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Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]

10 Books that Are Necessary to Life

Photo source: takomabibelot / CC BY 2.0 This time of year has me thinking about resetting the clock, getting a fresh start. With the new year beginning in just a few weeks, my mind moves toward new ideas, new habbits, and new resolutions for my mind. Part of that process for me is reading or […]

Freezer Cooking: Crazy Woman Lives to Cook Another Day

Would you talk some sense into me next time? Yes, at about 5 pm, I realized that I was in deep. Due to a missing roasting pan, a long-cooking turkey, too much beef to cook in one round, etc, etc, my afternoon stretched into evening. When FishPapa came home, I still had beef to shred, turkey […]

Things That Make Me Smile

1. Sleepy-headed babies2. Making my kids laugh3. Listening to my husband rant at the football referee on TV4. The ocean5. Hummus and potato chips6. Bedtime Stories7. Losing weight8. Coupon savings9. Good friends10. Thoughts of Jesus I have so much to be thankful for. What makes YOU smile?

Get a Good Habit Going: Ask for Help

Today starts the third week of the Get a Good Habit Going Challenge. You’re invited to share your progress on how you’re improving on one new and good habit this month. (It’s never too late to join in. Just catch up on reading week one and week two.) I’ve been working on getting routines going […]

Why Today is Special

Forgive me if you’ve heard this story before. But, today is a special day in my family. Not only is it FishBoy8’s 9th birthday, but it also marks a good, but painful journey that God took us down ten years ago in teaching us about Himself, His Sovereignty, and His Great Love for us. Amazing […]

The 30-Day Giving Challenge

So yes, a week of November is gone – I’ve been stuck in my freezer – but it’s never too late to start giving. Alyssa at Keeping the Kingdom First has a great challenge going to encourage others to give. Check out the details here. The kids and I are reading, Obliged to Go, a […]