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Why Your Kids Need You To Be Still: The Gift of Living as a Sabbath Mom

Why Your Kids Need You To Be Still: The Gift of Living as a Sabbath Mom

I’ll never forget that moment.  Driving home from a grocery run, I listened to the chaos of my young kids, strapped in carseats behind me.  I don’t remember what they argued about.  I don’t remember who whined the loudest or who strained the hardest to kick at their sibling despite the constraints of the car. … View more

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15 Best Board Books for Baby: With Sweet Baby Gift Ideas

15 Best Board Books for Baby: With Sweet Baby Gift Ideas

Earlier this month, I shuffled through my storage area, trying to find a “Hello Spring!” sign I stashed away last year. Scanning the boxes, my heart smiled when I noticed one scrawled with the label “Baby Books.” An idea quickly popped into my mind. (My husband starts having panic attacks when I look at baby things… View more

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Nature Scripture Scavenger Hunt: Family Fun With Purpose

Nature Scripture Scavenger Hunt: Family Fun With Purpose

Free Printables! Now that the birds have returned to nearby treetops and spring flowers have finally started peeking out from the ground, I’m excited to enjoy time with my family outdoors.  Board games and cocoa have been replaced by jaunts to area trails, followed by a trip to the ice cream shop. There’s just something… View more

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Dear White Moms

Dear White Moms

God’s laid it on my heart to speak plainly today. So my plea is simple: Fellow white moms, we need to move past “colorblindness.” We have to talk about race. It took an African daughter and a whole lot of prodding by the Holy Spirit for me to see colorblindness for what it really is:… View more

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4 “Noteworthy” Appreciation Gift Ideas: Free Printable Gift Tags

4 “Noteworthy” Appreciation Gift Ideas: Free Printable Gift Tags

Easy Gift Ideas for Teachers, Volunteers, and Friends So if you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know I’ve gone a little Washi tape crazy this month.  I recently wrote this post featuring DIY Notecards I made up with some adorable tape I found at Hobby Lobby.  Sixteen notecards later, I still had lots of… View more

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When Your Life Is Laundry: 21 Ways to Add Meaning to the Mundane

When Your Life Is Laundry: 21 Ways to Add Meaning to the Mundane

I recently wrote a post about trying to find purpose in the “small days.”  It was quiet and reflective, and full of pretty little metaphors I like to sprinkle over words like powdered sugar on a donut. (See how I did that?)  But let’s face it:  Sometimes life isn’t all that pretty. Sometimes  you just… View more

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14 Free Scripture Memory Resources For Your Family

14 Free Scripture Memory Resources For Your Family

This past December, I sat down with my daughter to work on memorizing her lines for the Sunday school Christmas program at our church. It became an exercise in conviction for me. Conviction #1:  I am growing old. My brain zeroed in on the memory work assigned to the fourth-graders, and we started working through… View more

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Winter Bucket List: 12 Ideas to Fight the Winter Blues

Winter Bucket List: 12 Ideas to Fight the Winter Blues

Has anyone else ever wished they had the ability to hibernate?  What a brilliant strategy for getting through the winter: Plump yourself up with rich rich foods all fall and then cuddle up in your fur coat and take a good, long nap. I actually attempt this winter coping mechanism nearly every evening. My slightly… View more

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7 Words of Grace Your Kids Need to Hear You Say

7 Words of Grace Your Kids Need to Hear You Say

“Hurry up!”  “Slow down!” “Get your homework done” “Get your backpack loaded.” “Why didn’t you do this?” “Why in the world did you do that?!” If I stop to think about the everyday phrases that fly out of my mouth, these are just a few that come to mind.  In the hustle and bustle of… View more

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Surprise Love Note Challenge: Six Love Notes in Thirty Days

Surprise Love Note Challenge: Six Love Notes in Thirty Days

  I recently opened an old photo book and found some notes I’d stashed inside back in my high school days—words of appreciation scrawled by fellow mission team friends. I remember turning to them, back in my high school days, to find encouragement on days when I was doubting my worth. Their words still touched… View more

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