Archives for March 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

Finding the Good in Your Marriage

Recently I read this amazing post about marriage.  It's one of the most profound posts I've ever read on the topic. The writer mentioned that there's a noticeable sag in the middle of her bed resulting from how she and her husband lay coupled up together at night.  Here are her words… "Dear Husband…. so yeah, yeah—- our mattress sags in the ... [ Read More ]

Why It’s OK for Christian Moms to Keep-it-Real

So…I’m really, really tired . . .  and I’m supposed to stay up and blog away so I can put out posts with some degree of regularity…enough regularity to make readers come back on a regular basis. But I've one question . . . How do you do that when you’re so tired from all the mommy hats your wear all day? Today’s post is not about 20 Ways to ... [ Read More ]

7 Helpful Ways to Improve Your Marriage and Family

We all want to be have a happy and thriving home; and while family life is complex and there are no short cuts or quick fixes to improving upon it, the following practices have been instrumental in helping to invigorate my own marriage and family's life.   Some of the ideas involved are critical and involve physical action (like #1), ... [ Read More ]

How to Survive Long Distance Travel with Your Spouse

Answer: Think duct tape and a blindfold!  No, this is not the movie 50 Shades of Grey.  This is a clean and comical "survival for long distance road travel with your spouse" post (where I vent and dish the dirt and throw Hubby under the bus because it's cheaper than therapy and I'm a really good wife like that). OK, so that wasn't nice.  Please ... [ Read More ]

Bucket List Adventures!

I have a really simple bucket list. It includes things like having a moment  in the lavatory without one of my kids banging on the door saying, "Mommy! Autumn ripped off my doll's head!"  Or things like sleeping through the night without my mommy bladder waking me up to go tinkle.  You know...stuff like that. But yesterday, I got to ... [ Read More ]

A Tale of Two Families at the Ripley’s Aquarium

After arriving in Toronto, Canada late Saturday night, Sunday was our fist full day of adventure! Ashley was busy at work preparing breakfast for us all and Angel and I jumped in the kitchen to help give her a hand. I love being in Ashley's kitchen.  Looking in all of her cabinets and seeing her unique style and tastes, and how my own home has ... [ Read More ]

Canada or Bust!

My Family is in Canada and we are having a blast! We are visiting my daughter Ashley and her husband JR.  They are still virtually newly weds and tomorrow marks their 2 year anniversary (they were married on St. Patty's Day!).  Here's a quick shot of them both... That's a shot of them at the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, Canada...but I'm ... [ Read More ]

Hump Day Humor – How Funny is Plaid on Plaid?

Hi Friends! I couldn't come up with anything that I thought was laugh-out-loud funny this week so.... I decided to share this picture of my dad wearing plaid on plaid. (My dad is such a cute guy.  Not too many people can pull that off - but my he's is working it!) That's funny, right?  Or, it’s at least mildly amusing...right? Okay...No ... [ Read More ]

Angel’s Home for Spring Break!

Someone's back home for spring break and we couldn't be happier! We're having a great time getting all caught up.  The girls are having sleepovers in the living room and we're all spending lots of leisure time around the kitchen table hearing her campus life stories.  (Yes, this has slowed down our school schedule, but it's an unavoidable and ... [ Read More ]

Seven Things I Didn’t Know Before I Married

He loves me, he loves me not.  I love him, I think he's hot. We're happy, let's tie the knot! Yeah, I know you're going to marry the man that completes you in every possible way.  Yes, you're marrying the woman who radiantly brightens up every waking day. You've had your premarital counsel and now you're both ready to get on your way.  You know ... [ Read More ]

Thing One and Thing Two

With three of our six kids out of the home (one at Bible school, one in the military, and one married) there is a huge age gap between those siblings that are left. Those that remain are Jonathan (age 20), and his two younger siblings: Autumn (11) and Alexis (8). Recently, Jon came to me and asked if I think he's spending enough time with the ... [ Read More ]

Hump Day Humor: Daddy’s Fashion Show {or Violation?}

Hey Friends! Do you need a good belly laugh today?   Ready to spit out your morning beverage? Your kids do this, right? Why can't the kids ever pull these shenanigans when the house is clean?  :-) Just a little humor to help you over that mid-week hump.   "A cheerful heart is good medicine."  (Proverbs 17:22) Laugh on! Tiffiney ... [ Read More ]