Booking It in 2011

Are you ready to get reading? I had a great time reading with you last year. It was a great encouragement to me to make sure I had my nose out of the computer and into a book. Your recommendations were some of the best ever. My family and I are richer as a result […]

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 […]

All Good Gifts (Frugal Friday)

Photo Source Frugal Friday has been the source of much money saving advice for quite some time. We talk money, debt, gifts, making ends meet. We talk about how to save and how to acquire. We talk about not falling behind and about getting ahead. And, yet, as Christmas approaches, just a few hours away, […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

A New Look at Jesus’ Birth

The other day, my friend Joy shared this video. (She always finds good stuff, by the way. She’s brilliant.) And I wanted to share this with you. If you know how facebook works, it will make more sense. But, I found it an interesting look at Mary and Joseph and the Birth of Jesus. Definitely […]

The Ultimate To Do List Completed

My Christmases have varied over the years. I am stunned that this is my 17th Christmas as a married woman. FishPapa and I have seen a lot over those seasons: sickness, health, richer, poorer. One thing has stayed constant — who God is. The following post was written two years ago when we were reeling […]

What Scars Tell You

Photo Source About twenty years ago I flew over the handlebars of my bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up my knee, busted my chin open, and broke my jaw. About two months ago, I flew over the handlebars of someone else’s bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles

Looking for a fun food gift? Might I suggest a recycled plastic pretzel jar full of Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles? These cookies are so good. They are egg free, nut free, and taste fabulous. The cookie recipe is simply my Farm Style Oatmeal Cookies with 2 cups of dried cranberries mixed in. They can easily be […]