What can you do if you end up with extra candy this Halloween? Maybe rain cut back the door knockers or your kids just knocked on too many doors or got too much at the fall festival. What can you do with all that extra? Here are some great ideas (that might just even build character in the process)! Continue reading 5 Things to Do With Extra Halloween Candy
My college English teacher set a precedent for me for how to pray for others. He showed me how to pray Scripture for others. If you’d like to know a simple, effective way to pray for those in your world, this is the top approach I would recommend. Continue reading Praying Scripture
You know how sometimes you say something to someone else and suddenly realize- “Hmm..that is helpful to me.”? Well, that happened to me tonight as I was putting my sons to bed. All is Well My eldest had just finished … Continue reading The Secret to Shrinking Problems
At the beginning of June, I noticed something that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was that familiar, gnawing, edgy fatigue. I returned from teaching each day unable to move, feeling like every little task required insurmountable effort, … Continue reading That Familiar, Gnawing, Edgy Fatigue
What does “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” in 1 Peter mean? For the extroverted, boisterous, passionate woman, the words may seem to signify that beauty is beyond reach. For the shy, perhaps they are misleading. Let’s look at what is meant in these passages and discover hope for all women that we can depend on the LORD to work true beauty in our spirits. Continue reading Unfading Beauty: What Does Gentle and Quiet Really Mean?
Sometimes warm memories creep into my consciousness of blissful days taking turns with my BFF pushing each other on the old rope swing tied fast to a valiant, towering oak that existed long before us. The oak and the swing … Continue reading Escape Me Not
“I’ll get you now!!!!,” the child screams as he launches forward with his sword. Even if you don’t allow toys that look like weapons, Popsicle sticks start saying, “Bang, bang!,” sandwiches get bitten into gun shapes, and yard sticks become … Continue reading Violence or Valor?
Finish the statement from Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of _______.” Wisdom, right? No! The answer in this chapter is “knowledge.” (“Wisdom” would be the answer in Proverbs 9:10). It is incredible that knowing and … Continue reading The Key to Both Wisdom and Knowledge
In your last job interview, were you asked, “How did you play as a child?” Engineers entering Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are. Why? Caltech found that the new highly-educated engineers were missing something. And it stemmed from the way they played as kids. Continue reading How Play Can Make or Break our Kids’ Futures
So much of life benefits from a simplified approach. But what if I were to tell you that there is one area in which wisdom pleads for you to develop a complexity mindset? What Demands a Complexity Mindset? Our fellow … Continue reading Complexity Mindset (Stops us from wounding others every time)
A couple weeks ago, my three-year-old looked at me with his warm eyes wide and said with sweet deliberation, “My daddy has brown eyes. Like me.” Then he looked into my eyes for a moment and said, “Berry eyes. Like Elijah” Continue reading Berry Eyes
In a world of endless options and limitless needs to be met, sometimes a simple thing like praying for others can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do we even start? How Do We Prayer Well for Others? To me, the … Continue reading Top 2 Ways I Pray for My Friends
Check out this video of job interviews for a Director of Operations Position. It is a must see/must share in respect of the Mom’s we love. Continue reading Interviews for the World’s Toughest Job (Must Share Video for Mother’s Day!!)
As you sit around the table this Thanksgiving, try sharing stories of how God has protected and worked in your lives. Regularly doing this can ground you and your kids like nothing else.
Continue reading Telling Your God Stories Can Change Thanksgiving- and Life
This 5-minute reflection could change the course of your kids’ lives. When honestly done, it will, no doubt, change you. Continue reading 5-Minute Self-Assessment that Could Change Your Kid’s Lives
I was sitting in Sunday School staring down at the new running shoes my mother-in-law had so kindly gotten me early for my birthday thinking how amazing they felt when the thought came into my mind, “This could be the … Continue reading This Could Be My Last Pair of Shoes
Disrespect is Palpable to Men From watching TV with my husband, I’ve learned a lot about how keen men are to noticing respect and disrespect. My husband is indignant when a woman disrespects her guy, and when she respects him- … Continue reading 3 Ways to Disrespect Your Adult Son (And Respectful Alternatives)
How can we as parents, grandparents, and loving adults lead our child to know God for themselves as opposed to leading them to give lip-service to what we believe? How can they learn to stand in awe of Him and yet draw near to Him for themselves? Continue reading How My Kids Can Know God for Themselves
My four-year-old had a great idea today. He said, “Why don’t we set up a beach in our living room? We can have a sun, and a blanket to sit on, and beach toys!” He had a great idea, and it was super fun! Continue reading DIY Beach Day at Home
Whether you are homeschooling or simply want to help your kids get a good start at school, you don’t have to invest in expensive curricula to help your kids read. You can help your child get a good foundation in phonics and reading using free or fairly inexpensive resources. Continue reading Teach Your Kids To Read- Inexpensively and Effectively
Want a mess-free way to let your kids finger-paint? Put kids in the bath, mix some color with shaving cream in muffin tins, and, presto! Instant, easy-to-cleanup fun! Supplies: Washable kids paint (I use a 10 pack of Crayola Washable Kids Paints. … Continue reading Easy Clean-up Finger Painting
What is it that leaves me feeling empty, disconnected, and alone- even when I find myself rarely physically alone? What takes the spark out of my relationship with my spouse? I dream that my kids will grow up to love … Continue reading Engage Deeply, Embrace Wholly, Delight Lavishly!