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

Lions, Tigers, & Bears…Oh, my!

We had a great day at the zoo today! Here we are pictured with our homeschool group (the KingsChoice Leah [loving education at home])...   The entrance was beautifully adorned with fall decor...   Here's all the kids gathered around the decorations...   Here's Autumn Joy petting a goat at the petting ... [ Read More ]

Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!               Love, The Holmes Family (left to right/top row) Jonathan, Angel, Tynell (nephew) Ashley, Josiah (bottom row) Autumn Joy, Momma Tiffiney, Poppa Jamal, & Alexis! ... [ Read More ]

What Jesus Really Wants for Christmas?

I certainly hope the phrase "better late than never" applies to this post considering that I'm just getting around to posting my families Christmas morning pictures. - Any who, this year we tried to be very "spiritual" and really focus on what Jesus would want for Christmas.  I got the idea from a new website I’ve been enjoying over at A Holy ... [ Read More ]

Say Cheese!

Hi…I’m back! So, I dropped off of the edge of the blogosphere for a while there, didn't I? I’ve been working full days recently and it’s so difficult to find the energy to actually go to my computer at 11pm and write anything that would be remotely intelligible and/or sensible; but that’s never stopped me before from posting such content, has ... [ Read More ]

Happy New Year!

WOW!  My new site launched just in time for the New Year! - Look around and check it out!  I'm sure that you can see it's offers alot more than my "old" site, which was actually a temp site launched for my birthday. - I'm sure you'll also notice that a lot of the site is "Coming Soon".   Yes, I've got lots of work to do.  Please be ... [ Read More ]

New & Improved Site Coming Soon!

I haven’t posted anything in a while because, well, you choose: I’m a lazy bum? I’m so caught-up with being a good mom that I stay off of the computer? I hate Doritos? My husband is balding? All of the above! THE ANSWER: I am lazy AND I struggle to find the time blog and give my kids quality time.  I actually like Doritos and my ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Portraits

Hi Everyone! - Here’s a blast from the past - our 2008 Christmas portrait... - - Don’t we look like the quintessential, All-American family (minus my very cheesy grin)? - Getting my family all dolled-up for this protrait was a peice of cake!  Trust me, I had it covered. - - All it took was: numerous sleepless nights ... [ Read More ]

Saying Goodbye to a Giant

- I (we) buried my Aunt Barbara today (12/6).  Well, technically, I buried her yesterday since I'm posting this very late on Monday night. She passed away on Wednesday morning, December 1, shortly after 8am, after a somewhat abbreviated battle with colon cancer.  She had been slipping away, yet fighting courageously, since April of this ... [ Read More ]

Once Upon A Time for Thanksgiving

Once upon a time, before I worked, I gardened and decorated seasonally. (Really, I did.  I have pictures below to prove it!) - It was my regular custom to festively decorate the interior and exterior of our Little House on the Freeway for occasions like Valentine’s Day, the arrival of spring and summer, Thanksgiving, and of course, ... [ Read More ]

Do I Live in the Hood?

Do I live in the “Hood?” I’m not sure.  And what exactly is the “Hood” anyway? For years I’ve been trying to answer this question, yet the answer has eluded me.  I need to know!  I have my suspicions, but I need facts; the cold, hard facts! Jonathan, my teen son, often comments that we live in the Hood.  Note: when Jonathan, our resident ... [ Read More ]

Ring Worm Girl?

About a week or so ago, in this post, I shared that Autumn Joy caught ringworm.  I was pretty okay with that since ringworm is easily contracted and easily treatable.  No stigma needs to be attached (yeah right) as many kids in school catch it. - One week after treating her ringworm with prescription strength ointment, I realized that it was not ... [ Read More ]

The Good, the Bad and the Best!

What are your parent-teacher conferences like? We recently endured experienced our first round for the school year.  Made me feel like I was in that classic country western: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I have four school aged kids: John, The Homeboy, who’s in the eleventh grade; Josiah, A.K.A. Smarty Pants, our tenth grader; Angel, Ms. ... [ Read More ]