Recent Posts about Everyday Life

Authentic Hospitality: It Doesn’t Need to be Pinterest-worthy

Authentic Hospitality: It doesn't need to be Pinterest -worthy!

“If you’d like to come see us, stop by any time.  If you’d like to see our house, please make an appointment.”  -Anonymous I value sincerity.  Genuineness. Authenticity.  As an introvert, I have a pretty good sense of when someone isn’t quite being real.  Masks bother me.  I would rather someone show me their true…

Auld Lang Syne: Days Gone By

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine, And we’ll take a cup o’…

Keeping Christmas (And a Cookie Recipe!)

Remember when you were a kid, and Christmas and the holiday season seemed so magical? Putting up the lights and Christmas tree, baking cookies, family gatherings, it was all something wonderful. Do you remember when that changed? When did the magic leave?

Down to the River: The Importance of Finding Your Place of Peace

“You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast now, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.          – John 7:8-10…

Chickadee’s Ten Favorite Cold-Weather Recipes

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Missouri, it seemed to jump from summer to winter pretty quickly this year!  We went from temps in the 90s and probably got two or three days of autumn-like temperatures before we were hit with our first snow… already!  While I prefer the slightly warmer…

A Few Tips from a Mom of a Teenager to a New Mom: Part Two

So, in case you’ve run across this post first, it’s the second of a two-part series on some somewhat-serious, but not-really tips for all you blessed new moms out there. Here’s a link to part one.   You know the story you hear about mom’s first look at baby? About how it’s supposed to be…

A Few Tips from a Mom of a Teenager to a Mom-to-Be (Part 1)

I’m writing this on my youngest’s (Fixergirl’s!) eighth birthday.  Guess it’s got me feeling a bit nostalgic!  Take these tips with a grain of salt, as some are meant to be humorous, some are more serious but all of them can be useful in the right context. 😉 

When I was expecting our first baby, it was such an exciting time.  We were young, idealistic and extremely naïve…

Finding Sanctuary: Making Your Home a Place of Peace

  More and more these days I find myself thinking of the world that my kiddos are growing up in.  I’m sure my parents and generations before them probably have had the same thoughts; that the world is getting worse and worse and that things are not getting better… what kind of a world are…