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

Kids Say the Darndest Things

We recently discovered that Autumn Joy had ringworm on her neck.  For those of you who have kids who go outside the home for school (non-homeschoolers), you know that kids catch this sort of thing as easily as they breathe air, especially since it is highly contagious.  Once it’s detected, you simply go to the doctor for a prescription to remedy ... [ Read More ]

Dad: My Hero!

Just how old is a gal before she no longer believes that her dad is Superman?    -   Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had the biggest, widest eyes for my dad.  I fondly remember sitting on the commode in my pajamas in the wee hours of the morning watching him shave, quietly watching him methodically stroke his razor over the shaving cream ... [ Read More ]

Run Baby, Run!

Today is my co-workers birthday.  Her name is Jenny.  - What up J-Lo?  J-High?!  I normally don’t give birthday shout-outs to co-workers on my blog, but with Jenny its different because she’s special.  Ooh-Ahh! No, she’s not my homey from around the way; we don’t eat lunch together at work or call each other during non-work hours, but she’s one ... [ Read More ]

She Calls Me “Sweet Pea”

This is me and my Mom... (Pardon the pemanent dust and stains and my crude Photo Shop attempt to add "coverage" to the top of my highschool graduation dress.  I wore this bad boy before I understood what modesty was.  This picture has lived on a shelf in my living room for the past seven years or so and it's been through the mill.) - I ... [ Read More ]

Little House Lessons: Contentment

I Love the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love them because Laura’s recollection of her childhood, which is described in such vivid detail that it’s astonishing, is incredibly warm and loving.  It reminds me of every thing a child’s life should be: happy, contented, safe and filled with love and laughter; and this, in spite of the ... [ Read More ]

Modest Apparel?

I’m so excited because I just came from an awesome Wednesday night Bible study at church. The topic tonight was “modesty” and I must say the message was relevant, timely and it penetrated my heart, but isn’t that just like the word of God anyway?... For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing ... [ Read More ]

“Apple World!”

This past Saturday, my family and I went apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. - Our trip was a lot of fun but the ride was way long: a planned two-hour ride turned into a two-and-a-half to three-hour ride. - Here's what that translates into: ... [ Read More ]

Summers Down South, A Retrospective

Spending my summers down south as a child... - I went barefoot and felt the earth under my feet and the dirt between my toes, I swung from a tree swing in my Grandma's front yard, and I experienced the free-ness of walking through unmarked dirt paths with cousins and friends. ... [ Read More ]

A Family Reunion

This weekend I traveled back to a place my father affectionately calls Home, back to Pinetops, North Carolina. - - - A place where I spent almost every summer of my happy childhood running barefoot, climbing trees, listening to echo’s in wells and breaking or spraining various parts of my body. ... [ Read More ]

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

I was recently reading one of my favorite bloggers, Jill Savage, who has a ministry called Hearts at Home to encourage stay-at-home moms. I like and respect Jill because she is “for real.”  Even though she’s authored many books and has been a regular guest on Focus on the Family’s radio broadcast, she still packs peanut butter and jelly ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes this Happens – Part 2

In Sometimes This Happens - Part 1, I showed this picture... - - ...and proceeded to explain that I was touched deeply because Autumn and Lexy are constantly at each others throats. - Well, here's a pictorial illustration of what I was talking about... - "Jumping on the trampoline is so much fun." ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes this Happens – Part 1

One day, my Hubby showed me this picture... - - - It shows Autumn Joy (6 years old) and Alexis, aka Lexy (3 years old), sleeping with their arms wrapped around each other. I was certain the picture was staged.  So I asked Hubby, “Is this for real, or did they pose?”  “It’s for real,” he shot back. - I was touched to my core and ... [ Read More ]

Memories of Childhood and Home

Here are some beautiful words of encouragement for your heart today... - - -There Is Nothing Higher And Stronger - More Wholesome And Useful For - Life In Later Years Than Some Good Memory, - Especially A Memory Connected With - Childhood, With Home. - - by Fyodor Dostoevsky Excerpt from Life's Little Book of Wisdom for ... [ Read More ]