Be Grateful Throughout the Year

Be Grateful Throughout the Year

When I saw this meme on Facebook last November I was struck by its accuracy: I initially felt a little self-righteous as I read it. After all, I don’t complain on Facebook. In taking a good, honest look at myself, though, I see that my complaining occurs in person or via phone. What about … [Read more...]

Affordable, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for Large Groups

Affordable and Easy-to-Prepare Meals for Large Groups

We have several family members coming to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. As much as I love cooking, I’d rather spend time visiting with my loved ones than in the kitchen preparing meals. We’re also on a tight budget, so I don’t want to break the bank when purchasing foods for us to … [Read more...]

Scriptures to Calm Mom When Baby Won’t Stop Crying

Scriptures to Calm Mom When Baby Won’t Stop Crying - Printable Cards

It was just a short time ago that I shared a number of encouraging Bible verses for pregnancy. My pregnancy is now over so my ankles are no longer swollen, I can easily take a deep breath, and my hips no longer ache, but my need for encouragement is far from over. I’ve traded these challenges … [Read more...]

Rekindling the Romance of Early Marriage

Rekindling the Romance of Early Marriage

During the early months of marriage it’s easy to go the extra mile to do special things for your spouse. As time passes, though, things like busyness, fatigue, distractions, and disagreements make this more difficult. I’m simply not as eager to make my husband’s favorite cookies now, nor is he as … [Read more...]

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...]