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

What I’ve Learned in My Five Years of Blogging

I turned 45 this past Friday. Woo-hoo! And since I launched my blog on my birthday back in 2010, it got me to thinking about my blogging experience over the past 5 years. So, here's what I've learned about blogging... 1. The internet is like a newspaper on steroids.  I started this blog to be more effective in evangelism and discipleship.  ... [ 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 ]

Marriage Challenge Update – Day 6: Respect {UGH!!!!!}

As some of you may know, about 5 1/2 weeks ago I launched into a 31 day marriage challenge.  And in typical "I read on mommy time" fashion, today, I just read day 6.  That's right, it's taken me over 30 days to to get to day 6, but I keep encouraging myself by saying that the race is not for the swift, but for he that endures to the end (or who ... [ Read More ]

The Simple Act of Gratitude – Guest Post

How excited I am to welcome Onesia Fuentes to the front porch of my Little House on the Freeway to share what is Welcome Home Ministry's very first guest post!  (Hooray!)  May your heart be blessed by her offering. and now, Onesia's post. . . If the only prayer you said in your entire life was Thank you, that would be suffice. -  Meister ... [ Read More ]

Love Saturday mornings! The quiet. The coffee. The Food Network!

This is the first Saturday in a while that I've awakened in my home to simply do NOTHING but relax, and it feels amazing! Even in the summer when school in not in session it seems that there's a list of things to get done each day.  I'm not sure why that is.  It just seems as if "progress" is supposed to be made on weekdays...so I find some ... [ 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 ]

Giving Your Husband Love He *Doesn’t* Deserve

If you’ve ever wondered . . . why you love your husband when you want to quit - keep reading! With all this talk about the 31 Days to a Happy Husband challenge, I recently received a question that I've been asked by wives time and time again: How do you love and serve someone who doesn't deserve to be loved?   This is a question I can ... [ Read More ]

Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday, Friends! Well, were almost halfway through our summer school break.  My kids won't begin their homeschool year until the beginning of September.  Interestingly, in other parts of the country, some families are starting school next week.  More power to them!  I can't help but feel that summer is going way too fast.  Is it just ... [ Read More ]

Contribute Articles for Welcome Home Ministry

We're looking for a few good women! Welcome Home Ministry exists to provide hope and encouragement to women in their faith and family life.  We are looking for creative writers to contribute articles that are uplifting, encouraging, or offer meaningful instruction on a weekly or monthly basis.  If you have a heart to encourage women, keep ... [ Read More ]