February 12, 2016

Creative, Fun, Family Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Jan31

This is my updated list of our favorite Family Tradition Ideas for Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to check back here for more inspiration and ideas for all your holidays and celebrations. Often, the fondest childhood memories stem from family traditions […]

I Need to Focus on the Baton

Jan25

Shock and devastation erupted. The dreaded sound, which no relay runner wants to hear, permeated across the stadium. Ping. Ping. Ping. Four of the fastest runners in the world watched hope roll down the track. After an upset in the 2004 […]

Is Balance Possible?

Jan15

This past week, I started pondering why my 2016 hasn’t gotten off to the start I hoped. As friends share their new resolve and goals attained, I’ve become more discouraged. Yet through that discouragement, I’m slowly coming to terms with some […]

Remembering Truth Amidst Chaos

Jan10

A couple days ago, my daughters made a “kids couch.” They pushed together two folding chairs, covered it with a blanket, and snuggled up on top with books. It was adorable that they were so determined to sit with each […]

New Year’s Eve Traditions, Family Ideas for New Year’s Eve (& Day)

Dec30

Are you trying to start some New Year’s Eve Traditions or think of some family ideas for New Year’s Eve to make it extra special? Here are ideas for fun of all ages. Best Ever Game Night One of our […]

How to Clutter Your House in 12 Simple Steps

Dec28

My home is our haven – soothing, beautiful, comforting, but sometimes, cluttered. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my biggest home hurdle is dealing with aspects of clutter. Some days, I manage it well, other days, I step […]

Keeping the Advent Story Fresh: Through Mary’s Eyes

Dec23

“Oh Mom, I just love this magical time of year. It’s so cozy with lights and hot chocolate, Hallmark movies and our special family traditions . . .” My heart warmed as I agreed with our youngest daughter, so when […]

My Real Family Christmas Letter

Dec15

In the next few weeks, Christmas cards and letters from friends far and near will descend on our mailbox. Memories will resurface from a lifetime ago. Unfamiliar faces will appear in pictures, as marriages have dissolved and new covenants established. […]

The Tale of Three Cinnamon Rolls (It’s not what you think)

Dec8

 I woke to the phone ringing. A recorded message announced the first school delay. Snow flakes graced not only the grass, but the roads as well. In North Carolina, that reality rocks everyone’s equilibrium, and as a Wisconsin transplant, I […]

Finding Margin in the Rat Race of Life…

Nov29

I initially penned this post when I first started my blog seven years ago. My eldest was just starting high school and now he’s about to graduate from college. It’s amazing to see how the heart of this message is just as […]

Let’s Consider a New “To-Do” List This Holiday Week

Nov24

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls),  Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out […]

Gratitude Rolls: Special Thanksgiving Tradition

Nov23

Grateful Rolls – This simple tradition is a fun way for your family to express what they are grateful for during your Thanksgiving dinner. As guests arrive have each person write a few things that they are grateful for on small sheets of paper. We always make our special “butter horn” rolls each Thanksgiving,

Care Packages for the Homeless: Way to Help the Homeless

Nov19

Nationwide, temperatures have been frigid. Ice courses through the bones. And while I tucking my children into bed, years of route “courtesy prayers” are spouted… “Lord, thank you for our yummy dinner tonight. Thank you for our house during the […]

Little House on the Prairie Moments (& giveaway)

Nov12

Yesterday morning, I glanced out my kitchen window to a bit of glory glistening. After weeks of unending rain, the sun streamed so brightly, the fall foliage showed off in all its wonder and the adorable fabric banners hung (over […]

The One Word Vocabulary Shift That Profoundly Changed Me

Nov8

Our eyes glimpsed the deer grazing across the pond. Birds sang, ducks swam, and a cacophony of crickets serenaded. As the sun set on our outdoor conversation, a more serene backdrop couldn’t be envisioned, yet our hearts’ cry was anything but. […]