it’s not rebuilding when it’s brand new

I don’t seem to sound like my life wrecked: it didn’t. But things have changed. What has happened in that process is a coming free.So much I have carried that was not meant for me. So many roles I was not intended to have. And these things, I am no longer burdened with. And what…

these high green hills

A book by that same title, a thought that goes through my mind when I’m driving around here. Tennessee is weird sometimes but so very, very pretty. Sometimes when I see it anew, in it’s summertime glory, it takes my breath away in that same way the ocean does. Sometimes it reminds me of all…

Merry Everything

My home is full. Full to bursting. With people. Children. Lights. Food. Games. I have had years where my heart grieved the loss of my family of origin. And there are days I still do, at the very least, grieve for what might have and should have been. I deeply love several of my siblings…

Socializing Homeschoolers

“At some point in life you do have to be around people. You have to work with them, get along with them and know how to socialize.” Well, okay…. (sigh)…. We do not homeschool to keep our kids from socializing. We do it for educational purposes. We do it for our family. And actually, we…

Sewing Sheaves Back in Business

So once the twins came into our lives, I didn’t have much time for sewing. Yes, laugh, I had NO time for sewing. But as they turn 16 months old this week, I am back in business! I’ve made one custom quilt this year so far (an amazing project I’ll share once the family has…

Summer of BIG things

My kids are growing up. Yeah, yeah, I know; that’s what they do. But this past year and especially this summer has displayed just how much they’re growing up! It’s so much fun to see them seek adventure and do new things. I love watching them become the people God has made them to be….

Meet Maggie and Abe

So sorry ’bout it, but you’re so behind. Maggie and Abe were born March of 2017 and we met them on their 30th day in the NICU. As I write this, Miss Magnolia sleeps beside me (which is where she always sleeps in case you’re wondering) for her nap and Mister Abraham is playing with…

Y’all, I’m a terrible, awful blogger

Anyway, since the last post waaaay too long ago, so much has happened. In fact, The Ritters Six grew to Ritter Party of 8 in 2017. Seriously this last year has been the greatest year!

Foster Parenting AGAIN!

Zachary’s painting hangs in the hall with my other kids’ artwork. He has a baby box and photo albums and ornaments on my Christmas tree. Zachary lived with us for 13 months and 2 days. He came to us as a 2 year old underdeveloped, abused, neglected, terrified child. He had sorrow in his eyes…