A call to gratitude (and a book review)

My least favorite time of year, when it comes to parenting my kids, is when the toy catalogs come out.  Right around when the holiday decorations start being seen around town, our mailbox starts overflowing with its own décor – catalogs galore.  And not just any catalogs, but catalogs that appeal to little people with big eyes.  Eyes that are prone to see all that they don’t have, that their friends do. We are blessed … {…Read More}

Book Review – Called to Pray

I told you the other day that I’ve been convicted lately about prayer, so it should be no surprise to you that today I’m reviewing another book on prayer that I had recently the opportunity to read.  This book is not about how to pray, but instead chock full of stories of answered prayer, showing the incredible power of prayer. Called to Pray, by Linda Evans Shepherd, is an inspiring book full of stories of … {…Read More}

Book Review – Prayers that Changed History

Every once in awhile, the Lord connects somewhere I’m being challenged with a similar concept on a level my kids can relate to.  Lately, I’ve been convicted a lot about prayer… the importance of it, the power of it, and my need to do more of it.  I’ve been challenged to make prayer such a priority in my family that it becomes a habit my children see as vitally important in their own lives.  So when … {…Read More}


You’ve probably seen those little cartoons floating around Face book with the older style graphics in them of people saying various things like “Everyone’s talking about the holidays, and I’m just sitting over here wondering how to get through Halloween without eating all of my kids’ candy.”  Well, maybe that’s not quite it – just my take on it – but you get the idea. 🙂 So here we are in January again, after yet … {…Read More}

Book Review… Taming the To-Do List

Recently, I had the opportunity to read the new book Taming the To-Do List, by Glynnis Whitwer.  I must be honest and say that I put this book off for awhile when I got it in the mail to review.  I did want to read it eventually, but it seemed more practical to me when I was more interested in inspirational reads at the time. Boy, was I surprised when I started reading it.  I … {…Read More}

What We’re Reading… in November

I’m back with the “What We’re Reading” post – simply because I love reading and talking books with others!  I honestly can’t keep up with the weekly post though, and since I’m usually reading a few books at a time… it all works to update this just once a month.  So here’s what’s on my nightstand this month: And as for the kids’ read aloud… well, we just finished reading the Growly series, which they … {…Read More}

The Beauty in Death

I’m not a good hermit crab mother. Yes, you read that right. We’ve been trying to keep hermit crabs alive around here, and it’s not going so well. We’ve been through 3 in one month, making good use of that 30-day return policy at the pet store. I think they even might have recognized us last time we walked in with our limp lifeless shell to return. (Can you find him?) 🙂 Each time, we … {…Read More}

When it’s the heart of the matter…

Parenting sure can humble us sometimes, can’t it?  These little people that need so much direction and guidance, yet love so freely with such patience and forgiveness… well, they sure know how to bring out some truths I need to learn without their even realizing it.  If you are a parent, I’m sure you can relate. We had one of those moments yesterday when I took my kiddos to a local fun place filled with … {…Read More}

Back to school time!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here lately as we try to adjust to a new school year, and a new routine of school and extracurricular activities.  My kids are still a part of a wonderful hybrid classical school, where they attend three days a week and are home schooled two days a week.  This year, I joined them in going back to school… as a teacher there one day a week!  I’m greatly … {…Read More}

Book Review… Girl Meets Change

Most of us would probably admit we fight change… and I am one of the “most”.  I actually didn’t mind it as much until I felt like I was starting to be hit with it quite frequently. Even our health insurance plan has changed 3 times in the past year!  I mean, come on!  So, as a result, I started to become a bit overwhelmed.  I began asking God to either let me figure things out a … {…Read More}