How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t

  We have an ongoing struggle at our house called, How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t.  It’s a thirty-year documentary. I started the 21 Day Fix–a  portion controlled program with color-coded containers for food, and daily thirty-minute workouts.  My daughter, Taryn, had such success with the program that she became a Beach Body coach. {Which is a big deal, considering she used …

How being intentional improves your quality of life. Making the most of every moment instead of rushing.

How being intentional improves your quality of life

  “Intentional” is my “one word” for 2016.  Why? Here are a few examples of my usual state of oblivion: I once zoomed right around a corner and into the men’s restroom, not paying one bit of attention.  I was ready to do my business when I realized there was a man in the next stall. On one occasion, I tried …

You’ve had it up to your eyeballs and you “can’t take no more”! The inevitable happens and – you blow it. If this sounds like you, consider joining me and other moms of all ages at MTO (Mom Time Out).

Dear mom, there’s hope for when you blow it {Link-up}

Spilled milk, bloody noses, and crayon-colored walls.  Forgetful middle-schoolers and argumentative teenagers. A husband who’s gone long hours every day.  Your arch-nemesis in the form of a child who inherited your exact personality. You’ve had it up to your eyeballs and you “can’t take no more”!  The inevitable happens and – you blow it. All moms relate to frustration, pressure, …

When the waves of same-ness turn into tides of change

It’s time for “Five Minute Friday” over on Katemotaung’s blog, “Heading Home”!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt: “Same”     Kids love repetition –  have you ever noticed that? When my daughter and her little family moved from their home just a month ago, Sawyer, my grandson (aka “Tiny Tornado”) kept asking for “home?” My …

How to find God's will through your life - one thing I did to discover His will.

How to find God’s will for your life

Have you ever noticed that life is one continuously changing phase after another? We wonder what God would have us do in this new place. We ponder. We pray. We obsess. We anxiously worry. WE NEED AN ANSWER! NOW! God tells us in His Word what to do. I’ve been searching earnestly. I’ve found some answers.

How to make a “Thankful Jar”

    I love Easter, don’t you?  Celebrating anew the fact that Christ is alive!  A truth so precious to the believer, because we know we will live forever with Christ someday.  For without the resurrection, we would be “Sad, You See’”  (Sadducees – they didn’t believe in the resurrection.)      Our house was full because my chicks had come home to …

To the mom who prays for silence - finding contentment in the loud seasons with small children. From an empty nest mom.

To the mom who prays for silence

    Are you a mom who prays for silence – just a bit of peace and calm in your day? A prominent sign in my house read, “Who are all these kids and why do they keep calling me mom?”  I recently moved it to the basement because, well, that’s not really descriptive of my household anymore. *This post …

How to see the world through grandma's eyes; encouragement for the caregiver to slow down, enjoy details, and glean soul focus

How to see the world through grandma’s eyes

After letting my mom’s cataracts marinate for a couple of years, the optometrist gave the go-ahead to have them removed.  I flew her to a world renown surgeon in Tarpon Springs, Florida, since I’d heard great things about him. We live in West Virginia, but my husband’s home office is in St. Petersburg, Florida, where we own a condo, so …

The difference between men and women; how opposites attract and how to curb "opposite annoyance"

The difference between men and women

There is a huge difference between Jim and I (Jim is my husband, if you’re new here).  I am married to my polar opposite.  Let me expound on the subject. I’m running my first 10k tomorrow.  Jim brought home donut holes from his trip to Washington, D.C. today. For lunch, I have a veggie burger on wheat thins, hummus, and pretzel …