July 26, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Lessons Learned From My Daughter: Teens & Social Media

Mar17

I’ve been so quiet over here, but not on Instagram (jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam) where I post almost daily (including video stories). Over the next few months, I’ll get back to my Mentor Mom series , but my book manuscript is due soon and then I hope to […]

When I Struggle with a Fresh, New Year

Jan22

It’s January: everything around me reminds me it’s time to ring in 2017 with new beginnings, goals, dreams and a renewed vigor to all things. Brand new journals glisten with fresh pages eager to be conquered and the artistry and craftsmanship […]

Present, Presents, Presence: pre-holiday encouragement

Nov11

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. Our desire is to welcome guests to our home with beautifully adorned decorations, deliciously homemade delights and ambiance that rivals […]

Reminders We All Need to Hear (& free printable for us all, especially the kids)

Sep21

Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood.  Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old? Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Come Behind the Scenes of the National Archives. Fascinating!!

Sep8

Over the past year, my family has explored some of our nation’s greatest colonial treasures. We’ve been blown away at what we were missing when the roots and framework of our country’s leading men have been so beautifully preserved for […]