Choosing to Embrace the Summer Chaos

I love summer! For the past few years, ours has been full of camps, trips, and holiday celebrations with family.  So far this year, we’ve had cheerleading camp, youth camp with our church group, a beach vacation with family mixed with a couple of birthdays and other holiday celebrations. My daughter is spending this week with […]

Finding Grace Amidst the Mess

Somewhere at the beginning of this day there was a plan. Honest. No one told me there would be days like this as I sat in my French literature class at the university. No one prepared me for this part of homemaking. I meant to help my five-year-old son clean his room. He needed a […]

Spring Makes My Heart Want To Sing!

Spring is creeping in. The trees are still rather bare but it’s coming … the burst of the next season. I see buds. Bright pink, green, and yellow flashes of color are all around. And after the hard winter we’ve had the change in the weather makes me want to sing. I’m not the only […]

Having a bad day? Don’t respond badly.

It was a bad day. In fact, it was a bad week. Each day brought it’s own little unpleasant surprise A car wreck got the week off to a particularly bad start. No one was seriously hurt, thank God, and that’s all that matters—but a .005 second mistake by a distracted driver has perhaps totaled […]

3 tips to avoiding the Summer Grumps

I was a first born, rule-following, kid. IF by chance I didn’t follow a rule, my conscience talked to me so loudly that I would run to my mama with tears in my eyes and spit out a blubbering confession (ex: the time I shaved my legs on a dare at a slumber party in […]

Getting a Refill on your Cup of Joy

Last week was a rough week. There were plenty of logical reasons why. I had been traveling the week before, my kids were off their routine, my husband wasn’t feeling awesome, and I had started a new workout routine. I have to just face the facts that exercise . . . especially butt-kicking exercise . […]

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