Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

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I love a good drink for breakfast.  I rarely take the time to make myself a meal, but I can always drop some ingredients into my BlendTec and whip up a treat.  At this time of year, I generally lean towards toasty warm beverages but I found myself wanting a dessert like treat the other […]

Making Mornings Easier: More Than Survival

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I don’t know about you, but in my home mornings seem to be something to be survived instead of enjoyed.  I used to be a morning person, but I also used to not have kids and get to sleep all night long.  These days, I’m up nursing a baby twice during the night and more […]

Time with Jesus Daily

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The most important task I have as a mother is to teach my children to pursue God and to submit to Him.  That is a huge undertaking, but taking it one day at a time is a lot less daunting.  Years ago I went to a women’s luncheon and the pastor’s wife shared that each […]

Family Time: The Core of Discipleship

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One thing that has become increasingly important to me over the years is carved out family time.  Not just because it’s important to have fun together while they are young, but also because it is critical to build relationships because we are influencing their eternity.  Family time is literally the core of discipleship. We used […]

Cinnamon Citrus Crumble Muffins

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I still remember the night that I baked Cinnamon Streusel Orange Muffins with my Lil Man.  We had an awesome time working together!  So I dug up this post to share again; it’s a great recipe for a cool fall morning with a warm cup of coffee.  We now make Cinnamon Citrus Crumbles (and sometimes […]

Bed Time Tea: Sipping for my Soul

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Today was a great day.  I woke up early, had my quiet time, nurtured my soul.  I even got a shower in before breakfast (and if you’re a stay at home mom with a hanful of littles running around, you’ll understand the little victory dance I did afterwards!).  I headed into my day with a […]

Nurturing My Soul in the Midst of Chaos

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The last ten months have been some of the most challenging I’ve ever experienced.  Yes, that sounds dramatic.  No, it’s not hyperbole.   There were nights that I sat and sobbed after the kids went to bed because I felt so stretched and tired and insignificant that all I could do to pray was weep. […]

Dreaming for the Future, Content in the Present

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Once upon a time, boy met girl.  They went to college together, became friends, and settled into a nice rhythm.  A few years later friendship grew, blossomed, and became more.  They launched their life together and spent the next thirteen years creating a life that looked absolutely nothing like the one they had spent hours planning […]

Hey Mom, Take Time for Fun

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This coming school year is one that I am greeting with more joy and anticipation than even my very first year of homeschooling.  It all started back in January when I prayed about a word for the year.  I do that every year, but this one was different.  I was desperate.  Why?  Because I was stretched […]

How I’m Getting Rid of My Debilitating Morning Sickness

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I’m pregnant.  I’m excited about our little baby that we’ll get to hold and love this fall.  But daily, it’s a battle to be joyful right now.  I know that I’ve instantly offended some of you, because sharing my struggles with just my friends has gotten me a broad response base.  I’ve heard, “Be thankful, […]

Organizing Our Homeschool Year

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I’ve been chatting with lots of my mom friends lately about homeschooling.  Why?  Because this is the time of year when I start planning for the next one and organizing our next homeschool year.  I always start by reading my verse for the year and praying.  If I don’t do that first, I know nothing […]

Long Dark Night of the Soul: When You Are Feeling Hopeless

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There is a phrase used throughout Christian history to describe a challenging time when God seems silent and the expresser of the emotion feels alone.  They say they are experiencing a long, dark night of the soul.  I cannot at all say that I have experienced something that devastating or overwhelming in recent years – maybe […]

Ash Wednesday: Why We Celebrate Lent

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This morning in our home we are doing things a little bit differently.  We are pausing, reflecting, searching.  We are taking this idea, and our “ash” for today will come from a bowl of flour, a bowl of repentance.  We are making tea, listening to calming music, lighting candles, and talking about this season of […]

Fantastic and Frugal Menu Plan

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One of my most popular posts ever was my “emergency menu” plan that fed my family of 8 (yes, two parents and six kids and the occasional guest!) for just under $100 and remained nourishing and delicious at the same time.  I heard from a mom this week from Oregon that used it and was able […]

Birthdays, Blessings, & Black Beans

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  Last week our family was blessed to spend the seven whole days together on the beach, playing in the sand and even (insanely) in the water.  This week of the year is one I look forward to the other 51 weeks because we are all together, with no distractions.  I often don’t even turn […]

What are you looking at?

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  Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look to Me, and be saved…“What are you looking at today? I know I started the day looking at the mess I had to clean, the school work yet to complete, the bills I’m not sure how we’re going to pay, and the frigid weather outside. It’s no wonder I found […]

Out of Seed? SOW!

  What a tremendous reminder!    First of all, God PROVIDES. I’m sure that you, like me, are often in need of provision.  It seems like something is always popping up and we wonder where the resources for its provision will come from.  I am starting to wonder why I wonder.  I already know.  Every […]

Order! Order! Order in the Home!

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  In a courtroom, a judge bangs a gavel and cries out ORDER and everyone settles down.  Why?  Because the judge has the authority to demand order and to mete out consequences when that order does not come.  It is an authority given to them by the government when they are sworn in to their […]

Robbing People: A Past Time of the Christian Woman?

This week I was told by someone very dear to me that I excelled at something: robbing people. Robbing people of their blessings, to be more specific. How? Because I was always willing to be the “mom” who gave, but never the woman who graciously received. I would give out of my abundance easily he […]

The Vision~ Will You Catch It?

I know it’s long. I know it’s probably weird and out of the box. But please, read it through. This is simply entitled “The Vision” and I referenced its origin at the end. When I read this, my spirit gets motivated and my heart begins to renew itself with the hope of what is going […]

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