Count Your Blessings

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is a song that Bing Crosby sings in White Christmas called Count Your Blessings.  (My favorite version is sung by Diana Krall and you can listen to it here.) When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings When my bank roll is getting small I think of when I had none at all And I fall asleep counting my blessings Whenever this song comes up on my playlist, I pause and smile as … [Read more...]

Embracing the Imperfect at Christmas

Since my 31 Day series is working its way into December, I would be remiss to not write about living with intention and grace during the Christmas season, as it is a time that many of us moms feel so much pressure to create the perfect Christmas for our families. Like I wrote yesterday, when we get too caught up in all of the doings of Christmas, we can find ourselves stressed out and irritable, and entirely miss out on what this time should be about for us and for our families. Last year, I … [Read more...]

Heart & Home

This week I am shifting gears a bit. For the past few weeks we have been focused inward, looking at intention in the areas of self-care and personal growth. For the remainder of this series, we will be focused outward as we talk about being more intentional in our roles and in our relationships and how we can show ourselves grace in these areas rather that bear the heavy burden of perfection.  So I would like to begin with talking about cultivating a life of intention and grace as it relates to … [Read more...]

The Little Things

For the last few days, I have been writing about the art of self-care as it relates to our journey to cultivating a life of intention and grace. I have talked about rest, nutrition, prayer, time alone, and creativity. Today I want to wrap up the self-care portion of the series talking about the little things that we can do throughout the day to lift our moods and our spirits. It is easy for women to get caught in the rut of the everyday. Whether you work a job or stay at home, whether you … [Read more...]

32

Thirty found me fresh with grief, arms full with a new baby and an attached two year old, being passed the torch of a ministry with big shoes to fill and even bigger expectations of how much I could handle. It was a hard year. Thirty-one found me sandwiched between a family wedding and my women’s retreat directorial debut, a little overweight and a lot unhappy, searching for myself and unsure of a lot of things. It was a hard year. Today I turn thirty-two. And the winds are … [Read more...]

What Inspires Me As a Homemaker

I find inspiration for my home in the very words of Jesus, when He said..."Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."   Matthew 11:28I have this scripture taped to the kitchen window over my sink, so I will be reminded daily of my mission as a homemaker. I long for my home to be a place of rest. A place of peace. A place where my children and my husband, my family and my friends will feel nurtured. ...continue reading at The Andrews … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Crafts and Gratitude

Thanksgiving "Eve" was a fun day of crafting for the boys and I. We celebrate Thanksgiving with a big dinner at my in-laws house. Because my husband has four sisters that are very handy in the kitchen, there isn't much I have to do in the food department. So I decided that the boys and I would start a tradition of making place-cards for the dinner and also some type of gratitude activity for the family to take part in. I saw some cute place-card crafts on The Crafty Crow blog and I borrowed … [Read more...]