The Year in Review
Closing out 2017 with a bang! And looking ahead...
While We Wait
Anticipating the Christ Child and our forever child
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

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 ]

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 ]

What will you do with your one Wild and Precious life?

I'm schooling the girls, and I look up and out of my window, as I do many times during the day. That window saves me. I desperately need to feel connected to nature.  And here in the New York City, that's not particularly an easy thing to do - be connected to nature. Not many homes offer countryside landscapes or an abundance of grass and ... [ Read More ]

Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems

In this post I shared that one of my goals for the school year was to finally read aloud through six books in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series as part of our curriculum. And first up on our list in the series was Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems, who is most known for her work as a missionary to India. I read to the girls at ... [ Read More ]

Video – Learn How You Can Know God {God’s Exchange for You}

God's Great Exchange for You! Hey Friends! I thought this video would be a great addition to Welcome Home's Salvation page.  Enjoy it in your quiet time, or even after church with the family? This video is a simple explanation of Who God is and how you can have a relationship with Him. You will learn why God's exchange for you was necessary, ... [ Read More ]

Our First Week of Homeschool {With a School Room Tour!}

Hey Friends! Last week was the official start of our 2015 - 2016 school year!  Autumn is officially in Jr. high: 6th grade (Seriously?  How did that happen?), and Alexis began grade 3.  Where has the time gone? We started the day after Labor Day.  I had to be flexible with our start time since it was the same day my son and his friends left ... [ 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 ]