10 Things I Love About My Man

Four years ago (almost to the day), I remember sitting in a women’s Wednesday night Bible class about marriage. I am pretty sure I was the youngest woman there by a couple years. I was always a bit clammy and nervous, but eager to soak up the wisdom of these women I admired. Mitch and I had been married only a month. I’m sure we had that glassy newly-wed look in our eyes constantly. We both knew that we wanted our marriage to not only last, but leave a healthy legacy of love for our children someday. Our church, East Hill, blessed … Read more…

Welcome to the Brag Table

I hate bragging. Maybe it’s a Midwest thing, or a family thing. But I stink at verbally sharing my accomplishments. I also struggle at accepting compliments. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate them. I just never know what to say back to the person other than, “Aw, you’re too nice.” or “Aw, shucks.” or down play the compliment in some way. I guess I associate people who “brag” as cocky, self-promoting, and prideful. It just rubs me the wrong way, ya know? However, I am learning that there is a time and place for sharing our accomplishments. In his book Start, Jon … Read more…

Fighting Through the Fatigue and The Art of Marriage

2015 has been an exciting year for us thus far. We are in our third trimester with Rebekah (and realizing we have a whole lot to learn and figure out before she is born in 2.5 months!). Mitch is casting a vision for family ministry at our church that we are praying will bless our families. We attended the National Conference on Youth Ministry in Dallas, TX.  And, I just returned from a week long trip to Nebraska where I reconnected with family, life-long friends, and my home congregation. My mom, along with some wonderful ladies from church, even threw … Read more…

Last Day to Buy Your DIY Bundle!

Yesterday, I mentioned on Facebook how much I was enjoying my purchase of the Ultimate DIY Bundle. I have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. But since I am in nesting mode with a baby on the way, I am loving all the inspiration! What exactly am I loving so far? 1. All the thrifty DIY craft and home decor ideas. If you didn’t know, “thrifty” is my middle name! If a project requires a lot of money or supplies, I won’t do it. Simple and affordable are two qualities that I look for in DIY projects. … Read more…

If It’s Not a Definite “Yes”, It’s a Definite “No”

I have issues saying “no.” It feels rude and selfish. But it is a powerful tiny two-letter word. Due to my inability to say “no” I even found myself dating a guy I had no interest in dating. My attempt to “let him down lightly” without saying a straightforward “no” backfired. Unsurprisingly, that short-lived relationship led to an awkward breakup. That experience was a wake-up call for me. Even if “no” didn’t feel very nice, it was a word I needed to incorporate into my vocabulary. In college I wanted to do it all. I feared the thought of passing up an opportunity or missing … Read more…

A DIY ultimate bundle of eBooks, eCourses, and freebies for $35? Yes, please!

When I saw this deal online, I knew I had to share it with you! It is too good of a deal not to share . . . it would be just plain selfish on my part! This bundle offers 76 eBooks and eCourses from some leading DIY bloggers, plus bonus offers! Do you love trying new things? Acquiring new skills? Refining existing interests? I know I do! While The Engaged Home is not a DIY blog, it is a topic that I cover from time to time because it is a personal interest of mine. My right brain (the … Read more…

Embracing Creativity and a Deal Too Good to Pass Up!

When was the last time you decided to do something creative, just for you? Just to express yourself? Crocheting, baking, sewing, writing, and crafting–all of it can nurture your imagination and soul in healthy ways! The past several months all my creativity has been channeled into making gifts or writing for you. Don’t get me wrong–I get incredible joy out of making presents and writing for this blog! {I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.} However, it is on my heart this year to get back to enjoying pockets of time set aside simply to express myself. Little known fact: … Read more…

Cloth Diapers, a Jewish Guru, and a Maternity Blessing

“Let me share a Hebrew blessing with you.” The owner of Zoolikins (a local baby store where we were taking a crash course in cloth diapering) said as we shook hands, ready to leave. She continued, “I always want to say something when pregnant mothers leave my store, but ‘good luck’ just doesn’t sound right to me. English doesn’t have the right phrase, so allow me to use some Hebrew. B‘sha’ah tovah. It means ‘in a good hour’. May the hour of your child’s birth be a good one for you both, your child, your family, and your midwife or doctor.” She … Read more…

4 Ways to Empower Teens to Protect Their Hearts

Do you remember the old saying “Garbage in, garbage out”? It was a popular churchy phrase I heard a lot as a teenager. It was a catchy way of saying that what we allow into our hearts will overflow into our life in good or bad ways. We are all susceptible to this problem. We don’t outgrow it. It just looks different when we are children, teenagers, young adults, and then adults. Teenagers are bombarded junk and lies. They buy into the lies that they need to have a “thigh gap” to be hot or that the “right” clothes = confidence. As adults we too struggle … Read more…

The National Conference on Youth Ministry (NCYM 2015)

Mitch and I just returned from the National Conference on Youth Ministry (NCYM 2015) in Dallas, TX. We drove the whole way, and, whew, my stiff pregnant body is glad to be off the road! I intended to post more from the conference, but God commanded our full time and attention. The theme this year was “Presence” with a scriptural focus on Exodus 33. That familiar chapter came alive in a whole new way for me this past week. The speakers and teachers brought encouragement, but we also walked away feeling personally convicted and challenged to grow. Mitch jokingly refers to … Read more…

Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health

In 2015, I want sharpen The Engaged Home’s focus. Our core message is that learning and faith begin at home. We will explore ways to strengthen our families as a unit and as healthy individuals. In my opinion, there are three overarching aspects to a healthy family: Mind/Mental Health Spirit/Spiritual Health Body/Physical Health (Some people would also include a fourth: the heart. I believe the heart can fall into any of these three categories depending on how you look at it. The Bible does say that out of our hearts, the mouth speaks. I also know that if our hearts are … Read more…

Engage Life in 2015

“Don’t let your year happen to you–Happen to your year.” –Mitch Clay How will you engage life in 2015? This idea of actively engaging life goes back to the root purpose of The Engaged Home. At The Engaged Home, our purpose is to engage life, specifically our family life. If we live life passively, then we are like a paper boat carried here and there by the tide. Some days it is smooth sailing, but other days we run adrift. When we live passively, life happens to us and all we can do is react. It may seem easier, but it … Read more…