Compassion Sunday

About a year ago, our family began sponsoring a child who lives in poverty. Joseph lives in Peru. He regularly sends us drawings and letters, sharing his prayer requests and telling us about his life. It’s a different life than my children live. And it’s good for us to know him. And it’s even better […]

Fall Busy-ness: Can Do Versus Should Do

Photo Source: EclecticBlogs As Fall gets under way, so does the business that accompanies back to school, fall sports, and upcoming holidays. The lazy days of summer have  given way for all sorts of craziness — if we let it. Somedays it feels like my life is characterized by a wide variety of should do‘s. […]

Treasuring the Moments on Mom Life Today

Years ago I started listening to a radio program called, “Family Life Today.” In the days before widespread internet and cell phones, it was a daily fix of helpful ideas and inspiration for my marriage and my family. I loved listening to Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine talk about all kinds of habits and practices […]

To Be More Joyful: Lean on God

This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. I believe that the best thing that we can do to be more joyful women is to […]

Remembering Your Life BEFORE Mom – A Guest Post

- A Guest Post from Janna – Do you remember life before motherhood? As a child, I spent my allowance buying accessories for my Real Baby, and as a teenager, I saved for clothes that said Guess. Nowadays, I get giddy over the purchase of an energy efficient appliance. The Book of Me has many […]

Jesus is Why

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Trials of Various Kinds

Photo Source: Denis Defreyne If you keep up with me and my craziness on Facebook or on Twitter, you might already know that I’m dealing with my first (and I hope my last) mouse invasion. Not sure where he came from or when he checked into this fine establishment, but over the last few days, […]

To Be More Joyful: Be a Yes Mom

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Ain’t that the truth? I don’t know about you, but for me, crabby can manifest itself in a […]