Yesterday I packed away most of the girls’ winter clothes in preparation for Springtime. Our lovely Texas weather has been getting warmer lately, and I wanted to pull their short-sleeved shirts out of storage. So of course, after I packed the warm clothes away, a cold front came through today! Brrr, the weather outside was […]
“Nesting.” The phase of pregnancy, usually in the last weeks, where a burst of energy turns an expectant mother into a cleaning superhero. Or a creative genius with lists of projects. Or a food-prep champion. The nesting phase is the final hurrah of baby preparation, getting everything into place and ready for baby’s homecoming. As […]
As a counselor, I am privy to the most private parts of people’s lives, especially their thoughts, hopes, and dreams. The insight into their thoughts has made me aware of the way that I parent my own children, as I have seen the effect that childhood has on adulthood. Oftentimes, when I’m sitting with a […]
Christmas in New York such an exciting time. Over the last few years, I’d visited NYC in the Fall and Spring, so I was super excited to visit during December. We started planning for this trip a few years ago, after we returned from a Spring trip (see that post here), but then our travel […]
A few years ago, my great-aunt mailed me a Christmas card with an extra special letter. She wrote memories about my mother as a child, especially her first Christmas spent in a hospital room. My great-aunt spent many hours tending to my mother, still a baby, during that Christmas season, and her wisdom about Santa […]
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 […]
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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.
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