Grapefruit Doughnuts {& The Gift of Hospitality}

Grapefruit Buttermilk Donuts with Candied Zest | Club 31 Women | #grapefruit

It was nine o'clock and I was sitting in my favorite white chair feeling the weariness in my body. I was tired. It was a long day of making sure school work got finished, nap times took place, chores got done, dinner made, and bath time completed. Somehow, I had even managed to squeeze in a quick workout for myself - which proved to be challenging since I had taken the last week off due to a cold. As I sat there in my cozy white chair, perusing the internet half-heartily, I listened to … Read More

The 8 Best Things About Having A Bunch of Kids

8 Best Things about having A Bunch of Kids

I guess I might as well come out with it. I’m the mother of 8 children. And I love it. This often surprises people when they learn that I have all these kids. They'll say things like, “But you don’t look like a mother of 8 children!” And then, occasionally,“Do you actually like having so many kids?” I’m never sure how to answer that first one (Thank you...I think?). The answer to the second is easier, Yes, I do.  I love it! Which some people seem to find interesting. I could … Read More

That One Question That Unlocks {The Door to Your Child’s Heart}

That One Question That Unlocks So Much

"Pray for this one," I told my friends that I knew would pray. It was a subtle drip of negativity coming from this child whose once-orphan wounds had threatened to be scars. Subtle enough that no one bumping up against the world outside our home would see, subtle enough to avoid what might incur discipline. (But mama's have an eye for what brews under the surface.) I didn't just hear it, I felt it. The passive-aggressive drip that said less about the sibling or situation of which they were … Read More

The Most Loving Thing I’ve Done For Our Marriage

The Most Loving Thing I've Done For Our Marriage

I'd like to think that there's been a whole lot of loving done over the years. I mean, so much can happen over decades of marriage, right? Good times. Hard times. Big sacrifices. Small ones. I've loved him through it all. But what would be the most loving thing? Would it be that gorgeous September morning when I vowed to love him "until death do us part"? Loving him. Or maybe when I gave birth to our first child? The pain. The joy. Loving him. Or maybe the 5th child . . . or the … Read More

Italian Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta {& The Business of Making Beautiful Things}

Italian Chicken | Club 31 Women | #Italian

Do you ever wonder what Paul's thorn in his side was (2 Corinthians 12:8)? I wonder all the time. Did he have this thorn before he was a believer? And, if so, how long had he had it? Or, did his thorn enter his life after it changed forever on the road to Damascus? All I know is that Paul does not say what his thorn was. How mysterious of him! I think we all have thorns that we've wished we could pray away. I know I'm guilty of it. How many times I've come before the Lord and asked … Read More

The Recipe for Success: How to Be a Better Homemaker

The Recipe for Success: How to be a Better Homemaker

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have it together? Are you disorganized and undisciplined? Are you ever regretful when your husband comes home because you haven’t used your time wisely that day? Do you snap at your kids and speak unkind words to your husband? Do you think back over the day disappointed with yourself because you know you should have acted differently in the area of __________(you fill in the blank)? Do you ever just wish you were better at this homemaking … Read More