Staying On Your Own Path – A Look at Comparison

The Bible verse that is the foundation for Copperswife (the blog), is also a very important verse for Copper’s wife – me. And I think it’s important for you, too. Proverbs 31:27 (NASB) says,

“She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.”



Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real – Front of My House Edition




Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants. This one, like the other three across the front of my house, started from tiny, 1 gallon shrubs on sale at Home Depot. A little TLC and a little patience and they are now huge, thriving, and beautiful. In fact, Dani […]


     Ordinary. Mundane. Quotidian. Does that describe your days? Your weeks? I’m here to tell you, ladies, there is nothing at all wrong with that! The very ordinariness of our days can form a liturgy for worship if we will allow it.

“To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man […]

Little Victories That Banish the Gloom

The Sacramento Valley in California, the valley that I’ve called home for all of my 54 years, is known for its dense, winter fog. It’s cold, wet and generally miserable. Driving can be treacherous. This evening, in fifteen short minutes, the fog fell and became quite dense, causing our sheep to vanish from sight.  […]

Easy Multiplication

I’m adding this quote to my Commonplace Book today.  It’s a great way to multiply, don’t you think?

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

From the Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, as […]

Contentment & Thankfulness

     From my Commonplace book:

“All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”Daniel Defoefrom Robinson Crusoe


     Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!


Working With What You’ve Got – The Less Than Perfect Kitchen

Do you have the perfect kitchen? No? Neither do I. My guess is that most of us don’t. You may be the rare exception, but for must of us the ideal kitchen will remain forever in our dreams. It’s fun to dream about the possibilities, of course; and I don’t think there’s really any harm […]