Helping Those Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

One of the most significant seasons of my life was 1999 when we experienced three miscarriages. We already had one child and were desperate to have a second. That year was a roller coaster of emotions, to be sure. It wasn’t until the end of 2000 that we finally did bring a sweet baby to […]

My Sister & My Friend

I hated her for about twenty years. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? That sweet cherub of a baby despised by her big sister. I can’t really explain it. We fought like cats and dogs for a long time. I always wanted to have the upper hand. And I was not going to give in. I […]

Living Large

Are these ALL yours? This is probably the most common question I hear — from absolute strangers. Sometimes it bugs me, sometimes I answer with a smiling, “Yes.” My husband, however, answers, “No, I get to share them with my wife.” And it’s true. My husband and I are honored to share six wonderful children […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Thicker Skin

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. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I remember being five […]

Get Your Act Together with More Free Planner Pages

I laughed when a reader commented about my OCD tendencies. She was speaking in reference to my planner pages. Yes, I have a lot of them. Well, let me tell you a secret….. It’s not because I have it together. I don’t. Oh my, I woefully don’t. My default is to sit on the couch […]

Counting My Blessings Once Again

I’m stunned that these children are all mine. There once was a time when we only thought we’d have one child. And here we are with six, pretty darn cute little babes. When I get frustrated with fussy toddlers, insistent preschoolers, angry little boys, and angry little big boys, I’m reminded. I’m so blessed that […]

To Be More Joyful: Encourage Others

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. This past week as my kids and I hit a few bumps in the road as regards […]

Back to School Traditions

It’s hard to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. I, for one, prefer not to have obligations and schoolwork to do. My kids would agree. However, we can soften this change of seasons by creating and maintaining traditions that our families enjoy and look forward to. At our house, that means apple pie […]