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Hammock Time

Spending just a few minutes chatting with your child each day can make a big difference in their disposition and in your relationship. True confessions: At least one of my children knows exactly what button to push to create utter havoc with everyone in the general vicinity. He’s not mean spirited. In fact, he’s often […]

Q&A: Morning Wake-Up HELP!

Occasionally, readers write with questions that I know others might be able to add to or benefit from. Today we’re talking about morning wake-up help and how to get kids ready and out the door. Q. I am hoping that you can help me (and possibly other readers as well) find some ideas for getting […]

Review the Old Year

Reviewing the old year is a great way to remember the beauty and goodness, and hardships, too, that craft the path we’re on for the future. On Christmas night while my peeps were happily playing with new Legos, video games, and felt food, I started working on our 2011 family slide show. I’ve done this […]

FREE Printable Ringing in the New Year Booklet

Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

What Makes Christmas Merry

A Merry Christmas is not found in the abundance of gifts, food, or frolics, but in a knowing and a confidence in Him. Christmas really isn’t about the presents. The music and the stories and films are all well and good, too. But, they aren’t what it’s about. It’s not even about the food. Christmas […]

Savor the Moments of Family Life

The days go by all too quickly when you’re a parent and your kids start to pick up speed. Savor the moments of family life. As I mentioned earlier this week, getting sick was a sure-fire way to get me to slow down this month and get perspective. Sure, there were more things I wanted […]

Really Last Minute Bargain Gifts (Frugal Friday)

Last minute shopping doesn’t have to be expensive or entail a trip to the mall. You can find or make bargain gifts even at the last minute. So, you waited until the last minute? Or maybe, someone just got missed on the list? Or maybe someone came to mind that you want to bless this […]

Write a Letter to Your Child (FREE Printable)

Write a Letter to Your Child - Writing a letter to your child can be a unique way to express your love and affection. While they might not "get it" now, it can be a good communication tool over time.

Writing a letter to your child can be a unique way to express your love and affection. While they might not “get it” now, it can be a good communication tool over time. In the last month, I’ve been struck at how quickly time is passing. I looked at these ornaments again and got teary […]