Stop and Smell the Roses

Are you ready to stop and smell the roses? Grab this printable and let’s make the most of this time with the kiddos. Kids don’t keep! As I talked about in Sunday’s newsletter, I’m often tempted to stop time, to freeze my family life just right where it is so that I don’t miss anything, […]

Wanted: The Real You

Do you know what your family needs from you? Not perfection. Not Pinterest. They need what God’s given them: the real you.  That girl? Dressed to coordinate with Legoland colors and in her happy place, surrounded by Lego Friends sets? She’s teaching me a lot. Sure, as baby number 6 with more chronic health issues […]

Good Clean Family Fun

Looking for some good clean family fun that won’t break the bank or make you break out in hives? Here’s a short list of fun things to do with the family. Confession time: my kids play too many video games and watch too many Youtube videos. We don’t have cable, but we have Amazon, and […]

Make 2013 a Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

Last October I made a concentrated effort to stop and smell the roses. I walked through that month with different eyes, looking for ways to slow down and savor those quickly passing moments with my kids. As the year draws to a close, as I think about people all around me, who for differing reasons, […]

Just Sit Still

Today wraps up 31 days of stopping to smell the roses. You can read past posts here. I don’t know about you, but I’m encouraged to make sure I know what the big rocks are and to put them in first. This series has been full of teachable moments for me. I’ve been reminded that […]


Back in August, the FishBoys and FishPapa went to see the Spiderman movie. It had almost as big an impact as The Avengers did. I guess I should say moreso, since I have two Spideys in the family. One even sleeps in his super suit! Shortly after seeing the film, FishBoy8 asked if we could […]

Identify Your Stressors & Pray

On any given day, I find that I’m anxious about something. It might be the van breaking down. Or a financial woe. Or just worries that I’m doing it all wrong with my kids. Often I don’t know exactly what has me mal a l’aise, but I know there is something in my life or […]

Go on a Date

Tonight we took the fam on a impromptu dinner out. It wasn’t in the plan. But, my car broke down on an errand at dinner time. Since hubby had to come help me anyway, we made a meal out of it. I’d like to say that we had deep, meaningful conversation over our rice bowls, […]