Make Summer Plans for Your Life as MOM

Make summer plans for your “life as MOM.” Not only will you have some creative outlet, but you’ll also be more organized and productive. Summer vacation is here. Our first week is behind us, actually. We filled it with lots o’ things: A double birthday party for two of the boys, complete with an Angry […]

Setting Goals for the New Year

Setting goals for the new year is necessary for me to get traction on the ways I want to grow. Dividing them into personal, family, home, and financial goals for 2012 helps me wrap my head around different areas of life. This is probably one of my favorite times of the year: the great big […]

Living a Better Story

The point of a story is never about the ending….It’s about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle. — Donald Miller Hubs and I have been reading and discussing this book over the last few weeks. Yes, I’m cheating. It’s on the Booking It reading list for March. But, FishPapa grabbed […]

Goals and the New (Half) Year

Remember when we set some goals for the year? Way back in the wintry days of December and January…. Last week I mentioned that halfway through something is a good time to assess progress made and determine what’s left to do, enjoy, or accomplish. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve spent time looking back on […]

Revisiting Your Goals Mid-Year

This weekend we made the rather spontaneous decision to head north to spend the holiday weekend with family. I got a chance to have coffee on Tuesday morning with my kid sister — just us, no children. It was really fun to sit and sip a cuppa and talk about the coming months. Janel and […]

Why Goals are Important

photo source: Chris Metcalf A month ago, we talked about goal setting and taking a long view of the year and the things that we hope to accomplish. You might not think that goals are important. You might be fine with how you spend your days — and you’re not really in a hurry to […]

New Year’s Goals (& A Free Planning Sheet)

I  love this week of the year. Not only do the kids and I have a week off school and my husband has a week off work, but I usually get a chance to catch my breath and think about the year we’re finishing and the year that’s beginning. I feel like my system gets […]

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look?

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look? Some thoughts on what should drive our holiday celebrations and how not to feel guilty about the ones we miss.

Depending on when Thankgiving falls in the month of November, it’s just a matter of days before December — and the countdown to Christmas — begins. When I was a child this was all about the presents. Yes, yes, it was. I wasn’t a Christian then and while I knew it was “Jesus’ birthday,” that […]