Faith for the Small Life

Gina Butz faith 6 Comments

I’ve always been small, the runt of the litter. In all my pictures growing up, I’m the shortest one. People regularly assumed I was a few years younger than I was. In response, I became what you might call “scrappy.” Trying to appear bigger, stronger, more capable than I was. I still do. Our kids finished school a couple weeks …

Thankful

Gina Butz gratitude 0 Comments

As I stand in my kitchen this morning, preparing for Thanksgiving, I can’t help realizing that our time overseas has given me a new and deeper appreciation for certain things I didn’t have before. I made a creme de menthe pie yesterday. Long story short, I had to make it twice. All it required to remake it was a quick …

Expectation Management

Gina Butz expectations, transition 1 Comment

One of the best coping skills Erik and I learned in the early days of expat living was a simple phrase, “lower your standards!” When you read that, you have to imagine it with your best game show host voice, like you’re inviting someone to an exciting opportunity behind door #1. It was all about expectations. If you expect that …

Live for That Day

Gina Butz faith, word of the year 2 Comments

In my continuing 2013 quest for contentment, one thought seems to be becoming central, and it is this, “This is all temporal.” I think it when I see commercials where women talk about wanting to always be bikini ready, or try to sell me age defying make up, or the perfect lawn which everyone needs, or, and I still can’t …

I Quit Pinterest

Gina Butz grace 1 Comment

I quit Pinterest. Seriously, I did. I realized that after looking at Pinterest, I would have this vaguely uneasy, discontented feeling, like maybe my health, my house, my relationships, and certainly my parties, were all a little lacking. Sub-par. Less than awesome. True, I’ve found some great recipes there. I’m currently looking at what is a highly satisfying DIY project …

Moving toward contentment

Gina Butz word of the year 1 Comment

Nearly two months into 2013, I have to ask myself how I am doing with my word of the year. If I had chosen the word “chocolate,” I bet I would be doing my best to live up to it. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t, though, because then my word for the year in 2014 would have to …