A Places to Go and Things to Do List

Do you have a bucket list? I have put together lists like these in the past but they felt overwhelming and like too much pressure. Lately, however, I’ve circled back around to this idea and have begun creating a list of things I regularly think and dream about, but in a no pressure kind of […]

And He’s Off to New York

Last month our youngest, Grant, graduated from Saint Louis University and started a new job in … New York City! You guys, I’m not gonna lie, this development has been tough on this mom, but he is absolutely living his dream, so it’s all good. It’s great, actually. He is living in Brooklyn for the […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

So, funny story. Two years ago this week, Lindsey and I were in New York to be on the TODAY show. (Did you miss our 4 ½ minutes of fame? You can see them here.) The next day was rainy – very rainy – and we were killing time in a bookstore in the basement […]

On Being in a Book Club

Our book club began in a grade school parking lot. A few of us who had pickup duty began talking about it, we each invited a couple of others, and the club was born in this most casual of ways. It stuck, too. Unlike clubs that seem to work on paper but don’t in real life […]

Simplifying Idea: Use Your Email Inbox as a To-Do List

Recently I was getting a long overdue allergy shot, and I commented to the nurse that it was somehow harder to get there once a month than it had been when I was coming in once a week. She told me that she hears that all the time, and asked if I had signed up […]

When an Introvert and an Extrovert Get Married

  A number of years ago – ten or more – Tom and I walked into a social function at church. It was either a casino night or a wine tasting (we’re Catholic so those are normal church functions for us), and as I scanned the room I said to Tom, “I don’t see any […]

Simplifying

I haven’t been to an estate sale in months. I get the emails and page through the pictures of what’s for sale, but not much appeals to me. It seems that these days I’m more interested in editing the contents of my house and my life than adding to them. This isn’t a new phase. Years […]

4 Things I Learned About Creating a Life in 2014

It’s a gift to have my family under one roof. I know these days will be fewer and fewer and, honestly, the almost empty nest has its advantages too, but for this year, Christmas 2014, all four of us have been under one roof for two full weeks, with two weeks still to go, and […]

A Year of Creating This Life

Last September I picked up my parents at the airport and, as we were driving, I was updating them on what was new with the family. At some point my mom asked, “So what’s new with you?” and I mentioned that I had started a new blog. “What’s it called?” she asked. “Creating This Life,” I answered. […]

Favorite Quotes about Creating a Life

I don’t consider myself a collector, but I suppose there are some things that I do love having around me. Dishes, for instance, and books. And quotes. I’m always editing my collections of dishes and books, but quotes are another matter. No need to edit there. When you visit the blog, you’ll find a Quotable section in the sidebar […]