Queen of the Castle Winner!

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Maple-Oat Heart Scones – They Work for Me!

Maple-Oat Heart Scones

I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie […]

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God Loves Us: He Made Milk

Yesterday morning we woke to rain, rain, rain. There was even some hail in our little neck of the woods. And if that wasn’t enough, FishPapa had to scrape ice off the windshield this morning — with a plastic sand shovel! Our ice scraper which we thought we would never use again is hidden in […]

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12 LOVE-ly Things I Thank God For

As busy and as hectic and as whiny my days have become lately, the richness of my life gives me pause to simply thank God for His goodness to me. Here are a few of the blessings I’m counting these days. Just loving it! 1. Free babysitting from my kid brother.2. The new Shark that […]

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Memory Making Meals

Since we’re such food freaks over here, many of our memories are linked to eating. When FishPapa and I were dating, we often went out to eat or cooked meals together. When we honeymooned in France, some of our most fun experiences took place in restaurants. In our newlywed years we made it a habit […]

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Join Us for a LOVE-ly Week

JessieLeigh from Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles has spearheaded a great round up of Valentine ideas and inspiration. I am priveleged to participate alongside some great ladies. I hope you’ll join us for all sorts of Valentiney fun this week. Here’s the low-down: Monday: Kate shares some Valentine-y meal ideas over at A Simple Walk. […]

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Time for MOM: A Time to Refresh Alongside the Road

As you read this, FishBaby and I are wrapping up our time at the WholeHearted Mother conference in Irvine. My friend Jessika invited me to come for an extended time to rest and refresh, away from the business of everyday life. This is the first time I’ve ever been away from my husband and kids […]

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TGIF: Let Daddy Do It

One of my children’s greatest entertainments is time spent with their dad. They have all sorts of traditions and rituals, like FBA Meetings, Monkey Treats and the Choosing Game. Of the two of us, my husband is more adventurous. It’s a good balance for my kids to have calm, stay-at-home-ishness with me and climb-every-mountain-ness with […]

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