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 the … Continue reading Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.
I know it, how did we get here... has this much time really passed? It doesn’t “feel” like I’m an older woman and I’m sure it doesn't feel like it to you, either. But here we are, part of that “older woman” demographic. In reality, you don’t even have to be THAT old to be … Continue reading Women Encouraging Women: A look At Titus 2
I was driving down the road and there was a guy wearing a T-shirt that said, “Livin’ the Dream”. It was apparent that his dream was different than mine. To start off, he was walking down the sidewalk with a bag of groceries and his pants were hanging down below his boxer line. His shirt … Continue reading Are you “Living the Dream”? Mom life can be tough!
Remember back to when your first child was born. It was the great unknown, wasn’t it? We devoured parenting books and searched for advice. We attended mommy groups and everything was so new and exciting. Now that our babies are grown, we are right back at the great unknown! Through the early years of parenting, … Continue reading It’s Graduation Season Again: How We Prepared Our Son For Independent Living
As the weather warms up and the sunny days get longer, there is one question on my children’s minds.... “When is Boxcar Day?” My friends know all about this and are asking the same question as my kids! Then there are others that ask, “What is Boxcar Day?” Many years ago there was a tradition, … Continue reading Boxcar Days: Where a Kid can be a Kid!
I have great memories of watching Lawrence Welk with my Gramma on Saturday nights, sleeping over and then waking up to attend church with her on Sunday mornings. We always sat in the balcony on pews upholstered in bright red fabric. She would intermittently pass me wintergreen lifesavers throughout the service, maybe that is why … Continue reading Catching the Vision: Why we Keep our Kids With us in Church!
There was a time that my little boy was just that, a little boy. When he got older and entered the years of passage towards adulthood, I was thrown for a loop. It really was both of us who came to this time of transition with a little bit of shock. Lately I have heard … Continue reading To the Moms of Future Men: Let me Tell You Our Story
DISCLAIMER: What I share with you today will not be all inclusive. I do not pretend to have all the answers. What I have to offer are simply some suggestions, observations and tactics which we have used in our home to some degree of success. Lord willing, you will be able to glean something of … Continue reading Taking the Chore out of Chores: Fun and Creative Ideas to Help you get Chores Done!
Spring has sprung and every year when it does, it means that it's time to get everyone outside. Each season brings its own kind of messes and past time activities. Every year I wander the aisles of a few local stores looking for new ideas to keep my kids engaged outside. Wouldn't you know it, … Continue reading Springtime has Arrived: Simple Ways to Keep Kids Busy
There are big things happening in the world. Major crisis and heartache are out there. The goings on in my home seem so insignificant but they hit me like huge waves at times. I can't seem to gather my thoughts, I am scattered and moody. I can't seem to get into my groove for the … Continue reading Self-Care: Luxury or Necessity?