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

Our Happy Home: An inside look at my spring decorations.

Spring has sprung and we've seen another Resurrection Sunday come and go. My family had a glorious day celebrating our Risen savior, because up from the dead he arose! It was a delight to be in the Lord's house with my family (and friends).  Nothing does this mamma's heart much better than having all of my children with me to worship the ... [ Read More ]

A Heart That Creates Beauty at Home

Hey There! The Christmas season is in full swing and many among us have been busy decking the halls with boughs of holly, dressing trees and stringing lights; and I'm no exception. My heart has been singing as I've been stringing.  That's because I absolutely adore seasonal decorating! Almost every holiday offers a reason for me to do a ... [ Read More ]

A Post-Thanksgiving Recap

Hey Friends! I hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I was consumed with all that goes into prepping for our family's big day of thanks.  Here's a rundown of how our week went: All Hands on Deck! Since we were expecting to host and sleep several out of town guests I was busily cleaning every inch ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes the Kids Really Get It Right

If you're an Easter tradition slacker . . . read on!  (And Oh, I forgive you already.) A couple of days ago I wrote this post about Easter traditions, in which I confessed being guilty of not keeping up with . . . um . . . hardly any Easter traditions.  You know, the ones I grew up with and learned to cherish: Easter baskets with lots of pastel ... [ Read More ]

Easter’s Coming!

What do your Easter preparations look like? I took Autumn to the orthopedic yesterday and the nurse who was checking her height and weight cheerfully looked at her and asked, ”Do you have your Easter dress yet?”  Autumn smiled politely and sort of looked at me as if to say: Mom - Easter dress? I told the nurse that we hadn’t gotten our Easter ... [ Read More ]

6 Great Last Minute Ideas & Tips for Valentine’s Day

Here is my #1 Valentine movie pick, last minute tips & gift ideas, and the #1 thing your husband really wants for Valentine’s Day (but won't tell you!)  ̴  1   ̴ #1 Movie Pick: “Old Fashioned” - This Valentine’s Day chivalry makes a comeback! Opening Valentine’s Day weekend, Old Fashioned (PG 13) provides a refreshing, Christian alternative ... [ 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 ]

Christmas Giveaway Winner! (& video outtakes)

The winner of the Christmas Giveaway bundle is... Comment #3: J9mineo from Bklyn, NY Tradition: "Baking cookies with my children. Every year for every holiday, we make what I like to call an edible craft. Something that the kids make and then we enjoy it all together for dessert." Congratulations Janine! Thanks to everyone who commented!  All ... [ Read More ]

Autumn’s Movie – {Thanksgiving Dinner}

I just have to share this video that Autumn Joy made!  It's a hoot! Autumn is our residential producer and film maker.  Not sure what the difference is between the two and I haven’t the time or inclination to Google the difference.  All I know is that she is always behind the scenes filming and downloading apps to make and splice movies. She’s ... [ Read More ]

This is Christmas                        

LOVE came for Us… to give His life and to give us abundant life. Friday night I attended my second Christmas event of the season…my churches much anticipated annual Christmas Ladies Tea. This is an event that truly ministers to the heart of women.  The first time I attended, three years ago, I walked in and was rendered BREATHLESS.  I ... [ Read More ]

Relax. Refresh. Read Aloud!

Yesterday, I woke up feeling physically exhausted from the previous days homeschool Christmas party.  I mean the level of fatigue I experienced was unreal.  I could tell it was time to start switching gears and kick-off our uber-relaxed December homeschool schedule.   Yay!! This month, we will be spending the majority of our “school” time ... [ Read More ]

And the Winner is…

Yesterday was our homeschool groups' annual Christmas Party Bake Off. Autumn has competed for the last two years and has always taken home a prize in one of the three categories:  appearance, taste or creativity.  Her first year, she won in her age category for taste.  Last year she won for creativity.  Woo Hoo! This year we tried making ... [ Read More ]