How to Get Ready in 30 Minutes a Day

Ever find that mornings are harried? Wonder how to get yourself put together in the mornings without spending hours primping and curling? Looking for some ways to streamline your life, besides throwing on a pair of yoga pants and pulling your hair into a ponytail? The morning rush doesn’t have to be, well, rushed. There […]

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 […]

Time Management & Weekly Routines

A few weeks ago I shared some ways that I was learning to manage my time better. Rather than prepare a schedule that I would inevitably fail, I created a time budget, alloting a certain amount of each day to the tasks I need to do in order to keep my life ship-shape. But as […]

5 Things Sarah Taught Me

My friend, Sarah’s birthday is tomorrow. We met about 20 years ago when we were embarking on a great adventure — a year’s study abroad, in France. We walked all over Bordeaux and the outlying areas together, talking about everything under the sun. Later on we both majored in French Literature, became high school teachers, […]

Mere Christianity, The Story of the World & Booking It

We’re Booking It around here. Yesterday we talked about the month’s reading assignment, Mansfield Park. Today is a veritable free-for-all as we share what we’ve read on our own. For the kids With six children home all day, we read a lot together. So much so that I go hoarse reading. Certainly, my oldest three […]

Booking It with Mansfield Park

This year we’re Booking It on LifeasMOM. It’s an online book club designed to get you off the computer, phone, and boob tube and into a book. Reading is an adventure! You learned this long ago. But, in our older years, it is tempting to forget. On the 10th of each month, we’re discussing an […]

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 […]

Having Faith for Motherhood

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a conference solely devoted to motherhood. Sally Clarkson was the main speaker. And while I knew only a small handful of the other moms in attendance, it was pretty amazing to be in a large auditorium surrounded by women who wanted to be better moms. […]