• Character

    Marriage and Misery Don’t Have to be Synonymous

    As an engaged couple preparing to wed, Mark and I were inundated with warnings that one day, we would have a fight. You can always count on seasoned married folk to promise that newlywed bliss will eventually dissipate into mutual aggravation. But I feel like telling some young couple that just because they say its inevitable, doesn’t mean your fate is sealed. We know because we have never had a fight. Weird, right? I’m not saying that it won’t happen one day. I kind of think it will eventually. We have a lifetime of human frailty and weakness ahead of us, after all. But to get through four years of…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Pig Sty Method

    Housework is one of those odd balancing acts. It’s kind of like a science, testing, tweaking, modifying this and that… until finally, you find a sweet spot. A place where the level of presentation you are seeking meets achievability… and you can sustain it…. And do so without dreading it.  Learning how to embrace and fulfill my role as homemaker has been, and continues to be a journey. I’ve been the full-time working-woman, the bored-silly-childless-wife, the weak and debilitated out-of-commission spouse, the-barely-hanging-on-mama, and… now… I’m your average stay-at-home mom. In all of those roles and circumstances, I have learned that in order to do something long-term, flexibility is a must-have ingredient.…

  • Featured,  Homemaking

    We’re Not Having Company

    Mark and I are living on the wild side. You better buckle your seat belts for this crazy news. You ready? Okay… here it is. We had company over the other day. All this risky business may mean it’s time to take out a life insurance policy. 😉 Yeah, yeah. I realize that company is a pretty normal thing for most people but… if you know anything about Mark Pruett and his hermit wife, well… It was pretty courageous. That’s all. I know it’s probably nonsensical, but there is something about having people over that turns me into a jittery, nervous wreck. The house could be spotless. The aroma of a…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Routine to the Rescue

    You know, being the insanely popular, superb-housekeeper that I am, people often ask me, “Girl, how do you do it? How do you keep such a perfectly clean home?” To which I humbly respond in a nasal English accent, “Darling, it’s in my genes. I was born with this super power.” ROFL. Not. I’m kidding. Seriously.   Trust me when I say, no one, and I mean NO ONE, has ever asked me such a ludicrous question. This girl’s house is lived in…  if you catch my drift. I actually just finished scraping my son’s embedded fruit and grain bar off the hardwood floor, so… you can imagine. The more…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Where Do I Even Start?

    There have been times in my married life, where I have looked around my house and thought… where do I even begin? Every time we’ve moved. The time we crammed all of our possessions into a tiny upstairs apartment where the second bedroom was my son’s nursery, my husband’s office, his “garage”, and a storage unit all in one… and because everything didn’t fit in there, it was like an oozing monster that kept creeping into my living room, master bedroom and kitchen. There was a period of time two years ago where I slowly emerged from an invalid state into a house that had not been kept in months.…

  • Cleaning,  Life as a Wife,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Welcome to my Humble Pig Sty

    Here’s a confession for you…. You ready for this one? I don’t know…. maybe I shouldn’t admit it. I tend to obsess over what people think of me sometimes…. Confessing this may not be good for that obsession. I might worry too much that the hoity toities think ill of me. *SNORT* Yeah right. You know me better than that. This blog is a forum of openness on the struggles of learning and adapting to wifeliness, mothering, and housekeeping. So…Here it is. Oink. Oink. I’m not a good housekeeper.. like… at all. Shocking, right?   *snort*  (ROFL) Y’all knew that.  I mean…. I try… but I fail. Miserably. Over and over…

  • Healthier Living,  Uncategorized

    The Cardboard Brownie Protest

    I’m not sure why you do it. Maybe it’s a desperate attempt to convince yourself that what you are eating is good. You concoct some healthy recipe, take a pretty picture of it, and loudly proclaim to the rest of us dear dieting souls, “This is SOOOO GOOD!” You share the recipe, we see it and hope wells up within us… That does look good! Maybe this diet is doable after all! Sixteen expensive oddball ingredients later, our taste buds have been brutally devastated by the crushing reality that your “amazing” recipe was in fact, well-photographed sawdust. Your catastrophe… I mean….*recipe* just made the journey seem so much harder. Cardboard…

  • Character,  Life as a Wife

    When it’s Hard to Get Back Up

    I was surprised when tears began to flow down my cheeks as I expressed my discontent with myself to my husband. I knew I was sad, lethargic, lacking discipline and motivation, and all-around discouraged about where I was at personally… but I hadn’t realized there was so much there that it could launch tears through the floodgates . For several months I lingered in a state of pensive, self-evaluation as I looked deep into a sense of loss I felt. Precarious health, a swift transition into the new identity of “Mama”, a good dose of nasty postpartum depression, and a sudden cross-country move all piled into a cataclysmic event that…

  • Money Management

    Cha-Ching for the Flat-Broke Wifey

    “The most noble profession.” I liked the sounds of that. It was what my hematologist called my job when I told her I was a stay-at-home mother. It’s not often that the role of “Mama” elicits such an honorable response, especially from someone whose profession requires years of education, credentials and expertise; but I’m grateful that God has given me the opportunity to raise my son. In an hour where it is nearly impossible for so many to make ends meet on a single income that should be considered a tremendous blessing. I have to admit that while I love and appreciate the incredible fulfilled dream of being a stay-at-home…

  • Ministry

    Children’s Book Release: WHO IS GOD?

    If there is one topic on this earth that I am passionate about, it is this: The Character of God. When I was little, a general guide to prayer was issued to my Sunday school class that has, in its simplest form, aided my prayer life ever since.  The tips learned back then were a useful tool for the lacking attention span of childhood and remain so with the weighty distractions of adulthood. The formula was simple. Worship, praise, intercede, request, worship. At some point, I inquired what the difference between worship and praise was. The answer seemed simple enough. Worship is thanking God for Who He is. Praising, is…