• 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 our kids to choose an apple over a Pop Tart? A fun way to educate children about healthy food choices is to get them involved in all aspects of meal…

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    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 or time. It matters not how large your home is or how generous your table settings. It is rather a lifestyle of generosity.   It asks with each purchase: “can…

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    Shake Thyself From The Dust

    Arise. Sit Down.   Say what? What exactly is it that you want me to do? Should I stand, or shall I sit? I’m referring to the scripture found in Isaiah 52:2. My children and I got a good laugh out of the verse because, after all, the command does sound a bit ridiculous. I mean, who wants to stand up, only to be told to sit back down? Sounds like a lot of wasted energy to me. These three words “arise, sit down” perfectly sum up how I feel at times–confused, bewildered, unsure of what to do next. Having been thrown a generous array of conflicting commands throughout my life that tug me in opposing directions, I yearn for a…

  • Connection

    Summer Barbecue

    I loved the Facebook message I received in my inbox recently from a friend who has a heart for connection: We are are BBQ-ing this evening and want our friends to join us! We’ll have homemade ice-cream too!! Here are the details: Time: 5pm  Address: ***** Bring: Your own meat and buns for your family and a side to share. We will have watermelon, potato chips, and chips and salsa. The kids can jump on the trampoline and play. It will be fun to see you!! Comment or text me if you intend on coming. Thanks!   Thanks for the inspiration, friend! I’m already plotting how I might incorporate a similar idea into my summer schedule. Family. Friends. Food. Fun. Necessary…

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    Seeking To Do Good: Turning Our Deepest Sorrows Into Blessings

    SEEKING TO DO GOOD   In his book, Meaningful Work, Shawn Askinosie details his journey from competent criminal defense attorney to successful chocolatier. Leaving the stress of his law practice behind, he set out to build a successful chocolate company from the ground up using his unique set of visioning tools, tools that can be used by each of us to create a life of meaning and purpose, no matter what work we do. In addition to building a successful company, he and his team at Askinosie Chocolate have been a positive force for good throughout the world. How exactly do they go about blessing the lives of so many? Often, it begins at their work meetings, where they turn…

  • My Favorite Things

    My Favorite Things // April 2018

    The following are a collection of home inspiration, recipes, and blog posts I have found this week that I hope will encourage and edify you on your journey toward connection. *This page contains affiliate links. You may read more about that here. FAVORITE HOME INSPIRATION                               Love to make, bake, or create? Head on over to A Spoonful of Sugar’s website for an amazing collection of crafts, recipes, and sewing projects, like this tree and house mini quilt, which would make a fabulous New Home gift for a friend or neighbor.   Do chore wars leave you feeling like a disconnected, fragmented family? You may want to…

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    Project Life

    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.) Keeping up with the memory record keeping is a whole other story, however. Perhaps you can relate to that too. Enter Project Life—-the memory-keeping system that allows you to cultivate a good life and record it in no time flat. My kids love looking through their Project Life scrapbooks and reliving the memories we’ve made over the years. And I love that they are now so busy looking through scrapbooks that…

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    Currently // April 2018

    Happy Wednesday Friends!  It’s the first Wednesday of the month so that means I am sharing my Currently post.  Anne from In Residence has this fun linkup every month. I would love for you to join us and link up as well!   Currently showering: rarely happens with me, as I am more of a soak-in-the-tub-and-read-a-book, calgon-take-me-away kind of girl. My bathtub essentials are essential oils, epsom salt, and a good book or magazine. Any other soak-in-the-tub women out there? cultivating: my front yard flower garden. I love shopping for new plants, finding the perfect spot for them in my garden, planting them, admiring them, smelling them, photographing them, and even pulling the weeds that pop up around them. I find digging…

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    Making a difference

    MAKING A DIFFERENCE   She came prancing right up to us, a pink bow placed perfectly behind each ear, and my kids couldn’t have been more delighted! She was the prettiest dog I’ve ever seen––small, fair, silky long hair. She swept across the floor of the store with what appeared to be great dignity and purpose. “Reach down and pet her,” her owner invited, holding the dog’s pink leash in his hand. “I had her registered as a service dog. Now she goes around making people happy. That’s her job.” My kids reached down to stroke the silky, soft hair. “What’s her name?” I asked the friendly owner. “Precious Jewel––PJ for short.” “That’s the perfect name for her,” I replied…

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    My Favorite Things // March 2018

    The following are a collection of blog posts, tutorials, websites, and books I have found this week that I hope will encourage and edify you on your journey toward connection.   FAVORITE BLOG POSTS Got stories? I love stories, and there is something magical about sharing them with children. One of the best things about storytelling is that they can be education in nature, in a sneaky sort of way. Learn five wonderful things children gain from storytelling in Erica Layne’s enlightening article about the power of story.   Perhaps you need to read this powerful article about relationships as much as I did. Life changing!   On her fun blog, Jessica Em reminds us that it’s always the right…