Finding rest in everyday chores (and a watermelon salad recipe)

Making watermelon salad while speaking at church.

This past Sunday, I gave a short reflection at our church about the ways I find spiritual rest in everyday chores…and I made a watermelon salad at the same time. It was fun and I succeeded in not slicing my finger while talking to my church family. Continue Reading →

Twitterature: June 2014

Lucy at the Thorne Rooms.

I’ve come across a few gems in my summertime reading over the past few months. Continue Reading →

Ice cream therapy

Honey Vin Santo Almond Cake Ice Cream

Everyone is healthy around here now — and I am so grateful! — but I cannot let this season of illness pass without letting you in on the secret of my sanity in times of trouble. Continue Reading →

ER visit #3: The rehydration chronicles

Piggy Lou

As is our custom, I’m writing up our latest emergency room visit. Continue Reading →

Twitterature: May 2014

Charlotte's Web

The past several weeks have been full to the brim, but I’m grateful that I was able to squeeze a few books into the cracks. Continue Reading →

Sick days

Sick Lucy.

We’re welcoming the spring by experiencing three weeks of sickness. Continue Reading →

Twitterature: April 2014

Heidi

I’m trying out a new format for book reviews so that I can be less boring. Continue Reading →

Cheater’s ratatouille

Lucy's ratatouille

One of the only really good things about the chilly Chicago spring we are experiencing is that I can keep on making this fabulous roasted vegetable dish. Continue Reading →

Handing it over

A proffered lollipop stick.

Let me tell you a story about how small pieces of trash entrusted to me by our children have been drawing me closer to Jesus. Continue Reading →

How we told our children about sex

Getting ready to talk.

We’ve been preparing for a few years, waiting for that million-dollar question: “How do the sperm and the egg join?” And just this Friday, we hit the jackpot. Continue Reading →

Let Us Keep the Feast: Epiphany & Lent

At Bennison's Bakery.

What does it mean to observe Lent? How can I practice a Lenten fast in way that is authentic? Is it really necessary to give up chocolate? These are some of the questions that I’ve been pondering as I read through the latest edition of Let Us Keep the Feast. Continue Reading →

Meditations from a month in Wonka

Chocolate brownie.

February means a lot of things at the Boyd house: Valentine’s Day, Mama’s birthday, and our annual Willy Wonka celebration (which happened on a very low-key scale this year). The fruits of this month have included a serious amount of chocolate and some deep thoughts about life, God, and the spirituality of hunger. Continue Reading →

Rosie loses a tooth

Missing her first tooth.

If you see Rosie these days, you will likely receive a demonstration of the gaping hole where her tooth was last seen on January 27, 2014. Continue Reading →

How to wake up children without crying

Morning sleepyheads.

Being a certified Grumpy Morning Person seems to have given me extra motivation to find a way to awaken our children — as well as myself — as painlessly as possible. Continue Reading →

The madness of Rosie’s hair

Morning hair.

Being a curly-girl has given me a certain amount of experience with hair. Especially big hair. Extra-especially because I grew up in the eighties. But I’ve been quite unprepared for the fine, straight locks of our younger daughter. Continue Reading →