How to Make the Most of the Hours the Kids are in School

I used to be the mom who enviously asked other moms what they did while their kids were at school all day. I was a homeschooling mom, and the idea of that kind of freedom to pursue dreams, accomplish goals, think uninterrupted thoughts, and keep a clean house for seven straight hours sounded like heaven to me. This year, I sent the last of my children off to school, and I found out it was all a mirage. It’s not[Read more]

Win a Copy of My First National Release (in Chicken Soup for the Soul)!

For those of you who don’t receive my newsletter (yet), you may not have heard that my story, A “Be-the-Gift” Birthday, was chosen out of thousands of submissions to be included in the upcoming release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  It hits bookstores next Tuesday, February 7th, and in celebration, I am giving away two, free copies to my readers at Whispers of Worth. All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave[Read more]

January- The Month of Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 After the hustle and bustle of December, we are expected to charge into January, guns blazing, our lists of resolutions tucked firmly under our arms. We make grand plans for personal growth and wellness: exercise more, eat less, cease smoking, stick to the budget, get organized. However it only takes us a few hours, days, or weeks (if we’re lucky) before we[Read more]

From Health to Holiness: A Shift in Focus

“Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is.  The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness.”  Oswald Chambers For the past two weeks, I have been on a journey to sugar-free, plant-based eating.  In yesterday’s post, I said that today I would share some of the books I’ve been reading to that end. Then, I came across the above quote last night, and everything shifted. I’m not giving up on eating well, but[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 1

I’ve never been a smoker or done any drugs, and I have spent my life avoiding alcohol after growing up with an alcoholic parent.  However, there is one addiction that I have held onto tightly since childhood: sugar.  I love sugar in pretty much all of its forms: cereals, baked goods, candy, chocolate, etc., and I regularly consume it with abandon.  Until yesterday. After a week of delicious, processed, dessert-with-every-meal eating while on vacation, I came home to continue my[Read more]

Building a Blessings Budget

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Last week, we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness.  Our speaker for the week was Pastor Brian Kluth, speaker and writer on generosity, God’s provision, and legacy living.  He spoke on many topics during the week that resonated with and challenged me, but there is one takeaway that I am especially excited[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: eXamine

Here we are, two days from the end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge: 26 Steps to Simplicity series.  Thanks for sticking with me! How did you do this month?  Have you decluttered at least one room or one closet or one set of something? We have a huge pile of discards on the side of our house waiting for a dumpster (bookcases, chairs, tables, the remains of a chimney and a stone planter) and more already in the[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Work (A Story About Finding Work You Love to Do)

Do you love the work you do? Does it bring you joy? Or, do you live for the weekends, and wish you could be doing something else for those 40 hours each week? Last week, I attended my oldest son’s music ensemble performance. I sat next a couple I had never met, whose daughter was in the ensemble with my son. The wife and I struck up a conversation about our children and the school, and at some point I[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Routines

You knew it was coming didn’t you?  The dreaded R-word.  At least, that’s how I view it. However, as much as I struggle with them, routines are the secret weapon to a life of simplicity. As a free spirit who is always on the lookout for the next new experience, setting and especially keeping routines often feels like drudgery to me. Even as I write them down on paper, some part of my mind is already planning to sabotage them.[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: No

Learning to say “no” is integral to the joyfully simple life.  We feel compelled to say “yes” by the fear of mising out (FOMO).  It holds us captive to our phones, as we scroll insatiably through our social media channels.  It sends us out to every social activity we’re invited to.  It keeps us spellbound in front of our TVs.  It demands that we fulfill every request and commitment thrown our way. As a result, our calendars are covered with[Read more]