Recent Posts about Everyday Life

Though a Mirror Darkly: Looking Forward

“For now, we can only see darkly, as though we’re looking through a mirror, but a time is coming when we will see clearly, face to face.”  1 Corinthians 13:12a December 31, 2018 A Note from Dee: The Chickadee Nest has been active for a full year now, and what a year it has been!  First of all,…

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

  I love the attitude of gratitude that November brings as the Thanksgiving draws near.   The air is full of anticipation with the holidays coming, and gratefulness for the things we have.  Some people like to post a “gratitude” a day on social media, but knowing me, I’d forget a day or two here and…

Do Not Doubt His Grace: Remembering Those in Times of Trouble

Yesterday was a hard day to be online. So many heartbreaking memories of 9/11 posted and so much news of destruction headed for the Carolinas from the hurricane; everywhere you look there is so much despair. But God is always faithful, even when we can’t see. Even in the dark times, He is there. We…

Grow Where You Are Planted

We have a tiny garden.  We live smack-dab in the middle of a medium-sized city, so we don’t have the room for a huge garden like I’d like. That’s probably a good thing, as I don’t know if I’d be able to keep up with much of a bigger garden than we have! Early this…

Geocaching: A Family Treasure Hunt

Geocaching:  Using multi-million dollar government satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.  You’ve probably heard of Geocaching, but what exactly is it? Bumper-sticker slogans aside, Geocaching is a fun and inexpensive way for both parents and kids alike to get out of the house and out into nature.  The official definition from the Geocaching website…

Fun in the Sun: Playing in the Dirt with your Kids

My kids are pretty picky eaters. They weren’t always that way though. There was a time when Ottergirl was a toddler, that she and Rocketboy would get into the garden and eat all my tomatoes before I could even harvest them. It’d become a backyard tradition for them: go out to play, snack on some fresh…

Be the Calm Mom: 5 Tips to Help De-stress

“Motherhood is not a hobby. It is a calling. It is not something we do if we can squeeze the time in. It is what God has given you time for.” -Neil Anderson Sometimes life for a can feel like a constant stream of requests and demands, non-stop mommy-taxi service, errands, “have-to-do’s” and appointments. It’s…

First Aid for Moms: Stop the Comparison Game

Some days make it harder to be a mom than others.  Yesterday, Memorial Day, was one of those days.  We were visiting my parents and my sweet little Fixergirl had an accident at the neighborhood pool and managed to bonk her chin on the side while jumping in, requiring her fourth set of stitches or…