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Her name is Grace: A good name is a powerful thing.

The many faces of Emalee

I remember the first time that I saw her. Just a little blip on the ultrasound monitor. Our “butterbean”. Her daddy and I looked with wide-eyed wonder at the little life we had created. She may have been microscopic, but she did big things for our marriage. She centered us. Gave us focus. Helped get […]

Does your morning look anything like this?

Morning Madness

Madness.  Chaos. Insanity. Does that give you any idea of how our mornings look from Monday-Friday each week? It’s crazy-land around our house! I know we’re not alone… I know that there are millions of families across the country going through exactly what I’m going through (to some extent) at the same time I am […]

My $10 Kitchen Remodel

My $10 Kitchen Remodel

I’ve heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  That is absolutely the truth in our home.  It’s the room where children and puppies beg for treats, where my hubby and I sneak kisses and chocolate, and where food simmers and heirloom cookbooks come alive. When we purchased our house, the downstairs had been […]

I wish people would stop using the “P” word.

The "P" Word

At every age and every stage, this word finds a way to creep in. It has the same effects on us – whether we are learning how to draw, ride a bike, picking out our wedding dress, holding our first child, or juggling the craziness that is parenthood or a thriving career. Perfect.  It all […]

A 2015 Resolution in One Word

One Word | Bless

It’s January 2 and I haven’t written about what my New Year’s Resolution is.  This should come as no surprise to those that know me… Procrastinate less as a resolution?  That is so 1996. Be more organized? I tried this before I had kids.  I did OK in some areas, not so good in others.  Now […]

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Cole as "Crackle"

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you’ve been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt […]

I’ve changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Cole the Elf

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together. Fast forward to parenthood. The pressure is […]