What’s Stealing Your Joy?

What's Stealing Your Joy?

Sometimes in the midst of very joyful circumstances I find myself feeling disappointed, worried, or frustrated. It often seems like these joy-squelching emotions occur spontaneously. However, if I examine myself closely, I see that I have some habits that spur these feelings. Are these same … [Read more...]

55 Non-Candy Easter Egg Stuffers

55 Non-Candy Easter Egg Stuffers

I have friends who used to joke that I was so health-conscious that I would someday find a way to put vegetables in Easter eggs. We all laughed at this, of course, but it’s really not a bad idea! After all, Easter eggs filled with chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and chick-shaped marshmallows can … [Read more...]

Mom’s Milk Freezer Pops for Teething

Mom's Milk Freezer Pops for Teething

My precious girl has been having some cranky days recently because of teething pain. We have some teething toys that can be refrigerated, but these didn’t seem to be doing much to soothe her pain. I’ve heard some mothers say that they freeze washcloths dipped in breast milk or freeze milk … [Read more...]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe (soy free)

I’ve always enjoyed eating chicken lettuce wraps at Asian food restaurants, but until recently I’d not made them at home. Most chicken lettuce wraps contain a sauce made with soy, so who knew I’d finally make them at home when I had to plan a dairy and soy free menu? Thanks to coconut aminos, … [Read more...]

Affording Stay-At-Home Motherhood

Affording Stay-At-Home Motherhood

I love telling stories about when my husband and I first met. One of the best stories is how he, during our very first interaction, asked me how many children I wanted. His question didn’t bother me and it set the tone for open, honest communication in our relationship. Given this initial … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Menu

Spring 2015 Menu

Spring? Though the cold and snow we have around here belie the fact that spring is near, it truly is. I’m excited for it and for our new menu. As I’ve described previously, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before beginning a new one (read about why … [Read more...]

Why and How to Drink Enough Water

Why and How to Drink Enough Water

Sometimes I stare at a glass of water with about as much enthusiasm as I feel when I need to do laundry. I know I need to drink the water, but it’s just not that exciting! We all know it’s important to drink enough water, but why exactly is it important, how much is enough, and what are some … [Read more...]

Choosing What is Better: Finding Time to Spend With the Lord as a Busy Mom

Choosing What is Better: Finding Time to Spend With the Lord as a Busy Mom

Jesus, while in the home of Mary and Martha, commended Mary for listening at His feet and gently chided Martha for being distracted by all the preparations that had to be made (Luke 10:38-42). In years past it was easy for me to set aside time to read my Bible and pray each day, but now that … [Read more...]

Your Husband Can’t Read Your Mind

Your Husband Can’t Read Your Mind

Before I got married, I had a mental list of things I would and wouldn’t do in marriage. I’ll always have my husband’s work clothes washed and ironed when he needs them. I’ll never stay in sweatpants all day and let myself look like a slob. Ha! What a difference a few years make! One of the … [Read more...]

Tips for Tear-Free Tummy Time

Tips for Tear-Free Tummy Time

Tummy time—time spent on their bellies instead of on their backs—can be a trial for many babies. When it’s tough on them, it’s also tough on their parents and other caregivers. My daughter, Amaris, used to cry during tummy time. I began experimenting with our approach and searching for ideas … [Read more...]