Booking It: Monthly Update


How are you doing on your reading? It’s amazing that we set reading goals almost nine months ago. Where did the time go? Today would be a great time to review what you’ve read, especially if you’re not sure how much you’ve read this year. You’ve still got a little more than three months until […]

To Be More Joyful: Read a Good Book

Reading moriza

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 have always been a book lover. My parents taught me to read when I was still […]

Keeping Things Steady


Life is full of ups and downs. Like a roller coaster, there will always be a turn we don’t expect, a sudden drop, an exhilarating high. For kids, it’s helpful when Mom and Dad work to make things move on an even keel. Consistency is a key to making that happen. Despite my best intentions, […]

To Be More Joyful: Live in the Now

Thoughtful Child

This year marks the twentieth since I graduated from high school and moved away to college. Oh my! I had a very different picture of my future life back then. What’s funny is that I’m so much happier with the current state of things than I would have been if I had got the things […]

Meet Some Military Moms and Show Your Support


While neither my husband nor I have ever served in the military, we have tremendous respect and appreciation for those who do and the families who support them. I know that “life as MOM” can be challenging, particularly if my husband works late hours or on weekends. I cannot imagine what it must be like […]

To Be More Joyful: Take a Time Out

I’m on a quest to be a more joyful mom. And while I am not one who counts the days to “get away” from her children, I do appreciate a few moments that are little quieter, a little simpler, a little more restful than the go-go-go that my regular days hold. Over the years, I’ve […]

Jesus is Why

cross on tree

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

cat and mouse

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, […]