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Frugality this week

Here's what I did in the past week to save money: I found five pairs of shorts and several shirts at the thrift store for my kids instead of buying them new. When doing yard work this past weekend, instead of buying new wood to replace the rotted-out wood edging around our play area, I repurposed wood that we already had. When I wanted to add new mulch in the play area, … [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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Cupcake-making for little hands

A cupcake tip

I’ve spent the day traveling to Atlanta to be at my second Created for Care session this year.  Though I’ve heard the main sessions already before, the speakers were so awesome last time that I’m really looking forward to hearing them again.  Plus I get to pick another breakout session to attend– very fun. I’m [...]

When they were almost two

When they were almost two

Recently I was playing with our two little grandsons, both of whom turn two in the next couple months. They’re learning so much– talking and running, and showing understanding of so many things about their lives. They come to our house each Sunday, and walk in with smiles on their faces, eager to play the [...]

Why go?

Why go to an adoption conference?

John and I first became adoptive parents in 1998.  I have gone to quite a few adoption conferences over the years since then. But somehow we’d never managed to get to one together– until this past weekend, that is, when we were able to go to the Refresh conference in Seattle. At least half a [...]


Deep waters

You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I [...]

How to Help a New Mom

Ways to help a new mom

Our first baby was born during my last semester of college.  I had to go back to school when she was just ten days old.  I was able to bring her to class with me, so it wasn’t all that bad.  But that first morning, as I was trying to shower and get ready to [...]

Movie ticket winners are…

…commenter #6 Melanie and commenter #23 Jillyan.  I will get those movie passes headed your way, ladies!

Son of God movie

Free movie tickets!

This seems to be a month of giveaways! The winner of the book The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle is commenter #12  Tracy Stanley.  Tracy, send me your address and I will get your copy headed in your direction. Today I’ve got a new giveaway–  four vouchers  to go see a new [...]

Calm Mom

Calm mom: be what you want to see

One of the hardest things in the world to do as a parent is to keep from ‘going there’ along with your kids when they’re losing it big time and spilling their frustration all over you.  Maybe your two year old is flailing on the kitchen floor because you won’t give him a cookie before [...]

The Antelope in the Living Room

Because you NEED an antelope

I discovered blogs way back in 2006, and since then have found lots of good ones.  But only a handful have remained steady favorites, and Melanie Shankle’s blog Big Mama is one I’ll read as long as she’s game to write it. Her sense of humor is priceless–in my next life, I want to be [...]


my (un)Valentine’s weekend

It’s funny how you get used to all the rhythms that are peaceful in your home, and begin to take them for granted.  It’s much easier to focus on the hard parts of living in relationship.  Any marriage, no matter how happy, consists of two souls with different needs and wishes and sometimes widely varying [...]