Thoughts I Should Probably Keep to Myself Thursdays

These are thoughts I should probably keep to myself, but won’t.   Join me, won’t you? What thoughts have you had today that you shouldn’t share, but will anyway?

How to Start a Book Club


Having recently moved to a new town, I didn’t exactly have a large circle of friends from which to draw for the creation of a book club, but decided to defy my normally introverted tendencies and just make it happen. I didn’t know exactly where or how to start, so I searched online a bit, asked around and then just dove in. Who: Ask around your current friend group to see who might be interested in a book club.  If {Read More}

God Love a Husband Who Helps Take Care of the Kids and the House

men who take care of the kids

I am very lucky to have a husband who takes on an equal share of house, home and children. I think I would go completely ape poop crazy if he did not and am very appreciative of his parents for raising him the way they did. For a couple of weeks now, I have frequently worked 9 and 10 hour days, leaving him to drop the kids off at childcare as well as pick them up. I haven’t made dinner {Read More}

Accomplish Your Goals in the New Year

pen and paper

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? This year, I’ve decided to consider them goals instead of resolutions because my resolutions always seem to go by the wayside within nanoseconds. Goals, however, I am passionate about. I like to make them, strive towards them and, best of all, accomplish them. The past few years on our travel home from visiting family at Christmas, my husband and I have set goals for the upcoming year. It was during this conversation {Read More}

New ebook available! “To Elf or Not to Elf?”

To Elf or Not to Elf? How to Have a Christ-Focused Christmas Without Ruining the Fun or Lying to Your Kids Unless you’ve lived under a rock the past few years, it’s probably come to your attention that Elf on the Shelf is all the rage. Everyone’s doing it and taking pictures of their Elves and posting on Facebook. Kids are going to school talking about the unexpected places their elf showed up in the night. There are even blogs {Read More}

Dignity is a Renewable Resource

Buy Dignity is a Renewable Resource Who knew conquering skiing and ice skating could change a person’s life? Conquering might be a strong word, but Shanna’s life did change after making herself attempt such random, but foreign (to her) things. She spent a year pushing herself to do one new thing a month and gathered little balls of wisdom along the way. What was supposed to be a fun little project turned into a profound life-changing experience that opened Shanna’s {Read More}

Western Women Are Selfish

note left on my car stating that western women are selfish

A few days ago I took my four month old daughter to the grocery store while my husband stayed home with our four year old and worked on packing up the house for our upcoming move. When I pulled back into our driveway after grocery shopping, I noticed a small piece of white paper folded up and stuck under my windshield wipers. I pulled it out and stared at it in shock. A few thoughts crossed my mind. First, I {Read More}

Cheating on Don Quixote

stack of books hello my name is shanna

According to my Kindle, I’m 16% of the way through Don Quixote and I’m determined to get through this as part of my Educated Mind project. I’m not going to lie, this is a little tougher than I was hoping. Having previously attempted War and Peace, I wasn’t naive enough to think these novels would be a breeze. But a girl can dream. A friend and I went on a wild, nearly child-free outing a few nights ago. (It was {Read More}

Favorite Books Collage

hello my name is shanna book collage project

My mom is a talented crafter. And by that I mean that she delegates crafting well. For her birthday, she wanted me to help her make wall art of her favorite books. I agreed to help on the project, being the obliging daughter that I am. Items Needed to make a Book Collage: Color copies of your favorite book covers, reduced by 30-50% and on matte (non-glossy) paper Canvas Acrylic paint Sponge paint brushes Glue stick Modge Podge Instructions: Paint {Read More}

My New Project- Classical Self Education with “The Well Educated Mind”

my well ed mind

In my book Dignity is a Renewable Resource, I wrote how I felt that my exposure to great classical books was limited. This week I stumbled upon a book called The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer and thought I should give myself a new project. After all what’s life without an ongoing project, right? The book is an adult’s guide to self education in the classical tradition of studying {Read More}