Four Ways to Establish Lifelong Bonds with Your Baby

(Image credit) Creating close bonds with my children has been a strong focus for me ever since they were born. I think most of us would say that. I’m thankful for all the time I’ve had to connect with my kids and build a strong foundation with them when they were young. I’ve made lots […]

Loving the Extroverted Child


Written by guest contributor Jessica Smartt of Do you have any extroverts in your family? Ohhhh, we do. Here are some of my mom-of-an-extrovert confessions: I have to drag my children away from extended conversations with the Fed-Ex man, random people walking their dogs, and anyone in a public place who makes eye contact […]

Simple Gifts: Tips on Writing Letters of Encouragement

how to write a letter of encouragement

A few years ago I answered the phone to an earnest voice, “I got your card today,” she said. “I really needed it. This week has been so tough.” I had no idea. It surprised me that five minutes of my time could nourish a weary heart. It made such an impact that she wanted […]

Why Give? {The Benefits of Giving}

Why give?

Since November is giving month, I thought I’d share a few excerpts from my chapter in The Heart of Simplicity. My chapter is titled: Giving: Showing the Love of Christ through Simple, Intentional Generosity   Why Give? There are two very good reasons to give: To bless others. To bless ourselves. Giving to Bless Others […]

30 Day Giving Challenge

card for gramma

Have you heard of the 30 Day Giving Challenge? It’s a fun challenge to give every day for thirty days. Before you think that is too much, remember that giving doesn’t have to be BIG to make a difference. A short note of encouragement has the power to change someone’s day. The 30 Day Giving […]

Doing Hard Things

baby ballerina

My 2 year old playing ballet. There are a lot of hard things in life. If we want to live well and achieve our goals, we have to to do hard things. Running a marathon = hard. Training as a ballerina = hard. Giving birth = hard. Disciplining our children = hard. But sometimes the […]

Disappointment (And an Unglued Giveaway)


This is a guest post from New York Times best-selling author, Lysa TerKeurst. I can relate to what she shares here and I think you will,  too. We all come a little unglued some times . . . Lysa’s new book, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, was recently released, and she […]

Frugal Family Fun: Intentional Attention

frugal family fun in the sand

Today was a good day. We didn’t do anything outstanding, just spent some good time together having fun. Not all days are like this. If I’m being completely honest, even today had it’s moments. Everyone was crying at one point! And I was a little too grumpy when they woke me up early this morning. […]

How to have a Family Draw {at Simple Homemade}

family draw night

Are you looking for a frugal, easy-to-implement, family fun idea? Well, I have one for you! It’s called the Family Draw. I’m sharing all the details (including eleven ideas for adding variety) at Simple Homemade. Read the post here. Before you go, here is a behind the scenes look at what happened after I took […]

The Power of a Kind Word

the power of a kind word

Homemakers have a lot to do each day. It’s the truth. Yet, even with the dishes and the laundry, many of us yearn to bless others outside our own home. We see the hungry and want to feed them, we see the hurting and want to comfort, we see the needy and want to give. […]