• small steps

    Remember all of the beautiful things.

    This weekend, our oldest son who is almost five years old, woke up and told me he had a bad dream. He tried to describe it to me – something about going into a building and seeing something scary in a hallway. He couldn’t quite explain it but I could tell he was bothered by it. We talked about it and then said a prayer before he headed back upstairs. As we walked up the stairs to go back to bed, he stopped and looked at me and said, I don’t like bad dreams because they make me forget about all of the beautiful things. From the mouths of babes.…

  • how-to

    More peace and less crazy this holiday season.

    As I type this, instrumental Christmas music plays quietly in the background. I am drinking coffee and sitting under a cozy blanket. However, I don’t have a single piece of Christmas or Advent decor up yet. Today is November 25. I can’t say that the lack of decor is based on principle. There are plenty of people who choose not to decorate for Christmas until the night before or on a certain week during Advent to properly anticipate celebrating the birth of Jesus. However, that’s not the case for the Vettel household. I actually love listening to Christmas music and seeing Christmas decorations go up after Thanksgiving but other than…

  • small steps

    When you’re stuck in a funk

    Do you ever end up in a funk but nothing in particular has gone wrong? I had a day like that yesterday and I decided to vacuum the hardwood floors while the boys played happily together. Vacuuming totally pulled me out of the funk! This has happened before (I think it’s due to the white noise + space to think + the simple joy of a clean floor). I decided to write down a list of questions to ask myself the next time one of those mornings happen and I need to get out of a funk. In the past, I would throw my hands up and resign to having…

  • 7 Quick Takes

    This is me.

    You guys. This week was a doozy. Who decided to end Daylight Savings Time while unleashing winter along with cold and flu season topped off with an election all in the same week? Clobbered is the word the comes to mind but it’s going to be okay. It is already okay. Yesterday I posted a photo of my dishwasher on Instagram because I was digging deep to tackle the tasks at hand. I was literally coaching myself through the motions of loading the breakfast dishes, changing diapers and laying the baby down for a nap. Then, the day got better. I know that this is true – when I am…

  • 31 Days

    We did it! Now, let’s start again.

    We made it. Today is Day 31 of 31 Days of Striving for Progress over Perfection. Thank you for joining me for the past 31 days!! I am so thankful for the opportunity to write this series. It has helped me better understand what it means to strive for progress over perfection in my daily life as a mama and I hope the same is true for you, too. And here at the end of these 31 days, I hope you are encouraged. Start again. As a mama, I feel like that’s all I do from day to day. Start again by doing the laundry, by making meals, by changing…

  • 31 Days

    Amazon Review Syndrome and Making Decisions

    Has the following situation ever happened to you? Your toaster is fried. You finally get around to going online to order a new toaster and you search best toasters on Amazon. 5.2 million toasters suddenly populate and you sort by best review. You read through the reviews and find the one. You’re about to add it to your cart when you pause and click on 1 star reviews just to get the full picture. All of a sudden, the first review begins: this toaster burned my house down. The next review says: this toaster ruined my life. And it continues. You decide that there is no way you can buy this…

  • 31 Days

    Are you ready for this message from Wendy Speake?

    This is Day 29 of 31 Days of Striving for Progress over Perfection. No matter how well we tackle the task at hand and try to focus on progress, not perfection in our lives, we will still encounter obstacles along the way. When I started really trying to create routine and order in my life and in our home, I became so frustrated when my boys would interrupt or scream the whole time not to mention if my husband was running late from work. I felt like I was moving from one major crisis to the next. Then I read an article by Wendy Speake titled, You are not a victim,…

  • 31 Days

    Sloth and laziness are obstacles to progress.

    For many years, I knew I struggled with being lazy. I resisted doing what I was supposed to be doing when I was supposed to be doing it. As I tried to overcome laziness, I found it so difficult. I thought that if I tried to do something, instead of avoiding it, I should easily get it done. That was not the case for me. I had misnamed the struggle. I thought it was just laziness but it turns out, I was dealing with sloth. Although I may be painting a bleak picture of my life at the time, I believe that this is a common issue that is mostly…

  • 31 Days

    It’s all about progress over perfection.

    I am fairly new to blogging. I wrote my first blog post at the end of July 2018. Whether you’ve been here since July or have recently started reading, thank you for being here! It is an honor to navigate these years of motherhood with you. I wish I could sit down with each of you and we could chat over coffee. I’d order a small cappuccino “in a mug for here” because it’s so much nicer that way. What would you order? Comment below. Since grabbing coffee isn’t an option at this point, I am wondering if you would consider subscribing to my blog, if you haven’t already? The emails I…