My Goals for 2015

It is always interesting to hear and see what other people are doing.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Pinterest.  HGTV.  The Duggars.  Blogging.  We love social media and reality t.v.; it provides a glimpse into others’ lives.  Reminder:  we see what people want us to see.  I have to remember that comparison kills contentment! All of this “reality” is not all bad.  We can learn [Read more...]

Why

Why does it take longer to fold a load of clothes than it does to wash and dry them? Why do my children run and scream like wild trolls in Aldi, but sit on the deck like prim fairies when we get back home? Why do one-year-old babies like to scream between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 pm while you try to cook dinner? Why does that same child cry uncontrollably until the minute you get the pot pie in [Read more...]

Help Setting Goals

Despite my degree in Occupational Therapy, I am in no way an expert on goal setting for life.  I have found some excellent resources to help me with my grand plan for 2015 and, of course, I want to share them with you.  Pick a few to read or review, print a few of the printables, and have a blessed 2015! Books to Read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode (Crystal Paine) is one of my top 2014 reads. It [Read more...]

Setting Goals for the New Year

As the red and green plastic boxes come back out of the basement to receive their precious cargo once again, I cannot help but look toward next week with anticipation.  I love new beginnings.  I look forward to January 1, the first of every month, Mondays, mornings–any chance to hit the reset button and look forward toward the possibilities.  I set goals at the beginning of every year.  [Read more...]

Mary, the Wife of Joseph

A few years ago my husband came to me with a job offer in another city.  It was his dream job, the one he planned to keep until retirement.  It would take us to a city we had lived in once before, but it wasn’t home. We lived in our hometown, just a few minutes away from both mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles.  We had an incredible support system of friends and family.  But, he [Read more...]

Christmas With the In-Laws

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration.  It is magic and wonder.  It is Hallmark movies and hot chocolate.  It is peppermint-scented candles and Bing Crosby. Christmas can also be manipulation and power struggles.  It can be passive-aggressive comments around the cookie tray.  It can be not-so-subtle gifts that hurt feelings instead of warm hearts.  It can be tears, yelling, silence, [Read more...]

Respond to the Word of God

Respond to the Word of God is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. If you have kids, you know this scene.  Child, totally engrossed in an activity of choice.  Dinner is ready.  “Child, please wash your hands and come to the table.”  “Yes, mam” (on a good day I get the “mam”).  Sit at table.  Where is child?  Child is still engrossed in activity of [Read more...]

How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. My sweet little baby turned one last week.  Here he is…..   Isn’t he cute?  This first week of toddlerhood, he began to do some of the things I am routinely training him to do.  For example, I hoisted him up to the sink (no small job with this chunky monkey!) to wash hands.  He reached out for the soap for the [Read more...]

The Curse

When we last visited Eve, she had just prepared a meal of forbidden fruit for her husband.  She and Adam were hiding from God, ashamed of their sin.  It was the first sin, the curse that follows us all.  God responds to Eve’s prideful behavior with a consequence that will make pride a stumbling block for her and every Eve to follow. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule [Read more...]

Books for Christmas, Middle School Parents, and Busy Mamas

I love to read.  It makes my list of things to do when I have down time.  It also makes my list of things to make time for.  Here are a few books I finished, started, or I am still reading this week. The Max Lucado Christmas Collection The Max Lucado Christmas Collection by Max Lucado (of course!) contains three Christmas stories to warm your heart in the rush of the Christmas season.  The [Read more...]