How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 3- The Church Picnic!

Today, I took on “The Church Picnic” and won!  Well, really, I think God just might have been looking out for me today, because for the first time ever, there was no dessert table!  Can you believe it?  At a church picnic! My wonderful friend and honorary grandparent to our children made the executive decision (weeks ago) not to have people bring desserts to this year’s picnic.  Instead, we were all responsible to bring a salad (fruit, veggie, leafy, pasta,[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 2

If you are just joining me, you can read about my first day and why I am doing a sugar detox here.  I started my day at 5 a.m. and drank a big glass of water while I read my Bible, before heading out to fulfill some mandatory volunteer hours from 6-8:00 a.m. with my son (they are a requirement for playing soccer).  With five other volunteers, we cleaned up our local dump park after the Bodeans’ outdoor concert the[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]

Sanctification After Vacation

Our family just returned from a week-long vacation to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness for our fourth year.  It was wonderful!  The weather was perfect, the speaker delivered timely messages, and I spent time with God in prayer and Bible reading everyday- for the first time in months.  My kids had fun, we ate ourselves into food comas daily, and I was able to spend quality time with both my husband (long overdue)[Read more]

Why Is It So Hard to Say No?

Last fall, I wrote a post entitled Why I Said No to Organized Sports.  It seemed like such an easy choice then, taking my older boys out of their secondary sports to free up our schedule for their younger siblings to play soccer.  After my son’s Crohn’s diagnosis in December, we made the more difficult decision to pull him off the travel team for baseball, his primary sport, in favor of having more family time and to monitor his condition.[Read more]

Family Movie Night Review: Cinderella (2015)

Today, I am guest posting on What to Watch, where I also work as a TV and movie review editor. In honor of Once Upon a Time Camp (which I hosted and my daughters attended), our family finished out the week with a viewing of Cinderella (2015).  You can read my review here.

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 5

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Friday- Princess Joy’s Birthday Blessing Our last day of camp was almost like a first day, since we had to switch rooms to[Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 4

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Thursday- Princess Charity’s Courageous Heart When the girls arrived, they found a plain princess dress on card stock to decorate as they liked. [Read more]

How to Host a Princess Camp, Day 3

Last week, I had the special privilege- and challenge- of coordinating and leading Once Upon A Time Camp at our church.  For two hours each afternoon, I welcomed fourteen adorable girls, grades PreK-2, to celebrate being God’s princesses. You can read about the theme and outline for our camp, as well as our first day’s activities here. Wednesday- Princess Hope and the Hidden Treasure Today, we started with our story.  Princess Hope, the eldest of the five princesses, finds her[Read more]