By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Yesterday was not a good day. Everyone in the Mills house woke up tired from a busy weekend. And busy weekends make for long Mondays. The kids and I took a field trip which involved a lovely nature walk in the autumn-colored woods. An impending thunderstorm held off and the temperature … Continue reading On the Bad Days
by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Sometimes life is really hard. As a nation, we've experienced some tragic events lately - from the Las Vegas massacre to hurricanes and wild fires leaving destruction in their wake. Closer to home, several dear friends lost loved ones in the last few weeks. We attended one funeral on Saturday - a dearly loved husband and father. Unexpected. … Continue reading When Life Hurts
By Meredith Mills Friday nights are a favorite around our house. After running full speed all week, each family member looks forward to an evening of doing nothing. Well, not really nothing. We do have plans, but they’re fun plans, plans to stop everything and enjoy just being together. Most of the time, this means … Continue reading What’s the Purpose of Your Face?
My son loves building with Legos. His room looks like a Lego museum – and often like a construction zone, with tiny bricks strewn all over the floor, just waiting for an unsuspecting parent to walk in and step on them. At the end of this school year, he completed a report on our home … Continue reading Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master
How many grace-filled blessings are hiding in the middle of my everyday struggles?
Twenty questions with a stranger
It's funny what kids remember. "Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?" My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the … Continue reading Lessons from a People Mover
Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I … Continue reading Taming the Tongue
What comes to mind when you hear the word grace? Do you think of a formal church service? Maybe a girl’s name? If asked to define it, what would you say? Those who grew up in Sunday School might remember the acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Maybe you’ve heard some other catchy definition. Maybe you … Continue reading Grace, and Why It’s Amazing
Maybe it’s an echo of Eden or a yearning for things to come, this drive I have for perfection. I long for things to be just so, for everything to fit in neat and tidy boxes, for the day to go as planned and all our stuff (aka clutter) to stay neatly organized. Christmastime is … Continue reading An Untidy Christmas
“I’m writing a note to God,” my preschooler announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess. Each of those mismatched … Continue reading The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long
And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them … Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down