Pursuing the Hearts of our Children

I do not have a close relationship with my dad. He wasn’t invited to my wedding and my brother walked me down the aisle. Now, being the mom to a son and a daughter, I am constantly thinking about how I my husband and I will foster healthy and strong relationships with our children. We will make mistakes. We are human. But, we won't give up pursuing our children's hearts. Read more...

Parenting Strategy: By the Seat of My Pants

So now I’m curious – do you have a parenting strategy? An honest-to-goodness, we’ve read this book and discussed it and are wholeheartedly on the same page about following it parenting strategy? When did you start using it, and more importantly – WHAT IS IT? Read more...

It was a wonderful day, was it not?

But then you know what? Life happened again. And we fell back into that day-to-day routine until we realized that we weren’t saying “I still do” nearly enough. And while it wasn’t a marriage-crumbling-around-us crisis point like it had been a few years before, we knew we needed to stop being careless and start being intentional. And start making the right choice. Every. Single. Day. Read more...

Raising Up Siblings to Love Not Fight

As a mother I experience great joy when I see my family united and enjoying each other. You will too, but this will not happen without your consistent, positive intervention. Stop hoping and wishing, and start intentionally creating an environment of love, respect and life-giving words. It is never too late to do this and you will be amazed at the outcome. Read more...

Momficient = Mom + Efficient

The point is that we will always fill our days no matter the number of children or commitments that we have. We get more efficient without even realizing it. Five years ago, I had no need to clean my kitchen in 10 minutes or less. But now, that is the time I have so I make it work. Moms adapt! Read more...

I’m Not as Great a Parent as I Thought I Was

My firstborn has been the stereotypical “oldest child”: easy, thoughtful, cautious, and compliant. And for the first four years of his life, I thought his fantastic disposition had everything to do with my remarkable parenting skills. Then his sister arrived. She came on her own terms, beginning her life on this earth with a wild adventure and she hasn’t slowed down since. She has strong opinions, no fear, and is fiercely independent. She has a fiery temper and every moment of every day is completely driven by her emotions. Make no mistake, we adore her. But, my goodness, has this sweet little one humbled me. Read more...

Finding Energy When You Feel Depleted In Marriage

If you can relate, I want to take a moment to validate your exhaustion. I get it. We do so much throughout the day, and our energy is depleted. However, if we neglect our marriage because of this issue, if we allow our attitudes to reign wildly, then we will experience marital erosion. I want to help revive your heart for your husband and inspire you to find the energy to invest in marriage, regardless of what your day looks like. Read more...

Don't Give Up Making Moments Count

Date nights.  Those two words might as well have been spoken in a foreign language over the past decade for all I cared.  Actually that's not entirely true- I did care, it just wasn't the reality I lived in. I told myself that date nights didn't really matter and that I could live without them.  But that was all just what I told myself to get by in those early years of living sleep deprived, exhausted, weary and broke.  Read more...

Interview with Crystal Paine - Money Saving Mom

Ana Kelly interviews Crystal Paine. Listen to hear more about her book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode" and how you can learn from her to get out of survival mode to find balance and joy in your life. Read more...

Who Is That God Guy?

To those of you who volunteer at Vacation Bible Schools, God bless you. You have no idea the impact you have on the little ones you tend to. Which ones of them will look back on their time with you as the beginning of their walk with Christ? Where did your walk with Christ first begin? I'd love to hear! Read more...
  • Verse of the Day – 07/24/2014

    Psalm 119:1-2 “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” Read More

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    Angela said "Ok, totally crying!!! That video was amazing. I sent it to my husband...what a great message." More
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    Valerie Grissom said "Kristina, by no means do I have my "plan" totally figured out, but last year, my husband and I (and later our whole smal..." More