March 31, 2014

What Should I Do For a Picky Eater?

Suggestions for Picky Eaters

 Overdue with our second child, who finally came out at 10 pounds, 1 ounce – yes, a crazy natural birth, my mom journeyed to help us with our eldest son while I was in the hospital. The night she arrived, […]

They Just Didn’t Get It

It Matters

Cutting up the pieces of card stock and gathering the last of the decorations, I couldn’t wait for the hours ahead. After a long, incredibly grueling and emotional sports season, those coaches needed some encouragement and surely, this would do […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

This Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

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 […]

It Starts Today: Chapter One


I am an open book. A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing. Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life […]

31 Days with a Mentor Mom (who’s keeping it real)

31 Days with a Mentor Mom

My husband flippantly mentioned something about us being “middle aged.” I gasped, “What are you talking about? I am not middle aged! I feel so young.” His eyebrows raised and while attempting to avoid a mind field reaction, he kindly […]

Easy Meal Ideas & the Power They Hold

Evening on the porch

As the crisp, fall air brushes my cheek, it marks that time of year when the hustle and bustle of my hurried schedule wreaks havoc on our family dinner time. Making meals. Gathering for meals. I desire to fight for […]

Can You Relate to Our 180 Pound Lap Dog?

Loving on my dog

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food   . All opinions are 100% mine. When you’ve made the decision to turn your life into a 17 year long running episode of Green Acres, dogs are a given. Yes, […]

Give a Minute, Help Make a Wish

Give a Minute Help Make a Wish

Last year, I shared our Cell Phone Dilemma about our family’s decision of when to allow our kids to get cell phones. Honestly, as a parent, it’s one of the issues we struggle with the most. It’s such a personal […]

When You’re Told Your Floors Are Tacky

Precious feet

Beyond ecstatic, I hung up the phone overcome with gratitude. After seventeen years in our home, the home with five children (four teenagers), three dogs, and two cats tearing up the same worn carpet and ripped vinyl floors, one of […]

Life Lessons from an Ugly DIY Trash Can Make Over

Nasty Garbage Revamp

Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge! All summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate […]

Our First School Experience & My “Lunch” Failure


Last night, the phone rang. As I rushed to answer it, the answering machine kicked on with a welcome message from our son’s principal with all the key announcements for this upcoming school year. You see, after homeschooling our number […]

My Adoption: A Choice of Hope

Adoption A Choice of Hope

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you know I am passionate about mothering. Whether it’s a biological child, adopted child or simply sharing LIFE by mentoring another in ones life, the opportunity to impact and influence […]

She Says I’m Honest

honesty graphic

 image High school girls just seem to know. I think that special “sense” intuitively arrives when they hit their first teen year, and it’s honed to perfection as they get older. They sniff out a fake, even if they might […]

Remembering Courage – July 4th Idea for the Family


As one drives around neighborhoods this weekend, the haze from back yard cookouts lazily permeate the clear, summer sky. The aroma draws you in, and memories of past July 4th grilling events flood back to the forefront. (It’s amazing how […]

In Moments of Crisis


His mercies are new every morning. (Lam. 3:-22-23)  Three months have passed, yet the call still haunts me.  “Jen, it’s a brain tumor. It’s Johnny… They think it’s malignant. They are doing surgery tonight.”   As I perched at the […]