My Own Indiana Jones

A few weeks ago the kids and I ran to Target after school. One of the tasks at hand was to take advantage of a granola bar deal. Buy so many boxes, get a $5 gift card. Since they were some of our favorite bars, and I had good coupons, I was all for it. […]

Unsolved Mysteries

Why do they insist on going outside in stocking feet? Why do these little girly strollers always come apart? Why does sauerkraut have only 5 calories per serving, but chocolate ice cream has 140? Why are there never any spoons? Where did all the other socks go?

Why I Bake My Own Birthday Cake

Yesterday I was 36. But, today I’m not. Yes, it’s my birthday. And this morning I baked me a cake. Some people think this is odd that I would make my own cake. Even my husband said, “Is it a bummer that you’re baking your own cake?” Good question. It’s a wise man who asks […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Five

Motherhood is not without its challenges. You know this. There are many demands on your time. And you just can’t do it all. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. But, what you can do is simplify and adjust. Make changes that allow peacefulness to reign in your heart, mind, and home. […]

Frugal Friday: Free or Almost Free Hand Soap

Yes, back in the old days, Gramma placed a bar of soap at the sink and we called it good. But, somewhere in my childhood some wise chemist developed soft or liquid soap. And our lives were changed. And as the years passed, mothers everywhere became addicted to soft soap. It reduced the mess at […]

13 Ways to Stay Safer on the Streets

A year ago today, car and street safety was heavy on my mind. We had watched the movie Bella the same week that Maria Chapman passed away in a tragic auto accident. Talk about a sobering week. Counting six little heads when we’re out and about is my habit, but all the more so when […]

From Their Perspective

Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera. With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400″ camera. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a […]

To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live

The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his […]