Marriage Check-In Questions

Marriage Check-In Questions

As changes occur in your life, there is often a decrease in the amount of time and energy you have to invest in your marriage. My husband and I are seeing this firsthand as we adjust to parenthood. We’ve decided to be intentional about remaining connected during this busy season of our … [Read more...]

Frugal Approaches to Heating Your Home

Frugal Approaches to Heating Your Home

We’ve had a number of super cold days recently. We want to keep our home warm so we’re comfortable and the pipes are protected, but we don’t want to break the bank doing so. I’ve looked into it and found several affordable approaches to keeping our home warm. Perhaps some of these will work … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace

Make Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace

Like many infants her age, my daughter has begun wiggling, poking, tugging at my hair, and pinching while she nurses. Though these behaviors can be a bit frustrating, they’re a good sign—they’re completely appropriate for her age and show that she’s on track developmentally. Be that as it may, … [Read more...]

Curry Tortellini Soup

Curry Tortellini Soup recipe

I made this recipe for the first time back when my husband and I were dating. We both loved it, so I’ve made it frequently since then. It’s easy to prepare, so I often make it on nights when we’re short on time. Ingredients (Adapted from the Mushroom Tortellini in Curry Cream recipe in the Easy … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Avoid the Flu and Colds

Natural Ways to Avoid the Flu and Colds

My husband and I both recently had bouts with colds. Even though we were able to get over our symptoms pretty quickly, I don’t want to repeat the experience soon and I want to make sure our infant daughter remains healthy. What things can we do to stay healthy? I did a little research and … [Read more...]

Bacon Mushroom Swiss Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon Mushroom Swiss Macaroni and Cheese recipe

It had been a while since we tried a new macaroni and cheese recipe, so for this menu I came up with a truly unique variety: Bacon Mushroom Swiss. These flavors go so well together! Ingredients 3 cups macaroni (uncooked measure) 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups homemade cream of mushroom soup or … [Read more...]

What To Do With Baby: A Guide to Developmentally Appropriate Play

Developmentally Appropriate Play for Babies

Once Amaris, my infant daughter, stopped sleeping for most of the day, I found myself staring into her beautiful eyes and wondering what exactly I should do with her. I would hold her, talk to her, and sing to her, but given that children learn through play, I wondered if I should be doing … [Read more...]

Making Lessons Stick

Making Lessons Stick

The last two years I've written year-end posts about the lessons I’ve learned in the preceding 12 months. I could do this again because I’ve learned a number of lessons this past year, but I’m suffering from recency effect—I’m having trouble remembering all but the most recent lessons (this is no … [Read more...]

The Miraculous in the Mundane

The Miraculous in the Mundane

To the casual observer, the events that surrounded Jesus’ birth seemed pretty unremarkable—a man traveling with his betrothed, a full inn, and a babe lying in a manger. While I’m sure it was not routine for babies to be born in the stable of the inn every day, there was no impressive caravan or … [Read more...]

Winter 2014 Menu

Winter 2014 Menu

With a newborn baby in the house, we’ve been consuming many meals that we’ve assembled hastily. Now that our little one is two months old, we’re ready to get back on track with a menu. As I’ve shared in previous posts, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months … [Read more...]