The dreaded temper tantrum. The tears and moans over the smallest things. The joys of a 2yr old’s emotional roller coaster. Luckily there are some tricks to reducing the intensity and duration of toddler temper tantrums. Usually, if I can act excited about something else, the tears will stop and I’ll get my child’s attention shifted. And, […]
One hymn that speaks to my soul is “All Creatures of our God and King.” I love the flowing movement of the music, the simple majesty of the words, and most of all, I love the Alleluia refrain. If you don’t know this beautiful tune, listen here. In honor of this tune and the Easter holiday, […]
When my husband and I were discussing babies and our future family, we predicted lots of little boys running around the house. Out of the 20-something grandchildren on his side of the family, there were only four girls, so we figured our odds of a daughter were low. Johnny was actually a bit nervous to […]
Twice a year, members of my church are privileged to gather in a worldwide conference. I love the refreshment my soul feels by taking a weekend to listen to church leaders and prophets share their testimonies of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. This year, I’m excited to add a growing list of printables throughout the […]
Can I start by saying how much I love reading books from Familius publishing? Every book I’ve read and reviewed for their company has been fantastic, and I love their motto of “Helping Families Be Happy.” Therefore, I’m excited to introduce another fantastic book from Familius – Bucket of Awesome. Written by Kathryn Thompson, the […]
Our kids were so excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They weren’t old enough to expect candy and cards, but they knew it was a day about love. They were excited to spread kindness and love to their friends and family! A few weeks ago, we bought felt envelopes at Hobby Lobby to get into the […]
I promise this will be the best 30 seconds of your day. There’s nothing cuter than baby laughs! I was folding laundry in the bedroom when I heard baby Mary cracking up. When I peeked in the kitchen I saw her siblings all fawning over her with giggles. I sneakily got the camera to catch […]
The 100th Day of School!!!! We made it this far, and we’re so much closer to summertime! Our Simon has been counting the days this week until the 100th day of kindergarten, and I was excited to help him make his very first 100th Day of School t-shirt. I remember gluing pennies onto a shirt […]
Earlier this month I gave a presentation on self-care for the ladies at church. Before I left the house that night, my husband asked what topic I would discuss. When I answered self -care, he asked, “What in the world does that mean?” I laughed and tried to explain that self-care is like me-time, but […]
Recent marches in our nation’s Capitol and around the country this weekend really got under my skin. I originally wrote a rebuke to the modern day feminist movement, but I deleted it. My words were not kind, and my censure was scathingly long. In hindsight, I compressed my original thoughts down to this theme – […]
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