My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new […]
These quotes describe my life over the last couple weeks. Between floor demolition and remodeling, school programs, birthday celebrations, and deadlines, I have felt the stretch! Good thing my mommy brain can still multi-task. I hope you get a chuckle out of these quotes too! Feel free to share. Most days Hulu and Amazon shows […]
During our engagement, I made a conscious effort to include my fiancé in our wedding preparations. Perhaps the TV show “Bridezilla” motivated me to not be a complete control freak, but deeper down, I also really wanted his opinion! I was already halfway through my counseling training when we met and fell in love, so […]
Finally – the floors are getting replaced. Woo hoo! We picked out a lovely birch espresso wood to replace the vinyl and carpet that runs the back of our house. All the major walkways of our house will be wood, and thirty years worth of dirt will be gone from the house. There are other […]
Okay ya’ll. Here’s an update on our staircase remodel. I convinced Johnny we could have this project done last summer before the baby came – and here we are with an 8 month old and we finally got some major progress made on the staircase! Woo hoo! Johnny built new handrails last July, so Simon […]
It started out like any other day. After picking up the oldest kiddo from school, we came home for afternoon snacks. On the way into the house, I noticed the front flower bed looked a bit droopy, so after setting the kids at the table with their peanut butter and graham crackers, I returned to […]
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 […]
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.
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