Book It! Queen of the Castle

Recently the book, Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker, fell into my hands. It is aptly subtitled, “52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker.” Well, what mom doesn’t need encouragement, inspiration, domestic training or a shot in the arm? (Really, SuperMom does not exist, and we […]

Music to Soothe the Savage Beast

The other day, I mentioned how much I love my iPod as one of the special tools in my bag of tricks. I listen with ear buds while I clean toilets, fold laundry, wash dishes. It helps my motivation immensely. Yesterday, Shari commented how much music helps her be joyful in this journey through motherhood. […]

What Makes You Joyful?

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I’ve been thinking about this idea of “Joyful Motherhood.” I want my kids to remember me as being cheerful and not nagging. Patient instead of crabby. Pleasant rather than grouchy. I want to be able to keep it together when there’s paint on the floor — and the table — and the baby. one to […]

Street Safety

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Lately, my concern over my children’s safety in and near automobiles has been heightened. We recently watched Bella, a beautiful movie, though tinged with the sadness and pain caused by an auto accident. That coupled with the tragic death of Maria Chapman, daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman, has tempted me to retreat into my little […]

Counting It Joy

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. — James 1:2-4 Four years ago today I was meditating on these words as […]

To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

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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 children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found: I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He […]

Living the Mom Life

Each of us wears a number of different hats; woman, wife, mother, homemaker, educator, daughter, employee, cook, chauffeur, counselor — just to name a few possibilities. Whether you work in or out of the home, you are responsible for managing much. Perhaps you’ve wondered how to plan meals that are health- or budget-conscious juggle schedules […]

My Mom

She’s raised five children: three girls, then 2 boys. She’s taught kindergarten, Girl Scouts, and college. She’s been blessed by the arrivals of four grandsons and now four granddaughters. (Nanna is her name). She’s always had a fierce love for us kids. Her favorite saying, though grossly inaccurate, is “my child is always right.” While […]