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Mommy Confession... A Lesson in Contentment

Mommy Confession… A Lesson in Contentment

Ever have “those” days?  Me too. Sometimes I have days where, for no foreseeable reason, I wake up in a foul mood. Usually on those days, the boys do too. Oh great, I think to myself. Here comes another one of “those” days. There are MegaBlocks covering every square inch of flooring, and the boys […]

The Beauty of...

The Beauty of…

… child labor.  Uh… wait, that’s bad. The beauty of teaching your children the value of hard work. Better?  Thought so  🙂 Yesterday afternoon, Ryan and I were trying to clean the kitchen to get ready for small group.  Ryder and Evan were super bored, and therefore, suuuuuuuuper whiny.  Suddenly it dawned on us – […]

Moms Must-Read… and I Haven’t Even Finished It!

If you go to my church, you’ve learning how to be a great leader by following Nehemiah’s example.  (And if you don’t go to my church, visit and click on “listen/watch live” to check out the sermon library.)  Well,  I’m currently reading a book called The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World by Susan Merrill… […]

On My Mind Lately… {long}

The other day, I posed two questions about music. Then I shared this article on my Facebook page in which the author describes her frustration with the way our culture currently “celebrates” holidays. I totally concur… and apparently, based upon the amount of comments and likes it got, many of my friends do too. So […]

Do You REALLY Listen?

…to music, that is.  I think it’s kind of a two-part question. First, if you listen to mainstream music, are you really paying attention to the lyrics? About seven or eight years ago, I started to become a little disillusioned with secular music.  Most of the time, my car stereo was tuned to a local country station, […]

Book Review: Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

Book Review: Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

Last year, I became part of a review panel for new books published by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing.  The deal is, I occasionally receive emails containing the title and description of a book.  It could be just about any kind of book… Christian fiction, parenting, homemaking, self-help, etc.  If it looks like […]

On Friendship

Would you agree with me if I said there are different kinds of friends? You probably have lots of friends (with a little “f”): These are your acquaintances… The people you see on a semi-regular basis.  You smile and wave at each other, and maybe even carry on a brief conversation containing lots of small […]

Grati-Tuesday: Happy Birthday, My Love!

Grati-Tuesday: Happy Birthday, My Love!

Today is Ryan’s birthday, and I am grateful for him. He’s the perfect match for me. He supports and encourages my crazy dreams.  He provides for our family.  He loves me even when I’m unlovable.  He’s a godly leader, and a man of great character. He’s a wonderful father. He is firm but loving.  He roughhouses […]