Foster Adoption

What’s The First Step Toward Foster Care Adoption?

A  few years ago, our family had the opportunity to take in a young boy who had suffered abuse and neglect. He stayed with us for about five months. Since it was a crisis situation, there was no question but that we would open our home. My husband and I have always tried to respond without question when we feel God calling us to something. We don't know how? We're not sure if we'll have room? What if we mess up? What if we don't have enough money? Those details always get worked out. But God tells us to take the first step--and we do. A little boy in a house full of little girls was definitely a different experience for us and for him. But our girls enjoyed having that "brother" energy around and loved him like he WAS their brother. We fumbled through that time learning to parent a boy, guiding him out of self-protective habits and ultimately destructive coping mechanisms he'd learned in an abusive home, showing him that a great family is not perfect - but we love each … [Read More...]

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Easy Christmas Homemade Treats

Easy Christmas Treats You Can Make Today!

If you're anything like me, this holiday season is jam packed and busy! My whole family performs in The Nutcracker Ballet every year so rehearsals … [Read More...]

Christmas Decorating

Cheap and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

Do you need cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas? These projects will take you 15 minutes or less and look great! This post contains affiliate … [Read More...]

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Maleficent: Should Kids Watch The Movie?

When the making of the movie Maleficent was first announced, I expected the usual mildly entertaining, slightly darker, live-action retelling of a … [Read More...]

Halloween Party for Kids

A Halloween Party to Scream For

Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We've done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, … [Read More...]

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Deep Thoughts and Heart Issues

Shaming Women in the Evangelical Church

Shaming Women in the Name of Modesty

My heart is very heavy tonight, and has been for some time, when I ponder how women are often seen in evangelical Christianity today. Not just by men, but by other women as well. And I wonder what Jesus would say if he walked into one of our churches on a Sunday morning, or a […]

A Calloused Heart and The Love of God

A Calloused Heart and the Love of God

Last week, I saw a touching Facebook post by my friend Mandy Southern. It moved me so much that I asked if I could publish it as a guest post, and she agreed. If you’ve got some callouses that you think are protecting you from harm, I hope that God’s Spirit will speak to you. […]

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The Words that Describe Her Dreams

My middle child, now eleven years old, has always daydreamed. Looking in the rearview mirror in the car, I’d see her staring out the window. Her eyes would be fixed, but engaged and filled with emotion. She literally didn’t have the words. She would schedule times in the day for dreaming and I could tell […]

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Date Selfies and Other Tips for a Vibrant Marriage

My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot […]

On Parenting Teens

Help! My Daughter is Thirteen: on Parenting Teens

My daughter turned thirteen this year. THIRTEEN! I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since my little premature princess made her debut on the earth.  When people ask how old my kids are, the wide-eyed expression often emerges when I say the dreaded number: thirteen. It’s true that the teen years can be some of […]

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Fall/Autumn

7 Recipes to Help You Embrace the Fall Season

I love autumn. It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it always sneaks up on me. One day, I’m enjoying the mountain sunshine and eating lunch outside on the patio. The next, I’m throwing on a coat on my way to work in the 40 degree morning air. I look up at the trees one […]

How to Get Rid of Lice

How to Get Rid of Lice Without Using Chemicals

It’s about that time again! Back-to-school time? Well, yes – time for school supplies and new clothes and locker combinations. It’s also time for head checks, itchy scalps and and those little demon bugs we call lice. Whenever hundreds of children get together in close proximity in warm weather, the threat of lice is there. […]

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CUTE VIDEO: Our All-Star Dad (Dove Men+Care Contest)

Let me tell you about my man! When I met Judd, I was about to start my student teaching. I immediately knew we had a connection, and he says it was love at first sight for him. A short four months later we were married and began our journey together as husband and wife. Little […]

Perfect Tie Dye

10 Steps to the Perfect Tie-Dye [VIDEO]

My husband and I (with some awesome parent helpers), tie-dyed shirts with over 100 Middle School Band members last week. It was… an experience.  We had some left over, and finished the t-shirts with the family. We’ve gotten so many compliments on the brightness of the colors and generally how good they looked. So we […]

Easter Books for Kids

How Do You Share the Easter Message With Your Kids?

Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers.  Why, oh, why does candy have to be a major focus of each and every major holiday?!  I know it’s just to derail my efforts at staying in shape! Anyway, with all […]