A Giveaway From Lomah Acres Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

I have been on the search to find safer skincare products that do not have strange and obscure chemicals listed in the ingredients. Along the way I found many products I could not afford and many that though were “all natural” I found them sticky or ineffective. Then a couple months ago I read a review by Amy Miller about Lomah Acres, a small family-owned farm in Nebraska (my home state). Owners Kathy and Jim (and their 10 kids) have made a successful business of making and selling primarily goat-milk products: soaps, lotions, lip balms, perfumes, laundry detergent, face cream, and … Read more…

Joy Redefined: My Heart Now Resides Outside Myself

Our midwives were awesome! Grandma Teri. 🙂 Grandpa Jim. 🙂 Grandma Connie. 🙂 First Bath. Not her favorite experience . . . Our midwives decorated our board. 🙂 Last Thursday, our Rebekah joined us after a long, but peaceful labor in our home. I knew life would change forever, but I don’t think I fully grasped how much our hearts would expand. It feels like this rich, deep joy that I have never experienced before. A joy accompanied by a new sense of complete vulnerability. The child I carried safely in my body is now out in the world and my heart along with … Read more…

Cinnamon Apple Oat Bars

One of my favorite snack recipes is Heavenly Homemaker’s Raspberry Oatmeal Bars. They are versatile. I eat them for breakfast, dessert, or even a snack. You can wrap each bar in plastic wrap and freeze in freezer bag for whenever you want to enjoy them! Sweet, hearty, and even healthy–these are my kind of snacks! I got the hankering for them the other day, but I did not have any jam or preserves. So I decided to take this recipe and dress it up a little bit based on what I had on hand. My twist makes it slightly more of a … Read more…

Today I Choose Joy by Bethany Miller

 There are few things that can drastically reshape your philosophy on life than working thirty hours a week in a grocery store. How do I know, you ask? Because I worked in a local store for eight months, and the lessons I learned while bagging potatoes and scanning bags of apples have stuck with me even three years later. The vast of majority of my customers were senior citizens, and I remember the phrase they all used. Every single one of them seemed to know this string of words by heart, and gladly applied it to every situation possible. I … Read more…

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget, Eating Healthy, and Meal Planning

Do the rising costs of groceries have you nervous about how you can afford to feed your family fresh, healthy food? Does making your grocery budget each month for a growing family become a task you dread? I know we have unfolded our grocery envelope half way through the month and realized we only had $25 left to last us two weeks! Stretching our grocery budget used to be a consistent concern for us. So how did we manage to wrangle in our grocery budget and make it work for us? Let me tell you! What we finally realized we needed to do was … Read more…

5 Ways to Support Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Holly Doherty

1) Don’t praise them just for showing up. I know this statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom, in a world where every kid in the soccer league gets a trophy just for being on a team, and some leagues don’t even keep score lest they hurt a child’s supposedly fragile self-esteem. But life doesn’t give you a trophy just for showing up. Teach your kids to work hard, to take pride in their work, and to do their best. To praise them just for showing up breeds entitlement and an empty, false sense of self-worth. 2) Praise their … Read more…

Final Nursery Reveal and a Super Simple Crocheted Gift for That Little Girl in Your Life!

nursery revelation

We debated how much to decorate our nursery. We are renters, so we didn’t want to paint and do a complete overhaul. Also, Rebekah will probably spend the first couple months in a bassinet in our bedroom. As I started to work on the nursery, I debated over some cute themes like “baby animals” and “Noah’s Ark.” I kept a few of those elements, but in the end, I decided to go a more “simple elegance” route. What helped me decide was the fact that I loved the curtains we already had in there (I’ve had them since college). They are a … Read more…

Embracing Joy: April’s Character Study

I like to believe joy and pain are separate and opposite from one another. But this is a misconception on my part. How would we appreciate or know joy without pain? Does embracing joy also mean embracing pain? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 What is our reaction to trials and pain? Bitterness? Anger? Frustration? Or Joy? Looking back over the past year, I’m … Read more…

Full Circle

Today marks a landmark for us. We have come full circle in this past year. From heartache to hope. This time last year we were cowering in our house in intense pain, both physical and emotional. We knew we were having a miscarriage, but I did not realize the physical pain that would accompany it when my body finally decided to clean house. I was in no shape to travel and Mitch didn’t want to leave my side, so we stayed home from the yearly Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) youth convention. This year, we are again home from LTC because I am … Read more…