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Hospitality 101 Series

Hospitality 101 Series

My sweet friend Niki asked me to share some ideas for extending hospitality in the home, a topic that I am happy to cover because it is near and dear to my heart. In the last few years, I’ve been asked to speak several times […]

Schools Decide that Cursive is N/A, and Why I Believe in the Handwritten Letter

Schools Decide that Cursive is N/A, and Why I Believe in the Handwritten Letter

Do you write letters? I feel sorry for those who don’t know the joy of writing and receiving a personal letter. They don’t know what they are missing. In today’s world of efficiency and productivity, a hand written letter is undervalued. Why put all that […]

Thankful for the Messes

Thankful for the Messes

I am thankful that my house is sometimes messy. I rarely post pictures of my hair a mess, the kitchen sink full of dishes, or laundry folded on my kitchen table. But today, I am celebrating the messes, because kid’s messes mean that there is […]

Peace in the Midst of Hurricane Sandy

Peace in the Midst of Hurricane Sandy

As many of you know, this week Hurricane Sandy came up the east coast. Many of you have expressed your well wishes for our family and told us that you were praying for us. I want to thank you all right now for that. Our […]

Choosing Joy During the Ho-Ho-Holidays {even when you’re stressed}

Choosing Joy During the Ho-Ho-Holidays {even when you’re stressed}

  Tis the season to be stressed out. Really, that is how I feel when I see Christmas decor in Walmart well before October has even come or gone. My insides shake and worry rises in my heart. Today, I am guest posting at my […]

Thoughts on Friendship from Me and C.S. Lewis

Thoughts on Friendship from Me and C.S. Lewis

Today seemed like a holiday. A mini-vacation. My friend Shana asked me to go over for lunch. We are both in the same season of life, each of us with a child away right now: hers in military training and mine in Germany. Our kids […]

Surrendering Our Will- Even in Harsh Conditions

Surrendering Our Will- Even in Harsh Conditions

You may remember this post that I wrote last year about my lone pansy that had grown in our rock patio entitled “Growing Between A Rock and A Hard Place.” Well, this week I came out to find a surprise. My little pansies were no […]

Hope for Moms In the Crazy Cycle

Hope for Moms In the Crazy Cycle

Yesterday I slipped my oldest daughter’s Missions Prayer Card into the back her baby book. Then I cried. Not because of the trip. But because the time had passed so quickly and it just seemed so ironic. Here I was, cramming this card into the […]

25 TV FREE Activities to do with kids (otherwise entitled: Ode to Sidewalk Chalk)

25 TV FREE Activities to do with kids (otherwise entitled: Ode to Sidewalk Chalk)

Okay, warm weather is finally here in New England and we are wanting to be outside. Yesterday, the kids did some of their school work outside and ended up playing out there for most of the afternoon. Want some free parenting advice? Some of the […]

What Do These Five Things Have In Common?

What Do These Five Things Have In Common?

Today we have my friend Elizabeth from Dogfur and Dandelions guest posting. I told you about Elizabeth, her long term illness and  her ministry to women a few weeks back, remember?  I was so blessed by this piece! Enjoy!! ********************************************************************** Fear. Worry. Discouragement. Frustration. Self-Pity. […]