Raising kids. Keeping House. Choosing joy, every day.

Joy

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

The Christmas season tends to scream URGENCY, from the way marketers flash goods in our face like theres a scarcity of products and we must grab them all up before someone else gets them, to the jam-packed calendars we cram full of good things we […]

A Little Encouragement For When Life Isn’t What You Expected

A Little Encouragement For When Life Isn’t What You Expected

Some people like surprises and some don’t. I like good surprises like flowers or a card, but I don’t generally like surprises, especially when it comes to “life.” I like to know the ground rules. I like to know what I can expect, and of […]

Mothering in the Moments

Mothering in the Moments

  I was discouraged. I was standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes one day when my kids were small. Their noises were a blur in the back ground. I stared, eyes glazed over and mind a million miles away, out the picture window into […]

2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

If you are caring for young children, you know that your time is not your own. Many days you don’t have five minutes to yourself. You try to unload the dishwasher and someone needs you. You come back later to the job half done and […]

Monday Morning Worries

Monday Morning Worries

It’s Monday morning. I’ve already hit the ground running. Before 7 am, I’ve washed my sheets, cleaned the bathroom, had my devotions and coffee. Last week was crazy busy and I’m not expecting this week to be any different, so I plan and economize and…in […]

How to Stabilize Your Faith When It’s Been Shaken

How to Stabilize Your Faith When It’s Been Shaken

Many of my very dear childhood friends have had what I call a “crisis of faith.” They believe in God, but they are totally skeptical of the church. Who can blame them, when their childhood church experience consisted of: a majority of teaching that majored on minors, quirks, […]

The Discussion We Need to Have

The Discussion We Need to Have

Reports estimate that that American women spend a staggering $426 billion a year on beauty products. We place a high value on beauty. We want beautiful homes, beautiful weddings, beautiful getaways to exotic places. Beauty is a good thing, in our eyes. But do we want […]

Today’s Christian Woman: Distinctly Unholy?

Today’s Christian Woman: Distinctly Unholy?

Every Christian woman wants to hear and read books about being highly effective, being fulfilled as a person, finding your purpose and and being relevant in today’s society. But one topic that we are not clamoring to read about is personal holiness.   We’ve all […]

20 Easy, Inexpensive, Warm-Weather Ways to Entertain

20 Easy, Inexpensive, Warm-Weather Ways to Entertain

Spring and summer are some of the best times to entertain and show hospitality. As the warm weather comes, you can move your party outside and enjoy warm evenings together. Casual barbecue dinners, sitting in the sunshine sipping lemonade with friends or more elegant dining […]