Learning to Pray with Full Purpose of Heart

I have a confession to make:  I am not very good at praying.  While I grew up praying over meals, saying prayers in church, and saying prayers at bedtime, I just am not very consistent at meaningful prayers in my adult life. ...more
Such a reality !!! We remember God when we are in trouble. We forget to thank him in our good ...more

10 Reasons Why We Shop at Kroger

On our journey to save money and cut costs, we have figured a few things out.  One of those is shopping at Kroger-brand stores.  There are many reasons we prefer shopping at Kroger versus other grocery stores or superstores like Target or Wal-mart.  While we honestly haven't done a ton of side-by-side price comparison on different products, we still firmly believe we save more overall shopping here at Kroger. ...more

Marriage is NOT a contest so let's stop making it one

I recently read an article (HERE and HERE) highlighting the oldest living married couple, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of New Bern, North Carolina, who have been married since May 1, 1924, almost 88 years!!...more

Two Documentaries: BPA Plastics and GM Foods

I enjoy documentaries, especially ones that actually teach me something new, make me feel empowered and raise my awareness of important issues.  Recently, I watched two that did just that, "Tapped" and "The Future of Food."TAPPED...more
European organizations had protested against the use of genetically modified foods due to the ...more

What I don't like about my body and why it doesn't matter

I am just like you.  I have my own body image problems.  While yours are sure to be different than mine, just about everyone I know doesn't like something about myself.  Let me share some things I don't like about myself:While I love my smile, I hate my cavity-ridden, chipped front tooth, spaced top and crowded bottom teeth smile. ...more

Celebrate Leap Day

Today is February 29th - Leap Day! I have never done anything to celebrate this 'holiday' but since I feel the need to romance and date my husband, I decided I would surprise him with a Leap-ful day after he gets home from work. This will be our very first leap year officially together. We actually started dating about a week after the last leap year in 2008!  Image: serenitbee via Flickr ...more
 @2sisters2cities    Super cute indeed   http://www.2sisters2cities.com/more

Grade School Ceramics - To Keep or Not to Keep?

My mother decided she wanted to clean out her house last November and brought me a bunch of stuff from my old bedroom when we got together for Thanksgiving. I, who probably have the least amount of room of my siblings, was given more things to store. I went through it more thoroughly as I moved this last month. There were some gems among the items, like all of my grade school report cards and band programs, but sadly, I decided that some things were just not worth keeping… specifically some old grade school art....more

Reusing Holiday Cards and Paper

For a church activity this week I was asked to teach how to use old Christmas cards to make a fan... but I I didn't love it, so I googled for other recycling ideas of old Christmas cards and compiled a great list that I would like to share with everyone, because recycling and reusing items is both frugal and a great way to beautify your home for free or cheap!...more
@magpie Sorry! Yes, I did! I guess I thought it was just too obvious, but it is also one of ...more

Overcoming (Multiple) Early Miscarriages

My husband Josh and I do not tell people when we are trying to get pregnant or talk specifics with anyone other than each other.  It's a very personal matter to us.  And while some people began asking "When are you going to have more kids" as soon as our twins turned one, we never told them what we talk about behind closed doors.  We just aren't "those" people.  So, to write a blog post about not only our recent attempts to get pregnant, but also our losses is really hard and makes me feel slightly awkward to do so, but, we're trying to keep things real on our blog. ...more

Overcoming (Multiple) Early Miscarriages

My husband Josh and I do not tell people when we are trying to get pregnant or talk specifics with anyone other than each other.  It's a very personal matter to us.  And while some people began asking "When are you going to have more kids" as soon as our twins turned one, we never told them what we talk about behind closed doors.  We just aren't "those" people.  So, to write a blog post about not only our recent attempts to get pregnant, but also our losses is really hard and makes me feel slightly awkward to do so, but, we're trying to keep things real on our blog. ...more
Thank you thank you thank you. Six years ago I lost my son and until today I haven't written ...more