• Freedom isn't free

    The Fight For Freedom Deserves Our Last Ounce Of Courage

    The evening began with bowls of warm chili and trembling, nervous tummies.   True, my kids had spent the past few weeks in great anticipation of this Chili Dinner and Talent Show, but now that their turn to perform was quickly approaching, they were having second thoughts.   “What have we gotten ourselves into?” they wondered aloud. Their apprehension was palpable.   The time soon arrived.   All three of them nervously gathered around the piano to perform their piano trio, which went off without a hitch.   One down, one to go.  …

  • a good place to hide

    A Good Place To Hide: A Lesson In Love And Trust

    As an avid reader, I occasionally run across some gems. On June 23rd, 2015, I was delighted to open the book “A Good Place To Hide” and read of a sermon given exactly 75 years ago, on 23 June 1940—and what a sermon it was! Boy, can we ever relate to it today. This is so powerful: On 22 June 1940 an Armistice was signed by Hitler and Marshal Petain of France. Not everyone agreed with the terms of this Armistice, including Andre’ Trocme’, who, on the day following the signing…

  • hands free mama overcoming technology addiction the family friendly way

    Hands Free Mama: Overcoming Technology Addiction The Family-Friendly Way

    Some time ago, our family sat around the table and discussed Technology Addiction.   My husband and I confessed to our children our particular addictions (which may or may not have something to do with Craigslist and an iPad). The kids shared insightful suggestions on how we might have a more balanced approach with technology, suggestions like:   Don’t use it when we’re in the room   Use it only at certain times of the day   Don’t carry it with you   Have tech-free days   Then we ate…

  • Authentic connection

    Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

    A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour sharing with each other our trust in the Lord and how He has carried us through our most recent trials. We read scripture, swapped recipes, and encouraged one another. I walked her across the street when we were done visiting,…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Strength, Hope, and Peace {A Three-Step Plan}

    The Ultimate Guide to Strength, Hope, Peace

    “Mom, why are all the flags around town at half staff today?” my daughter asked, gazing out the car window. It’s a question I hear on a regular basis these days and, quite honesty, I’m tired of hearing it. I’ve grown weary of sharing with my children all the negativity that is taking place in our country–mass shootings, violence, death. Instead, I’ve decided to focus on the positive, the possibilities, the things that can fill us with strength, hope, and peace. I’ve chosen to tell my children that whenever they…

  • 5 ways to connect with God

    5 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Connect With God

    **A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jazmin, for sharing this powerful piece about being intentional in our relationship with God. Her ideas inspired me to try something new. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by her words.** ** This post may contain affiliate links. You can find my disclosure HERE.   Connect With God Relationships will fail if we fail to invest in them. We know that when it comes to connecting with our people, but what about when it comes to connecting with God?…

  • How To Create A Powerful Connection With Your Child

    How To Create A Powerful Connection With Your Child

    **A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jess from Intentional Families, for sharing a piece of her story with us, along with suggestions for creating more powerful connections with our children.** ** This post may contain affiliate links. You can find my disclosure HERE.   I remember this like it was yesterday.   It was starting all over again.   I could feel the hairs on my arms raising. Heart pounding. Breathing was getting hard and I felt like if I didn’t scream, I would hit something.  …

  • A Celebration Of America

    Celebrate America: Patriotic Roundup

    July will be here before we know it and with it a desire for those in America to celebrate the birth of our nation—-Independence Day! Below are links to my favorite resources to inspire you and your family during our most patriotic month. Enjoy!   ACTIVITIES Celebrating America On Independence Day: How an activity I threw together in a pinch turned into one of our favorite holiday memories   What better time to ensure Safe And Happy Neighborhoods than during the summer months?!   FASHION  This ADORABLE patriotic vest and bowtie onsie by…

  • Teaching Kids About Food

    Teaching Kids About Food: Awesome Advice For Parents

    **When I learned that Sam from The Kitchen Professor is passionate about creating connections in the kitchen, I knew I had to invite her to guest post on my blog. After all, authentic connections are most easily made when surrounded by food, and what better place to find food than in a kitchen! Her post about teaching kids about food is a reminder that spending time in the kitchen can be fun, delicious, AND educational. It’s an entertaining read for young and old alike.**   Eat, Cook, Learn How do we encourage…

  • Seeds to plant A Call To Practice Hospitality

    Seeds To Plant: A Call To Practice Hospitality

    The Bible teaches much about hospitality. Think Abraham, Sarah, Lot. While much has changed since biblical times, hospitality has a place in our lives too. We have many opportunities, both inside and outside our homes, to extend hospitality.   Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking, in her post “A Call To Practice Hospitality”, shares some wonderful insights into this subject:   “God has beautifully designed each one of us to be His Ambassadors…his hands and feet to carry His love to those around us. Ultimately, hospitality is not limited to a space…