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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Make Time for Reading

How to make time to read, even when you're a busy homemaker.

Does your stack of books to read keep growing, but you can’t seem to make any progress through them? That’s how I felt when I looked over my booklist at the beginning on the summer: I had only finished reading two books in the first six months of the year (unless children’s literature counts!) The list […]

How to Make Meals for Others (When the Thought is Totally Overwhelming)

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of bringing a meal to a friend, here are a few simple strategies that helped me.

A few months ago, I stood in my kitchen feeling totally overwhelmed. I had offered to bring a meal to a friend, but couldn’t come up with a good dinner idea. All morning I’d stewed over what to make, and still hadn’t pinned down an idea. Something needed to change. That’s when I realized I […]

Why I Love Samaritan Ministries


With the Obamacare penalty-tax scheduled to go into effect and private insurance rate hikes, many are looking for an alternative: consider Samaritan Ministries. Thanks to the dedicated work of a handful of people and God’s goodness, health sharing ministries like Samaritan meet the requirements to avoid the penalty. That’s only one of many reasons why I’m […]

Keep To-Do Lists Short

Keep to do lists short

One of the first things Rose did after she could piece together words was write lists. She made her own morning to-do lists, evening to-do lists and all-the-fun-things-we’ll-do-tomorrow lists. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a list sort of gal too. Lists help me focus, keep important things from falling through the […]

CLEP Interview


 A college we didn’t go to (photo credit) As many of you know, Joshua and I both pursued our degrees non-traditionally, through testing and distance learning. My dear friend Jessica, who is pursuing her degree this way as well, did an interview of my experiences with taking CLEP exams. Jessica: Have you graduated from college? […]