New Site

Soujournaling is set to end on March 1st.

My new site, is where I’ll be posting from now on, so you can follow along there instead.



the end of sojournaling… i think

Since springtime the blog has been quiet. Not because nothing has been going on, but because it feels like EVERYTHING is going on and I barely have time to read email much less keep up with this tiny space.

So what’s kept me away from blogging you ask (or maybe not, but here it is anyway):

-Launching IndiAanya a blog for Indian women in August

– Travel to and from the and around the US during the summer, then again unexpectedly.

– News of a new baby Freeman arriving in February 2014 and the usual fatigue and such that go along with it.

– The beginning of AshaBelle an income generation business for women trying to climb out of the poverty based in Delhi/Atlanta.

– Every day life and all its joys and trials and life with four other little loves.

– And a whole bunch of other stuff in-between that tends to come up when you live overseas.

This has meant I’ve pulled back from personal blogging and writing, too. And in all that I feel like sojournaling and I have grown apart, so to speak. This space I started four years ago because we were moving to the other side of the world doesn’t feel like “home” anymore. Like I’ve moved on, in a way.

Honestly, I’m not really sure why that is, but it just is.

So, I’ve starting a new blog at and I hope you’ll move over there with me as I make the switch. (sometimes you just need a change!)

There, I plan to share the ups and downs of starting a business, being a mom of 5 and the other things that energize, keep me awake at 2 a.m., etc.

So unless I have a huge change of heart, Sojournaling will soon be coming to an end in the near future. Sniff. Sniff. Thanks for coming along on the journey!

metrical Monday wk. 6

metrical Monday

This will be our last metrical Monday until August. We’re preparing for a little family summer adventure in the near future and I need to get moving on some other things. Things I hope to share in the near future, but… For now, poetry will have to wait until we return to India and recover from our old friend jet-lag. Yee-haw.

Anyway, in honor of our current plans this summer and the scorching Delhi sun that’s been pounding down, I thought Robert Louis Stevenson would be a good choice. He authored one of my favorite collections of children’s poetry called A Child’s Garden of Verses where this poem can also be found. Pick it up if you haven’t already!

Summer Sun

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad,
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles,
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

Our verse for this week is Psalm 84:11:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Thanks for walking along with us in our poetry adventure. It’s been fun for me to dig around in the poetry world again and this time with the littles. I’d forgotten how much I love it. And who knows, maybe something will stick with them in all this.


metrical Monday wk. 5

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Metrical Monday is a little behind today. Sorry. It was yet another holiday here and I took the three big kids to a movie at the mall. Then I tried to shop. That’s probably all I need to say about that because … Continue reading

metrical Monday wk. 4

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We’ve now made it to week four… Yay! Last week the kids were out of school and we had more time to spend on this project than we normally do. And you know what? It turns out they actually LIKE … Continue reading

in which I probably say too much

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This has been a difficult season for me. Spring-time stirs up so many emotions that I’ve found it’s been the most difficult time of year for me over the past several years. I start thinking too much. And analyzing everything. And frankly, … Continue reading

metrical Monday wk. 3

  Here we are at week three of metrical Monday where I am attempting to help my kids gain an appreciation for reading poetry and memorizing Bible verses. And so far I have to say that these children of mine … Continue reading

metrical Monday wk. 2

With a little bit of fever, vomit, some big dreams and a splash of self-doubt thrown in for good measure, last week came and went in a flash. Now we’re sort of exhausted and limping or maybe shuffling into this … Continue reading

metrical Monday wk.1

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Yes. Yes I chose the word metrical because it begins with ‘m’ so it would go with Monday. It also means ‘of, relating to, or composed in poetic meter.’ So even if it stretches our minds a little bit to … Continue reading


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This past January my hubby and I jumped on the bandwagon and picked a word for this year. The word we chose was cultivate because we felt it embodied what this year held for us as we each work on … Continue reading