Author: Jocelyn

  • No-Sew Re-Upholstering Vinyl

    My dear friend and neighbor, Christy, found a lovely little spearmint-colored vinyl footstool for me at a yard sale long ago. She bought it because “It fits perfectly in your basement!” And it does. She is so sweet – and proves to have more of an eye for design than she accredits to herself. Well,…

  • Our New Piano!

    I’m busy rearranging our basement today… much due to the arrival of our new friend: Isn’t she a beaut!? She fits perfectly in our basement decor, too (a fact that it much more important to me than to the rest of our family). An old high school friend of mine gave her to us for…

  • Marriage: Feelings vs. Promise

    Jason & I watched this little video recently of Tim Keller, John Piper, & Don Carson and there was so much good in it that I had to share it with you. Even if you wouldn’t call yourself a Christian or religious, I think you’d like this.         Sustaining the Covenant of…

  • I Live in a Comfortable World

    I am not a history buff. But I’ve been thinking lately about 2 things which must have characterized most civilizations until our modern times (and which still often characterize our third world): regular fear for one’s life and regular concern for one’s daily needs. Relative peace in the western world, scientific and technological advances, and…

  • Pretty pretty.

    What is it about putting on a pair of dangly earrings that just makes me feel pretty? Happy weekend, dear friend. Jocelyn

  • Born to Run: Book Review

    This summer I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. My sister told me to read it, and I was looking for inspiration to get running again after having a baby. My one word review: inspiring. Best quote: “…the thing they loved most could bring them the most misery and confusion.” I feel this reality…

  • Parenting Principle: A Time for Everything

    I think an awful lot about parenting. Maybe because right now it’s my job. One thing that’s true is that we have very few rules at our house. I do my best to parent less out of rules and at least mostly out of principles. I guess I feel like it’s more true to how…

  • Holding onto Summer

    Well, it’s September already. I can hardly believe it. Usually by this time of year I’m clamoring for apples & nutmeg, baking everything with pumpkin that can possibly be pumpkiny, getting pumped up for another season of Cougar football, and eyeing my favorite jeans & boots & cardigans, but somehow this week I’ve just been…

  • For Christ’s Sake

    Recently I ran across the following statement of Jesus: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) The words “my sake” stuck out to me as if I’d never read them before. When I look back on the past year, it has felt…

  • A New Job: Hello Job Flexibility, Goodbye Job Security

    My husband & I are quitting our jobs next week (don’t worry, our boss already knows). I’m really excited. And I’m kind of scared. We’ve worked together for seven years and had salaries and great medical & dental benefits, retirement, pension, etc. His new job: starting his own business with no regular paychecks, no reliable…