Slowing Down When Life Is Busy

Lately I've sort of felt like I've been meeting myself coming and going.  We're in the beginning weeks of the busiest time of year at the Underwood Abode. From the time school starts until the National Championship football game, it's full speed ahead. You'd think after years of it being this way, I wouldn't find myself so shocked when it all starts. But here I sit, two and a half weeks into September, thinking, "Oh my word! I'm tired already." My body and soul need space and quiet and rest. ... [Read More]

{action step} Breathe

I don't know about you but when I look at the calendar and see it's already November 8, I feel the panic attack coming.  We're getting really close to that crazy time of year when life seems to erupt into utter chaos and we are supposed to be four places at once and I finally end up saying, "We're not going anywhere!" Of course, with a teenager and a husband in ministry and as a work-at-home mom, the truth is, our calendar sort of looks like an ink explosion all the time. I'm guessing I'm not ... [Read More]

Prioritize Rest

Today I took a 3-1/2 hour nap. I didn't really have time for that. I had three blog posts to write for different sites. There are literally no clean towels in my house.  The dishes from supper last night are still in the sink. But I was exhausted. I need about eight hours of sleep per night.  I've accepted this about myself.  I don't function well when I don't get at least seven hours of sleep every night.  And this week has been crazy.  Between away games and church and early morning ... [Read More]

Creating Time? 10 Simple Ideas

Is your to do list overwhelming? Have you ever wished for just one more hour in the day?  Or one more day in the week? Do you wish you could create more time? Yeah, me too.  In fact, if we're honest, I'd imagine we all do.  We cannot make our days last 25 hours, but we can find simple ways to use the time we have better.  I'm no organizational expert.  If you were to come visit my house right now, you'd see my dining room table piled high with all the "stuff" that didn't fit when we put ... [Read More]

An Invitation for Christmas Slowing

It's frantic and it's push and shove To get it done in time The only chance for standing still Is in the check-out line. "Chargin' into the Holidays" from the musical, One Quiet Night Here we are, Christmas Eve ... and perhaps you are making your last minute dash to buy and bake.  If so, you're probably not alone.   If my Facebook feed is any indication, today will be filled with rushing to finish everything on the ever-present list.  I have a few items left on my list as well. May ... [Read More]

Capturing Moments of Joy

Monday was a great day!  Admittedly, I am a fan of Mondays.  I like the routine and fresh start they offer me each week.   I know, I'm a little weird.  Nonetheless, Monday was a great day.  It's cooled off a little bit here in North Alabama.  Autumnal temperatures in the mornings and evenings are teasing me with the anticipation of pulling out sweaters and boots.  What's not to love? I spent my Monday doing laundry and writing as I listened to birds chirping and picked up papers tossed by the ... [Read More]