November 20, 2017

Join Me in Rewriting the Best “To-Do” List This Holiday Week

Nov15

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 […]

Big Month, Family Bonding and The Star

Nov10

 Sponsored by The Star In Theaters November 17. “Oh Mom, I just can’t wait for the most wonderful time of the year. It’s so cozy with lights and hot chocolate, our special family traditions and . . .” My heart […]

Celebrate with Simple Gatherings + Amazing Giveaways

Oct3

As many of you know, I’ve spent the last six months punching out every story and thought and detailing my heart for imperfect, every day hospitality with 60,000 words (yes, you read that correctly – 60K words) In this day and […]

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

Sep25

I’m thrilled to welcome my precious friend, Karianne, to my front porch today. We’re in for a double treat because she’s also going to be speaking at my Becoming Conference again this year and she will make you laugh until […]

The Ultimate Girls Get Away: Becoming 2018

Sep20

Mark your Calendar for Becoming 2018. I can’t believe that I am announcing that registration for our seventh annual Becoming Conference is open. I am over the top thrilled to invite you to join us!! I can’t wait to meet you. […]

Free Printable Banner Templates: Alphabet with Different Styles, Shapes & Fonts

Sep18

I think it goes back to my first apartment in college. Overjoyed with the simple pleasure of creating my own space on a budget and finding such joy in the littlest of things, I fell in love with hanging words, […]

The “We All” of Family: Cultivating Memory Making Moments

Sep14

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will turn our hearts towards traditions. There’s such power and importance in establishing them, yet with our busy schedules, maybe consider implementing some Once a Month Memory Moments, instead of piling more pressure […]

Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Aug22

How Good and Pleasant it is when God’s People Live Together in Unity. Our four year old daughter stormed through the front door, flung herself on the sofa and with a Scarlet Ohara flair declared, “I just don’t understand why […]

MOM JOY! I haven’t laughed this much in a LONG TIME!!

Jul13

A few months ago, the crazy fashion world dipped their toe into social media land to see if viewers would name the male romper friend or foe.  A few entrepreneurial guys wanted to start a fashion revolution through their new brand “ROMPHIM.” They […]

Red, White and Blue Dessert Delights – July 4th Inspiration

Jul3

We are hosting two large groups of people this weekend, with virtually no notice, and the need for some 4th of July dessert ideas inspiration has hit in full force. My teen age sons got home from their work camp […]

Remembering Courage – July 4th Idea for the Family

Jun29

As one drives around neighborhoods this weekend, the haze from back yard cookouts lazily permeate the clear, summer sky. The aroma draws you in, and memories of past July 4th grilling events flood back to the forefront. (It’s amazing how […]

Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas (and my stories)

Jun16

My heart warmed when I snapped this picture. Dressed up and all ready for their special daddy daughter date night, our girls spent time with a devoted father. A daddy whose desire  to cherish his princess daughters, and model just […]

Life Changing Legacy Happening in Frozen Foods

May31

In the middle of Aldi’s frozen food aisle, I “did” church. Right in between the tater tots and frozen peas, I almost missed it. I’m so grateful I didn’t. Since I’ve been studying Scripture on imperfect hospitality, I’ve begged the […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors: My Important Reminder

May12

It all matters!! I’m finishing up a 60K word book manuscript this weekend.  I’m exhausted. I’ve written about our home and hospitality and mothering with more words than I ever thought in me. I’ll share more soon because I have a […]

It’s Been Almost 9 Years: blogging Q & A’s

Apr21

How is it that we blink and nearly a decade has flown by!!! It’s amazing that we are already making summer plans, isn’t it? In July,  I’m privileged to be a mentor at a Design and DIY blogging conference called Haven and they […]