Priceless Quotes To Reclaim Joy When Life Gets Tough

I love the way a good quote can make you stop for a moment and think, “Hey! That’s right!” Or how a a special collection of words can comfort, redirect or bring profound insight and clarity when things are really crazy.  “I’m thankful…

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How I Saved A Ton By Making My Own Dog Food

My family is animal crazy. No, seriously. It’s really not healthy. On top of that, I’m not kidding when I tell you strays just seem to find us.  It’s like a cloud, or an aura, or something else I don’t really believe…

Potty Training And The Magic Of Cars

After four children there are two things about parenting I absolutely detest.  One is teaching kids to drive. The other is potty training. Because I endured unspeakable anxiety from the passenger seat during road test practice sessions for two of my kids, I solved this issue the third time by…

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How I Saved My Chairs And Wallet My Way

Click to Tweet! After four kids (one of them still in progress only just now able to reach the sink to wash his own hands), my gorgeous table chairs with the cream cushions were done.  So, since I didn’t want to pay anyone else, here’s how…

Superheroes in the Garage

I live with Superheroes. A lot of them. They live in the room that used to be my husband’s garage. Oh, there are still cars in there, just not in the traditional sense. They are parked on gorgeous dark grey slate tiles, each placed carefully by his hands…

Tantrums and Transformers

  It was a typical morning. Lunches were packed, breakfast eaten, clothes changed and car loaded for our trip down the hill to preschool before I had to head off to my teaching assignment.  As usual, time was limited and my focus was entirely on the clock. My five year…

Welcome to Joy Reclaimed

If you are a guest today of Joy Reclaimed from That Mommy Blog, I’m thrilled to welcome you.  It’s an honor to be a guest blogger and share one of my favorite pieces, “Sock Treasures” with a new audience.  If you came to check…

Decorating With Cats

Thinking about sprucing up your home?  I’m going to tell you why it’s a good idea to seriously consider adding a cat or two to your interior design. Few people can argue with the feelings of peace and comfort that seeing a kitty curled up on…

The Joy of the Perfect Bag

My one goal for summer break was to find a new bag to carry when school starts again.  I wanted something that was large enough to hold my computer and the plastic file where I keep my important papers; plus my wallet and personal stuff. It had to be comfortable…

When Near Misses Happen

Photo Credit:  Brent Bielmann They say our children are the best teachers.  But sometimes it’s their friends who also teach us meaningful lessons. My daughter’s friend, Corinne–a wonderful woman of faith and amazing mom–shared something recently that stopped me in my tracks…