November 27, 2015

Care Packages for the Homeless: Way to Help the Homeless


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!!


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 […]

A Buy-Less Mindset


There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out). But really, does it work? It doesn’t work for me. One-in-one-out sounds like a […]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Parents


Our two eldest college aged sons just went back to school this week and his momma’s heart doesn’t do well with that. I MISS THEM!! I know their new beginnings and all this change are part of the process of […]

Are you naturally beautiful? (The answer is YES.)


Hi folks! Katie here. I am attracted to inner beauty, just as Jen wrote about here in her post on Meaningful beauty that came from glimpses of poverty. Sometimes, it’s so easy to let ourselves get distracted by the way people look […]

Linger, Savor, Enjoy


Did you know that by the time you reach your 40th birthday, you will have eaten 50,000 meals and spent over 50,000 hours in a food related atmosphere? We have to eat to live and yet it’s no longer the […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1


Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

It’s in the Day by Day


As the calendar page flipped, I’ve spent my time trying to organize my thoughts, re-arrange my schedule, and simplify my time. My moments haven’t been filled with many immediate high impact choices, yet rather letting days drift to a subtle […]

Random Thoughts & Inspiration from My Week


Have you noticed that I’m trying to get back to the Beauty and Bedlam of old? I’m adding in just a little of this and a little of that here and there. It’s the oddest thing ever because I’ve been […]

A Peek into My Week of Beauty and Bedlam


Sweet friends – Can I call you that? Friends? Anyone who has taken the time to faithfully hang around my corner of the blogosphere for awhile, comment here, on FB or even connect in some small ways through sharing both […]

I Want That To Describe Me


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 […]

(Non Toy) Gifts That Make an Impact for Years to Come


As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. We want our family to know they are loved beyond measure, yet everything around us during this season equates with […]

Dear Mom of Teens: it’s time we start talking about this


Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

If I’m Okay With Shopping on Thanksgiving…


It started slowly a month or so again;  a facebook share that once again touted the evils of shopping on Thanksgiving. My heart squeezed a bit because I knew I’ve been guilty and wondered how I was falling prey to […]

Clutter Countdown: Parting with Sentimental Objects


Howdy, howdy! My name is Katie Clemons; I’m the storycatcher and journal crafter behind the much beloved-writing prompt journals at I’m going to be joining you and Jen here twice a month to talk about intentional living and crafting […]

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