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, apple-themed parties and more.  This year my youngest, Little Pea,  wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. I’ve always steered her away from that because we try not to embrace […]

Kids’ Craft: Turn a Toilet Paper Roll into a Pumpkin

This is a really easy, quick pumpkin craft that even the youngest kids can make! With simple craft supplies and about 10 minutes, you can do this! This family fun project idea is great for Toddlers, kids in Preschool, or Elementary!  You can make this to celebrate Halloween, Fall Holidays, Birthday Parties, School Crafts and […]

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 […]

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 […]

“I’m With the Band!” Festival Disney’s 10th Anniversary

My husband will tell you there is one reason he made it through middle school, high school and college. It wasn’t his interest in math, or reading.  It wasn’t the cute girl who sat next to him in science class. Or maybe it was, a little. Math and reading are essential skills that every child […]

Come With Me to Walt Disney World This Weekend

I admit I’m guilty of a somewhat misleading title. As I write, I’m sitting on a plane en route to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. It’s a little too late for you to actually come with me. But you can come with me virtually through the magic of social media on Facebook, Twitter and […]

Busy Mom Meal Plan: Venison Chili and More

On Sundays, I usually try to keep the schedule clear, so I can catch up on the to-do list before starting another week. Many of my friends love hearing what I’m making, and I love sharing ideas. Click here to see my previous Busy Mom Meal Plan posts.  This week’s plan  includes one new recipe […]

What To Do With Leftover Grilled Chicken?

Leftover grilled chicken + sautéed onions and peppers + pepper jack cheese + “We’re out of tortillas” = Any questions?

Raising Digital Families for Dummies Book Review

We bought our eldest daughter an iPod Touch for her last birthday. Honestly, we really thought she would just text, check her email, play game apps and take pictures. Our girls have never been gamers, in spite of the fact that we have a Wii. They would just rather dance, and build forts, and have […]

Working Mom Weekly Meal Plan: Bowtie Pasta Bake and More

It has really surprised me how many people have given me feedback as I’ve posted my weekly menu plans. And it seems that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had time to post on the blog. I thought I’d write a little about the process I go through each weekend to help you start to create menus. […]

Make-Ahead Meal Plan: Meatball Sandwiches and More

It’s true that all moms are working moms. Whether you work outside the home or in the home, juggling weekday meals with work, school, and evening activities is always a challenge. Last week I shared my meal plan, and several people said it helped them with ideas for their own families. Tonight, I pre-made my […]

Menu Plan for a Working Mom: Panko-Crusted Tilapia and More

I’ve been working full time outside the home for about a year and a half. Previously, I was self-employed, working at home, while my children were little.  Finding the time and energy to do the grocery shopping and cooking after 8-9 hours at the office is one of the major challenges of working outside the […]

Love and Logic Conversation #1: “What is a parent’s job?”

My husband and I have been going through a course at church called Parenting With Love and Logic. It has opened up so many new opportunities to teach our children, but it can be really hard. This was the beginning of my conversation with my 9yo, after I “helped” her by taking the toys and […]

He Doesn’t Miss a Beat

This is why I love my husband. He doesn’t even flinch when I do this.

The Glory of God, from Mount Jefferson NC

  Sometimes, I forget how small I am… and how big God is. But only until I climb to the top of a mountain and see this. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech […]