How to Get Your Kids to Keep their Bedrooms Clean: 9 Tips

Let’s call this a research project shall we? Do any of your children seem to mess up their rooms in twenty seconds flat, then take two hours (or two days) to clean it up again? One of my children keeps his room tidy without much trouble; however, another one of my children is extremely challenged in this area. (There is one more child, but she is still a baby, so she isn’t cleaning bedrooms yet!) The battle of the bedroom has been an ongoing one, something we have had to constantly work on. After scouring the internet and asking friends,...

God Will Make a Way

Image by Francisco Diez Sometimes we can't see past the hilltop. Sometimes our peace is so far gone we feel that it will never return. Sometimes we have strayed so far from God it seems we can never go back. Sometimes the walls are too strong for us. But they are not for God. If we can learn to trust in Him, we will find much peace. He can do anything. I wanted to share a song we have been singing recently. I find it very encouraging. Maybe you will too. God Will Make a Way by Don Moen God...

The Car Binder: Simplifying My Map Clutter

Since re-locating earlier this year, I have found myself printing maps frequently. A trip to the park, MapQuest. A trip to pick up my co-op order, MapQuest. A trip to hunt down the location of Trader Joes, MapQuest. And on and on it goes. I don’t seem to remember my way around very well. Perhaps this is because I am so often talking to my children while driving. Or they are talking to me. Whatever the reason, I have found myself re-printing maps to places I’ve been before! This is far from convenient, a waste of paper, and definitely a...

Two Good Reasons to Trust God

It is difficult to trust someone who is deceitful (and really unwise to do so). Just one lie can cause us to lose faith in someone completely. Thankfully, God does not lie. In fact, it is impossible for God to lie! Hebrews 6:18 says “So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.” And then we have Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should...

Trusting God – the key to a peaceful life

Image from schmollmolch (Isn't it beautiful? I love it!) Stress and worry steal joy and peace. How do we overcome these feelings that often plague our lives? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle of trusting God. Sure, many of us intellectually trust Him. But how about real, step-out-in-faith trust? How about confidence that He is doing what is good and right, even if it makes no sense to us? That kind of trust is harder to come by. Rest and peace is offered to us as Christians, if we can just take hold of God's hand and...

A Dutch Puff for Sunday

A Dutch Puff for Sunday |
We have eaten the same breakfast each Sunday for a few months now. It is easy and adds a little tradition to our day. I like that. The kids always enjoy watching the puff emerge from the oven. Sometimes it grows to great heights! Once it actually touched the top of the oven! It deflates rather quickly, so give everyone a shout to come and take a peek. This Puff can be made a few different ways. The I'm-late-getting-breakfast version involves unbleached white or whole wheat flour.  The I'm-preparing-in-advance version is made the night before. Both are lovely served with...

A Bigger Picture Moment (and an actual picture)

A Bigger Picture Moment (and an actual picture) |
Do you ever feel that your life needs a complete overhaul? I have felt that way lately. I can't pinpoint the specific moment it happened, but sometime this week I realized that I have to pare down.  I don't do very much outside the home, but it honestly doesn't take a lot to overwhelm me. At times I wonder why I can do so little. Then I realize it's because I am doing so much at home. The responsibility of raising children is huge. Really huge. Some people have a greater capacity for activity than me. I have learned it...

Free 3-month Amazon Prime Subscription! Woo hoo!

I don't usually talk about deals on this blog – but this one is too good to miss! If you have ever tried a free subscription to Amazon Prime then you know how cool it is! I was lucky enough to try it right after we moved. We also had a two month old baby at the time, which made it a little difficult to get out. I ordered anything and everything through amazon and it arrived in two days with free shipping! I ordered shower curtain rods, food, books, and a number of other things. Right now Amazon is...

Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink

Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink |
One day soon I will write a post about the health benefits of coconut!  In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this little recipe.  It is one our family's favorite healthy drinks. Thick like a milkshake, this beverage truly satisfies. The basic recipe contains coconut milk, bananas, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. It is sweet, but not too sweet.  Creamy, cold and chocolatey, it's perfect for a summer afternoon. The ingredient amounts may vary to suit your tastes, and the liquid portion is adaptable to whatever you have on hand. Originally made with half kefir and half coconut...