• 6-questions-I-ask-my-children

    6 Questions I Ask My Children On A Daily Basis

    As a mother, I’m doing my best to help my children navigate their childhood and teen years. I’ve found these 6 Questions, asked on a daily basis, help to keep everyone physically and emotionally safe and sound.   QUESTIONS I ASK MY CHILDREN   #1) What are you looking forward…

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    12 Simple Ways To Thrive During Stressful Times

    How does one not only survive, but thrive during stressful times?   We each will face stressful times in our lives.   Life is filled with stress due to relationships, health, finances, world events, and natural disasters.   Fortunately, we can take steps to reduce the chaos around us and…

  • project-life-preserving-precious-memories

    Project Life: Preserving Precious Memories For Your Family

    Memory making is a big deal in our family, as it is in yours, I’m sure. Family traditions, holidays, birthdays, vacations, the time little Johnny spilled a tub of honey on the carpet and then stepped in it. You know, the memories that make you smile (and sometimes cringe).  …

  • a-mothers-place-is-in-the-home

    A Mother’s Place Is In The Home

    Growing up in a small town, I was your average American kid. I had everything a young girl could ever want: interesting hobbies, a fun group of friends, and an education (which I didn’t appreciate at the time, but sure do now!) Oh, and I had my family.   MY…

  • self-care-daily-down-time-and-self-reflection

    Self-Care: Personalized Daily Downtime and Self-Reflection

    Self-care is crucial to living an authentic life, yet it was no secret—I was burnt out! With my busy schedule and seemingly endless list of demands, my days were filled with nothing but go-go-go, and my health was beginning to take note—in the worst possible way. Physically, I was exhausted.…

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    Meet Your Neighbors: An Adventure Awaits

    Meet your neighbors.   It sounds intimidating.   Trust me–I know!   As an introvert, I get all nervous and shaky inside when it comes to introducing myself to strangers.   Nervous as Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Shaky as a lone brittle leaf hanging from a gnarled…

  • Family Traditions

    Family Traditions: Making This Holiday Season A Special One

    He was from Germany. His English was limited, but he needed assistance, so he made his way to the church where my father led a congregation. After a short visit with the man, my father learned that he was alone in our country, his family still in Germany. After making…

  • love speaks truth

    In Good Company: Why Good Friends Tell You The Cold Hard Truth

    It was wrong, and I knew it, but I couldn’t resist…and that’s the cold hard truth. With a small spoon in the front pocket of my Jordache jeans and the crazed determination of a chocolate addict, I made my way around the large kitchen table into the claustrophobic laundry room…

  • Jesus Peace

    The Peace That Comes From Abiding In God

    Not long ago, just as the clock struck midnight, an earth-shattering revelation, made by someone I love more than life itself, threatened to turn my entire world upside-down. Yet, I felt completely at peace. The crushing blow that had the potential to alter the trajectory of my life, from this…