Pursuing Growth in Your Life

This is a contributed post approved and edited by myself. But it is something both Mitch and I have thought about a lot as we approach 30. Our 20s flew by and held a lot of excitement: graduating college, getting married, travel, moving across the country twice (3 states), new jobs, starting our family, and career shifts. What areas are we focusing on as we move forward into our 30s? (I still have a couple years fyi). One of the fastest growing genres of books is self-help. There are thousands of books like these on the shelves of every bookstore … Read more…

A Busy Two Weeks–Blessings and Adjustments

(So many causes for celebration! Pink decor from Rebekah’s birthday, blue in honor of our boys, and lovely flowers my husband brought home for Mother’s Day. It has certainly been a season of blessing and celebration!) Well, most of you have probably heard our big news (thanks to social media). But I am so excited to finally share it with you here on our blog! Our boys Daniel Alan and Joseph Morris joined us on May 2nd. The past two weeks were full of new adventures and adjustments. Due to having a completely different birth experience (more on that later) than with Rebekah … Read more…

To My Growing Family

Call it pregnancy hormones, excitement, I don’t know, but over the past couple days my heart keeps threatening to burst wide open with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Overwhelmed with excitement for what is ahead, tired at the thought of sleepless nights, anxious and all love-achy to hold my boys, and even sad to say goodbye to our precious trio of a family. Right now I am writing from bed, unable to sleep, with Rebekah nestled down between us softly snoring. (Not something we allow her to do often, but she protested sleeping on her own from 2-5 AM. She wore us … Read more…

Gather Around Inspirations: The Life Giving Home

When you walk into somebody’s house and feel at home, what is it that makes you feel that way? Is it the physical environment? Probably not, though that can contribute to it. That feeling of home that embraces you like a warm hug is often a combination of things. But most of it is relational in nature. Casting a vision for your marriage, family, and home is crucial. We all need direction and focus. Without it, we wander aimlessly. Meandering about letting our days and precious moments with our families slip away from us. To recapture and engage the hearts of … Read more…

Surrender and the Joy of Spring

Over the past three weeks we have been enjoying spring-like weather. Everything is budding or blooming. Everywhere I look, new life is pushing its way out of the earth. This warm weather has resulted in several family walks. Rebekah has taken to wanting to either hold tight to one of our hands or on to Hazel’s leash–which she is quite good at! Columbia has so many parks and trails that we are still exploring and finding new locations to walk. Over the past two weeks we have either visited or been visited by both of our families. This new year truly … Read more…

Encouraging Your Child to Have a Healthy Self-Image

Now that I am blessed to be the mother of a 5-month-old baby girl, I am realizing how easy it is to slip into the comparison and labeling game. I am excited to unravel her unique personality. Yet, the sneaky sin of comparison sometimes sneaks into my mind. She doesn’t laugh as often as so-and-so, but she has more motor skills than that kid . . . etc.  These thoughts are unfair to her. They make me over-analytical and anxious. Plus, comparison is always a lose-lose situation. Either she comes out ahead in my mind and it feeds my pride (a sin I struggle with), … Read more…

Creating Character: An Education for the Whole Family

I was inspired by the Duggar Family (20 Kids and Counting on TLC, or in our case Netflix) to begin a journey focusing on developing godly character. They incorporate character building into their homeschooling curriculum and daily life. At first, I thought practicing good character was only for little kids, something taught in Sunday school. But, I was very wrong. Just because we are “adults” does not mean we have it all together. Building character is a journey you can begin whether you are two or 72. I am a work in progress and I pray God is not done with … Read more…

Vacation Travels — A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A couple weeks ago we took an impulsive day trip to Flagstaff to get out of the Phoenix heat. Yes, our dog Hazel came along! It was wonderfully simple just to lay out a blanket on the grass, play music, read, and soak in cool weather! We also got to catch up with a couple college friends over dinner. However, the real reason I have not posted for over a week is because we were on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider this blog work! In fact, I really wanted to bring a laptop, but we did not … Read more…

Permission to Live with Purpose

It hit me when my husband said, “I don’t know what it is like to have a wife who loves her job.” Pretty straightforward . . . and spot on. It wasn’t that I had terrible jobs. Outside of the heavy lifting and pushing, I love working at the library. To this day, I am thankful for all the opportunities that came my way. They helped us stay afloat financially and they taught me a lot. Even if the only thing I learned was, I do not want to do this for the rest of my life.  What it comes down to … Read more…

Begin at Home

What begins at home?

And so, SO much more!

Disclaimer: Can you learn these things outside of the home? Of course, but your home life has a huge impact on you and your child’s development. What happens at home can equip us to navigate life, or it can hinder us.

I dedicate this blog to those of us who want our home to be a place of refuge, learning, love, faith, comfort, growth, and good food!

We are not perfect; we cannot do it ALL, all of the time. Imperfections aside, for those of us who long to nourish these wonderful opportunities in our homes and in the hearts of our family, let’s take a journey together!

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About The Engaged Home

The Engaged Home is committed to providing inspiration and resources for all the splendid (although sometimes challenging) activities that begin at home. We support families in home education, healthy lifestyles, developing Christian faith and character, and having fun together! Whether your family consists of you and your spouse, or is bursting at the seams with children, we are here to grow with you and encourage your healthy home life! About Us: Our passion for learning how to create a healthy home life began before we were married. Years later, we are continuing to discuss family, finances, faith, education, and building … Read more…