I recently flew to Idaho to visit family, and on the flight home, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman from the small town of St. Anthony, Idaho. He worked on the nearby college campus where I had attended school, and he lamented that the students were not very friendly. I was surprised, as […]
If you regularly follow Joyful Family Life, you would have noticed I’ve been a bit absent. Two reasons explain my blogging break and scarce posts over the past few months. First, life just got really busy, and when a blogger gets busy, the time to type gets pushed aside. Secondly, I realized the impact that […]
We’re in for a rainy day at our house, but there are many ways to learn and play indoors. If you find your family stuck indoors too, give your preschooler an opportunity to splash through a Sea Creature Maze with this fun worksheet! Find more preschool activities at Education.com, such as word scrambles, image matching, and crossword […]
Last Thursday I learned a lesson about compassion and anger. Two very different emotions. Two powerful emotions. The morning started off like a typical morning of getting my oldest kiddo out the door for school. Still wearing pajamas, the rest of us climbed in to the car to drop Simon off in the elementary school car […]
Hurricane Harvey has left catastrophic devastation in its wake. Thousands of people displaced, homes flooded, and roadways impassable. I fight back tears each time I view the coverage of what has happened to my fellow Texans. We live a few hours from Houston, and our home experienced mild flooding from the storm. But, our water […]
Feeling Frantic? Signs You’re Overextending Yourself – And 7 Ways To Stop We all know that spreading ourselves too thin isn’t healthy. We lose focus, our performance suffers, and instead of being productive, we end up producing inadequate work. But how can you tell whether you are productively busy or just outright overbooked? And when […]
With my husband, our relationship is almost like it was when we first got married. … We are working on it together. – Angie, proud graduate of the Treehouse and recovery advocate Just about anyone who has ever struggled with addiction would attest to the wave of destruction that substance abuse has not […]
I’m excited to partner with Education.com for today’s cute activity! If you have a baseball lover in your home, this summer boredom buster is for you. Young kids will simply enjoy using craft materials, and older kids can brush up on their geometry knowledge as they create their very own baseball pennant. In this guest […]
Last night I had an epiphany as I tried to lay the baby down for bed. Whereas she normally falls asleep within a couple minutes, last night Mary was mad. Super mad. She was hollering and unhappy with me. While she cried, I hurried and tucked the big kids in bed, and then I […]
Earlier this morning, as I watched two of my girls paint on some leftover cardboard, I had two thoughts. First, I was pleased with my “mom skills.” I was using corner protectors for my new picture frame in the kids’ bathroom. The girls wanted to make tents for their miniature dolls with the cardboard. Creative […]
Hello! I'm Nicci
I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
Looking for Something?
Use the search box below to find whatever your heart desires - counseling advice, kid-friendly decorating, yummy recipes . . . search away! If you don't find the advice you seek, send me an e-mail.
Have a question that you'd like to have answered online?
Have ideas to share?
I'd LOVE to hear from you!!
I have the right to answer e-mails at my discretion and convenience. For mental health emergencies, contact a local professional counselor or call 911.