Five Minute Friday: Prepare

Five Minute Friday is a weekly challenge for bloggers where we are given a prompt and write for five minutes. Then we share the results with the Five Minute Friday community on Kate's blog. Come join us! When we think of Christmas, we think of preparing: Preparing food - like special cookies, … [Read more...]

Choosing Joy

For the past week and a half I've been participating in Pam Farrel's Red Hot Wives Challenge. This morning I woke up feeling BLASE: bla·sé bläˈzā/ adjective adjective: blasé unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before. God's … [Read more...]

Adoption Blog Tour: My fears, hopes and dreams for our children

Adoption is a challenging journey. (You can read our family legacy story here.) An adoptive family experiences many joys and sorrows. Here are some things I celebrate as an adoptive parent: The day we brought each of our children home Hearing, “I love you!” Holding adoption orders in my hand … [Read more...]

Free Christmas Short Story!

  This month I would like to give you a Christmas short story called Hope for Jimmy. All you need to do to receive this story is fill in the form below with your name, e-mail address, and tell me what you'd like me to blog about in the coming year. I hope this story will remind you that … [Read more...]

Parenting: Motivating with Rewards

In August at my Music for Young Children professional development session, one of the presenters shared that she doesn't offer practice incentives to her students. Instead she challenges parents to talk to their children and figure out what will motivate them. I remembered this piece of advice a few … [Read more...]

NAME Conference: Men and Women Relieve Stress Differently

"The right amount of stress allows you to be everything God created you to be. We need to keep stress at a level to be productive." Bill & Pam Farrel The following information was shared by Bill & Pam Farrel at the 2014 NAME Marriage Conference. Women de-stress by talking things out … [Read more...]

A Blue Day

This picture was taken last year, but this morning the view out my window is similar. I need to leave for work in 30 minutes and have many things I could be doing right now, but God has impressed on my heart that I need to write this post. Maybe it's for you. As a general rule, I try to keep my … [Read more...]

NAME Conference: Thoughts on Marriage from Dale & Loredanna Reddekopp AND Five Minute Friday

This is my second post about the NAME Conference my husband and I attended in November. The first post was about how men and women relate differently. Dale and Loredanna Reddekopp shared in the second main session. They are a committed husband and wife team, the parents of two incredible adult … [Read more...]

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