Playing Nice

We’ve all found ourselves at conflict, or yeah, even competition, with one another. We see it in our children. We feel it toward our own family and friends at times. This post from Food Network personality, Melissa d’Arabian, was so jam packed with wisdom for life, I had to share a snippet. Whether you’re a corporate […]

Goals and the New (Half) Year

photo collage

Remember when we set some goals for the year? Way back in the wintry days of December and January…. Last week I mentioned that halfway through something is a good time to assess progress made and determine what’s left to do, enjoy, or accomplish. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve spent time looking back on […]

Booking It on Your Own (July Updates)

little women

Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, Dancing with My Father. Today we’re talking about all the books we’ve read this month. In past months I have had several books to report on. This month, I wrote one instead. Does that count? No, truly I did read some […]

Dancing with My Father (Booking It)


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 assigned […]

Reading the Bible for Yourself


…. the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (emphasis mine) It’s only in my old […]

How to Be a Pro Mom

dress and heels

I’m over at Simple Mom today, sharing tips for how to be a Pro Mom. From the post, Over a decade ago I made the transition from high school teacher to full-time mom. Gone were the days of toting my European leather satchel, wearing high heels, and attending staff meetings. Instead, my hours were filled […]

Revisiting Your Goals Mid-Year

building at the beach

This weekend we made the rather spontaneous decision to head north to spend the holiday weekend with family. I got a chance to have coffee on Tuesday morning with my kid sister — just us, no children. It was really fun to sit and sip a cuppa and talk about the coming months. Janel and […]

Giving Thanks

forest path

Things I’m giving thanks for today, in no particular order: 1. Cute kids 2. A cute husband who “rode herd,” while I was in The Cookbook Writing Zone. I was able to turn it in a day early. (Apparently, I surprised a certain editor that I was on schedule. C’mon…. I want the A.) 3. […]