Round up: Fourth of July Fun

Got some great ideas planned for the Fourth of July? Please share them with us! Post them on your blog and then come back here and share the link. As for the FishFam, we’re going to read The Fourth of July Story and watch Johnny Tremain. Then we’ll enjoy our company and some burgers and […]

Celebrating the Fourth of July

I have wonderful memories of the Fourth of July growing up. Sure, there were plenty of dud years; like the firecracker that fizzles without a bang, there were times when our family didn’t really do much. But, the years that were exciting live in my memory. Some Fourths were spent in Minnesota with the cousins […]

Cake-ish Things

First off, a special thanks to Mary for inspiring this Birthday Cake Round-up. She sent me a photo last week which spawned the idea of opening it up for more creative cake ideas from you all. Second, thanks to all you cake bakers out there for sending in your photos. Your patience and perseverance with […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]

Birthday Cake Round-Up

indiana jones temple cake

I’m doing double duty on bday cakes this week for our final days of Birthday Season. The kids think I’ve outdone myself. They claim today’s was even better than the Indiana Jonescake! How blessed I am that they are so easy to please. Have you recently decorated a cool cake to share with the rest […]

Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition

incredibles robot pinata

If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]

Birthday Traditions

8th birthday

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]

Birthdays on the Cheap

Birthday

Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so it was okay not to do up the anniversary real big. Lord willing, there […]