Archives for June 2014

Praying for Our Government Leaders

When we look beyond the picnics, parades, and fireworks that characterize our Independence Day celebrations, we remember that the holiday commemorates our nation’s birth. This commemoration serves as a reminder to me to pray for our government leaders. This is a wise thing to do because the … [Read more...]

Growing to Love My Mismatched Furniture

My husband and I are experiencing some challenges as we rearrange to make room for the baby we will welcome this fall. Though it is sufficient, our townhome will never be described as spacious. When its small size is coupled with our motley assortment of furniture, it becomes challenging to find … [Read more...]

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Every now and then my husband asks me to pick up some vanilla wafer cookies from the grocery store. I’m always hesitant to purchase a product I can make myself, but I’ve never thought I could recreate the texture and flavor of vanilla wafer cookies at home. Despite my doubts, I gave it a try this … [Read more...]

Simplify Vacation Preparation with a Packing List

Vacations are supposed to provide an opportunity to relax and be refreshed. Unfortunately, they’re often somewhat stressful. For me, the stress can begin when it’s time to pack. How many shirts will I need? Will I need a bathing suit or sunscreen? I don’t want to forget my toothbrush or any other … [Read more...]

Is Cleanliness Next to Godliness?

Mothers have long tried to motivate their children to pick up their toys and make their beds by telling them that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.” We know that this adage isn’t found in the Bible, so it’s not true…or is it? Can outward displays, including the cleanliness of our homes, tell us … [Read more...]

Frugal Approaches to Cooling Your Home

I’m so glad that the cold winter has passed and we’re finally getting sunshine and warm temperatures! Unfortunately, this means our electric bill is about to rise sharply. In my never-ceasing endeavor to save money, I’m investigating ways to minimize how much we spend on cooling our … [Read more...]

Making Pregnancy Special for Expectant Dads

Pregnancy is an incredibly special time for moms-to-be: feeling the baby move, getting showered with attention from loved ones and strangers alike, being invited to participate in expectant mom programs offered by hospitals and retailers, etc. Though pregnancy is special for dads-to-be, too, … [Read more...]

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

When I plan menus I always try to include at least one meatless entrée each week. Meat is so expensive, so this saves us a bit of money. It can also increase the variety on our menus! One of the meatless entrées on our summer menu is this tasty, easy-to-prepare Creamy Mushroom … [Read more...]

Using To-Do Lists Effectively

If you’ve read many of my posts, you may have realized that I enjoy making lists. When I have a lot to get done, to-do lists are one of my favorite ways to tackle the tasks before me. I wasn’t very productive during the early months of my pregnancy, so now I have quite a bit to get done. As … [Read more...]

Summer Home Maintenance

It’s been about 8 months since my husband and I began taking an orderly approach to maintaining our home. We’ve caught a few problems early and hopefully we’ve preempted a few others! Links to our fall, winter, and spring home maintenance checklists are below: Fall Home Maintenance Winter Home … [Read more...]