The elf on the shelf—it began easily enough: a flurry of imagination and excitement, visions of a new avenue to pave with fond family memories. And so year after year, this delightful little visitor would show up to make mirth, merriment and messes ...more
New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV.
However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a ...more
As usual, I went into the holidays with Pinterest inspired dreams. I dreamed of a perfectly decorated tree and a house that Southern Living could do a feature on. Of course this was completely unrealistic for many reasons. ...more
If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact.
Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so.
Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more
I used to love the holidays.
We’d string multi-colored lights around our family room and nestle a homemade Styrofoam gumdrop tree in and among the wisps of angel hair gracing our fireplace mantle. Wrapped gifts would rest on the hearth and trickle down onto the floor. No evergreen in sight, but it felt a little like Christmas, even as we lit the menorah all eight nights of Hanukkah.
Last night as Michael was readying himself for bed, he got into quite a lengthy discussion with Fred. Well, monologue I suppose would be more apt. My husband and I relaxed in the family room, my daughter already asleep in bed, when I heard a soft, uninterrupted murmur coming from the other room. As the conversation continued, my husband and I began to wonder.
Lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. Plus, IOUs give the gifter a plethora of thoughtful choices that can have a huge positive impact on a mama's life. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's nice to take some down-time after the New Year by cashing in an IOU....more
I am not a theologian or a biblical expert or scholar in the slightest, I’m a 100% imperfect human, and I know that not everyone believes what I believe. That includes dear friends and beloved members of my family. And I’m totally okay with that ....more
Peter assisting with the pinata.... Yesterday, we had an opportunity to participate in a family service project. I have been trying to find one for a long time, and bounced many ideas back and forth ....more
Facebook has become the yardstick of how people compare themselves. There was a parenting blog that was asking what people thought of posting photos of your kids with their pile of Christmas presents they were opening....more
Once upon a time, I thought it would be a good idea to take an epic Christmas picture. Just once turned into every year And now, continuing on with that crazy tradition I started five years ago ....more
The house is peaceful with the quietest strains of Christmas music filtering through the house, and the kiddos are out playing with neighbor friends. I've had a message on my heart to share and whenever I feel that press, I try my hardest to sit down and let the words flow, as it's for a reason- an often timely blessing to my own heart, as I process out loud, exactly what God is speaking to me....more