What have I gotten myself into?

What have I gotten myself into?

Sunday night, I was all full of fun, Pinteresty visions in this teen-room clean-up project: Monday morning, I told myself I had to first get the room clean before I could dive into the fun of figuring out how to help my daughter organize all of her stuff in a small space that lacks storage(…)

4-day teen bedroom challenge!

4-day teen bedroom challenge!

My daughter is amazing. Truly, she is. She’s at the top of her class (in spite of a killer course load), she volunteers, she’s a leader in her school activities, and the only worry she ever gives me is that she might be pushing herself too hard. Her biggest indulgence? Binge-reading YA novels and binge-watching(…)

DIY salvaged door trash can screen

DIY salvaged door trash can screen

Ever have something in your home that just wasn’t right, but it felt wrong to get rid of? Maybe it had sentimental value, or maybe it was a gift, or maybe it was a special DIY that it felt wrong to let go of? We had such a thing, and you might have seen it before:(…)

Welcoming summer in

Welcoming summer in

This is the best part of summer for me, these days at its very beginning. We can still feel the weight of the school year on our shoulders, but it is lifting. Both things are good, the weight and the lifting. It’s not a bad weight, but it is weight all the same, and without its heft the(…)

Strawberries are my jam

Strawberries are my jam

Strawberries are the best part of June. In our part of the world, June days can be gray and cold and feel way too much like March, but every year this is the month our local Hood strawberries come in, reminding me once again what real summer tastes like. Those big, pale monstrosities they sell at(…)

Seed spotting

Seed spotting

The sun has set on another school year for us. The end of it was very rocky, with a school shooting just down the road from our home. Because the school is so close and both boys who died were freshmen–the same age as the students I’ve been teaching for the past 6 weeks–and because our(…)