Eating Subtractions

“Blowing Kisses” My son has lots of goofy things to say, like yesterday when he was eating grapes. Will: “(counts) 1…2…3…4….5” (crunching noise) “1….2….3….4” (chewing noise) “1….2….3..” (repeats crunching noise) Me: “Will, are you enjoying your grapes?” Will: “No, they’re subtractions. And they’re yummy.” Read more…

Monday’s Meditation – Meekness

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) What is meekness? Random House’s most recent dictionary defines it as “docile, as under provocation from others (as in under someone’s anger); forbearing, yielding, calm; overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; […] Read more…

Can Toys Drown?

My sweet little Leah at 3 months old; this was taken last October. I love her shirt, she is always fun to hug! Here’s your Will-ism for the week! Right now, Will’s favorite toys are a red bus and a blue pickup. Every time we go somewhere, he wants them along. To the sandbox, to […] Read more…

Who Will’s Going to Marry

We spent a week in Colorado, close to Rocky Mountain National Park, at the YMCA of the Rockies for a youth convention. We hiked up to Bible Point one day that week; what a gorgeous view! Wednesday’s Will-ism: “Mom, when I grow up, I’m going to get married.” “To who, Moriah?” I asked, referencing one […] Read more…

July 4th–Independence Day

What is this holiday worth to you? I hope that rather than just barbeques and fireworks, you can spend some time reflecting on what made this holiday possible–the freedom that those who have gone before us worked so hard to achieve. Freedom from tyranny, freedom to worship as they pleased, to have a government by […] Read more…

Wednesday’s Will-ism…on Thursday

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday. I have been spending the week at my parents’ house and their dial-up internet is, well, primitive. Which is to say that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and it’s slow as molasses, which is why most people don’t use it anymore.Anyway, yesterday I was talking […] Read more…

English Muffin Pizzas

Today’s lunch recipe is a simple fare that I make for my kids. Even my daughter, at almost 12 months, will eat the muffin and pizza sauce. English Muffin Pizzas (serves 3) 3 Whole Wheat or Sour Dough English Muffins, split in half Pizza Sauce or Tomato Sauce with Italian Seasoning, amount to your liking, […] Read more…

Am I Nice to My Husband?

Today, I was reading an article in the Women’s Day magazine to which my mother-in-law subscribed me. Usually I find it full of really interesting and useful household and shopping tips, as well as some good crafty ideas that I would love to do but never get around to doing. However, this time I was […] Read more…

Is it only Wednesday?

Here’s today’s photo and Will-ism: A flashback from June 2008 – I was 8 months pregnant when I was the guest book attendant at a friend’s wedding. Will: “When I get big, I want to ride in a police car.” Me: “You want to be a policeman?” Will: “No, I want to ride in the […] Read more…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Monster Cookies

These cookies aren’t necessarily very healthy for you, with the exception of the oatmeal, but they are sooo good! This recipe makes a huge batch, which may be good for large families, and they freeze relatively well. Or you can bless someone with some yummy cookies! Ingredients:   2 c. brown sugar 2 c. white […] Read more…

Monday’s Meditation – God’s Comfort & Peace

On Saturday night, we returned from our church body’s annual conference. Now that I’m back from our week of “vacation”, I am reflecting on God’s comfort and peace. This past week, while at conference, there were several storm systems that came through the west central Minnesota area. Wednesday afternoon some friends and I were in […] Read more…

Psalm 4, Part 2

You can read the first part of this meditation on Psalm 4 here. Verse 6 says, “Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’ Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.” In the world today, it is easy to be discouraged by the dire situations we see around us: war, […] Read more…

Thrifty Thursday

Wow, it’s been a crazy day today! This morning, the main water pipe in our basement started leaking, and then we found out our toilet leak was even worse than we possibly thought! Good thing we had a plumber come out! The kids and I found a little baby rabbit in the garage and Will […] Read more…

No-Words Wednesday…and a Will-ism too

I’m thinking already that I should rename this post, since last week I included “words” with the picture. My feet and Will’s feet at the Larimore Dam near our home last Sunday. The Will-ism, while baking cookies yesterday: “Can I eat raw eggs? When I’m a Daddy?” Read more…

Rhubarb Flax Muffins

These rhubarb flax muffins are so soft and chewy and pretty good for you as well. A friend of mine, and her family, grow and grind their own flax and sell it all across the country and it is the only flax we use. You can visit their website here if you are interested in […] Read more…

Meditation on Psalm 4

I am reading through the Psalms for my devotions and am currently on Psalm 4. My NASB labels it as an evening prayer of trust in God. David, the author of most, if not all, of the Psalms, had such a beautiful way with words. “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! […] Read more…

A Review of Mommy Without Pounds and Pregnancy Without Pounds

Because all of you are new to my blog, I’d like to share a few words about two wonderful programs for which I am proud to be an affiliate. Several years ago, a Health & Nutrition Coach named Michelle Moss developed two fantastic exercise and food programs designed specifically for pregnant women and new (or […] Read more…

No-Words Wednesday…and a Will-ism too

This is my first post on “no-words Wednesday” and I’m hoping it’s an enjoyable one! I’m actually doing this after Bible study, so I could make this post longer, but I’d rather spend a few quiet minutes with my hubby instead :) This is a photo of the Pizza Shop, a popular place to eat […] Read more…

New Washing Machine!

So here’s the newest, most exciting thing in my life…a washing machine! A Samsung front-loader, to be exact. I wish I could have it in a fancy color, but alas, I do not want to pay an extra $200 for that option :) I pretty much do laundry every chance I get. Have three dirty […] Read more…

My Life in a Nutshell

Before I say anything else, let me just express that I wish I’d done this blogging thing sooner! My engagement, wedding, several moves and the birth of two children have already passed me by and I have virtually no written memories of any of those events. And who remembers details? Anyone with me on this? […] Read more…

Amazon Mom

Joining Amazon Mom has been a good way for me to save money on diapers and other baby, mom and kids items. It is free to join Amazon Mom. Benefits include:• 30% off select diapers and wipes: As an Amazon Mom, you receive an additional 15% discount on top of the standard 15% discount on Subscribe […] Read more…

Disclosure Policy

· I am an affiliate for several companies, including Amazon. I do make use of these affiliate links in some of my posts. I do not share your information with anyone, at all, unless I have your express agreement. At the bottom of this page are some of the specific terms of my affiliation with […] Read more…

Thrifty Thursday Guidelines

Hi, everyone! Here are some guidelines for Thrifty Thursday, the weekly blog hop I co-host with Anna from Feminine Adventures. Thrifty Thursday is designed for sharing frugal and thrifty ideas! Posts about living frugally, thrifty tips and tricks, money-saving DIY projects, frugal recipes, and encouraging posts on financial stewardship are all welcome. Link up at either of our blogs–your post will be […] Read more…

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