Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less was my favorite book from last year. It is packed full with gem after gem after gem. Golden nuggets of inspiration and a-ha moments neatly placed within the pages of a book. This quote will give you a good idea of what the book is about:  Essentialism is not about doing […]

On Kindness

it only takes a split second . . .

What follows is a random collection of thoughts on kindness.  Kindness is an important quality to cultivate in ourselves and our children. Kindness can create bridges, mend hearts, and soothe angry souls. “Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” -Author unknown The above quote is one of my […]

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. […]