December 8, 2016

The Power of a PB & J Sandwich

Sep27

This summer, the power of a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was made known. (First shared over at (in)courage.) Steam radiated throughout the air and sweat rolled down places my deodorant would never reach. I don’t know why I even […]

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 […]

A Buy-Less Mindset

Sep1

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

Aug28

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 […]

I Was Rattled

Aug22

As the band started playing, I stepped forward on the stage and started my communion solo. “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure.” Verses filled with such depth of truth. “That He should give His […]

Make Room For One More

Jul29

There she was, sitting in a corner by herself. As she aimlessly ruffled the pages of her science folder, her sweet face turned downward showing no expression. My heart tightened as I glanced around the room. Everywhere I looked girls […]

Easy Playdough Recipe (Boredom Busters)

Jul20

It’s that time of the year when you begin to hear, “I’m bored.” Honestly, for years now, our children have learned that phrase is the kiss of death in our home because I can find plenty of things for them […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris

Jul16

“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

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

Jul9

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 […]

Red, White and Blue Dessert Delights – July 4th Inspiration

Jul2

We are hosting two large groups of people this weekend, with virtually no notice, and the need for some 4th of July dessert ideas inspiration has hit in full force. My teen age sons got home from their work camp […]

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 […]

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 […]