50 Fun Activities for Fathers and Their Toddlers

According to the Pew Research Center, mothers spend about twice as much time with their children as fathers do. Regardless of the reasons for this statistic, one consequence is that many fathers feel uncertain about what sort of activities to share with their toddlers—curious creatures who … [Read more...]

Printable Candy Heart Encouragement Notes

As I noted in my last post, husbands benefit greatly from words of encouragement. It is great to speak these to our husbands, but it’s also nice to put them in notes that we can stick in their lunchboxes, tape to their steering wheels, or leave on their pillows. Because Valentine’s Day is just … [Read more...]

8 Reasons To Love Your Local Library

As I’ve used our library system more and more, I’ve realized that it offers a lot for community members. We can check out books, of course, but lending books is just one of the services it provides. I recently learned that many libraries celebrate a “love your library” week or month during … [Read more...]

50 Things We Should Do More Often in the Coming Year

When I was writing a thank-you note a few days ago, it occurred to me that I should write notes of this nature more often. I’ve recently had similar thoughts about other actions. In fact, when I really think about it, there are scores of simple, but beneficial things I ought to do more … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important to Make Time to Read

I’ve always enjoyed reading. During my teen years, I preferred reading over other pursuits that were common among my peers. As an adult, reading remains one of my favorite activities. What has changed is that these days I rarely feel like I have time to read. As a wife and mom of young … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Decorate Front Windows for Christmas

Though I love decorating for Christmas, I have no motivation to get up on a ladder and hang Christmas lights on the house. My husband lacks this motivation, as well, and we’re uninterested in having any bulky decorations out in our yard. As you might guess, this means that thus far our homes have … [Read more...]

DIY Jesse Tree Ornaments

As I noted when I wrote last summer about Christ-focused Advent traditions, the Jesse Tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. A Jesse Tree helps families reflect on the people, prophesies, and events that preceded Christ’s birth.  There is one Jesse Tree reading for each day of Advent. … [Read more...]

Riveting Reads: September and October 2016

I hope you enjoy these inspiring, insightful, and thought-provoking posts that I have read from other bloggers during the last two months. Rebekah at Ready to be Offered discusses what can happen when children slow you down. Like her, I love to get things done so I can cross them off of my list … [Read more...]

Riveting Reads: July and August 2016

I invite you to sit back and enjoy reading some inspiring, insightful, and thought-provoking posts that I have read from other bloggers during the last two months. Riveting reads from July and August 2016 Debbie at Blogger Loves the King shares about learning to be content in God’s calling. She … [Read more...]

8 Indoor Activities that Get Toddlers Moving

By the time evening rolls around, you can tell from my toddler’s behavior if we were able to go outside and play that day or not. She’s full of energy, quick to roughhouse, and sometimes irritable on days when the weather or a busy schedule keeps us indoors. On the other hand, she’s generally … [Read more...]