Archives for January 2015

If These Walls Could Talk
Faith, fear, and the truth that is setting me free.
Why Temper-Tantrum Parenting Might Just Help You Make the Rapture
Yes, being a flawed mom is OK
How the Gospel Is Wrecking My Life
Foster care, adoption, and the American Dream
The Little House That Could
How to thrive in family life

Unusual Quiet, Serenity and Church Bells

I woke up this morning to the most amazing sound... the sound of church bells ringing!  That was a glorious and unusual occurrence for me. I'm used to hearing the sounds of traffic: of trucks and buses and cars and horns beeping.  I live in a little house on a freeway (I love saying that) and it’s anything but quiet outside of my home. I ... [ Read More ]

Letting Go is Hard to Do

A few days ago, I took Autumn and Alexis ice skating with our homeschool group. Ice skating is one of the highlights of our year as a homeschooling family.  We eagerly anticipate its arrival each year. After lacing up the girls' skates they headed over to the ice where they began practicing their figure eights.  I glanced over and watched as one ... [ Read More ]

What if God Planned Your Family Size?

Could you use a few more blessings from God? It may not come from a new credit card, a job promotion, or anything that money can buy.  In fact, it may come from something that will turn your emotional and financial life upside-down! I had a conversation with my mother recently that made me chuckle, uncomfortably. You see, my oldest daughter is 27 ... [ Read More ]

Blogging about Not Blogging

I'm so conflicted right now.  I don't know what to do.  I'm suffering from "too many options" syndrome.  Here's my sad story... It's Tuesday night and usually I have very a calculated "To Do" list I follow to finish the day.  But for some reason, right now I'm struggling with deciding what to do.  Should I... Be relaxed and finish the evening ... [ Read More ]

Mom’s Need Socialization, Too!

What makes a groggy, sleep deprived mom get out of bed so early in the morning that she can’t see straight?  So early that the sun hasn't come up and the birds haven't even begun to sing? A mom’s fellowship!  A mom’s fellowship has the power to make women do strange things! Like…get up when some others have just gone into REM ... [ Read More ]

When Encouraging Your Daughter Means Sharing Your Failures

Over the years, I've been super inspired to cook new recipes by watching the Food Network.  Thankfully, this inspiration has infected my daughter, Angel, too.  Her signature dish is creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna.  What I love about this dish is that I’ve never made it. It’s something that she was inspired to make one day and it was delish!  ... [ Read More ]

Little House Highlights about lunch with good friends, improved driving lessons, and a rough start back to school

Wow!  I went off the grid for a while there! Heading into the new year, I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to getting back to our daily school schedule.  I was well relaxed and missed our daily routine of structure and learning...and perhaps was looking forward to a bit of quiet (with three of my older/adult kids heading back to ... [ Read More ]

Good Morning God! (My Epic Fail with Quiet Time)

What Bible study method will you use for quiet time this year? Before I even got out of the bed on New Years Day, I contemplated beginning a new "read through the Bible in a year" daily calendar...AGAIN!  And this time with some degree of angst and trepidation. Seems like I was just here a year ago.  I started pretty strong, couldn't keep up with ... [ Read More ]

A New Day Has Dawned – Give Thanks!

"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18 I spent New Years Day sleeping in until 12 noon (didn't even know I could do that!), snuggling with hubby and the littlest ones under the covers, while the older ones sat atop, lingering around, and having a very slow and intentional ... [ Read More ]

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015, Everyone! On New Year's Eve my family went to church to usher in the new year.  In my opinion, there is no better way to bring in a new year than to be in God's house. Afterward, we hosted a New Years Eve Party at our home.  I've wanted to do this for years but was never willing to put in the work to pull it off; but this year I ... [ Read More ]