OK to be ordinary

It's OK to be Ordinary

It’s 9 PM. I’ve crashed onto the couch after doing a quick, sanity-saving living room toy pick-up. The kids are in bed. The house is quiet. I mentally make my way through what I accomplished and failed to accomplish over the last 18 hours. Although the living room is clean, the rest of the house […]

Dear Kindergarten Teacher…

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Dear Kindergarten Teacher, In August I walked into your classroom for the first time. A little boy held my hand tightly. It was all so new. Other parents walked their children to their lockers, helped them put away their backpacks and store their lunches. The moment had come. It was time to say the first […]

Savor by Shauna Niequist

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I’ve been a big fan of Shauna Niequist’s writing for the last few years. I first heard her speak at a MOPS conference three years ago. I immediately went home and bought one of her books. Her style and her message really resonated with me as a wife and mom. She has a beautiful way […]

Why Self-Care isn’t Selfish

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. A week or so ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. To be honest, I couldn’t really think of a “thing” that I wanted. What I want more than anything is a day of rest: no cooking, no cleaning, the opportunity to relax and […]

Dashing Dish – Cookbook Review

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I’ll admit it. I often get stuck in a dinner rut. After a while, I start cooking the same five meals over and over again. Sure, they’re good the first ten times, but after that they start to lose their luster. That’s why I’m so thankful when a new cookbook arrives. Recently I’ve been flipping […]

Dear Military Wife,

Dear Military Wife,

Dear Military Wife, I’ll be honest with you. I never really thought much about your world until my family moved  near a local military base. I knew we had men and women serving our nation around the world, but I never really took much time to think about what life was like for those left […]

Is 50 Shades of Grey a love story?

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The internet has been abuzz lately with the 50 Shades of Grey movie that releases today. I’ve got to be honest here – I’ve never read the books and I really have no desire to see the movie. I’ve read a plethora of blog posts and articles about the book/movie, but I’m not here to […]

Five fun (and frugal) date ideas

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I would love to go out on a nice fancy date every week, but unfortunately the ole budget puts a damper on plans from time to time. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of five fun and frugal dates for $10 and under. We have three kids age five and under, so […]

Why my children are a blessing and not a burden

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I hear my son’s muffled cry through the baby monitor that is propped up on my nightstand. I roll toward the sound and rub my eyes. The clock says 1:08 AM. My body says “Why are you making me get out of bed? Don’t you know I just laid down?” Motherhood is not easy. It […]