Sunday Visits

Our laptop charger has been compromised by a small pup named Millie.  And because we have higher priorities this year we are learning to live without.  I mean, we both have iPhones and and iPad from J’s work.  So it’s not like we’re living in 2001 here but it has made us think outside the box some days.

Also, my Word document journal hasn’t been opened since the compromise so…my memories are being recorded through photographs on my phone and scattered words in my notebooks.

So what to do when you would like to remember really good days?

Maybe this is actually a good thing?

I’m really trying to put a positive spin on this.

So here goes.

A really good Sunday.

Weekly coffee shop reading with Josh before church.
Mom and Dad joining us at church.
Treating us to lunch at our favorite local Italian place.
Then making a library run so that my students will have Valentine books tomorrow.
A delicious afternoon snack of coffee and crepes.
And conversation that lasts past the crepes and coffee.
Driving around neighborhoods in Springfield.
Packing away the eggs, homemade bread, and books they brought for you.
Hugging goodbye.
Hugging goodbye again.
And then waving at the window.
And writing your next visit in your planner.

I loved my parents as a child.
I loved my parents (mostly) as a young adult.
But gosh do I love them now.

Also, it was their 29th anniversary.
And I’m pretty sure they get cuter every year.

In My Experience

Do not tell your husband that you’re sorry the chicken you have chosen does not look like chicken nuggets.

There’s always someone on your team. This is both good and bad.
Sometimes you’re wrong.

Tapping the ceiling with the broom handle is perfectly acceptable when you’re upstairs neighbors have woken you up at 2:00 in the morning with their yelling for the tenth time this month.
And not the angry kind of yelling I’m afraid.
My husband also says this is not ok.

Stop signing up for things you know you can’t commit to.
Josh and I survived a solid 2.3 days on Whole30.
We were not made for that business.
And have since adopted an 80/20 rule.


I’ve always been a goal person.

And I’m guessing you are (a little) too if you’re reading this.

These last few years I’m learning more and more about why I want to achieve these goals. And to think of small starting steps to get there little by little.

For me, goals help to steward what God has given me.
In this season.

Let’s get on with it.


• Nourish my body

• Travel to England with Josh Morris and my parents
(Eeek! This one is so scary and exciting to me!)

• Create a life giving space for Josh and I

• Grow in the knowledge and love of Christ

• Treat my marriage like it’s holy

• Return to teaching refreshed and ready to love my students, families, and coworkers well

• Get one step closer to financial freedom

• Read 12 books to grow intellectually (and for fun)

• Cultivate creativity

• Participate in community


What are a few things you’re working on this year?

2017 Book List

Last year I set a goal to read 10 books.
One book per month with room for grace.

I found that I enjoyed a good mix of fiction and non-fiction and that I need to challenge myself to read a few pieces of classical literature.  My Dad has started this task (on a much higher level) and it is really encouraging. If he can do it, so can I.

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  1. The Celebration of Discipline
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. The Life Giving Home
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. Give them Grace
  6. Surprised by Joy
  7. Robert Frost’s Poems
  8. Pax
  9. Little Women
  10. Of Mice and Men
  11. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  12. The Hiding Place
  13. Present Over Perfect
  14. An autobiography

What are you reading this year?



This year I want to look back and remember that throughout all the sweet moments, new territory, chaos, and challenges, Jesus was near.



This year there was a lot less writing for public and a lot more writing in a Word document.

So there aren’t as many links to site.

And that’s ok.

We spent several weekends with family. Here’s just one to St. Louis.

And having all of our family together in Springfield for Josh’s graduation was a forever favorite moment.

Both of us transitioned into new jobs and then back into new jobs again.
Discovering and rediscovering where our talents and passions connect.
Floundering is ok.

Friends are a sweet gift.
Laughing with them late into the night or standing around humbling asking God to do big things is such a treasure.

Being outside.
Bike riding, camping, taking naps in the park.
Bike riding on the Katy Trail with my parents and bike riding through Springfield with friends.

We took a crash course in public transportation in Chicago.
And learned the balance of planning and spontaneity.

We celebrated three years of marriage in June.

And somehow read 11 books this year.

The most important lesson of this year is one that I’m sure I will continue to learn year after year.

That it’s ok to ask big things from God.
That it’s ok to tell him when it doesn’t go our way.
And that trusting God doesn’t mean that the chaos goes away.

But that I can rest knowing that His love is deep.

Worry is fruitless.

And that times of anxiousness can be redirected to times of worship.

There was so much change that came in 2016 for the Morrises.

Too much to write down.
And honestly, some just too personal for this space.
The older I get and the more “life” just happens the more protective I become on this space.

But looking back the one thing I want to remember is that Jesus was near.
And, of course, for your viewing pleasure…


I’m kind of fond of these year end posts.

Reading List II


  1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Goodness.  This book.  Trust me, just read it.
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Ridiculous title, I know. I’m going to use the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s title.” here. Quick and easy read with solid advice in just how to be a nice person.
  3. The Girl on the Train – This was an impulse iBook purchase that I could not stop reading.  Seriously addictive.
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – I believe this was suggested on a podcast I listen to and I am forever grateful for the suggestion. Francie Nolan truly stole my heart. I love a good coming of age story and even more when it’s set in the early 1900’s and in New York.
  5. Brooklyn – After watching the film, I reserved this book at the library.  I have never really been a fan of reading the book after watching the movie but it’s so good.  The inner dialogue of the main character that you have to rely on inferences from the movie create a whole new experience.
  6. Ruthless Trust – A sweet friend placed this book in my hands at just the right time.  I will always be thankful for that bold and kind gift.
  7. Cold Tangerines
  8. Bittersweet
  9. Bread & Wine
  10. Present Over Perfect 

Clearly, I went through a bit of a Shauna Niequist phase.
And I think it was just what I needed.
Her words made my crazy inner-turmoil ridden mind feel at ease.
I don’t have to have it all figured out.
Mess is ok.


Fall Goals


  1. Hike at Busick State Park
  2. Read one book
  3. Pay off medical expenses.  Not as exciting as “Jump in the leaves!” but honesty people. While watching this for enjoyment.  And thanking the Lord for a healthy husband.
  4. Friendsgiving.  It’s tradition!
  5. Drink apple cider
  6. Surprise Josh Morris with something fun
  7. Celebrate Thanksgiving with our family
  8. Evening walks with Millie

Along with…

Drink more water, yoga, blah, blah, blah, you know.



“The world doesn’t need another band, per se.  It doesn’t, strictly speaking, need another book or another photograph or another album.  The general world population will survive without one more stage production and one more gallery showing.  This is the thing, though:  you might not.  We create because we were made to create, having been made in the image of God, whose first role was Creator.  He was and is a million different things, but in the beginning, he was a creator.  That means something for us, I think.  We were made to be the things that he is:  forgivers, redeemers, second chance-givers, truth-tellers, hope-bringers.  And we were certainly, absolutely, made to be creators.”
   Shauna Niequist

Things & Such // Vol. IV

Botanical Trees

Josh has fully recovered from gallbladder surgery. Turns out that’s why he was so sick while we were in Nashville a whole year ago.

This post about prayer.  And praying God’s Word. Plus, their waiting/adoption story is incredible.

I’m starting a new job on Monday and I’m pretty sure this is a necessity.

My doctor prescribed yoga for me for my leg pains and possibly because of my high Kleenex and “I’m sorry I cry so much.” usage.

Because of the job transition I’ve had the past two weekdays off.  It’s impressive what these quiet days can do to restore my body and soul.