Connecting with Your Child at Home

I am not going to pretend to be supermom. Because if there are two things motherhood has taught me, it is 1) I am more selfish than I like to admit, and 2) I am so thankful for God’s grace and new days! Like most of you, there are probably days you think Huh, I’m not too shabby at this whole mom thing! I feel like I handled that tantrum really well by connecting to her heart. And she already knows so many shapes and colors!  And then there are days I think What did I get myself into? My goal today … Read more…

The Homestretch

Welcome to the final days before our boys are born. I am 37 weeks pregnant with twin boys if you missed the news. And while I think all the big things are in place, little things to clean, organize, or prepare keep pestering my mind. But at this point what will get done will get done. Rebekah and I both caught colds, so we are slowing down, resting, and recovering. I don’t imagine being sick when the boys are born is the best scenario! On my nightstand currently sets Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation (Amazon Affiliate Link) … Read more…

Reducing Costs to Save Money

We all want to live frugally so that we have money for the future: college, vacations, and helping our kids get started in life. Or, if you are like Mitch and I, you are going through a financial adjustment (and about to add twins to the mix!) and figuring out how you can live on less and make your budget stretch. Fortunately, there are almost always areas where people can cut back. Here are a few money saving suggestions to help you cut costs. Reduce Your Energy Bill It makes me cringe when I hear how much some people pay in … Read more…

Protecting Your Garden From Pests

This is a post from a contributing writer. I know many of you are already hard at work in your gardens! We’d hoped to be as well, but with our boys due any day now, we decided not to undertake it this year. I did, however, manage to get some tomatoes in pots and am hoping to add some herbs soon as well! 🙂  Pests are the bane of every gardener. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your plants from being savaged by creatures and critters. Here are some of the more creative and effective methods for those that … Read more…

Good Friday

Three Easters ago we lost our first baby, our Cadence, to a miscarriage. That quiet Easter passed with pain paired with peace. Because peace is not the absence of pain. Nor is joy the absence of pain. And neither means we have all the answers or understand all the “whys” that press into our minds. We know that someday our peace will be made complete in Jesus without the presence of pain. But we know not the day or time. And some days hanging on to that future hope is hard. Three years ago, the Easter Lily sitting on our antique … Read more…

Promising Careers for Teenagers to Consider

Whether or not your teenager worked during high school, they still have to figure out what is next for them. Is your teen nearing the end of their time in high school and still trying to figure out post high school plans? While I am not one to speak about being career-oriented (I chose my majors less on job options and more on areas of interest and passion.), I have observed job areas that offer promising options for teens merging into adulthood.  Real Estate Agents There is a lot of potential to grow in the property industry, and there are courses out … Read more…