To Be More Joyful: Get Out of the Kitchen

Years ago I experienced an incredibly busy day at the end of which I had a major epiphany. I found a way that helped me be more joyful than I had previously been. My to-do list had been bigger than huge, trying to get four kids packed and off to friends’ houses so that I […]

Tie-Dye TShirts: Tips for Success

See that little guy on the left, the one who’s not sure if he’s smiling? Well, the other day we were driving down the road and he said, “Could we paint tshirts today?” It was one of those moments when I could have said, “Not today.” But, I took a moment to think about it. […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Outside

Wanting to be a more joyful mom? Looking for some relief from that “postal” feeling you have from time to time? Hoping that your children remember your smile more than your crabby, naggy disposition? You and me both, Sister. Motherhood is a challenging job, no doubt. But the rewards can be amazing. If we know […]

How to Prevent Toddlers from Napping in the Car

Sleeping children are a beauty to behold, especially at home in their beds. I’ve never been a stickler for kids napping at home. I’m okay, in fact, more than okay with car naps on a long drive. Ever sit in bumper-to-bumper LA traffic with a screaming baby? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…. However, […]

Thankful for Fathers

I never really knew my grandfathers. One died when I was very young; the other experienced Alzheimers before I got to know who he really was. My dad worked a lot when I was growing up, so we missed out on many experiences together as well. There can be regrets, but there are so many things […]

Newly Pregnant? Prepare for The First Trimester – A Guest Post

Photo Source: LoveJanine Now, before you start congratulating me, no, I am not pregnant. But, my friend Lauren is. She recently found out that she and her husband were expecting their fourth child. What fun! For those of you who experience morning sickness and an otherwise rough first trimester, “what fun” might not be the […]

Booking It: The June Update

Reading is a way for us to learn about our world, ourselves, and the kind of people we want to become. It’s a way to share experiences with others. Reading aloud to our children or talking about what we’ve read with friends is a way for us to  see how other people think and interpret […]

To Be More Joyful: Be All There

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25 I am on a quest to be a more joyful mom. I want my kids to look back on these days and say that I was able to laugh at the mishaps, to trust God in all things, and […]