To Be More Joyful: Read a Good Book

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 […]

Three Email Tools To Help My Life as MOM

I love mail, whether digital or real, I love receiving notes and messages via mail. A full mailbox or a little envelope with a 10+ blinking make me smile. However, I don’t like to open said mailboxes to find them full of junk. Ick. I am not as techy as some. In fact, some of […]

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

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

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 […]

Meal Planning: Short and Sweet

Having a month-long meal plan is really helping me out this week. I’ve been so busy cleaning and stressing, stressing and cleaning, it was nice not to have to think. The meals that we missed over the last two weeks for various reasons got plugged into the spaces left by things we ate for lunches […]