August 31, 2016

Create a “Welcome Home” (plus fun giveaway)

Aug30

As I shared in my last post, “My Whirlwind of a Summer,” our home has been packed with friends, family, and strangers who became friends, all summer long. It’s what I love so much: an open home. Since the very […]

My Whirlwind of a Summer Update

Aug27

I started this post nearly two months ago. Summer is supposed to be a time of wonder, merriment and lazy living, yet for us, it was filled with a whirlwind of huge life moments. So many emotions have been swirling […]

I Want That To Describe Me

Jul18

Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her plastic bag, just in case her stomach caught up with […]

Creative Party Ideas to Keep Things Cool

Jul2

Summer parties and potlucks are in full force, yet so are the temperatures, so why not get creative with how you keep the foods fresh and cool? At a recent graduation party, I had to snap a photo of the […]

Praying Through the News Headlines

Jun19

I wrote this post over at (in)courage before the most devastating week we’ve had in Orlando, yet what I share rings even more true now. With the online parental shaming I see in regards to both the gorilla and alligator tragedies, along […]

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 […]

40+ Unique Uses for Vinegar

May24

As I was trying to tally all the uses of vinegar, I told our eldest I’m finishing with well over 40. Immediately, he replied, “I had no idea there were that many uses for it.” Neither did I. Neither did […]

I’m Choosing to Make This a Great Day (free printable)

May10

Every day when we wake up, we have a choice and sometimes I forget that very simple, yet vitally important truth. We begin the day with new opportunities, new interactions, and new decisions. Many things in our day to day life […]

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 […]