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Making a Spring Banner

When preparing for Easter last week, I decided it would be nice to have some kind of spring-like festive banner in the living room. I dug through my fabric stash and found a variety of bright scraps, which I cut into diamond shapes that were about a foot long and 5 inches wide. I folded each diamond in half (with the pretty side of the fabric facing out) to create a triangle, … [Read More...]

Featured Recipe


Molly’s 10-Minute Chicken

  Folks who haven't done menu planning before sometimes assume it has to be this big complicated thing. Here's how it most commonly looks at my house-- a simple list of meals in a spiral notebook. (If I'd known I was going to show this … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature


Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I've captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It's definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my … [Read More...]

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40 bags in 40 days

Contentedness and decluttering

After a winter of much busy-ness on my part, the other day my youngest daughters and I plowed through a ridiculous amount of chaos in their bedroom.   I don’t care how often you tell a kid to clean their room, there’s just nothing like mom sitting there in the chaos with you to inspire real [...]

Against the Wild

Movie Giveaway: Against the Wild

The winner of The Perfect Score is commenter #5, Ticia.  Send me your address, Ticia, and I will get that book headed your direction. ~~~~~ Today I have yet another giveaway.  It is for a family movie called Against The Wild.  You can see the trailer here on youtube.  Our family watched it together and to [...]



I can’t tell you how much I love this song. When darkness clouds the day When we are afraid You are there When trouble closes in Its hard to trust again You are there And we fix our eyes on You Our hope is found in You You are Glorious, Almighty Infinite and Holy Gracious, [...]


Book giveaway: The Perfect Score

The other day I shared some SAT essay ideas, and then forgot to mention the thing that got me thinking about the SAT in the first place– a book that I was recently offered for review.  It’s called The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT. It’s the story of a mom who [...]

Pork stirfry

When you’ve cooked it a hundred times

In the last few weeks while talking with mommas about the juggling act that is motherhood, inevitably some of the talk is about the stress involved in cooking, especially when lots of people really don’t enjoy cooking.  There’s nothing like uncertainty about your skill level to take the fun out of something. But when it [...]


Frugality this week

Whenever I read a frugality post from The Prudent Homemaker, it always gets me thinking about what I’ve done lately. I enjoy surrounding myself (virtually or IRL) with folks who encourage me toward wise stewardship. Here’s my list for last week. I’d love to hear yours in comments below. I bought 20 pounds of chicken [...]

with you


I am tired I am broken Unsure at every turn Though You told me where to go I lost the road Been a while since I have heard You And doubts are creeping in How can I continue walking on my own? I need to know you’re here With me Cause I become a desperate [...]

My girl

so that I will remember

She comes out into the kitchen in the morning in tired black leggings a touch too small and a black long sleeve shirt a lot too large and my first reaction is puzzlement, then a grumpy wondering why she’d chose to wear THAT this morning. This child has a quirky/adorable sense of style and LOVES [...]

coping on hard days

day brighteners

Sometimes small things can bring a smile and brighten an afternoon. How do you lift moods at your house on hard days?

SAT Essay Tips

SAT Essay Tips (news flash: say goodbye to the SAT essay!)

Today I happened across this really interesting article about plans to overhaul the SAT, again.  The last time it was changed in a substantial way was in 2005 when the dreaded ‘essay’ component was added and weighted to be 1/3 of the total value of the test. This part of the SAT gives each student [...]