Every husband’s question: What’s the perfect gift for my wife?

One of the hardest questions every married man asks at one time or another is this: What's the perfect gift for my wife? Probably what he really wants to know is how to keep from being in the dog house? ~grin~ Since I usually write for the ladies (although a few men might wander by) this means you'll need to email this post to your … [Read more...]

Do You Love Your Adopted Child as Much as Your Biological One?

Recently on a Facebook post I received the following comment. I find it difficult to get past the distinctions in your children: my daughter, my grandson (those ones are really yours), my adopted daughter, my adopted son (these ones you're allowing to live with your family). Don't you think they see this? I've never heard of anyone doing this … [Read more...]

The North Carolina Mountain Vacation that Disappeared!

How do ten months disappear into oblivion, never to be seen again? I remember as a child just cringing when my parents would say, time flies. When you're eight years old and enduring summer vacation, time seems to crawl by at a snails pace! Now as an adult I pray for the privilege of being bored! Just one day of boredom! Sleeping in, … [Read more...]

Easy No Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

When my children were younger one of our favorite early summer outings was to the local strawberry farm. Sometimes we would pack a picnic lunch, ride the tractor into the fields and pet the farm animals. Most importantly, though, we were there to pick those mouthwatering bites of strawberry goodness! We would fill up our five gallon buckets … [Read more...]

How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece

How many of you love the home design show Fixer Upper? Seriously, who doesn't? A well deserving family or individual chooses one of three homes for an amazing husband and wife team to radically makeover just for them! I KNOW. It's the stuff of dreams. First of all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal. ('Cause y'all KNOW we're … [Read more...]

Amazing Day When Grief Turns to Joy!

Do you know the feeling when  you realize you're in the middle of a moment that is a lifetime coming and the fulfillment of seeds planted and watered? A few Sundays ago I experienced just that moment when grief turns to joy!   My niece Jennifer was born to my sister when I was 18 years old. Brenda was such a good mom, fearlessly … [Read more...]

Five Love Languages of Moms

Does anyone else feel like Mother's Day is the hardest holiday? Especially if you're the mom! Torn between being celebrated and honoring your own mother if she's still alive, sometimes Mother's Day can be a day of conflict. I celebrated my first Mother's Day 27 years ago. I know it seems like a cliche, but the years have flown by so … [Read more...]

What I Really Want for Mother’s Day This Year

Maybe this Mother's Day you're feeling a little sentimental like me, or searching for a purpose in those sleepless nights and endless days of diapers and tantrums. Could it be that the teenage years are wearing thin and you're wondering if anything you're doing really matters?  Totally unprepared for motherhood 27 years ago, I … [Read more...]

Celebrate Her Special First Mother’s Day

Disclosure: I received product from Expressionery.com but all opinions expressed are my own. I remember my first Mother's Day like it was yesterday......only it wasn't. It was 27 years ago.  I was madly in love with this precious bundle of dainty cuteness named Rachel Faith.  I had no idea what I was doing in my … [Read more...]

How to Change Your Life Part One: Why I Finally Had Enough!

If you ask my kids, family and friends what the most common piece of advice I give on how to change your life they'll probably all agree. You can't change anyone but yourself. I've repeated that phrase over the course of the last several years in conversations on everything from frustrating relationships to difficult life … [Read more...]

Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Ok, more like a hurricane.  Relationships have been tested, our family has been torn apart in heart wrenching ways yet by God's grace we continue to love and support each other through the storms. Since I have shared just a bit about our youngest son I wanted to invite you into another … [Read more...]

How to Lose Weight: Rachel’s Story

What do you call someone who can't stick with a diet? A desserter. You can't lose weight by talking about it. You need to keep your mouth shut. And one last one for my (no longer a painter) husband. Why should you go to the paint store if you're on a diet? You can get thinner there. Why all the diet jokes today? You know you clicked … [Read more...]

Classic Cheesecake with Fruit Toppings

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sara Lee Desserts, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SaraLeeDesserts http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV When our kids were younger we usually had one weekend night that was "family" night and involved some sort of game or performance by … [Read more...]

Thrifty Valentine’s Day Decor (but Don’t Forget Your Anniversary!)

To me Valentines Day decor is a lot like my marriage. (You're on the edge of your seats right about now, aren't you?) Comfortable. Shabby but chic. Imperfectly beautiful. Neutral with pops of color. Sentimental and charming. Well worn with years of value left. A little rustic with a … [Read more...]

Finding Purpose in Life and Work

I had high goals for the start of this new year, and they had nothing to do with eating healthy and exercising! (Actually they did but that's not the topic of this post!) In my last post I shared some of the struggles that December brought for me. In my usual transparency I wrote about grief and its effect on my mama's heart.  I received … [Read more...]

Living with Grief and Heartbreak

January is off to a quiet start here on the blog, partially with intentionality and partially completely out of my hands. When I scheduled my carpal tunnel surgery for Jan. 5 I knew it would be hard to do a lot of my daily tasks, including computer work, which was fine because I wanted to spend some time focusing on my purpose and vision … [Read more...]

I Didn’t Choose to be a Pastors Wife

As I was teaching my children to write during my many years as a homeschooling mom, I never dreamed that one day at least one of my kids would enjoy writing like her mom and would wield the pen as a mighty sword. Rachel is so much like me with the way her writing comes from a well of deep emotions. Inspiration strikes and lives can be … [Read more...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed there until 2016! 2016 is already … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

When I was a little kid the Sears Christmas wish book contained all of my heart's desires. What in the world was that, you say? It was a hold in your hands, cut pictures out, dare to dream and drool over, catalogue of toys for every kid (and Sears way to empty the parents' pockets!) Today we have the internet, tv and Toys 'R Us to … [Read more...]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. My sister Brenda and I were born 15 years apart, with just enough time in between for her to be like a second mama to me.  I’m sure my birth caused her much grief and embarrassment because she had to help … [Read more...]

Motherhood: Rewarding and Heartbreaking Journey

As I watched my oldest daughter's journey to motherhood I was grateful to play an active part in her life and now in my precious grandson's life. From the very beginning Rachel was full of questions and transparency. Did it take you long to get pregnant? Did you have morning sickness when you were pregnant with me? When did you get over … [Read more...]

First Birthday Ideas and a Letter from Nana

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. There's just something so incredibly unique about a child's first birthday. Is there any one year in life where more change and growth is experienced? From a helpless newborn infant to a mostly walking, … [Read more...]

Is Your Baby 6 to 12 Months? What You Need to Know!

Ah, how things change in such a short time when you're a new parent! It's been so much fun being involved in the life of our first grandchild as these first few months have flown by. My daughter Rachel and her husband Donny are here to share some parenting tips on the second six months of Aiden's first year. It's been several months … [Read more...]

Rustic Cabin with Western Theme Decor

Most years our family goes on vacation to the beach but just a few weeks ago we headed to an amazing rustic cabin owned by friends of ours. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, this jewel of a cabin barely had room for all of us. Okay, I'm totally kidding because this getaway has three levels and  is … [Read more...]