Chasing The Perfect Life {When What You Really Want is Peaceful Living}

Chasing the Perfect Life {When What You Really Want Is Peaceful Living}

Last week I had a mini meltdown because I was overwhelmed by everything that I felt was not perfect in my life. The never ending laundry, messy rooms, messy bathrooms, missing trim around a door, dirty carpet, debt, not enough time in my day, an older child who asked how to spell “hello”!!!, and my own character flaws. It came down to the fact that I want my life to be perfect (at least perfect in my eyes) and I was tired of the fact that it wasn't. But chasing perfectionism is like … Read More

To My Daughter: A Good Man is Worth Waiting For

To My Daughter - A Good Man is Worth Waiting For

It's not easy being young. Especially when you're a girl and eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Hoedown on Saturday night. She had no trouble picking out a blouse or borrowing a cowboy hat from a friend. But finding the perfect denim skirt? That was another matter. Our daughter looked up at me with pleading eyes, "Please, Mama, can we go thrift shopping for a skirt? I have the outfit all pictured in my mind. Please....?" Oh, how I wanted to help her out. I mean, on the one … Read More

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce {& Sharing Love}

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce | Club 31 Women | club31women.com #breakfast

That time in the evening when my family starts to assemble in the kitchen is always one of my favorites times of the day. Josh has come home from work and is often beside me in the kitchen helping me prepare our meal, and the kids are scurrying around grabbing placemats to set the table, assisting with dinner, and helping Christian (our two year old) decide which bib he wants to wear (because he's opinionated). We thank God for His many blessings before we dig in, and then the … Read More

23 Tiny Things That Really Annoy My Mom

23 Tiny Things That Really Annoy My Mom

It all started in Costco . . . . When one of our daughters bumped into me as we were walking into the entrance. I bristled a bit. Then she bumped into me again a few yards later. I looked over at her and informed, "That really annoys me, you know." She gave me that questioning look (you know the one). So I elaborated, "Well, it's like you're knocking into my personal space and it bugs me." Neither of us spoke for a moment. Until we both burst out laughing. And she … Read More

Loneliness: 3 Surprising Truths That Can Change Everything

Loneliness: 3 Surprising Truths That Can Change Everything

I've been there more than once. Unknown. Aching. Lonely. I've heard the enemy whisper that I'm the only one in a dark empty corner. That this kind of pain isn't fair. That if anyone really cared, they'd try harder to reach me. Lies, all of them. But believed by so many of us. The truths about loneliness might surprise you. No, they're not easy to hear, but these three truths just might change everything for you. 1) Loneliness is not about your circumstances. But I hear you. … Read More

What Makes Love Hot in a Monogamous Marriage

What Makes Love Hot in a Monogamous Marriage

Since we're good friends I feel like I can tell you this. So, yeah, I went out on a hot date last Saturday night. It all started with a new box of Cheerios and hearing the kids cheer. . . and then discovering we were out of milk. He looked over at me. And I looked back at him. And we both knew what was coming. But he asked me all the same, "Hey, Baby, wanna go on a milk-date with me?" What girl could refuse an invitation like that? Not this girl. So we climbed into the car … Read More