The Easiest Craft/Treat You Will Ever Make

Since my kids are little and I am far from a crafty mom, easy and non-messy are key for me when I put together fun family activities. So, here we go...an EASY craft/treat (yes, a two for one. I'm efficient too). Shout out to my MIL for introducing me to this idea. Read more...

Halloween Traditions In Our House

When our kids were young, we struggled to figure out how to participate in Halloween. At the time, our kids went to public school during the week and Sunday school on Sunday. Depending on who you talked to, Halloween was either evil or a harmless excuse to dress up and ask the neighbors for candy. Do you have mixed feelings about celebrating Halloween? How have you managed to find a way to celebrate the harvest? And, what are your family traditions? We’d love to hear your ideas. You just may help another mom set up her own rules and traditions. Read more...

How the Post Office Can Build Your Family’s Sticky Faith

The two credit card applications I expected. The handwritten letter was a surprise. It was my first day on campus as a college freshman. With the help of my parents and two RAs, all of my belongings had been carried from my Toyota to my dorm room that morning. I had unpacked my clothes, plugged in my Macintosh computer (a light-grey tower about the size of three cereal boxes), spread out my new blue and white bedspread, and strategically placed my Bible on a visible but not too obvious shelf above my desk. Read more...

What Did You Buy at the Just Between Friends Sale?

Well, I had the privilege of going to the BIG Just Between Friends Consignment sale in Puyallup to represent allmomdoes.com along with SPIRIT 105.3!  It was a blast! It was so fun meeting you! Read more...

Fun Fall Décor You can Make at Home

I have to confess, I’m not an extreme decorator. I love the seasons, the special holidays…I even love crafts! My problem? I rarely have time or I lack the energy for anything too terribly elaborate, especially during any kind of holiday season.  Read more...

Being Brave

This morning, about ten of us will gather at the Starbucks just down the street. I will get my soy chai and I will nervously massage the handle of the mug. Because I’m nervous. We are gathering, this little crew of 10ish folks, to talk about writing. It so happened that Nashville has a lot of people who love to write, whether professionally or not. They like to talk about writing and words and reading and books and it’s pretty much my love language. Read more...

Affordable Fall Fun For the Family

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The kids are back in the routine of school, a crispness creeps back into the air, the colors outside start to change to that earthy, warm ambiance I love so much. Oh yeah, did I mention pumpkin lattes, pumpkin breads, hearty soups and comfy sweaters? In addition to all of those things, I love that Fall in the Northwest offers so many great family friendly activities, many of which can be done without much cost. One more thing I love about Fall: it's a great time to reconnect as a family. Summers can often be full of activities that pull a family in different directions and the Winter brings in the busy Christmas season. Fall is that time between school shopping and the holiday sprint, that offers many activities that are slower paced, allowing you to relax and enjoy your family. Things like long drives to look at autumn leaves, apple picking and corn mazes to get lost in together. It's also the perfect time to make a big pot of soup and invite the neighbors over for an affordable and delicious meal! Read more...

Hello Football, Goodbye Husband

My husband and I started dating a few months before the infamous Super Bowl of 2006. I’ll never forget that day I don’t remember details of the game to be honest or even what commercials premiered (typically my favorite part). I do remember this, my husband cried a little that day. Actual tears. I recall not really knowing what to do in that moment. Considering my passion for football is about the same as his passion for shoe shopping, I decided I was not the person he needed right then. I instead allowed him and his friends to get through that moment together. Tears and all. Read more...

God Saved Me From Myself

God spoke Nashville into my heart in October of 2007. I moved there, alone with no friends or family, in August of 2008. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But Nashville saved me. Often people say, “Why do you think God moved you to Nashville?” and I still am not sure of the fullness of that purpose. I mean, I don’t have a list that is complete. I wasn’t unhappy in my hometown; in fact, it’s great. My parents are awesome. My best friends are awesome. My job, my house, my church, all of it- totally worth sticking around for. I think God offered me a new city because I was a wimp and because I had forgotten my first love. It was the only way God could save me from myself. Read more...

Recipe Round-Up: Five Pumpkin Entrees

You guys. You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? October! And you know what that means. Harvest parties, Halloween, costumes, leaves, corn mazes, sweaters, scarves, boots, hay rides, hot drinks, chilly fingers, and pumpkins. ALL OF THE PUMPKINS. Read more...

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