Finding Beauty

On September 1st, I received word that my junior high art and journalism teacher had lost her battle with breast cancer. What followed was a walk down memory lane that I least expected. I hadn’t thought of my years at Arroyo Seco Junior High in quite some time. Yet, memories of Ms. Berge came flooding […]

Why We Keep The Friends We Keep

I met Stephanie in third grade Sunday school. We’ve known each other for almost thirty years {gasp}. We took all the same classes in junior high and high school. We were on homecoming court together. She was at my wedding and my first baby shower. Now we walk through motherhood together. Just a few months […]

Time for MOM: Spend Time with a Friend

My friend Jessika and I have known each other for about 15 years! It’s so fun to walk through motherhood together. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis It’s good for mom to get out. […]

Old Acquaintance Not Forgot

Jessika and Jessica, December 08 One of the beautiful things about moving back to Southern California has been the opportunity to reunite with old friends. Seeing familiar faces after five years away just warms my heart! And it reminds me of when I was young and svelte. Over the past few months we’ve gotten to […]

When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

This past week my eyes are opened to the realization that for some people Christmas will not be so merry. For our family, we are grieving the loss of someone we loved very much. We spent several Christmases with my mother-in-law, and now, everywhere I turn something reminds me of her. A brightly colored sweater […]

TGIF: Hanging Out with Friends

Tonight we’re going to have friends over which is always a great way for us to unwind and start the weekend. We are blessed to count MoneySavingMom and MoneySavingMister as our pals. So they are going to head over in a few hours with their kiddos. FishPapa and I are pretty social birds; talk, talk, […]

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered.– Proverbs 11:25 God’s word promises that the one who “brings blessing will be enriched.” As mothers we have ample opportunity to give, so it is such a reassurance to know that God sees what we do and that He does intend to […]