About International Women’s Day

Yesterday, when I saw on Instagram that it was International Women’s Day, I thought about what that means to me for a while.

I grew up very conservative. I knew that if I went to Facebook I would see posts from people I knew about how women didn’t need a day (or a protest or a march or a movement); they needed to get to work or they needed to forget about themselves and look at Jesus or they needed to stop trying to be men. There are still people who don’t realize that women need a day.

Not because women are better than men. Not because women are the point because really, as trite as it sounds, Jesus is. Not because motherhood isn’t valuable or I don’t believe in traditional marriage or I want to argue about the wage gap.

Women need a day. Women need a day because there are stories like this and this and this. (And that last line of that last article? “I don’t have help from anyone, but my children have dreams and I want to make them real.” makes me cry out ‘Why am I wasting time on dumb stuff?’) Y’all, I skipped the graphic stories. Disappear into the internet on this topic for a while.

Episode 77: Getting Started as a Writer Q+A

Since Phylicia and I are both writers we frequently get asked how to get started as a writer. First thing? Start writing! Then decide how/if you want to share that writing with others.

Then we move on to some work tips; a work ethic is invaluable to learning to write well. Write consistently, be in it for the long haul, read a lot, and write down all your ideas.

You too, can be a writer!

Episode 76: How Do We… Study the Bible

For our second episode in our “How Do We” series, we’re discussing Bible study. How should we approach the Bible? What does Bible study look like with small children? What are some of our favorite resources?

Lisa gives you three questions to consider when coming to the Bible and shares some encouragement if you’ve ever fallen asleep while reading the Bible.

Phylicia breaks down her process for stepping through a passage of Scripture and how she uses outside tools for historical and literary context.

Blue Letter Bible

Women of the Word

Strongs Concordance

How to Shape a Life You Love

Any life involves of a lot of the mundane. It doesn’t matter if you’re a doctor, a mom, a teacher. You still have clothes to wash, lines to wait in, errands to run. There are always dishes; you will need to eat; you have to make the bed in the morning and occasionally clean the toilet. Ok, I realize the bed thing is questionable for a lot of people but you have to wash the sheets once in a while at least.

Motherhood can seem like the ultimate combination of mundane activities. There are no exciting surgeries, no teacher awards. Nobody applauds when your child finally reaches those milestones you thought might never happen, although you might get a handful of facebook likes from that one. You never completely finish anything. Makes college classes seems nice, doesn’t it? So how do you learn to enjoy motherhood?

Episode 63: Breaking Down Goals

Because there’s nothing magical about January 1st, this week Phylicia and I are discussing our goals and words of the year. We also talk about how we arrived at our words and how we break down our goals into practical steps.

  1. Words of the year: Phylicia chose Settle and Lisa picked Make.
  2. How we arrived at our goals.
  3. How we make goals happen.
    • Visual reminders
    • Make to-do lists from goals

5 Things I’d Tell You: Volume 2, Fall Edition

I’ve never really enjoyed fall (because winter is coming quickly at that point) but this year I’m seeing a lot of shifting in myself that relates to the changing in the weather and schedules. It’s interesting to watch it develop and try to use some of that inspiration here in our home.

1. Fall is for food. I love to cook but fall seems to be the most perfect season for cooking because what’s better than soup or homemade bread when it’s getting crisp outside and the sun is setting a little earlier? I’m playing music and (attempting to) enjoy the work of cooking even during everything else going on. (Go check out Edie’s post and while you are there sign up to get her hospitality ebook. It’s amazing!)

2. Fall is for home. We moved the boys into the same room and we’re taking over the bedroom that has been the nursery since we moved here. We’ve got it painted and curtains are on the way and I find myself imaging how the room is going to come together once the new carpet is in. That’s when I’m not daydreaming about the plans for our current bedroom which is going to become the playroom/office. The cooling weather makes me want to nest around and make our home comfy and just right for our family.

Marriage After Kids

Through the rain I could see the fireworks that were exploding across the interstate. All five of us huddled in the back of the van- the smallest member much happier that the hatch was closed and it was quieter- crowding the windows.
“Don’t knock over your drink.”
“Stop putting your blanket on my head.”
“That’s my face!”
“No, we are not going to read the book right now. We’re watching fireworks.”
I never said any of those things while watching fireworks before I had kids. That’s when fireworks are romantic. You sit on lawn chairs and hold hands or stay in the car and make out while you wait. Then you lay your head on your beloved’s shoulder while the lights flash in the sky. Explosions in the air. Butterflies in the stomach.