The Christian Parenting Handbook


So we’ve shared a You Can Be An Artist series for the past 10 days. And today we are sharing another passion. It’s a Hodgepodge, right? We are switching gears because I needed you to know about a fabulous parenting resource. Be sure to read through everything below because there is not only a mega […]

How to Savor Parenting: Three Steps

The You Are Special Plate

Following is something I shared when I spoke with fellow moms at a local homeschool group last week. Today, I share it at Passionate Purposeful Parenting… Being a parent is hard. We face the task of raising little ones, pre-teens or young adults – or all three in my case! We search for answers to […]

Simple Comforts for Sickness

Simple Comforts for Sickness at Hodgepodge

It’s just about a given that when you have five children in the house and participate in multiple events that you will have some sickness. Well, we’ve been socked pretty hard the last couple of weeks. Sickness spaced out just right, several doctor visits and gallons of Gatorade. So I thought I’d gather a few, […]

An attitude of anticipation

Anticipate the Great

“I predicted yesterday that today would be great. My estimate was correct.” ~ Littlest Girl A weary Mama at the end of a very full day sure needed to hear that. And doesn’t He know just what we need? Maybe I should always anticipate the great, count all the good. The daily gifts… A link […]

10 Habits for the Family Table

10 Habits for Around the Family Table

I’ve been thinking about this habit of family gathered for a meal. And, as I thought on it I remembered several helpful posts from our authors. The incredible gift of the ordinary! Glory comes streaming from the table of daily life. ~ Macrina Wiederkehr Join me at Habits for a Happy Home for 10 Habits […]

Are Your Children Socialized?

Are your children socialized?

We sat surrounded by friends and family. “And their ages?” she asked. Her eyes widened as I answered, from age four to 15. “And how many?” Five. She remarked that I looked good for having had five children. “You homeschool them all?” Later, as she lifted her glass of sweet tea, the question came. One […]

Wisdom for Every Day

How to Get Wisdom for Every Day

We are smack dab in the middle of the morning when he asks. He’s looking far away, out the window. “When will God come to town?” It’s these moments of parenting. Seizing opportunities to teach in the every day. These moments are the most fruitful. You can plan days full of learning, buy stacks of […]

He waits…patiently

playing with toy trucks

A four year old boy sits, waiting patiently. Ten minutes pass.  Twenty.  Thirty.  Still he sits, watching.  He leans in toward me periodically, wanting to get a close up view of what I’m doing. A boy’s construction truck playthings are not made like they were when I was a child.  Back then they were big, […]

Child Training Bible Review

Child Training Bible tabs

The Bible is the tool for life. The resource for parenting. The Child Training Bible (CTB) makes it easy to use as just that. I received the Child Training Bible to review right before we went on our family vacation. What a great vacation project it was! Each time I got out the rainbow of […]

Golden Days of Parenthood


Don’t miss the links to parenting resources at the end… Oct 2010 I hear his little feet coming around the corner. It’s busy, in-the-thick-of-it Sunday morning. I’m putting the ingredients in the crock pot for our lunch. His Daddy has dressed him. He’s ready to go. So he runs, pounding little shoes and slams full […]

Mama on Vacation: Surf and Turf

Mama on Vacation

This whole week I’m sharing a series from the 2010 archives. Oldies but goodies. Because my old iWeb site is soon going away and I wanted to share these posts with you. And because, to me, with school wrapped up, I feel the pull of the ocean. Summer always means beach. So come along for […]

Asking Forgiveness versus Saying I’m Sorry

forgiveness heart

Humpphh! {arms folded across the chest and frowning face} I’m sorry.  Would you please forgive me? {eye contact with another person or head bowed in prayer} Which one sounds genuine to you? Both of the above imply an attitude. One is a statement. One is a question. I’d love for you to join me at Passionate Purposeful […]