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 […]
Blame is “deceitfully liberating.” “I’m done apologizing.” “She needs to get over herself and apologize to me.” “He needs to stop this foolishness and forgive everyone.” “The world doesn’t revolve around her. She needs to get over it.” “I’ve already apologized; I’m not going to do it again.” Aww, the blame game. Sound familiar? I’ve […]
(I felt like writing an encouraging letter for love today. Today is an anniversary of sorts, so as I plug nostalgically along, I hope the message hits home for whoever needs to hear these words.) The world has written countless novels, plays, and histories based on love. Love truly has changed the courses of […]
Recently, I visited with a friend who is expecting her first child. As we sat on the couch and talked pregnancy and motherhood (me expecting my fourth baby,) I pondered on how the decision to become a mother has changed my life. My friend’s visit was a sweet one, with brief interludes where I consoled […]
This year, our kids are old enough to understand the story of Easter, Jesus Christ, and Resurrection. I’m excited to use some of the family friendly Easter tips found here too. I really wanted to incorporate the religious message of Easter into our decorations this year, so along with our bunnies, Easter eggs, and flowers, […]
When I was 15 years old, I attended a church youth retreat. As much as I loved the classes, the activities, and the people, one lesson touched my heart the greatest over the years – the lesson I learned by breaking the bedtime rule. I shared a dorm room with 5 other girls, and we […]
The holiday season is a time to gather with family. You eat, you play games, and you reminisce about family stories. Over the weekend, we celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ home. For the first time in two years, every single member of the family was there. What a blast! At night when the kids finally […]
We went camping over the weekend, and it was so refreshing to spend some time out in nature. My husband’s brother came with his family, and we shared a campsite. The kids loved setting up the tent and running around with flashlights and cooking popcorn over a fire. The adults loved that the kids were […]
Earlier this month, my family left for vacation. My younger brother was getting married, and we would be gone for 5 days. My neighbor agreed to water to garden in the backyard, but I forgot to ask her to water the front flower beds. When we returned home, I realized my mistake. Our beautiful mum […]
Once upon a time, there was a owl. And a critter. And a large Suburban. You can guess how this story ends , right? A couple days ago, we were returning home from a cross-Texas vacation. As we drove late at night, we had our eyes open for deer, since they are the […]
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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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