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The 1 Thing Your Husband Must Have for Valentine’s Day

Yes, I have a big reveal for the one thing your husband MUST HAVE this Valentine's Day. But before we get so deep . . . a little birdie just told me that your hubby wants you to let him kick-back and enjoy his favorite show with his favorite beverage – super chilled! He wants you to cook him a great steak (with fatty mashed potatoes) and not talk ... [ Read More ]

When My Kids Remember Me

It would seem that I'm expert at tuning out my kids. But in my defense, after having six, I've rationalized that it's a survival skill.  (Just kidding - sort of.) When my teens talk, I hear every word they say.  My young adult kids - I'm practically begging some of them for words!  But my younger ones never seem to stop talking. And I've ... [ Read More ]

The Seasons of Motherhood are like a Box of Chocolates

Gwyneth was having a good season . . . I remember watching Gwyneth Paltrow talk motherhood with Oprah on her show many moons ago (back in 2004). In her interview, Gwyneth was gushing over being a mom.  She was so beside herself that she named her daughter Apple (remember that whole controversy?)  She was radiant.  She was giddy.  She was ... [ Read More ]

Love is in the Air

Oh my!  It's February 1st!  And that could only mean one thing: the official countdown to Valentine's Day has begun.  The pressure is on! We know it's official, because almost every store has an entire isle of paraphernalia dedicated to this blessed day: teddy bears for kids and adults, long stem chocolate roses for that special someone and ... [ Read More ]

Motherhood: The Good. The Bad. The Adventure!

Motherhood is an adventure that is never predictable. Sometimes it's up.  Sometimes it's down.  It's never boring and it's ALWAYS a challenge! And I'm trying to make the most of this hair-graying, heart-racing, panic-inducing adventure ride that I can; but that's not always easy to do. My intentions all day were to sit and write a lovely, ... [ Read More ]

When Unforgiveness Hijacks Your Heart and Holds it Hostage.

My husband and I have been enjoying one of our longest streaks of marital satisfaction - ever!  After 21 years of marital harmony AND disharmony, marital accord AND wanting to strangle him with a cord (Lol!), we are finally beginning to get this marriage thing right more often than wrong.  We are both learning to side-step emotional landmines and ... [ Read More ]

Theory of Everything: A wife who lost her look of love

Dear Wife . . .  Do your eyes communicate to your husband that you delight in him? That he really floats your boat? That you’re happy he’s your man? It’s not enough to love him.  Your eyes have to tell a story! “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes,” (Song of Songs 4:9b) I ... [ Read More ]

Advent: Keeping Christ in Christmas

I was introduced to the world of Advent about three years ago through Ann Voskamps’ blog.  Up until that time I had no idea of what Advent was.  Sometime around the end of Thanksgiving, Ann would begin talking about Advent concepts like the Jesse Tree, special scripture readings for each day of December, a wreath with candles to be light daily and ... [ Read More ]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hi Friends! Have you gotten around to decorating this Christmas season? I know . . . decking the halls can be quite laborious. I sometimes dread lugging all of the decorations out of storage and sorting through them. Seems that before I can build up, I have to tear down. Apparently, it's a necessary evil; but in the end, it's always worth ... [ Read More ]

How to Push Through Pain as a Parent (+ Video)

One call is all it takes . . . One call can change the trajectory of your life as a parent.  It can alter your sense of reality and shake you to the core. It can create a new “normal.” Seemingly, after that call, you now live in an alternate universe – not the one you previously were in, but one that is now light years away. Where the sun ... [ 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 ]

My Pre-Thanksgiving Panic. (Yikes!)

Just the other day . . .  I looked up at the lovely Heart of the Home calendar hanging above my desk. And just in time for my pre-Thanksgiving panic, it displayed the following quote: As I read the quote it warmed my heart and made me smile. I thought it was the cutest thing I had ever heard. I love what the saying implies. I interpret it ... [ Read More ]

The Beauty of Seasonal Decorating

Last weekend, I finally got around to dressing my front window for my fall harvest display. The week before that, I finally got around to planting mums - my favorite fall flowers - in my front garden. Each season, I try to decorate the front of my home to reflect God's beauty and warmth.  I decorate for Valentines Day, the Fourth of ... [ 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 ]