Our son gets married today. Our only boy. To the girl of his dreams. All of our dreams really. And the extra beauty of it all is it’s Mothers Day. Could there possibly be a better way to spend Mother’s Day? Gaining a daughter? The one you’ve prayed for since the day you found out you were carrying him? I think not!
It’s also a redeeming of this tough day for me. When you’ve lost your own Read More
It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I would help myself if I started thinking more like my dog does. The way I figure the whole dog to human years conversion thing makes us just about the same age. And yet somehow he seems to have a bit more wisdom in several areas of life. So, if you’re at all curious about how to think like a dog and why you and I should even consider it, then might I suggest the following …
How to think like a dog and why you and I should even consider it …
Spend way more time curled up in a ball, or sprawled out as far as possible if that’s your preference, snoozing in the sunshine. In the morning. Or the afternoon. Or both! Read More
By this time of year, most of us have completely nailed those healthy eating resolutions from the New Year, right? For at least a week or two at least that is, then you hit a bump and fell off the wagon only to claw your way back on again a few days or weeks later. And depending on your temperament and resolve you’ve either maintained or repeated this scenario multiple times by now. Hopefully, you haven’t completely given up as I’ve been known to do from time to time, because now spring break and summer are actually about to become a reality for many of us. And that means shorts and tanks and …. enough said! And it’s precisely why we all need healthy food options for travel … or just crazy days at home, for that matter!
If you have food allergies, traveling can be the set up for a perfect storm when it comes to getting off track with Read More
In the spirit of full disclosure, I can be a bit high maintenance. It’s true. Exhibit A – I sleep with 3 pillows. Every night. And a super soft bear that my youngest gave me, from her own collection. The pillows come with me whenever we make a car trip. All 3 of them. Exhibit B – I’m a firm believer that espresso beans should be covered in dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate. Please understand,I’m not saying I won’t eat milk chocolate espresso beans, I’m not a total snob here. But who’s crazy idea was it anyway to even consider milk chocolate when dark is so much better? Exhibit C – I have an essentials weekend packing list & chocolate is right up there at the top. And now I have your full attention, right?
Here we are right smack in the middle of the in-between week with the excitement of Christmas a few days ago and the New Year just a few days off. These days pull us back and forth between leaving the decorations up just a bit longer or setting everything back to its usual place. Between enjoying just a few more Holiday delicacies until the new year, or getting a jump on those health goals before the big calendar flip. Somewhere over the years, it has become the week of regrouping around our house. Not a vigilant purging, get-after-it sort of pace, but more of a let’s sleep in a bit then tackle chunks of those things that have been left undone for far too long. All this being mingled with impromptu movie nights and coffee shake runs simply because we can. Christmas seems to remind us of the value of these slower moments together before the routine is set in motion again soon enough. This year that includes a bit of thinking on what I would call “Christmas Hopes Future”. A time to reflect on traditions to hold too, others to let go of and new ones that may need to be added to our collection. Today those thoughts look a bit like this …
Traditions we’ll hold to …
This tired old tree. It’s huge, y’all! So huge that, in an effort to slim her down a bit and gain a foot or two of floor space, we skipped Read More
Welcome back to our second week of Advent Devotions. If you missed the original post in this series, you can find it here. Along with the The Candle of Hope Devotion and Wise Men Ornament to add to your set. I pray that you can carve out sometime in your week to celebrate with your family. This week we have the Advent love devotion and free nativity set, which happens to be a collection of rather adorable animals.
We would love to hear how you have used these resources. Feel free to use them with Read More
Happy Friday before Thanksgiving! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, then enjoy the quiet of this day, because next week will be c-r-a-z-y! Or maybe you’re more of the Cyber Monday type, scooping up gifts sitting by a fire, sporting your cozy jammies and sipping hot chocolate. I have another idea for you to consider. Why not use the coupon code from Glamour Farms at the end of this post to pick up some new clothes and accessories to wrap up and slip under the tree? Just a little time-saving, stress-reducing tip that doesn’t involve waiting in a long line with the entire city and surrounding county. Today I have all the details you’ll need on the Fashion Friday Monterray Denim Top/Tunic and the $10 off coupon code from our friends at Glamour Farms.
You may even decide to go ahead and pick one of these up for yourself. I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about denim? It’s so versatile, comfy and classic. Here are Read More
Why so early with an Advent devotion round up for all ages?
In just one week we’ll find our thoughts quickly shifting from turkey and stuffing to twinkle lights and wrapped gifts. Many of us feel a deep growing need to quiet some of the chaos and noise of Christmas in an effort to focus on the birth of Christ. We have used a variety of books and devotions over the years to celebrate Advent and today I want to share some of our favorites. And we have a sneak peek at a fun ornament set for the kids to make starting next week. So why share an advent round up for all ages today you ask? Why to give you time to order a copy for yourself and begin planning for your own family advent, of course.
Family devotions and activities with younger children
When our four were clustered more around the preschool years, one of our favorite books was Read More