May 5, 2016

Easter, The Bunny, and My Thoughts: Should We Mix the Two?

Mar26

As a young mom, with four babies in five years, many years of my life swirled around a few choice things. One, that all oatmeal pieces were out of my hair by noon. Two, that all my personal undergarments were […]

I’ve Never Been Told That Before

Mar10

Clutching the crisp, white note, I held my 20 year old breath as I reread the words scribbled on the stationary by the Director of Admissions at my university. “Jennifer, Thank you for your servant leadership this year on our […]

The Importance of Fighting For Those Moments

Mar1

I’m coming back from my longest blogging break ever. I never intended to stop posting, but if felt so good. Taking a step back gave me time to think, refresh and refocus (although I’m still in process on that ;)). I’ve […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Feb17

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

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 […]