Peace in the Ordinary

Living in the Mundane Sometimes it feels like as a mom I’m stuck in the mundane. My weeks can often be drawn out with the same tasks over and over again. Dishes and more dishes, laundry, and yet another meal. Stories to read, fingernails that need clipped, reminders to brush teeth and appointments to beContinue reading “Peace in the Ordinary”

The Power of Testimony

Testimony time My favorite time at our annual women’s retreat has always been Sunday mornings. The whole weekend is filled with rich Bible study and encouragement. This final session however, is powerful in a different way. It’s testimony time. Mothers, teens, toddlers and infants settle down to hear what God had been doing in eachContinue reading “The Power of Testimony”

St.Nicholas: A Man To Be Remembered

As we establish our homes, we have the opportunity to keep, throw out or amend the traditions we were raised with. We also have the freedom to come up with new traditions! I’m so glad a friend gave me the book by Martha Zimmerman titled, “Celebrating the Christian Year”! Though the book is out ofContinue reading “St.Nicholas: A Man To Be Remembered”

The Waiting Tree: Our December Tradition

I know this may seem like a premature holiday post, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Believe me, you will be thankful for a little lead time on this one! I want to share with you a family tradition in our home that has become a treasure. We have crafted well over a hundred of theseContinue reading “The Waiting Tree: Our December Tradition”

Grumbling Or Gratitude: What Flows From The Heart?

Would I be a complainer if I told you that I get irritated hearing complaints? Can I be real with you, though? There are a lot of people in my house and that adds up to a lot of complaints. It gets old, but worse, it becomes infectious. Sometimes the grumbling can become so common-placeContinue reading “Grumbling Or Gratitude: What Flows From The Heart?”

Functioning Well Amidst Chaos: Practical Steps to Get You Through

We have just walked through an unexpected season of busyness. Everyone knows the saying, “When it rains it pours.” Though life with children (no matter how many you have) is always busy, some seasons just pour. In the past few weeks we experienced the unexpected death of my father in law, my mother hospitalized andContinue reading “Functioning Well Amidst Chaos: Practical Steps to Get You Through”

Do You “DO” Halloween? Fall Celebrations As Unique As You Are!

I grew up as most children in America do, celebrating Halloween. My mom would spend hours getting creative and making costumes. A lot could be done with an old white sheet. Though the most popular was probably a ghost with eye holes cut out, the best one she made was a tube of toothpaste forContinue reading “Do You “DO” Halloween? Fall Celebrations As Unique As You Are!”

Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.

When you have been parenting for a long time, it’s easy to think, “I’ve got this down”. Then, God gives you a child or a circumstance that throws you for a loop. For us, it’s a little girl who keeps us on our toes. Though she is our fourth daughter (and 7th child in theContinue reading “Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.”

Prioritizing My Homeschool: Where does the Bible fit in?

We are heading into another school year, lining up all the activities and choosing the best curriculum. I always have such optimism at the beginning of the year that we will fit it all in. As parents we want to set our children up for success in their lives. No matter our own challenges, IContinue reading “Prioritizing My Homeschool: Where does the Bible fit in?”

The Chaos of Clutter: Preparing Children to be Adults

You’re in the trenches and I’m in there too! Who else can spend the entire day walking from room to room picking up your family’s “stuff” and relocating it to the right place? I’m not talking actually cleaning the house… just moving the STUFF! You know, blankets, coats, cups, pencils, backpacks, shoes, toys, books, “projects”,Continue reading “The Chaos of Clutter: Preparing Children to be Adults”