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Book Review: The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson

Book Review: The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson

A year ago this month, I attended the MOPs Convention with a handful of gals from a local group.  While we were there, I signed up to be 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 […]

Dear Ryder,

Dear Ryder,

Tomorrow you start Kindergarten.  WOW!  You start KINDERGARTEN!!! Seems like just yesterday we were desperately praying for your safe arrival.  God answered our prayers, and our lives have never been the same since that night. You have brought adventure, and laughter, and noise, and chaos.  And joy.  You are strong and spontaneous.  Sensitive and silly. […]

It's Official.  I'm...

It’s Official. I’m…

… a SOCCER MOM! This is Ryder’s first official experience with team sports of any kind.  We signed him up for soccer through Ripon’s Parks & Rec program because it’s a little cheaper than Modesto’s youth league, and the games are always at the same park (which is closer to our house than many of […]

He Spoke to Me

Some people hear from God while they pray.  Some say He comes to them in dreams.  Others receive inspiration when surrounded by God’s creation. God speaks to me through music. Sometimes I wake up with a song running through my head on repeat, and later that day I’m faced with a situation where I am strengthened […]

First plane ride... enthralled by the safety video.

Tips for Air Travel with Small Kids

Summer is in full swing, so I may be a bit late for those who have already taken their vacations.  But we’ll be departing for Hawaii in a few short weeks, so my mind is once again turned to airport/airplane strategy.  Plus, I’ve been asked for some tips by several friends lately, so I figured […]

Being a BoyMom

Being a BoyMom

This morning, as I do most mornings, I opened my feed reader* and skimmed through all the items.  The introduction to one entry in particular was so familiar, I actually had to re-read it to make sure it wasn’t one that I had written… and I’m not exaggerating.  See for yourself: “All my life, I […]

Tutorial: Easy Scrappy Bunting

Tutorial: Easy Scrappy Bunting

It’s been quite a while since I’ve really had time to sit down and create something, and even longer since I’ve written a tutorial.  This one is quick and very simple, and was inspired by Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy.  (If you haven’t read her adorable blog or checked out her shop, you really should!). […]

Book Review: Praying God's Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp

Book Review: Praying God’s Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp

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 […]

Grati-Tuesday: ZZZzzzzz

Grati-Tuesday: ZZZzzzzz

This might not sound like much to most folks, but I got TWO (non-consecutive) nights of uninterrupted sleep in the last few days.  It’s amazing the difference this makes on one’s outlook on life in general. Yes, Ryder is four… but he’s terrified of the dark.  So if he wakes up to pee in the […]

Graduation!

Graduation!

Last night, we had the privilege of watching our oldest son graduate… from preschool.  🙂  He attended Lighthouse Christian Preschool, and we have nothing but good things to say about the staff and the program there. He learned to write his name, and even though it looks more like a piece of abstract art, I […]