Summer offers promises of quiet late afternoons and early evening lounging by the pool. Don’t miss out on the berries, the farmer’s market, reading, cleaning, time with friends and most importantly, rest. Don’t let the summer slip away without enjoying it thoroughly.Read More
Home is God’s idea. Family is God’s idea. No matter the size of your home or family, living in your space necessitates daily and weekly cleaning. When routines are established, the rhythm of life creates more time for enjoying living in your home.Read More
Routines and Rhythms of Cleaning
Some of us love the process of cleaning just as much as we enjoy the results. Others struggle with the patterns necessary to maintain their living space daily, weekly and seasonally. In order to live this life well, we must create a plan to maintain our space. Let’s be honest, maintaining a home is hard work. Sort out the work into doable daily and weekly lists.Read More
This Christmas checklist offers ideas for more choices encouraging you to create Christmas intentionally for your family. Consider this checklist to create new memories for your family.Read More
A story of loss and gain through Infertility, Miscarriage and Children.
The news spread quickly as we told everyone we knew. However, our excitement screeched to a halt the evening that we began to lose them. Darkness settled in. Sadness engulfed us. Dreams died hard.Read More
I am really just a simple girl blessed beyond words.
As a mother of five beautiful children, a grateful wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a teacher, a servant, and a follower of Jesus Christ… I stand humbled.
This book is about my journey through parenting intentionally while navigating through the challenges of raising five very unique children.Read More
As we enter this new month, I propose a new thinking. Why not approach this entire season with high hopes and low expectations? High hopes for a renewed sense of joy, family, spiritual insight, memories, and enjoying the activities of Christmas. Low expectations of myself being superwoman. Low expectations of my kids being perfect and more well-behaved. Low expectations for my husband to meet my expectations. Low expectations for others in terms of what they might do for us. Finally, low expectations for next year and how it will be completely different. When hopes are high and expectations low, it is easier to be delighted and grateful.Read More
As a former rough water lifeguard and eager health enthusiast, I completely support physical exercise being part of growing a whole child. However, I struggle with the emphasis on sports in today’s youth culture. Every kid walks away from their chosen sport someday…….then what? Many coaches and parents fail to identify the lifetime value of sports because they falsely assume they are training the next state champs.Read More
As a mom of two beautiful daughters, the topic of beauty materializes often. This article is intended to encourage the validation of the beauty in your daughter and mine. It is imperative that we speak intentionally to the dehumanizing of our daughters by the culture. What are the messages they hear which define beauty?Read More
What does your family spend monthly on food?
What motivates you to be a steward of the funds God has provided you?
Due to the financial strain families feel in the current economy, discussions about food costs occur more frequently than ever. In the last two years, I have been privileged to speak at numerous women’s events on the subject of saving money on groceries. While I do use coupons to significantly impact my grocery shopping, I entitled my speech "Saving Without Scissors". The following include some of the ideas from my presentations.Read More
As moms we eagerly work to give our kids the skills they need to be a success in life. One of the most important abilities we all desire for our child is the ability to communicate effectively. This requires thinking, speaking and writing prowess. With a few intentional moves, your child can be a phenomenal writer. Here are few thoughts about bringing your student along from the beginning so that you RAISE a WRITER.Read More
Just yesterday it seems we started her senior year. A day later we worked on announcements, a white dress and the celebration party. Yet, it is time to shop for her dorm room. The summer, which seems to offer long days, will soon evaporate into the infamous late summer move-in day.Read More
Being a mom is hard work every day. To be entrusted with the life, health and development of a tiny human growing into a mature, reflective and capable adult takes commitment and prayer. A mother’s investment insists on time and energy covered with prayer and hope. If you are a mom look beyond the daily busyness. Look to the future results of each of your everyday activities. Stop to plan. Dream goals. Implement.Read More
Since I have always been one for adventure, the seriousness of the day to day of mothering and domestic chores prompted me to jump out of an airplane. The truth is, I have always wanted to hang glide. My husband, who has been a licensed pilot since age 17, understands the urge to “fly”. However, he does not share my interest in hang gliding or jumping out of an airplane.Read More
As a parent, you likely observe your child’s strengths and weaknesses in academics as well as other venues such as church and social opportunities. Our strongest qualities are often our greatest weaknesses. Knowing this proves both encouraging as well as disheartening.Read More
As you look out the window and take in the pleasure of Spring with its budding things, reflect on the children germinating in your care. Are they “planted by the river”? Are their “roots deep in Him?” Are they “blooming from the deeper seed” that is planted in them by a loving intentional parent?Read More
Have you ever stopped to wonder why you and your siblings are so different from each other? Goodness, you grew up in the same family. Shouldn’t you be more like each other? Do you ever wonder as a parent why you can’t ever seem to get along with a certain child, while life is always a breeze with one of your other children?Read More
One of the most difficult things in raising a child is training them to be an independent adult. Establish goals that will create autonomy as they mature. Invest time necessary to train your child to do all domestic jobs they will need to succeed as an adult. Your confidence that they can complete the job will eventually lead to a job completed correctly.Read More
Some time ago, my husband suggested that I write a blog. While I appreciated his confidence in me, I couldn't imagine when I would write. With five children to home school, a house to keep and a myriad of accompanying responsibilities to complete, I promptly dismissed the idea. However, my husband pursued this proposal incessantly because he felt I could be an encouragement to other women.Read More