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5 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2015 {AKA Seasons Change}

5 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2015 {AKA Seasons Change}

I’d like to pretend I’ve put a great deal of time into planning for 2016. Although I do have a few goals for 2016, the truth is that I am in a season of adjustment and some days I feel like I am barely keeping […]

Teach Your Children Virtues, Not Just Rules

Teach Your Children Virtues, Not Just Rules

The internet is full of advice for mothers. Full. Yes, motherhood is hard. It is. No denying it. Tough days, frustrations, exhausted nerves pushed to the limit of almost crazy. We all know this. Yet, in all of these discussions, one topic is lacking: teaching […]

Hello? Hello? Yes, I’m still here.

Hello? Hello? Yes, I’m still here.

Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve written and I feel like I’m out of the blogging loop lately. We just got two of our kids back to college, we’re getting ready for school, caring for sweet Little B,  and we’re gearing up for […]

Things You’ll Love

Things You’ll Love

This week Hope and I have been sick with colds. We’re both on antibiotics now and are on the mend. Yay for modern medicine! We watched Paddington as a family and it was really sweet and funny.  We also got a pre-screening link to view Beyond […]

When Dreams For My Kids Fall Short

When Dreams For My Kids Fall Short

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” That quote used to bring me comfort, on the days when I didn’t feel like much, rocking babies in my comfy pants and t-shirt. The idea of influencing a generation and changing […]

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 […]

A six word question that has saved me many times.

A six word question that has saved me many times.

At the end of our lives, we want to say that we lived our life well. I don’t want to look back with regret, or realize that I majored on minors, spending my precious energy on things that didn’t matter or things I couldn’t change. […]

Would You Pray for Addy?

Would You Pray for Addy?

Today, I simply want to ask you to pray for my sister, Hannah, and her daughter, Addy. If you’ve read here at all, you know a little bit about Addy’s journey. With all of her difficulties, she is one of the happiest, funniest kids I […]

Do Small Things

Do Small Things

What would the world be like if we encouraged each other to do small things? We’ve all heard “Do Great Things”…. But what if doing truly great things means doing exceptionally small things? In a Christian world that encourages the “radical,” I believe we’ve underestimated […]

Beautiful New England

Beautiful New England

This week our entire family is enjoying the Maine coastline.  I’m in love with the ocean and am so thankful that we live close enough for frequent visits. It’s calming, refreshing and so wholesome for the kids. Plus, we love Maine blueberry pie and fried […]