Random Thoughts

simpler Joys.

May 14, 2018

Since I sat down and attempted to write this blog, I’ve wiped runny noses, kissed boo-boos, put things away, stopped the baby (can I even call her that anymore?!) from making a jungle gym out of the barstools, and gotten zero writing done. What I have done, other than the aforementioned list, is taken note…


in the face of Failure.

March 8, 2018

“On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to…


onward and Upward.

January 1, 2018

Each year I blog about my monthly goals for the upcoming year. In years past, I’ve found that breaking it down to monthly goals is more successful – and attainable – than a yearly resolution. I’ll be honest, I haven’t looked at my goals for 2017 since, uh, February. So let’s see how I did,…


saint peg dolls 101.

November 29, 2017

Just in case my Pinterest board (or last week’s post) doesn’t make it obvious enough…I’ve totally hopped on the saint peg doll bandwagon, and since 50 (yes, fifty) male pegs just showed up at my door (thanks, Amazon Prime!), I clearly have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Why? Simple: I really enjoy painting them. I…


better than your dream House.

November 22, 2017

It is no secret that lately I’ve become a bit obsessed with making saint peg dolls for my girls. It won’t be long until the fine folks at Michael’s (because Hobby Lobby is a 35 minute drive away!) becomes like an episode of Cheers because they’ll all know my name. A kind soul in Boise last…


on Silence.

September 22, 2017

I’ve long since thought the world could use more silence, ever since studying the desert fathers in my early theology classes. As it is, we get so little chance for silence in our world today. The hubbub of traffic, earbuds, computers, phones, and the like prevent us from really entering into silence. Even before I…


moving and unpacking Hacks.

September 5, 2017

After three moves in just over three years – two of those moves across state lines – I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about how to efficiently move. Each time the move gets easier (please remind me of that if we have to move again at the end of this school…


summer Insanity.

June 30, 2017

Here’s what our ‘summer’ has looked like so far (also known as All The Reasons I Haven’t Blogged In Two Months): Pack up our {crummy} apartment in Boise. Drive to Denver from Boise. 13 hours in two days with two little kids and cars filled with…stuff. Spend two weeks in Denver (which felt like 2…


so that’s how to log In.

February 13, 2017

Somehow it has been a whopping six weeks since my last blog. Believe you me, I’ve tried many times to write since then. For some odd reason, the link I used to sign in wasn’t working and, because I have two small children, I didn’t ever have enough time to properly troubleshoot the situation. Obviously…


a year in review, a year in Preview.

December 29, 2016

To be perfectly frank, 2016 was exactly nothing I was planning or expecting. Not in the least. And yet it has been one of the most amazing years ever. Before I get into the nitty gritty of the year and how I remember it, let’s look back at the goals I set for the year and see how…


see all the Cathedrals!

September 20, 2016

A while ago (at least 4 years?) I made my one big bucket list goal: see all the Catholic cathedrals in the United States. At one point I counted how many there are but I’ve since forgotten the number…and I don’t want to know just yet. Instead, I’ll just keep going in my quest to…

Worthy: The Book

the book, missionary training, and a smattering of Updates.

June 9, 2016

At this point I have approximately five half-drafted blogs in my head. However, Monkey is, for the moment, peacefully napping in her stroller as the rain falls outside our dorm room, so I’ve decided to throw all the updates and thoughts out at once. The Book Currently a giant pain. More technical difficulties abound as…



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