TGIF: Happy Fourth of July!

Thanks to everyone who shared their celebratory plans for Independence Day! You can go here and here for some last minute inspiration. Have a wonderful day today! May the bugs be few, the BBQ tender, and the fireworks exceptional. As you head out for all the fun doings that the Fourth of July holds, don’t […]

Book It! The Hidden Art of Homemaking

One of my favorite books of all time is Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking. It is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to add beauty to his or her life. There are chapters addressing many areas of life that welcome creative expression: music, painting, writing, interior decorating, flower arrangements, clothing, and my favorites: […]

The Long Defeat

This past week, my husband was gone for a few days. The house didn’t burn down. I made zero trips to the ER. I never had to call poison control. And I lived to tell about it. And I am glad he’s home. As I went to bed the night before his return, however, I […]

Emergency Preparedness

Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]

It’s Hard to Be a Tigger

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A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22 Awhile ago I read a moving article written by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon, who is battling terminal cancer. It provoked me in several respects, especially about making the most of the time we have with the […]

MOM Motivation

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Last week we had a fantastic conversation about how to pursue joy in this journey called Motherhood. Here are just a few of the Great Things that were mentioned: * Daily time with the Lord, relying on His strength and not our own * Remembering how it feels to be corrected and keeping that in […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]

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 […]