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7 Fun Date Night Ideas

When we were younger,  we hung this photograph in our little studio apartment. Visitors were sure to comment, “Cool picture. Who’s the guy kissing Jessica?” We were dumb-founded that they thought we’d display a photo of me and another man embracing! didn’t recognize my husband, despite the long hair and Napoleon Bonapart coat. would admire […]

Redeeming the Days

The little old lady in the grocery store is right. They grow up all too quickly. The days will slip away when you’re not looking. So what should we do? put down the magazine turn off the computer let the voice mail get it ignore the tweets Instead…. take a walk play a game ride […]

7 Ways to Encourage Your Children to Read

Photo Source: Cristina Thornburg FishPapa and I are major bookworms. For years we lived without TV or VCR because we so much preferred reading. Our date nights were often spent browsing through Borders or talking about the books we were reading. He prefers theology and I prefer novels, so we’re good foils for one another. […]

So Thankful for My Family Man, My Sweet Valentine

As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

Bookin’ It: The Total Money Makeover

Read any good books lately? I hope so. We’re on a mission to read more in 2010. If you haven’t thought up some good books to read, now’s a great time to make some reading goals for the year. It’s never too late to start bookin’ it. This past month has been a busy one […]

Bookin’ It: How to Find a Good Read

Earlier in the month, I shared with you how I’m on a journey to read more real, live books in 2010. Many of you shared your reading plans for the year. I found more interesting books to add to my list. Yeah! It’s never too late to join in, so I thought I’d throw this […]

Planning Worksheet for When Mom Goes Out of Town

I’m leaving. On a jet plane. I do know when I’ll be back again – on Sunday. I’ll be attending the Blissdom Conference in Nashville, meeting Dave Ramsey (or at least seeing his face in the same room), and keeping my eyes peeled for Sarah Palin who will be speaking at another conference in the […]

Life’s an Adventure – Be Who You Are

See that girl on the right? That’s me, almost twenty years ago, traipsing through France on my own. A student at the Universite de Bordeaux, I was on a one-year Junior Abroad program. It was an amazing time. And I’m amazed when I look at this picture! I was thin, young, naive, and had great […]