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How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]

The God-Centered Marriage: great resource for struggling Christian marriages.

The God-Centered Marriage: great resource for struggling Christian marriages.

Strong marriages have become a taboo subject in even Christian circles. We are expected to tout the line that marriage is messy and hard and we are so flawed that we’re destined to hurt each other. As a mom with kids who are entering the […]

Fall Cozy Home Challenge and Giveaway!

Fall Cozy Home Challenge and Giveaway!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year! There’s nothing like the crisp mornings, changing leaves, cable knit sweaters, and pumpkin lattes of the burnt orange season. It inspires me to create a cozy home–and to look well to the hearts living under […]

When God calls Your Trial Deliverance.

When God calls Your Trial Deliverance.

How do you walk with joy in the midst of less than glorious circumstances? How do you keep a tender heart during the disappointments and trials of life that we’re all bound to face? Chances are there’s something unwanted in your life. I know I’ve got […]

Coffee Helping Missions

Coffee Helping Missions

Last week, my daughter and I had a lovely conversation about big picture Christian living as a woman and how that plays out in our daily life. One thing that is clear to me is that Rebekah has a heart to encourage missionaries and women […]

Family Update and Book Recommendation!

Family Update and Book Recommendation!

How do you explain it when you are on the launch team of your friend’s newly released book “Gracelaced”, and through a series of unfortunate events and mail-mishaps, the MIA book lands straight in your lap two weeks “late”— the very week your doctor uses the […]

Reciting Truth In The Middle of the Trial

Reciting Truth In The Middle of the Trial

I used to jump a mile whenever I’d see a snake. When we first moved into our home, I’d jump and scream as soon as I caught a glimpse of one slithering through the long grass. I remember telling Peter that I don’t think I […]

Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

I wanted to share a few thoughts on Nature Study for the very young. This fall, I’ll start integrating “Little B” (3 years old) into our homeschooling day. Of course, nothing will be formal because at this age play is the best tool for learning […]

White Supremacy and the truth about my heart.

White Supremacy and the truth about my heart.

It’s easy to see the ignorance of the White Supremacy movement, and I hope as Christians we’re quick to condemn the hate-filled rhetoric behind such groups. I trust we’re quick to promote the  heart of the Savior and take extra care during these tender days […]

When Trials Meet A Specific Need

When Trials Meet A Specific Need

The Christian life should never be marketed as the way to an easy life. In fact, we should be honest and admit that taking the name of Jesus Christ will bring trouble of all kinds. Once you are “born again” and God’s new “DNA” pulses […]