when you are dying?” The hollowness of my eyes was heavy and throbbing, my stomach churned, my body ached, my nerves were […]

I had to quit coffee. Here’s what happened next . . .

Growing up, I never expected to be a coffee drinker. I hated the taste. Tea was more my thing and well-suited my British heritage. However, a number of years ago, fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks. I have three children and live a busy life. I couldn’t keep up anymore. I was just […]

Sometimes you don’t know how far you’ve gone until you come back . . .

As you may remember, the past year and half have been difficult for me. Right before I discovered my thyroid condition and autoimmune disease, I hit the bottom of the pit. It was miserable. Not just for me. My family struggled as well. Mommy was not the same anymore. I wasn’t the woman my husband […]

What one of my rest days looks like

Since burning out a few months ago, I’ve tried very hard to rest more often. It’s taken a while to be comfortable with doing less, but I think it has been the key to my recovery and the lessening of the anxiety that swirled inside me. This month at Keeper of the Home, all of […]

Blessings of illness

It’s been a little over four months since I was flat on my back, sick in bed, for ten whole days. That was just the wake up call . . . I had been feeling pretty crummy for a good, long while. Stomach-churning anxious every single day. That stomach-churning anxiety had been my companion for […]

Hitting the bottom and crawling out . . .

The images in this post are from a family trip to Yosemite we made a few weeks ago. We had to postpone it because I was so ill. I was thankful to eventually go and enjoy God’s beautiful creation with my loved ones. *** It began with a sharp pain in my leg that I […]

At home this weekend . . .

This time last year I was in Pennsylvania having fun (and also dying of nerves) at my first ever blogging conference. I decided not to go this year, although I would love to, and am a little sad to miss out, but also pleased to be here at home with my own little family. We […]

When You Feel Like You’re Failing

Do you ever feel like everything is falling apart? That you could just curl up in a ball and cry? Do you have conversations with yourself that list all the things you are doing wrong? I think most of us do this from time to time. I discussed what to do when you find yourself […]

Reevaluating and Rearranging My Life and This Blog

Freesias in our sandy backyard. I‘ve been composing this post in my mind for over a month and I still don’t know what I want to say . . . I feel awkward talking about myself to in this way, but I know when a blogger I read stops writing very frequently, I wonder what […]