July 21, 2014

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7
From that Eldest Son of Mine

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children

Jun27
The-Power-of-a-Blessing

My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

Sharing a Blessing: Blessing Basket Tradition

Mar27
lace may day basket

I pulled in the drive way and eyed something on the steps. A bag. A large, heavy grocery bag. Curiosity peaked, I hauled it inside the house and peered inside. Goodies and groceries, soup cans and staples. I opened up […]

When Our Days are Seemingly Insignificant

Mar7
When we feel seemingly insignificant

I did it to myself, and I knew better. That last cup of late night coffee created my self induced insomnia and now I was dealing with its effects. Isn’t it something, the vast scope of topics our mind travels […]

What Do I Give a Family with Eleven Kids?

Dec13
Quirky Brand

In April, it will be seventeen years that we built our home, which also marks another year out on our Homestead. Those who know me understand that “Homestead” is simply a fancy term for the land my brothers and I, […]

Giving Tuesday: Just Give Us One Hour to Make a Difference (prizes too)

Dec2
Give us One Hour this Tuesday to help end hunger in the US

I remember our children’s eyes as the jeep hobbled through the crowded village. It took us three hours to get up the side of the mountain to this more remote village in Guatemala and I knew they’d be forever changed. […]

Generational Mothering

Oct23
family feet

Looking around the table, I study the three generations represented. Amidst the chuckles, private jokes and deeper conversations, the profound generational legacy permeates not just the shared memories, but life choices, marriages, and even character development. Mothering with a kingdom […]

It All Flew Out the Window

Oct20
It All Flew Out the Window

It took me years, but I’m beginning to understand the phrase, “The older I get, the less I know.” Right out of college, I was hired as a high school youth director (pastor) and let me tell you, I was […]

Just One Minute, Honey

Oct13
31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

“Just a minute, honey, I’m almost done.” “That’s what you said last time, mom.” “I know, but really, just give me one more minute. I’ll be right there. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed as I worked on my latest project. […]

They Just Didn’t Get It

Oct4
It Matters

Cutting up the pieces of card stock and gathering the last of the decorations, I couldn’t wait for the hours ahead. After a long, incredibly grueling and emotional sports season, those coaches needed some encouragement and surely, this would do […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Oct3
This Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

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 […]

It Starts Today: Chapter One

Oct2

I am an open book. A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing. Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life […]

31 Days with a Mentor Mom (who’s keeping it real)

Sep30
31 Days with a Mentor Mom

My husband flippantly mentioned something about us being “middle aged.” I gasped, “What are you talking about? I am not middle aged! I feel so young.” His eyebrows raised and while attempting to avoid a mind field reaction, he kindly […]

Easy Meal Ideas & the Power They Hold

Sep25
Evening on the porch

As the crisp, fall air brushes my cheek, it marks that time of year when the hustle and bustle of my hurried schedule wreaks havoc on our family dinner time. Making meals. Gathering for meals. I desire to fight for […]

When You’re Told Your Floors Are Tacky

Aug17
Precious feet

Beyond ecstatic, I hung up the phone overcome with gratitude. After seventeen years in our home, the home with five children (four teenagers), three dogs, and two cats tearing up the same worn carpet and ripped vinyl floors, one of […]