Marriage is awesome! At least it’s supposed to be amazing and comforting and confidence-building and supportive and sexy and rewarding and challenging and (insert more positive adjectives here). Sometimes relationships become strained, and sometimes marriage is frustrating. Spouses get annoyed with each other and arguments happen too frequently. Unhealthy patterns can unravel a marriage, so […]
This year we really wanted to celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Our little ones were at the perfect age to understand (and anticipate) Santa Claus, and we were excited for them! But we also wanted them to learn young about giving and helping others feel loved. We frequently told them that Santa brings us gifts […]
I love watching the Sketch Comedy show “Studio C.” If you haven’t already found their amazingness on YouTube, visit their channel. Not only are the funny, but their content is always family friendly. Love, love, love Studio C! Inspired by one of their Christmas sketches about Santa Claus basing gifts on the 5 Love Languages, I […]
Earlier this week I had the freedom to wander and shop for two amazing hours. Thank you to my fantastic husband for keeping all four kids at home! And thank you Kohls for being open until midnight during the holiday season! I picked out Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, and some white elephant gifts too. Speaking […]
Earlier this year I gave a presentation to a group of teenagers. After deliberating the best way to teach them how to communicate, I decided to take an alternate route by teaching them how to listen. After all, if you listen ineffectively, you’ll communicate ineffectively. The quote “we have two ears and one mouth for […]
It’s that time of year when we reflect on the things we’re grateful to have. There is beauty all around us, and making a gratitude list helps me realize all the countless ways I have been very blessed. My wise cousin, Cambri, also wrote on her blog about keeping a “beauty book.” For people that […]
Recently, my Dad has begun gardening. He dug out a section of the fence and tilled the soil for carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and more. My mom jokes that one of his new mottos is, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” Which is funny considering his daughter is a therapist. . . I’ve […]
Pinterest and Front Door Decor. Just like chocolate and marshmallow. Or cheese and crackers. They just go together! Every house has a front door, but not every house has a door that is decorate-able. Our front door has a metal screen door, so hanging things on the outside is hard. For years I’ve hung wreaths […]
Looking for a gift to please an entire family this Christmas? Maybe your brother’s family, or your favorite co-worker’s family? Or for your own family? I’d like to share three amazing gift ideas for a family dear to your heart. These ideas come from UnCommonGoods, and they are uniquely special items. If you haven’t heard […]
Growing up, my family always crammed onto the photo table at WalMart or JCPenney for family pictures. It was an odd balance game of trying to get everyone into the picture without knocking the little kids off the table. Plus, my siblings and I probably had arguments about which cool background to display in 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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