She’s Here!

Amaris Gail - 6 Days Old

It’s been pretty quiet at OF THE HEARTH over the last couple of weeks. Why? I’ve been occupied with this blessing: My husband, Preston, and I welcomed our daughter, Amaris Gail, on October 7th. Amaris means “promised by God” and Gail means “my father rejoices.” She weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and … [Read more...]

Healthy Convenience Foods

Healthy Convenience Foods

I typically avoid purchasing convenience foods because they are pricy both in terms of their monetary cost and in terms of the toll they take on health. We all experience busy seasons (such as after the birth of a baby) where convenience foods can help us preserve our sanity. Are there any … [Read more...]

Encouraging Scriptures for Pregnancy

Encouraging Scriptures for Pregnancy

My husband and I are incredibly blessed to be expecting the little girl who currently resides in my womb, but will emerge any day now. I never want to lose sight of how grateful we are for her. To be honest, though, I’m pretty uncomfortable right now. My feet and ankles are swollen. My back … [Read more...]

Chicken and Vegetables in Curried Cream Sauce

Chicken and Vegetables in Curried Cream Sauce recipe

My husband and I enjoy several varieties of curry, but on occasion we desire a dish that is a little milder. This affordable, nutritious dish is perfect for these times. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1-2 teaspoons curry powder (depending on how mild of a flavor you … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Disaster Preparedness for Families with Special Needs

Dare to Prepare: Disaster Preparedness for Families with Special Needs

As we’ve discussed in previous installments of Dare to Prepare, every family needs to assemble a basic disaster preparedness kit and create a family emergency plan. If your family is like mine and has a member with special needs, then it is important that you consider some additional … [Read more...]

Building a Home Management Binder that Works for You

Disaster Preparedness Kit Checklist for Home Mgt Binder

Over a year ago I set out to create a home management notebook. It’s taken me far too long, but I’ve finally completed this task! Why did it take so long? Sometimes I found myself dragging my feet (you’re mistaken if you think I write posts about things like laziness because I think you need … [Read more...]

Modern Pregnancy Celebrations: Nurturing or Narcissistic?

Modern Pregnancy Celebrations: Nurturing or Narcissistic?

After supporting many friends through pregnancies, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the breadth of modern pregnancy celebrations. However, when my husband and I were finally blessed with a pregnancy this last spring, I quickly realized that I had no idea how pregnancy is celebrated by a large … [Read more...]

Caring for Your Family by Purchasing Life Insurance

Caring for Your Family by Purchasing Life Insurance

Big changes in life provide opportunities to reevaluate your family’s financial needs. We’ve been reevaluating our needs, including our life insurance needs, as we prepare to welcome our baby girl. Personally, I don’t enjoy talking about finances in general. The specific topic of life … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Dare to Prepare: Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Sometimes families have to rush out of their homes due to disasters. Though there is often warning that an incident such as a hurricane is about to occur, warning is rare for disasters such as wildfires and industrial accidents. If work, school, or other activities have your family separated when a … [Read more...]

Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe

Every now and then I come up with an idea for a truly unique dish—something that is unlike anything I’ve eaten previously. That’s what happened when I thought of Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches while developing our menu for this fall. These tasty sandwiches are easy to prepare and hearty, … [Read more...]