3 Gifts to Give Yourself on Mother’s Day

Years ago all my mother wanted for Mother’s Day was a clean house. At 5, 15, and 25, I didn’t get it. Today, I completely understand what my mother was talking about. Completely. My helpers and I spent four hours last week, attempting a whole-house clean, and we didn’t get past the main living areas. […]

Humility

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent […]

We’re Debt Free! (Frugal Friday)

If you ever listen to a certain radio program, you know that listeners regularly call in to share their “get out of debt stories.” Often the tales are gut-wrenching, tear jerking accounts of going from the depths of despair to debt-free living, life without bills, high interest rates, and stress. Usually the call is concluded […]

6 Good Things to Do with Your Kids for Easter

Easter Week can be a wonderful time to enjoy a variety of activities with your kids. When I was growing up, we always had this week off school. I don’t think they do that anymore. And since I write my own kids’ school schedule, we’re not doing it, either. (Shhh…. Don’t tell my kids that […]

Jesus Made Them Bloom

photo source: D Sharon Pruitt I was driving home from the grocery store, alone in the minivan. The windows were down and the stereo was cranked — because I was alone in the minivan. The sun was shining warmly; summer has arrived in San Diego. Traffic was beeping and bustling by. I waited at the […]

If I Were 25 Again….

My first child was born just a few weeks after I turned 25. He is quickly approaching 14. I now have to reach UP to hug him. He has the beginnings of a moustache. And when I’m in another room and hear his voice, I think it’s my husband or my brother talking. Yes, the […]

How to Stand Firm in Your Convictions

The Girl Next Door has decided to: homeschool put her kids in public school quit her job go back to work switch to all organic foods start clipping coupons swear off Facebook, blogs and social media start her own blog dedicated to her passion hire a housecleaner fire her housecleaner and start doing the work […]

Laughing at the Days to Come

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. — Proverbs 31:25 Traditionally, I’ve been a worry wart. I’ve gotten better with age. I’ve seen some hard things. I’ve cried tears. While the “worst” hasn’t happened, enough hard stuff has come our way and we’ve survived it, that I’m […]