It’s Graduation Season Again: How We Prepared Our Son For Independent Living

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”

Boxcar Days: Where a Kid can be a Kid!

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!”

Catching the Vision: Why we Keep our Kids With us in Church!

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 whyContinue reading “Catching the Vision: Why we Keep our Kids With us in Church!”

To the Moms of Future Men: Let me Tell You Our Story

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 heardContinue reading “To the Moms of Future Men: Let me Tell You Our Story”

Taking the Chore out of Chores: Fun and Creative Ideas to Help you get Chores Done!

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 ofContinue reading “Taking the Chore out of Chores: Fun and Creative Ideas to Help you get Chores Done!”

Springtime has Arrived: Simple Ways to Keep Kids Busy

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”

Self-Care: Luxury or Necessity?

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 theContinue reading “Self-Care: Luxury or Necessity?”

Managing Money With Kids: It Doesn’t Have to be Hard!

Remember those dreams about being a mom and spending all of your time with your kids? All of those joy filled moments as you walk through all areas of life together? I’m with you. Then you wake up from the dream and reality hits that it is just plain difficult to juggle some of theContinue reading “Managing Money With Kids: It Doesn’t Have to be Hard!”

Daily Devotions or Daily Devoted?: Seeking God in the Midst of Motherhood

I was 15 when I started attending church and the idea of a daily devotional time was introduced to me. Taking time to sit down and read the Bible was a new practice and there were so many possibilities for the way to do devotions. When I got home from school I had the freedomContinue reading “Daily Devotions or Daily Devoted?: Seeking God in the Midst of Motherhood”

Discipline Spectators: Waiting on God for Justice

This morning as I’m taking a shower, the door opens and an amplified small voice begins a tale of what his sister has done. I gave him a message, “Tell her when I get out of the shower, she is getting disciplined.” His response was “ummmmm, do I have to tell her that?” I reallyContinue reading “Discipline Spectators: Waiting on God for Justice”