Why can't I just replace my well-worn sandals

I never intended to get every last penny out of my favorite pair of sandals, it just happened....more

17 DIY busy bags for preschoolers

Several weeks ago, a little girl we know had major surgery. Her two-year-old sister couldn’t possibly understand the magnitude of what was happening or why mom and dad would have to give extra attention to her younger sister....more

Review: Sparkhouse Frolic books are a resource for kids and parents

My daughter came to me recently and said that her classmate only plays with the same friends every day. She only asks the same people to help her pass out birthday treats. My daughter was disappointed that, despite her attempts to be inclusive, not everyone in her class is that way. My initial response (in my head of course) was "Oh well! No big deal." However to her, this was a huge deal. And for me as a parent, this should have been a great opportunity to teach her a lesson and also remind her that God is always there. I missed the mark....more

Breastfeeding Series: Reward Yourself for Breastfeeding

We've talked about clothes, pumping and storing milk and all of the weird places I've had to pump. And now to wrap up the series, I have one final piece of advice: Reward yourself for breastfeeding. If you are a full-time breastfeeding, full-time pumping, part-time nursing/part-time pumping mama, you are doing an amazing thing. This is a time-consuming, self-sacrificing action. If it didn't work out for you, fine, but if you are in the middle of it, you know you need to hear those words. ...more

Breastfeeding Series: Pumping Tips

The first time I opened up my breast pump, I couldn't figure out where all the hoses went and how it was supposed to turn on and what in the world were those horn-looking things for? I was terrified of it. But with incredibly short maternity leaves, I needed to establish a hardy supply. By the time I finally retired my breast pump, I had figured out how to pump everywhere from my car while driving to the bathroom floor at a Detroit Lions football game. I had mastered it and now I'm going to share the wealth. Here are my pumping tips....more

Breastfeeding Series: Developing a good breastfeeding routine

Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. So getting into a good routine is important to establishing and maintaining a healthy supply....more

Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding advice from a three-time mom

This week, I'm devoting my blog posts to my breastfeeding journey. It's not a path I ever thought I'd walk, but it turns out, it's a route that I loved and traveled down several times. I'm hoping that my experiences and breastfeeding advice can help someone else learn to love it too....more

Breastfeeding Week: DIY Nursing Cover

One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding initially is maintaining a feeling of modesty in a very vulnerable situation. Before my second daughter was born, I made a DIY nursing cover and it really helped me gain a sense of comfort when breastfeeding in public....more

Bob Goff: Live in grace, Walk in love

I wouldn't say that I hold grudges,  but I definitely remember that one time that girl didn't come to that party in elementary school and it hurt my feelings and there is no way I'm inviting her to my kid's 1st birthday party. As I've gotten older, I've cared less about these things, but probably just for the sake of stress and space in my brain.     ...more

National Letter Writing Month: The letters we save

Do you have any letters tucked away in a special place? I don't often think about the letters we save, but when I do, they bring up so many memories. I have an entire box of letters that my husband wrote to me in our early days. I have the circle journal that I wrote about last week. There is also one letter that I forgot about until last week. I keep it in my daughter's baby book....more
What a special poem to have! My most special cards and letters are from my mom who passed away ...more