Food for Thought

Here, we step back and reflect the big pictures and purposes of life to explore the meaningful. There’s lots of mess and challenge, but beautiful things can come out of it. Search with us.

  This Canadian mommy of two is going to wear a dress every day of December! Brrrr. Seems weird, right? There’s a good reason. It’s called Dressember. It's about fighting an issue that bothers me deeply. It’s the fact that there are over 40 million slaves in the world today, at least 25% of whom are children. (according to the United Nations and International Labour Organization) That number almost doesn’t compute into lives when we hear it. It’s like, in my sheltered, middle-class, North American...

I'm not really a worrier. I've never really been one. My mother used to joke that I never worried enough... she probably still would. I used to pride myself on a carefree, chase-the-wind and embrace-life spirit. Skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting were my idea of recreation and adventure. And then I became a mom. And this unspoken shift happened. A shift I never expected. The worry. The fear. They can be something fierce. Sometimes...

Sex is for marriage. This statement is contrary to a lot of our culture. This statement is even frowned upon. Prude. Square. Boring. I would substitute those words with something else. Healthy. Freeing. Life-Giving. I understand this blog post isn't going to be a popular one. In my teen years, this view was a joke. No one thought I would really "save myself" for marriage. In my early 20's, this view was shocking. No one could believe I really...

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

What kind of faith do you have this Easter? I love Easter. I love the power Easter demonstrates. I love the love Easter celebrates. I love the Jesus at the center of it. But don't get me wrong, I'm not always super spiritual. These days, just finding some quiet reflection space is a task-and-a-half, and my cellphone battles for it. My belly is bulging as our next baby is just weeks away. Our toddler is bursting with energy before the sun rises. I have a job I...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...

How are your New Years Resolutions going? It's almost the end of February. Maybe you're on track - maybe you're off track. Maybe they never got clear enough to set, or maybe you intentionally decided not to set any at all. Whatever your case, odds are you at least thought about 2018 and how you wanted it to be different than 2017. I have a tradition. Every year, in the quiet week after Christmas but before New Years Eve, I take some space and think. I sit in...

  There is this version of wife and mother and friend and young professional that I wish I was. And then there is this version that I am. How about you? Sometimes the woman I wish I was stares through the mirror at the woman I am. She doesn't scorn me, and I don't resent her. We make eye contact across strange planes of existence, but we never really meet. We're not in opposition to one other, we're not enemies or competitors... we're not...

  This is for anyone looking for a loving relationship, or know someone who is. I made a mistake in my dating years that I wish I had stopped making way sooner. I spent over a decade fumbling my way through first date after first date, and 2-month relationship after 2-month relationship. I made my share of mistakes, breaking hearts or getting heartbroken. Finding love is no walk in the park, pun intended. But if you're still reading to this point... you get that. There...

We're pregnant! 17 weeks to be exact. We're thrilled! And nervous. And thankful. And exhausted! They say first trimester can be tough... With our first, I was tired, but didn't experience the spectrum of symptoms that can plague the first trimester. Thankfully! But the last few months of this year were some of the toughest. Although I'm thankful I wasn't throwing up, queazy waves would hit. It was a struggle just to hold my head up off the table almost every day. I wanted to go to bed...