Growing Marriage: Lessons in Love From My Husband

Fifteen years Nineteen years ago we married, mainly because we were infatuated with each other and thought it would be cool to get to share a house. God’s direction and miraculous grace on those two wayward young people cannot be measured, as I ponder the depth and growth of our love–he’s my husband, my teacher, my best friend. Marriages are built, not fallen into. They are tended, not run on autopilot.  You must intentionally spend time growing marriage.  The years are […]

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What I’m Telling My Girls About the Women’s March

The women’s march that took place the day after the presidential inauguration leaves me with a deep sense of anguish, not hope, for the women in this country. As a Christian woman who is also a human being, who obviously shares the same ideals of feminism as far as it includes women being treated with equal value and worth, I grieve for the anger and vitriol that lies within the hearts of women in our country. But more than that, […]

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One Woman’s Journey Out of Exhaustion

  Enjoy this guest post from A Mother’s Heritage: “Something is wrong. I just can’t do it anymore!”  How many times over the years have I said this to my husband while sitting in a crumpled heap of tears. Life sucking fatigue had gripped me strongly and I didn’t understand why.  To do the most mundane of tasks was becoming difficult and I was not able to be the energetic, diligent mommy that I so desired to be. I have struggled […]

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Learning Readiness? They’re Born Ready!

“You would have to lock a two-year-old in a dark closet to keep him from learning the foundational skills upon which other learning is built!” As what some call a relaxed homeschooler, I’ve always had somewhat of an aversion to traditional schooling, or the classroom/textbook method (even when I was a high school teacher). Please don’t get me wrong–there are wonderful things textbooks can be used for: one of which is stacked on top of each other to elevate a […]

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7 Simple Things I’m Doing to Make This Year Better

In no particular order, instead of making new year’s resolutions, I’ve been working on a list of  simple things I’m doing to make this year better. I am a simple girl, I love simple changes and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by resolutions I know I can’t won’t keep. Health There’s nothing like aging that will make you pay a bit more attention to your health. Turmeric is top of the list. Have you people read about this miraculous wonder-spice? […]

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The BEST Thing You Can Do for Your Kids When You Feel Like A Bad Mom

  It’s a long, arduous road, this parenting gig. There are the tiring years of baby and toddlerhood, when you’re too sleepy to really enjoy it, and then the teen years crash upon you, and suddenly, between the emotional outbursts and vague feelings of alienation, you realize those former years were really pretty great and you grieve that you didn’t take it in more deeply. And then there are many of you, like me, who are doing the whole gamut at […]

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Family Updates & a Merry Christmas to You!

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For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, I recently told you about my husband’s back/neck injury and wanted to give a quick update that he did have surgery yesterday. The doctor really made an amazing call. He knew from a previous MRI that Aaron had bone spurs inside the vertebrae pressing on the spinal cord in one particular spot. But he also had some loss of his arm muscle which was specific to another area of the vertebrae. […]

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How Being a Christian Should Change My Home

Sometimes I need to give myself a good old-fashioned “talkin’ to” and you may as well eaves drop ’cause this is gonna be good. I find it easy to talk about this or that virtue of being a Christian–“be kindly affectionate to one another…”, “in lowliness of mind, let each consider others better than himself…”, and that bit about how the whole sum of the gospel is found in loving God and your neighbor–until it comes down to the hard […]

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The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don’t and I’m left nagging about chores half-done and a general lack of concern for the tidiness of our home. **Deep breath** My Dad always says, “You can’t expect what you don’t inspect” […]

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Are You Wasting or Living Life?

“The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.” -Harold Lee Do you ever feel like you’re just busy waiting for the next phase, the next season, the next step? Once we arrive *here*”…life will be easier, slower, better. But… We are here. Now. Life is where we are in this moment. Circumstances will most certainly change, seasons will wax and wane, but we can’t waste NOW by waiting on […]

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