Vaca! (Still trying to catch up the blog😝)

It’s been way too long since we Ritter’s have seen an ocean. But this year, we made it to the coast! The hours of boogy boarding and sand eating (oh, Maggie!) we spent were well worth the drive all the way to Florida. If you know me at all, you know I’m a terrible traveler:…

You make all things new….even me.

There was a time, not oh-so long ago that I didn’t know what gossip really was. I was taught that gossip meant talking about something that wasn’t true. Just talking about people was a part of my family of origin’s every interaction. That wasn’t gossip, that’s just what you do. This is what we were…

Be Still.

There has been so much warring in my mind these days. That I’m forced to relive the worst days amongst lies and more hideous lies is the ultimate blow. But I pray for peace and the Lord provides. Moments at a time, as I trust Him. He who knows the truth far more than even…

Olaf the Goldendoodle

Nine years ago this April, Greg and I got married. Almost immediately, I wanted a dog. Well, I did want a dog. But I also wanted kids. And we had agreed to wait a bit before having kids. And so, in the way many couples do, I wanted to get a dog to help myself…

it is for freedom

You know exactly the kind of person I’m talking about here. The kind that pushes down, in order to be on top. I literally can see the hand, holding down your head to propel upward in some kind of weird race where one runner thinks they are winning and the other can’t breathe for confusion…

afraid.

I’ve been reading the Divergent series (as you know if you keep up with this blog a little bit) and in it there is a deep focus on fear. Not fear itself but what specifically these characters fear…and attempting to overcome those fears. For some characters they remember child abuse they suffered, or kidnapping. One fears…

A look back: one year ago “There are FOUR of them”

I am tired today. I spent this week worried about health stuff that, after some possible fears turned out to be exactly what I thought it was in the first place. I think I spent a good bit of wasted time this week worrying. Worrying takes more effort than we think it does. So I…

do you really think people like unemployment?

Argh! If I see one more post about extensitions on unemployment I may scream. Unemployment sucks. I don’t know about you, but my family has lived on unemployment now twice. Why Unemployment Sucks 1. You Don’t Have a Job 2. Unemployment doesn’t pay ANYWHERE near what you were making before 3. You now don’t have…

thankful

I’ll be quite honest, November has snuck up on me. Friends have been posting Thirty Days of Thankful on Facebook and I, often a few days behind, have followed along. Day 1: I am thankful for my van- after 3 1/2 years of unreliable cars I am thankful for one that I can count on….

now my room is lovely

If you are married and have kids you likely relate to our constant bedroom problem: our room is full of junk. Even clean, it has so many things that don’t belong: Clothes the kids have grown out of? In stacks in our floor. Decor that doesn’t match a new rug or curtain? On our dresser….