Embracing the Sacrifices Motherhood Demands

I wouldn't choose any career over the joy of getting to be a stay at home mom. That doesn't mean being a mom is a walk in the park. Motherhood demands sacrificing our time, our figures, and our sleep as we shape little lives....

I stood at the gas pump, stressed and overwhelmed. It had been a crazily busy day. It was way past the kids’ bedtime, but they hadn’t had a proper dinner yet, the pile of laundry waiting to be folded was beginning to look like Mt. Everest, and I had hours and hours of other things I […]

Cuban Bread Recipe

Whip up this delicious no-knead Cuban bread and have it on the table in just over an hour!

[Full disclosure: links to products in this post are my referral posts.] Back when I was tutoring a Western Civilization class, I came across this random tidbit that about made my head spin. Especially with the whole gluten-free diets that have swept the country. The daily ration for monks in Carolingian society was 3.7 pounds […]

Goals for 2015


I can scarcely believe that January is more than half over and we’re celebrating Martin Luther King Day, not New Years. It’s kind of embarrassing to just now be getting my goals for this year down on paper, but late is better than never, right? World travel is not one of this year’s goals, but this beautiful […]

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

Reduce drying time and static with these all-natural wool dryer balls. Easily make them yourself from an old woolen sweater or wool yarn!

Looking for a fun, simple, and practical DIY project? These homemade dryer balls only take about 15 minutes to make! So what exactly is a wool dryer ball? It’s a felted wool ball that you put in your dryer that works as an all natural alternative to dryer sheets. The wool absorbs and redistributes moisture […]

Savoring This Mommy Adventure

The days and years seem to slip by so quickly. Before we know it, our little ones will be grown and gone. Take time to savor this mommy adventure with them.

On Saturday, Joshua took the three older kids to his parents house so they could play while he worked on bookshelves for his study (he’s almost done—happy squeal!) Ned had a cold and I had a pounding headache so we stayed home for naps. Just looking for something mischievous to do. (thanks Lydia for the photo)  Three hours […]

You Can Reach Any Goal

The bad news is that actually reaching our goals doesn't happen without lots of hard work and a bit of stubbornness. The good news is that you can reach almost any goal if you work at it faithfully each day and refuse to give up.

“You can reach any goal if you’re willing to work on it every day and not give up.” So said a college football commercial. We would all be in a heap of trouble if we believed every commercial, but these words were so encouraging to me as I struggled with complete lack of motivation. Despite […]

Habit Challenge: Get Dressed Before Breakfast

Are you looking to develop good new habits this year? Join me for the Habit Challenge.

Two steps forward. One and a half steps backward. Anyone else feel this way when you think about the habits you want to develop? I sure do. But with the dawn of the new year, I’ve been thinking about what habits would help me become a better wife, mom, and woman. Getting dressed before breakfast stood out […]

Year-End Child’s Interview

Capture fun glimpses of your child's growing up years on video with a year end interview.

Every once in a while, I think to pull out my phone and capture a hilarious or tender moment on video. I don’t do it nearly often enough though. As I was thinking about this and wondering what memories my children would really love to look back on someday, I had an idea. Why not end […]

Keeping Sight of the Big Picture


Brown shoes. I couldn’t get my mind off the brown shoes and pink-trimmed socks that clashed terribly with the adorable red, green, and black Christmas dress Meg was wearing. An annoyed shudder passed down my spine as I tried to shake the thought of her shoes from my mind and focus on the words of […]

Fall Reading Report

Fit to Burst: excellent encouragement for moms!

Committing to post what I’ve read has been an incredible motivator to practice what I preach and actually make more time for reading! Life has been too busy to get sucked into any novels (because I have the hardest time putting them down once started) but I’m hoping to cuddle up by the fire during this […]