“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.” Hugh Mackay

(Source: beautemillesimee, via unnecessarythinking)

Days like this are for iced lemonade.

Days like this are for iced lemonade.


A euology. For my beloved brother.

These are my thoughts that were shared at the funeral of my dear brother. I couldn’t thank my husband enough for being strong for me and reading them, when I was not able.


To say my heart “aches” at the thought of not seeing you again, is not enough. My whole being aches. I always looked forward to trips home to visit family when I knew I would have the privilege of seeing you, hugging you and laughing with you. It wasn’t all jokes and laughter though, it was your deep passion and love for so many things. Your passion for music was infectious, no one can deny that. I wouldn’t love music the way I do today if you hadn’t introduced me to those hits of the 90’s, and I am eternally grateful for the memories those songs bring. I can see your room set up with all your posters of Pearl Jam, Green Day, the UK Basketball team, your dream cars; These things make me smile. I remember being in awe of your collection of funny road signs and the Taco Bell and Pizza Hut rugs that were proudly displayed in your room. I always loved sneaking in there to just get to know who you were when I was just a child and you were in high school. I longed to know you and looked up to you for so many things.
I didn’t know you as well as some, and wish I could change that, but what I do know is you loved and were loved. You loved people so well.
I take comfort in knowing that you can finally experience the fullness of that love you so longed for. I can only imagine and I look forward to the day I can see that love in its fullness with you; with no more tears, no more sorrow, no more strife. I long for that day and I am so glad you are free to see Christ’s forgiveness laid before you at the throne of Jesus.


You will be missed, until we meet again.
Chris Allen Henderson
I need not say “rest in peace” because I have no doubt your soul has found a rest, a peace and a freedom unimaginable.
Posted by Lydia Sims at 12:18 AM

A little Sunday afternoon rest with Mommy, Daddy and Sophie the giraffe (notice the giraffe diaper…) :)

A little Sunday afternoon rest with Mommy, Daddy and Sophie the giraffe (notice the giraffe diaper…) :)


Just a few pictures of this big girl sitting up all by her big girl self…and playing with her rattle. Teething is super fun :) she is a trooper!


Laundry Detergent

For those of you who have asked me how Joel and I make our detergent, here is a recipe below:

6 cups water (boil)

1 bar shredded castile bar soap into boiling water

Whisk this mixture into 3 gallons of hot water (we mix ours in a 5 gallon bucket from lowes)

Next whisk in 1 cup washing soda
and 1 cup borax.

Cover and let sit aprox 24 hours - it may be a little gelatinous in texture. We usually funnel ours into an old detergent container for easy dispensing. We use about one cap full per load. 

Borax and washing soda we found at Meijer. Probably can find it at a local ACE hardware or something. Good luck! Let me know what you think if you do it. It really is simple and the ingredients stretch for so long!!! (and are SO cheap). I love the last batch we made with Bronner’s rose castile soap. Smells nice…but clothes really don’t come out smelling strong at all! I don’t mind that though. =)

I use this detergent for our clothes and Brooklyn’s but not for diapers. 

Just a day in the life of a babe. Chunky diaper. Smiles and squeals. Way too many snaps on the purple diaper. 

Trying my hand at some simplistic bow making.

Trying my hand at some simplistic bow making.

← Older entries Page 1 of 6