May 6, 2016

Wrestle Hard

Jun28

I wrote this post initially for (in)courage: home for the heart of women. While many of you that read Balancing Beauty and Bedlam may not come from the same Christian world and life view, I think that challenging our teens to […]

Father Knows Best…Father’s Day Ideas

Jun18

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the scramble is on to find that perfect gift, yet every year, I struggle with what to get both my own dad and my hubby. One thing that stands the test of time is […]

Life is Hard

May17

I approached my door and tried to focus. Brown paper bags littered my sidewalk. Bags stuffed with manna. Food, toiletries, diapers, gift cards, and unsigned notes overflowed from grocery bags left for my family. Approaching a year without a paycheck, […]

Thrown away in a Garbage Bag & Left to Die: My Precious Nephew

May14

Nearly six years ago, I traveled to Ecuador with my sister in love to bring home my precious nephew, Edison. Thrown away in a garbage bag and left to die, this miracle now bounds through my door nearly every day with […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors – a Simple Reminder

May9

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

May6

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

Apr27

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

Apr15

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?

Apr9

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

Apr3

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

Apr1

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

Mar18

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)

Mar12

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

Mar5

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

Feb19

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 […]