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 […]

Lemon Walnut Coffeecake (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Healthier Eating)

This is the week to change some habits and set some goals. Many people have put “healthy eating” on their list of changes to make in the new year. Our family is no different. With my husband’s blessing, we’ve decided that we are going to make a concerted effort this year to reduce fat, increase […]

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 […]

O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

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Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small children. But, it can be full of mishaps because small children are, well, small. They’re inquisitive. They want to explore their world. They want to get into stuff. And boy, is that Christmas tree an enticing thing to explore. As parents we can fight […]

Freezer Cooking: Noontime Update

My big morning of freezer cooking has gone off with fits and starts. I haven’t made as much progress as I hoped. But, you knew that would happen, didn’t you? A few things to report: Don’t EVER try to cook a turkey on a rimmed cookie sheet. I almost attempted it because I couldn’t find […]

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 […]

How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough – about an hour before dinner. At first […]

Toddlers and Trouble

This post was originally posted a year ago when FishChick was getting into mischief 24/7. The day I wrote this, she smeared a whole stick of butter on the living room floor. Holy smokes! I’m pleased to report that she is approaching her third birthday in just a few weeks and is a wonderful help […]