7 Things That Moved Me This Week

After reading this post by Hands Free Mama, I have started looking for the little moments that move me, make me feel.  Joy, excitement, happiness, completeness, emptiness.  Any feeling counts in this search for things that move me. These moments create a “meaningful collection of moments that keep fueling you forward” (Rachel Stafford, Hands Free Mama). Here are just a few of the [Read more...]

The King’s Crown

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, was a kingdom ruled by an average man. In his early years, he fought many battles bravely, winning the hand of a beautiful queen. Now, he woke every day and did the work of the king, nothing more, nothing less. All the while, his beautiful queen kept the castle running, trained the prince and princess in their royal roles, and planned extravagant [Read more...]

Guiding Your Child’s Heart From Darkness to Light

My sweet little Baby Bear is a pretty good sleeper.  He likes to lay down at night and roll onto his tummy, bury his head down like a hedgehog, and snuggle with Pappy and Snuggie.  He prefers to lay in the bed instead of being rocked to sleep.  A little white noise and he’s out. Unless it is 2 a.m.  Then he wants his Pappy, Snuggie, and his mama.  In the rocker, please. Several months [Read more...]

What I Did Instead

I had a long list of things to do today. They were pretty important as far as keeping house goes. I worked the last few days at the hospital which is out of the ordinary for me. I have a few days of chores to catch up on. I am approximately 4 loads behind on laundry. Not counting the pile on my bed that needs to be folded and the pile on the ironing board that needs to be ironed. My children have [Read more...]

4 New Year’s Goals for Kids

The new year is often a time for reflection and projection.  We take stock of how well we did life in the last 12 months.  We make a list of things we want to change or new things to try.  We are conditioned to do this through years of magazine articles, water-cooler talk, and first-of-the-year sermons. For kids, January 1 is just another day to be out of school.  It means talking their way [Read more...]

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...]