Don’t Miss Out on the Biggest Blessing of Being a Mom

Before I had kids, I thought the adage "children are a blessing" referred to all the joys I would experience as a mother. I didn't understand that the proverb held a double meaning, a double blessing...

Self-Care: Are You an Extrovert, Introvert, or Ambivert?

You may not be what you think you are. Find out why I've experienced all three "-verts" - extrovert, introvert, and ambivert - and how I've come to embrace who I am today (and you can, too!)

How to Explain the Importance of Handwashing to Your Child: COVID-19 Health

Whether you're mildly worried, or whether you're in full panic mode, COVID-19 is a common concern for every mother in the world today. So, how should you explain the importance of handwashing to your child?

How a Mentor Can Enrich Your Life (and Help!): My Sister, My Mentor

January is National Mentoring Month, and I'd love to tell you about my sister, my mentor - partly to brag on her, but also to paint a picture of how a mentor can enrich your life.

Beat Holiday Stress: Why November is the Perfect Time to Plan for Christmas

What is your least favourite month of the year? Mine used to be November. Why? Because November feels dreary. November feels like an in between-Thanksgiving-and-Christmas, useless kind of a month during which the dormant, brown grass becomes a reflection of what I feel inside - not alive, not dead, just somewhat depressed while I wait... Continue Reading →

Why You’ll Never Regret Obeying God

“Is that you, God?” How do you know whether a random thought that pops into your head is from God? What do you do when that random thought is so absurd that you seriously doubt it could be God? Obeying God Isn’t a Science. It seems to me that: Recognizing God's voice and obeying God... Continue Reading →

How to (Realistically) Create a Successful School Morning Routine

Ready or not, school is in full swing. In the past (and likely, again, in the future), I have had a hard time creating a successful school morning routine. Mornings at our house have been a tad ugly: We lounge too long on the couch before breakfast. (Slothfulness is a problem I’ve devoted an entire... Continue Reading →

Are You Tired and Stressed? Read This and Have a Good Laugh

I get it. It seems there are a million-and-one things screaming for our attention every day. We get tired. We're overwhelmed, and we're stressed-out. When we've reached the end of our unraveling rope, (and even then, I believe God works in our weaknesses) it's encouraging to hear stories - especially funny ones - about other... Continue Reading →

How to Find Balance: My Story of Sugar Vs. Community

Can Someone Tell Me How to Find Balance? I used to be a no-sugar Mom. Have you ever fed your kids sugar and then watched (with horror) as your sweet angels morphed into sugar-crazed Tasmanian devils? I have. "So, what?" you may say. "Kids run around in hyper-drive for an hour and then they crash. We've all been... Continue Reading →

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Do. Here’s Why.

At first, I wasn’t pregnant; then, I was. Simple. At least, that’s how it seemed when I first found out I was pregnant with my oldest child. Beliefs Change As my pregnancy progressed, however, I began reading books on how my baby was growing. I learned more about the workings of each delicate part that... Continue Reading →

Living in the Golden Years? Hats Off to You!

Dad's Music Hat My Dad has a black, velvet, cowboy hat. He reserves it for special occasions; specifically, he only wears it when playing the fiddle before an audience. When I was a child, I tagged along to many of Dad’s performances at weddings, anniversaries, and fundraisers. While Dad entertained onstage alongside his music buddies,... Continue Reading →

Mid-Month Moment: Thanking for Joy

It was mid-morning on a Sunday, and the stink in our house was unbearable. I lay on my living room couch: eyes closed, neck supported on an armrest, breathing slowly through my mouth – in and out, in and out – fighting the urge to spew. On my right, two little boys (ages four and... Continue Reading →

A Tank of Grace for the Morning Sloth

What’s your morning personality? Systematic Riser or Morning Sloth? If you lean toward the latter, I can identify. I confess I don’t have a morning routine. Not in the slightest. I am a wayward morning sloth. My husband, on the other hand, observes a daily morning ritual that baffles me: Every day upon waking, Justin... Continue Reading →

Every year, I plan an Easter Egg Hunt for my three children. I love to try out new ideas and change things up from previous years. This year, I found this Easter Egg Fitness Treasure Hunt from http://www.superhealthykids.com. With a few tweaks to customize Natalie's fantastic idea to suit our family, we're ready for Easter... Continue Reading →

How to Play Easter Trivia Egg Hunt (Another Ad-Lent Family Activity)

Our family is back with another Ad-Lent family activity! If you’re unfamiliar with Ad-Lent (which is our family’s take on anticipating Easter), click here to find out more. Easter is approaching, and there’s no better time than the season of Lent to teach your children about Christ’s sacrifice for them and his victory over death.... Continue Reading →

Five Bucks: A Life Lesson in Community

At five o’clock, the doorbell rang; and immediately, Thales wailed. It wasn’t really the doorbell’s fault. It was the “witching hour”. (WITCHING HOUR: The time of day when a child casts aside his God-given character in exchange for an unreasonable, erratic, emotion-driven persona. This recurring phenomenon begins at approximately quarter to five in the evening... Continue Reading →

How to Play Jelly Belly Easter Bingo (An Ad-Lent Family Activity)

In previous posts, I have confessed my weakness for all things Advent related. Christmas is still nine months away, however... Easter approaches! March 6th was the first day of Lent for 2019, and although our family doesn’t celebrate Lent in the traditional sense, I’ve decided to use this season as an opportunity to teach my... Continue Reading →

Pepsi, Mountain Trails, and the Father’s Heart

My heart belongs to the Rocky Mountains. They call to me, “Come home. Return home.” The mountains are my heritage – predestined by the Father, and set into motion by my parents more than fifty years ago… Mom and Dad were married in a white church, nestled inside a little town on the prairie –... Continue Reading →

You Are Not Forgotten: God Sees You (Part One)

No one asked me if I would like to be born on December 19th. I suppose my parents, also, had little say in the matter. It’s no one’s fault, then. But it does come with its challenges. My mother tells the story of how, as a young child, I ardently pointed out to my father... Continue Reading →

What To Do With an Epic-Fail Advent

One sleep ‘till Christmas! …and 15 days behind on our family advent readings. I should have known, but I really thought this year would be different… We started off so well. (You can read about our family’s advent plan and DIY Jesse Tree here.) Our Jesse Tree was finished and waiting for it’s first ornament.... Continue Reading →

Why I Believe God Works in Our Weaknesses (and You Can Too!)

On a dark December night four years ago, I received an unexpected gift -- a gift which left me standing alone in the mudroom cradling a gargantuan black garbage bag in my weepy arms. This gift was set into motion, unbeknownst to me, one week before... It had been late November and Christmas was fast... Continue Reading →

How I Learned… To Connect With God at Christmas (PLUS 6 Simple Steps for an Advent DIY)

I love advent! Every year, advent becomes more and more central to my heart's celebration of Christmas. But I haven't always felt this way. When I was a child, Christmas was: Pepsi, games, candy, mandarin oranges, presents, peanuts, gatherings, thrill, and excitement. I confess that I rolled my child-eyes in distaste at "fanatical" families who made the... Continue Reading →

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