The Birth Story of Eleanor Grace

I have not been a committed blogger this past year for a host of reasons but namely because of the fullness of life. Staying home with our four girls is the most rewarding occupation but there is little time to write. So you may not have even known that we were expecting . . . our FIFTH daughter! This pregnancy was definitely the hardest, and when contractions started around week 37, I had a gut feeling this wee little one would arrive much sooner than our others. And she did. Here is … [Read more...]

Those Tiny Glimpses from God: Blessings of Motherhood

Tomorrow this girl turns 8. She is not your typical firstborn. Kate is strong, fearless, and headstrong. She can go with the flow, or she can create her own tidal wave. Flexible but determined, Kate is a natural born leader who isn't afraid to take charge, yet she has a caring, gentle side especially with her younger siblings. She's responsible, witty, and beautiful -- inside and out. I couldn't be more proud of her. When I think about how my children are shaping me into the woman … [Read more...]

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {Review & Giveaway}

Being a parent has been, by far, THE hardest, most personally refining experience of my life. The love a parent feels for her child is indescribable. Yet, the day-in, day-out struggles can be grueling, especially when we neglect to see the big picture. In his latest book -- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp provides that big-picture view of God's plan for parents and outlines 14 key principles centered on the Gospel that will give your … [Read more...]

What Homeschooling Looks Like in Our House: Real Life Homeschooling

Are you curious about homeschooling? Maybe you have been thinking about homeschooling but weren't sure what it might look like? Are you curious as to how it might look with multiple children? Perhaps you've been homeschooling for a while and are in search of fresh ideas for your own homeschool. Maybe you have a smallish house and can't imagine trying to "do school" without a designated school room. Well, it can be done! We're living proof! We're only two years into homeschooling, so I … [Read more...]

A FUN Christ-Focused Easter Activity for Kids {Review}

My children love treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, and hiding and finding Easter eggs. We actually keep Easter eggs out to play with year-round for those reasons. As a mom, though, I've struggled to connect the fun of hunting Easter eggs with the more solemn celebration of the resurrection of Christ. But when I had the opportunity to review some products from Egglo Entertainment, I found a way to reconcile those issues in a beautiful Christ-centered way. If you're looking for a fun and … [Read more...]

6 Christ-Centered Family Christmas Traditions

Growing up, Christmas was all about Santa Claus. We didn't have a nativity; we didn't celebrate Jesus' birth; and Advent was not in our vocabulary. I'm not upset about that. That's just the way it was. But as I've matured in my faith and God has blessed us with children, I've come to the conclusion that any time the world recognizes and celebrates Christ in any way, I need to be a part of that celebration. I need to be in on that conversation, spreading truth and speaking the Gospel wherever … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of Abigail Lynn

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious: the birth of a baby is a messy affair. This post is not for the squeamish or weak-hearted; however, if you'd like to read a birth story with adventure and excitement, continue. You will not be disappointed.   Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. I awoke to a strong contraction. Mixed thoughts flooded my mind, from: "I've had days of strong contractions that simply fizzled out in an hour, so this is not an indication of labor," to "Today is the 3rd … [Read more...]

“C is for Christ{mas}: Keeping Christ at the Center”

Are Black Friday & Cyber Monday ads cluttering your inbox? Do you want to reclaim Christmas from the clutches of commercialism this year? Do you want your family to get back to the true meaning of Christmas? Me, too! For me personally, I want my young children to know that Christmas is more than Santa Claus, oodles of presents, and Christmas goodies. Christmas is the time of year when we focus on Jesus, specifically His birth. But it's also a time when we can share an even greater … [Read more...]

Are You Teaching Your Child Self-Denial?

Recently, the girls and I went shopping for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Several days prior, I shared with them a new rule. "Nothing new from now until Christmas." From the middle of November until December 25th, we spend money only on essentials. No new toys, clothes, books, or music. Of course there can be exceptions, but the point of the rule is (1) to learn self-denial and (2) to thank God for providing all we need.However, no matter how many times we discuss this rule, children … [Read more...]

for when you want to escape

 Yesterday, I read this quote with a smile. "Amen, sister!" I thought. But when I re-read it today, I got angry. No one would take a nap. The baby had been screaming all morning. The preschooler's antics were simply enervating. I'm tired. My husband had been working all weekend, and I felt like I hadn't had a moment to exhale. Every ounce of my being was screaming, "But I need a break! I deserve some peace and quiet! My family is driving me crazy! When do I get some me time?!" And I'm throwing a … [Read more...]