Need an easy family activity? One that will surely tire the kids out before bedtime? Run through the sprinklers! At first Simon was a little nervous to run through the sprinklers, so he stayed close to Dad. He soon realized how awesome it felt, and he was running everywhere solo. Yes, […]
Here’s the story of our gender reveal party! With our oldest kiddos, we found out in the doctor’s office if we were expecting a boy or girl. Since we had one of each, I thought a gender reveal party would be a fun way to make this baby’s gender an exciting moment. And it’s an […]
The best part of gardening is the harvest! And our little helpers were happy to be a part of the fun. So far, our kids love to eat veggies from the garden (with the exception of the cherry tomatoes.) Hopefully that veggie eating trend continues as they get older! the onion transporter Onions need […]
As parents, we often wonder if we are raising our children the “best” way. I know many a mom that feels like she is failing just because she is not perfect. Luckily, kids are pretty forgiving, and our imperfect moments can be overshadowed by happy memories. To help parents create more positive memories, I […]
Recently we visited the Texas coast with some friends. Hello sunshine and sand! We had so much fun, and I feel confident that future trips will be successful as well. Here are some lessons I learned about taking toddlers to the beach. 1. Take lots of sand toys! Our kids loved to dig […]
“You must have a wonderful husband.” “Yes I do.” Yesterday I finally broke the news about my pregnancy to one of my co-workers. We were discussing plans for summer activities with the youth we serve, and it finally seemed like the right time to bring it up. After offering a happy congratulations, her first […]
While I was imagining upcoming festivities for our new baby, I started thinking back to my previous baby showers, and all the fun games we played. Luckily, I had wonderful friends who made those occasions sweet and special. Below are some of my favorite baby shower games: “Pillow Pregnant” Twister “Baby Preparedness Relay” This one […]
My son is a picky eater. But he loves veggies! I think it’s because of our vegetable garden. Our kids enjoy watching the plants grow and then eating veggies right from the bush. Hence this picture: and this picture I realized I don’t have pictures of our daughter attacking the broccoli plants. But between the […]
Deciding it’s time to speak with a professional counselor can be difficult. You’ve realized you need help, but who do you call? Do you talk to friends and family about a referral, or do you keep your therapy discreet? Do you simply pick a name out of the phone book? Or ask a […]
Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about problems. We all recognize the dreaded phrase. . . “We need to talk.” If your discussions seem to become a growing snowball of defensiveness, anger, insults, and tears, then keep reading for tips on how to successfully problem-solve in your couple conversations. Unfortunately, many conversations follow […]
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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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