Friday Reflections: Disconnecting from Devices and Reconnecting with My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what’s been going on in my world this week.  In honor of this week’s content, I am only including the featured image of my children, the inspiration for this post.  I’m reading Hands Free Mama again- for, like, the third time.  I read bits and pieces of it often, to remind myself of the life I want to be living: a life that is fully present with those I love, not consumed[Read more]

Friday Reflections: Letting Go and Letting Grow

When I’m not blogging (and I haven’t been at all this week), life is happening.  Here’s a week’s worth of what’s been going on in my world. This week has been a respite from the emotional chaos that was last week. We kicked off the holiday weekend with our annual attendance at the Cedarburg 4th of July Parade, followed by a fantastic time with Dave’s family at his cousin’s house, another annual tradition.  Only, this year, we stayed for the[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

This week has been a whirlwind!  We celebrated my second son Phinehas’ 10th birthday, barely.  I spent the day before driving the kids to and from his baseball tournament, forty-five minutes from home. On the way back early that afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open.  More than once, the lines blurred on the road before me, alerting me to the fact that I was indeed drifting off to sleep.  Making it home safely was a feat of sheer[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s some of what’s been going on in my world this week: Ants:  They’re here, and the insect barrier spray that the lady at the hardware store recommended is NOT working.  That said, I finally found two ant traps I saved from last year, and now the ants have multiplied!  Ugh.  Can I just say that I have no remorse killing off insects that have made their way into my home?  “This is[Read more]

Listen, Laugh, Love- Keys to a Happy Family

You would think, in a family of seven, the opportunities to listen, laugh, and love would be endless, and you’d be right; they are. Yet, taking advantage of those opportunities is an entirely different thing. Some days, I go to bed and realize I never once laughed with my children or really listened to what my husband was saying. I always love my family, but how often do I love on them? In today’s installment of the Life’s Essential Ingredients[Read more]

Four Ways to Connect Meaningfully with a Friend

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Yesterday, we looked at connecting meaningfully with our children by reading to them for twenty minutes each day.  Today, I’d like to explore how we can be more intentional about connecting with those outside of our immediate family.  For those just joining us, this is part of our “Life’s Essential Ingredients” series. We have also covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, Writing 500 Words Daily, Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals, and Establishing Cleaning Routines with Children.  Let’s find out how connecting[Read more]

The Benefits of Reading to Children for 20 Minutes a Day

 Life has a funny way of getting in the way of itself.  I am dismayed at the number of life-giving activities I don’t engage in each day, simple gestures that bring a smile not only to my face but also to those I interact with.  In today’s segment of our Life’s Essential Ingredients series, I am looking at how to meaningfully connect with my children through reading to them.  Tomorrow, I will look at another facet of this idea:  Connecting[Read more]

The Real Me

As I begin this blog, I am tempted to put my best foot forward and show you that I am a credible source of information and know-how. The truth is that I have two left-feet when it comes to life.  I can only present the real me:  flawed, flustered, and frustrated by my imperfections.  I am not a crafty, DIY, organizational, or educational expert.  I have yet to produce a successful garden (although my lettuce and herbs did do quite[Read more]

Are You Lacking Life’s Essential Ingredients?

At the end of this day, what will I want to have accomplished?  This question comes from an article I read about having a planning time at the beginning of each day, like chefs do when they prepare for a big meal.  In life, as in meal preparation, I can often be found lacking in the essential ingredients. At least once a week, at 4:00pm, I glance over a recipe I just found online, decide it looks doable, and get[Read more]