October 9, 2015

To Mothers, Women, Mentors – a Simple Reminder


Five years ago, I shared this post and yet as I re-read it tonight, I needed this reminder – again. No new editing, no additional words, just this. In these moments, when the days are long, and I’m exhausted on all […]

Mothers Day Food Ideas and Recipes


Strawberry Stuffed Crescent Rolls How is it that I’m sharing some of our favorite Mother’s Day Foods and recipes here in hopes that our hubbies and kids will make them for us? Is that a pipe dream? Or maybe we’ll […]

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 […]

Shy, Tired or Rude? How do we encourage that child?


Grasping my skirt like a lifeline, our young daughter refused to let go. “Say ‘hi’ to Mr. Smith, honey. He’s been daddy’s friend since he was a little boy. Just give a quick hello.” I could feel her fingers clench […]

Not My Son


In my kitchen, laughter permeates the air. I look around with joy as siblings are reunited. Our eldest is home for Easter and once again, our family is complete. When my firstborn grabs his brother in a bear hug and slaps […]

Family Easter Traditions: Make Magical Memories


Oh, I love the season of spring. It symbolizes new growth, inspiration and hope of things to come.  Yes, with spring in the air, it means that Easter is almost here.  A time to celebrate God’s goodness, but also a […]

Enough With the Participation Trophy Mentality


I remember that moment so many years ago. His name, yes, my precious baby boy’s name, announced for all to hear. Our tow headed blessing stepped forward and that grin, which captured the hearts of far too many four year old […]

Ever So Fun & Inexpensive Table Centerpieces (perfect for Easter)


I’ve shared this post idea previously, and it’s still one of my very favorite frugal and creative ways to bring a touch of Spring to my decor. Honestly, for one dollar worth of seeds, you can create the most fun […]

Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve


I turned the corner of the dairy aisle and there he stood. With his work shirt un-tucked, skewed ponytail strung down his back and shoulders slouched over the milk cases, his body language screamed, “Don’t mess with me.” Everything in […]

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 […]

8 Father Son Activities (that get guys out of the house)


Howdy! Katie from the storycatching shop, Gadanke.com with you again today. I can already see my son mimicking what he sees his daddy do. Those two are going to become peas in a pod. And I’ll be honest: with Christmas around the […]

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