Fostering Friendship with Your Spouse

One of the things I appreciate most about marriage is having a good friend who I see and speak with every day. Back when we first got married, my husband and I found it easy to cultivate our friendship. However, as the demands on our time and energy have increased—particularly since becoming … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Keeping Your House Tidy Between Cleanings

One of the most frequent questions I get asked here on Of The Hearth is if my cleaning schedule really works. The answer is simple: Yes, it absolutely works. Every room in my house gets cleaned on a regular basis. However, once I clean a room, several days will pass before I clean it again. … [Read more...]

Tips for Tempering Toddler Tantrums

Young children often throw tantrums. Though this is challenging for parents, it’s a normal part of development for children between the ages of one and four. I love this definition of tantrums from the Mayo Clinic: “A tantrum is the expression of a young child's frustration with the … [Read more...]

15 Recipe Ideas for Spring Brunches

When the weather warms up and the flowers bud, I start craving the flavors that I associate with spring—strawberry, lemon, carrot, egg, blueberry, almond, orange, coconut, etc. I’m eager to try some new breakfast and brunch recipes that feature these flavors. If you’ll be making a special brunch … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important to Read About the Crucifixion

I’ve never been particularly fond of the Crucifixion accounts in the Gospels. I feel sad when I read them. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable when I read them. Why couldn’t the apostles have focused a bit more on the Resurrection and a bit less on Jesus’ suffering-filled death? As Easter … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

There are a handful of meals that my husband wishes I would include on every single menu I plan for our family. This is one of them. I’m almost willing to honor his wish because it is so tasty and easy to prepare. Is it really that delicious and convenient? Give it a try to find … [Read more...]

8 Practical Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

In recent years, many Christian couples have embraced the so-called “love and respect principle.” This principle, made popular by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs after he published his book Love and Respect (affiliate link), is based on Ephesians 5:33: “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Clothespin Wreath

When it comes to crafts, easy is what I do best. Almost all of the clothespin wreaths I’ve seen over the last couple of years appeared pretty easy to make, so I decided to give one a try. Indeed, it was easy to make. Better yet, the materials cost next to nothing and I’m quite pleased with … [Read more...]

Tips for Having an Enjoyable Hotel Stay with Your Toddler

Now that you’ve survived your flight or road trip with your toddler, you’re facing a new challenge: A hotel stay. Just like when you travel with your toddler, you don’t have to merely grin and bear it. You can have a genuinely enjoyable hotel stay. How? Check out these things that we’ve found … [Read more...]

Budget-Friendly Dinners Roundup

Every time I visit the grocery store it seems like food prices have increased. My husband’s salary hasn’t increased proportionally and we keep adding to our family, so we must find ways to pay for increasing amounts of increasingly expensive food. As I’m beginning to brainstorm for our summer … [Read more...]