Passion Crumbled

I've been reading a book by Larry Crabb called Shattered Dreams. He talks about the impossibility to truly know Jesus until we face trials of many kinds; shattered dreams. He proclaims all throughout the book about what it means to feel Jesus, hear Jesus, and rest in His presence....more

Why #IChoose Scentsy

Before I joined Scentsy I was struggling working 2 jobs and practically homeless. After some mis-communication over parking tickets my husband and I decided to work on our marriage. One of the things I made clear was that I wanted to be independent and continue to work from home, but also make money from home.  The kids were in daycare and my oldest was in kindergarten at this time....more

The New Nest

As the summer begins to wind down and college kids pack up their bags, trunks and various electronic devices and chargers, new space is created in your home and life. For some women, after your son or daughter has been dropped off at school, train station or airport, the initial reaction is similar to those final weeks before giving birth to the said college student in the first place. You nest. ...more

Happiness happens in ordinary moments

What does happiness mean to you? My husband always says that happiness is a choice- to be satisfied with what you have, to be kind, to love and let others love you. I think in this instance, (which doesn't happen very often!) he is right!...more

Using Up The Last Few Days Of Summer - Little Buffalo State Park

I don't know about where you live, but where we live we are within driving distance to several State Parks. And because the weather has been so cool this Summer, and although it's August, last week was the first time we'd been to the pool. Lil Man had a blast....more

Mothering: the expectations...and the reality

www.sybilsage.com Expected: natural delivery with no interventionReality: c-section after 20 hours of labor Expected: being older and experienced would make parenting a snapReality: nursing 8 times a day is more exhausting than being President of the United States Expected: would calm down once he outgrew the risk of SIDS...more

Movies in the Park

If you want a cheap date night or family night, look for your local movies in the park. In Oregon, you will find them all throughout the Portland-metropolitan area. In our own neighborhood we have them every Friday night, and just one stop further, we have them every Thursday night....more

DIY Sidewalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Paint! So last Friday I decided to put one of my Pintrest pins to use (rare I know) and we decided to go to town making our own chalk paint....more

No Longer A Boy, Now You Are A Man!

I find it so hard to comprehend that today you are no longer a boy, now you are a man! Was it really twenty one years ago today,That my life was changed in such a dramatic way!When I first looked into your sweet, little, face,I knew that you were a true gift of His Grace!As you grew, so did the bond that we share, ...more

Finder of ALL THE THINGS

I swear, in my family, that's a title I have: Finder of ALL THE THINGS! I'm not sure how exactly it happened, but somehow, I'm the one they turn to when they misplace something. Is it an additional role I fill, or part of the whole Wife/Mom gig?Did I have some weird sort of Momlocation device inserted upon birth of my children? Is it in the wedding band? Does the Matrix simply like me more than them, and chooses to reveal hidden objects to my gaze?...more