CROCHET PATTERN: Wine Bottle Hat & Scarf Cozy

Merry Christmas! This wine bottle hat and scarf is no longer free, but you can grab it in my ETSY shop for just 1.49! Click here to go to Etsy for an instant download of the pattern. You can whip up this easy project in about 30-45 minutes using whichever colors you like. If you […]

Keep Christ in Christmas: Don’t Protest, Do Make a Statement

I have been hearing the last few years about the “War on Christmas,” retailers replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” atheists insisting to have signs placed beside public Christian holiday displays, the banning of traditional Christmas Carols in schools, etc. I don’t usually even read email chain forwards, but I received one today that I […]

“Cake-in-a-Cup” for Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

Many parents struggle with Christmas gifts for teachers, coaches, friends, etc. As a former teacher, I can tell you that you will never go wrong with food! (good food, that is) I have done a few things over the years that got rave reviews, and were very inexpensive. Of course, I’m willing to share! Cake […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for […]

Devotion: How is Carving a Pumpkin Like Being a Christian?

I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 links so you can just order the stuff today on Amazon! I love decorating with grapevine wreaths that can be hung on the wall or door, or used in various […]

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 classic fairy tale, ala Mirror Mirror,  101 Dalmatians, Hook,  Enchanted, or Snow White and the Huntsman. My husband and I watched in the theater on opening night, and what we saw was so much […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]