Our Family’s Summer Bucket List

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Ever feel like family life is one long domestic rerun of Groundhog Day? Do you feel drained in your everyday motherhood life? Do you need new activities? Have you taken more than fifteen seconds to DREAM about the kind of home you REALLY want to have? The kind of family you REALLY want to raise? GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF WISDOM. Give yourself the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. As I said before, ... Keep Reading

10 Things A Man Needs To Be Happy (Written By My Man)


What's up blog readers.  I'm Todd...Jessica's husband.  The calm, patient, funny, handy hero you've been reading about in all of Jessica's posts over the last few years.  I figured it was about time you read something that could change your perspective about your husband.  Seriously, this journey we are about to embark on is life-changing...in the ... Keep Reading

Homeschooling, The 100% Unedited Truth: What I Hate And What I Love

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Since the beginning when we announced our decision to homeschool, I have resolved to tell the 100% truth about our journey, in a grace-filled manner. I don't think we are "better" than anyone else. Sometimes, quite frankly, I've wondered if we were doing the right thing at all. As we are nearing the end of our first school year (my son's kindergarten year), I'm giving the final verdict: How ... Keep Reading

My $800 Mistake Last Weekend

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{ Keep reading to enter! }   Last weekend I had a humiliating incident. Since I share my life lessons with you all, for better or for worse, I'm sharing this one too. Just keep in mind all my good points while you're reading, like how I got 1300 on my SATs 10 years ago. That surely still counts for something, right? This started Saturday morning before the soccer games. The kids were ... Keep Reading

Grilled BBQ Chicken With Bacon and Pineapple

A note from Jessica: A few months ago, we had a "family girls weekend" (which was awesome), and for afternoon entertainment we did a glorified "show and tell." We each shared how to do something. I was planning to talk about essential oils, but at the last minute, I gave a little talk on "How To Start A Blog." Of everyone there, my sister Julie took this speech to heart...and started a blog! Julie ... Keep Reading

8 Things To Do On Saturday, To Make Sunday More Restful


I've been thinking a lot about how tired I am, how busy I am, and how Sundays - the day of rest - exactly play into it all. One thing I've realized is that it takes a lot of WORK to rest.Weird, right! But work on Saturdays, that is! I've been implementing a few of these things, and though it is some trouble, it has well been worth it. Here are a few things I've been doing ahead of time to enjoy ... Keep Reading

I Admit It…Here’s My New Obsession

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I used to think people who took baths were weird. Ranked right up there with dudes who wear fanny packs and people who work at the circus. A little over a year ago, after I had had this miscarriage, I was at visiting my mom's (probably moping, and worrying, and whining...some combination of the three), and she practically forced me in the bathtub. She started running the water, put on music, ... Keep Reading

Breastfeeding Is Not A Moral Issue

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This post was one of those not-easy-to-write posts. It's a little scary to go there, and I am incredibly grateful to Erin from The Humbled Homemaker for allowing me to share this on her blog. I enjoy her blog greatly, and am excited to now be a regular contributor! Breastfeeding Is Not A Moral Issue It was six years ago, but if I close my eyes, it’s so real I’m almost there again. I’m ... Keep Reading

7 Remedies For Diaper Rash + my review of a popular diaper

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies®. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you deal with diaper rash issues with your little ones? Today I'm going to share with you seven things that have really helped ease and eliminate diaper rash. With my baby boys, I did not deal with diaper rash problems too much. There was that one time I fed Sam a half of a pineapple (never ... Keep Reading

5 Crib Hazards I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About + Levana Baby Monitor Giveaway!


Disclosure: I was chosen and compensated for this post by TapInfluence. All opinions and reviews are 100% mine. If you have little kids (or grand-kids) sleeping in cribs in your home, today's post will be a good one for you!  Today I'm sharing a few crib hazards that you may not be aware of. I'm also co-hosting a giveaway. Some lucky reader will win a brand-new, state-of-the-art wireless ... Keep Reading

10 Scriptures For When You Are Anxious


I get many of my readers for two reasons. The post about my cornbread. The posts about my anxiety. I'm a very diverse blogger. :) Recently a sweet reader emailed to ask me if I had any verses that were helpful to me when I was dealing with anxiety. I can't believe I haven't published about this before.  I'm embarrassed I've talked about many other helps for anxiety, but not Scripture! ... Keep Reading

Hard Season? The Two-Word Lie You’re Probably Believing

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I want you to stop for a second. Stop what you're doing, and think. What is THE HARD THING in your life right now? You know the thing. The problem. The issue. The thing you're trying to fix, or solve, or ignore, or "get through," or endure. Got it? Got the thing? Now. If you're like me, there is a teensy-weensy, creeping, sneaky two-word lie you may find yourself believing. (Click here to ... Keep Reading