It started innocently enough, but it's now become a tradition: Black Friday shopping. Find out how one mom uses this to her advantage and has even teamed up with her husband to accomplish it.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about a woman I met one stormy night this winter. This winter my husband spent some time in the hospital. Our family struggles with health issues so I’m used to
It wasn’t the birth experience I was hoping for. In fact, it was downright disappointing. I blame the hospital tour where I saw a re-designed postpartum unit, complete with its color light therapy over the large Jacuzzi
It was amid the chaos of the bedtime routine here last week that I heard the words every mother of a daughter will here at some point in her parenting journey: “Mama, nobody listens to me, understands
Anyone with young ones at home knows it can, at times, be like living with instant play-back. Got a nugget of wisdom or lesson they need to learn? Chances are they’ll throw it right back at you
Remember the good old days? You know, back when the stress of dating was due to wondering if a boy would ever ask you out on one? I remember those days. They really did stress me out.
I live, write and mother from “God’s County.” There’s even signage on our back road one-lane highways to prove it. Yes, I’m a cheese eating, Packers and Brewers cheering, God-fearing Wisconsin girl through and through. While I’ll
With the start of another year, many are reflecting on personal and familial habits that may need to be re-examined. For families, the top slot on this list is often the family budget. The budget tends to
We’re a “Santa” family. I understand the reasons behind some families choice to keep Santa out of their Christmas celebrations, but for us, it’s important to include him. There is beauty in the “magic” of Santa. In
There’s a shelf that sits just below my heart. It’s a resting place for desires big and small. Things this heart yearns for, but hasn’t found the perfect crevasse to house just yet. It’s often a dusty
The last few weeks have been challenging. Fall is a busy season for us, bringing more work responsibilities, social obligations and chaos to our home. It’s been a fun season filled with family get-togethers and the activities
The only people who think about Christmas in October are St. Nicholas, people who work in retail and sprinkle Halloween in one aisle and Christmas in the next and, of course, moms. Although fall is by far
In making the preparations for our third daughter’s baptism my husband and I were challenged on our beliefs about the sacrament and necessity for infant baptism. Our baby’s baptism brought with it the culmination of several manageable,
“My brain is mush,” I said to my husband. “I think you can do it, babe,” he said. “You don’t have to know everything right away.” “I don’t even know my name right now,” I said. I
I grew up on Mr. Rogers. His button-up cardigans, house shoes and use of puppets teaching the best of humanity in their imaginary world was a staple in my afternoon. Mr. Rodger’s loving singing voice and being