July 21, 2014

My Mommy Mess-Up Moment

Feb22
Mothering

It’s been one of those weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed, struggling with discouragement and down right exhausted in my mothering, so I revisted a post that I wrote earlier and claiming this truth. It’s been awhile since I’ve messed up as […]

Easter Basket Trail: Easter Morning Idea

Mar29
easter basket ideas_opt

Easter Morning Idea: Follow the Ribbon Tradition It’s so simple to make magical memories with your children and I had such fun reminiscing, as I just loaded last year’s pictures. Why don’t you take just a few minutes to add […]

The Advent Jesse Tree: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas

Dec3
The Advent Jesse Tree @beautyandbedlam

Traditions play a role in our family’s tapestry in dynamic dimensions. As a traditions consultant for many years, I can share traditions for every holiday and celebration that you can think of, and most likely, many that would never cross […]

When I Say “I Do” (Jen Sharing)

Sep1
Jen singing at wedding

Last month, my niece and a wonderful young man stood before the Lord and declared, “I do.” I’ve had  the privilege of singing at many weddings over the years, but when it’s someone who is like a daughter to me, […]

Remembering…My Fox News Interview regarding Frugal Living

Apr10

As I prepare for my blog redesign that was supposed to be done forever ago, I’ve been getting side tracked quite often.  Completely my fault, as I’ve been taking a step back in time to read over old posts. So […]

Meal Time Magic: the Joy of an Unexpected Blessing

Apr6
The most precious of meal times

Make Family Meal Time a Priority Gather Together over a Shared Meal The Importance of Family Meal Time Laugh More, Laugh Loud Creating Ambiance through Candle Light around the Dinner Table Gathering together around a shared family meal is an […]

Door to Door Christmas Caroling

Dec15
caroling collage

The Door to Door Christmas Caroling tradition has become a thing of the past, but not for our extended family. For over a decade, we gather, put together plates of Christmas goodies, and visit our neighbors. Now, remember, we are […]

What’s Your $10 Fun?

Jun9
free fun in the pool

Last weekend, my girls and I bonded over treasure hunting and hit some yard sales. We didn’t find a lot of things, but because they were with me, items were pointed out in a new light. Smooshed together in a […]

Spring Blooms…

Mar27
dafoldills blooming_opt

Finally, the sun’s rays peaked through the clouds with the last hint of frost’s chill callously clinging to the branches. Our homestead’s first day of spring blooms greeted the morning – just a few sprinkled haphazardly throughout our lot line. […]

Financial Update – Needs vs. Wants

Mar7
needs vs want pic

Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our God Watch – a time of watching and waiting expectantly. One year of transition, one year of unemployment, one year of unknowns, and one year later…we have grown, changed, cried, […]

Sheetz Gas Station – a new family tradition

Dec26

Starting new traditions is a bit like going on a first date. It looks promising before the actual time together, but after the fact one must weigh the pros and cons, and decide whether or not to commit to another try.

Well, when Sheetz Gas Station advertised free coffee treats on Christmas day, we knew this might be the start of a blessed new tradition.

Gathering on Christmas day with extended family from our homestead, we put meals together and then delivered them to refugee families (post to come). When my frugal partner in crime (niece in the middle) shared that Sheetz was sharing their coffee, we couldn’t think of a better way to end our Christmas Day.

Waiting

Nov9

Sitting in the terminal, I love to people watch, don’t you? Watching so many different people, personalities, colors, life choices, attitudes, and reactions, makes me wonder where their peace is found. Delays happen. Often, delays are neutral, but sometimes, they […]

I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…

Nov8

don’t know when I’ll be back again. Right now, I’m in an airplane heading for Ecuador with my precious sister in love. What a privilege to witness first hand a miracle in the making. I can’t wait to introduce you […]

Magic Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Oct5
Magic Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Create a sense of wonder and magic in the imagination of your children as you bring the Magic Pumpkin Patch tradition to life. It’s such a fun fall tradition and won’t take more than a few minutes to plan. Let […]

Confessions of a Running Mom: 5 Frugal Fitness Tips

Jun21
5 Frugal Fitness Tips

Can I tell you a secret? I hated running as a child. Okay, that’s not much of a secret…in fact anyone who knew me then, could tell you that. But growing up I hated any form of exercising, and running […]