Book Review: No More Perfect Marriages

I’ve made it a priority this year to find time to read, so I quickly agreed when I received an email about an opportunity to review No More Perfect Marriages, an insightful book by Mark and Jill Savage. I’ve read numerous books on marriage. When I began reading this one, I noticed immediately … [Read more...]

Christ-Focused Easter Traditions

For many individuals, the term “Easter” conjures up images of candy-filled eggs, gift baskets, and an anthropomorphic bunny. These cultural traditions often overshadow the fact that Easter is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. There is a lot of debate about the origins of these … [Read more...]

How to Have a Hospitality-Ready Home

This last summer, when I was 36 weeks pregnant, our AC stopped working. It was June and we live in southeast Texas, so you can imagine how hot it was in our house! I’ll never forget how two gracious friends invited us to stay with them until technicians were able to fix our AC. They had no warning, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Spinach Soup

One really interesting thing that has been happening since my husband started pinning meal ideas on Pinterest is that he’ll select some options that include ingredients he doesn’t usually eat. This recipe is an example. My husband hates spinach, but he saw this recipe and it looked good to … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Getting to Church On Time

There are a lot of families with young children in my church. These families are generally easy to identify because we’re the ones straggling in after service has begun! Being prompt is important to me, so I decided to take action when I realized we were falling into a pattern of arriving … [Read more...]

Spring 2017 Menu

The warm spring weather is on its way in, so we’re starting a new menu! I won’t delve into the details of my menu planning process here because I’ve described these in a previous post. In summary, I plan a new menu that contains a month’s worth of meals at the beginning of each season … [Read more...]

DIY Flannel Activity Board with House Scene

I made my oldest daughter a flannel activity board last fall. I’d been wanting to make her one for some time because there are so many fun and educational flannel board activities that parents can make for their toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. In addition to being the foundation for so … [Read more...]

The Terrific Twos: Why the Toddler Years Aren’t All That Terrible

When we think about toddlers, we often dwell on their challenging traits and behaviors: Throwing fits, being picky eaters, having mercurial moods, etc. These traits earned the toddler years the moniker of “The Terrible Twos.” If we really take a look at our toddlers, though, we’ll quickly see … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Clothing Choices

Last week we examined how the manufacturing of clothing, our use of it, and how we discard of unwanted articles can have a negative impact on the environment. I want to be a good steward of the earth, but I’m not about to go without clothes! What are some green choices we can make when … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Remember Names

I have such a hard time remembering names. I’ll sometimes know a person for weeks and have asked his or her name several times and still not remember! Though this seems like an inconsequential quirk, it’s something I’ve been working to change because I believe it really means something to a … [Read more...]