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

Here Comes the Bride: My Angel is getting married!

Recently, I've been so busy "Celebrating the Adventure of Faith and Family Life" (this website's tagline) that I haven't had sufficient time to blog about it! You see, my second oldest daughter, Angel, will be joined in holy matrimony on July 5th, 2017, to Scott Gerald Ewin; and I am one HAPPY MOMMA! I am beside myself with giddiness and ... [ Read More ]

100 Happy Days Goes “Behind the Link” w/Welcome Home Ministry

Hey Friends! Welcome Home Ministry received the distinction of being chosen for the 100 Happy Days "Behind the Link" feature.  Woo-Hoo! ji If you've never heard of 100 Happy Days, it's a link-up that graciously provides a platform for bloggers to share their posts every Thursday. It's hosted by four beautiful ladies (also bloggers) who, each ... [ Read More ]

It’s not the way it was…and it never will be.

This past weekend my family went apple picking. After dragging our feet to get there for the past two months, we finally made it. I knew that going was the right thing to do because the last time my family went apple picking we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  After all, it's a family friendly activity that centers around enjoying each ... [ Read More ]

A House Full of Family and Friends and Loving It!

I'm the happiest woman in the world right now! My boy, Josiah, came home for Labor Day weekend with four of his Marine friends.  My house is full of friends and family and this mom couldn't be happier! They arrived on Saturday morning.  I was warned that they would eat me out of house and home, but I told myself that I was up to the ... [ Read More ]

Going Home

This past weekend I traveled home. I traveled to a familiar and beloved place of my childhood. There are many ways a person can “go home.”  I’ve heard the phrase “going home” my entire life.  I first heard it during my childhood – every time my father would pack up the family for a nine hour road trip to head back to where it all began ... [ Read More ]

The Craziest Thing that Happened on Vacation (and Other News!)

Another vacation post!  Am I crazy?! No...this is not merely a vacation post.  I have several other very interesting things to share with you! Yesterday was a pretty amazing day!  My kids participated in an annual track and field event which is sponsored by our City Parks Department. The kids train for this all summer, twice a week, and ... [ Read More ]

State Hopping Day 5: The Bahamas

Happy Monday! This morning we checked out of our hotel in Washington, DC and headed home! It's been a blast, state hopping from one place to another while traveling by car to and from Florida, but I'm definitely ready to head home and sleep in my own bed.  (Sleeping in 5 hotels, one resort and a on cruise ship within 7 days tends to do that to ... [ Read More ]

State Hopping Day 4: Cruising from Florida to the Bahamas

Who am I? Where am I? Are we in Kansas yet? I've been in what seems like so many states in such a short span of time that I'm loosing track of the days. I'm writing this post on Friday night, but I'm trying to recap what happened on Wednesday and Thursday, and things are beginning to blur. On Wednesday evening we checked into a hotel in West ... [ Read More ]

State Hopping Day 3: Georgia

Hello from sunny and rainy Savannah, Georgia! Look at that gorgeous pineapple tree!  This state is so beautiful.  I wish we could have seen more. We said good bye to Josiah in Jacksonville, North Carolina at about 5pm and checked into our hotel in Savannah at 12 midnight.  The hotel was so beautiful!  Very different from the typical city ... [ Read More ]

State Hopping Day 2: North Carolina

Hello from Jacksonville, NC! Yesterday was day two of our Griswold Holmes family vacation: a week long adventure of seven assorted family members traveling to and from Florida in the smallest crossover vehicle known to man with a two day cruise sandwiched in between. Our strategy is to try to make the most of a very long drive to ... [ Read More ]

State Hopping Our Way to Florida (on Vacation)

Hey Friends! I'm on a week long vacation with the family so posts will be short and erratic this week. We're state hoping on our way to and from West Palm, Florida where we will cruise for 2 days to the Bahamas!  It's our first time cruising, and even though it will be a short two days we are so excited and I can't wait!  Yes, I'm going to be a ... [ Read More ]

Best Face Forward Christianity {The Truth About This Website.}

Hi Friends! I hope your summer is off to a rip-roaring start!  Even if it's only off to a faint fizzle, there's still about six weeks of summer (school break) left to make up for it.  (It's all perspective...the glass is half-full...right?) I been working on a new page for this website titled The Truth About This Website.  I placed it right ... [ Read More ]