I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:9-10 (AMPC) Read More
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever— John 14:16 (AMPC) Read More
Moms and daughters, don your aprons for friendship month! What better way to celebrate friendship than to share an old fashioned loaf of Amish Friendship Bread.
It’s probably been 28 years since I’ve been gifted with the starter for Amish Friendship Bread, but I can still recall the sweet bread loaded with raisins and nuts and topped with cinnamon-sugar yum. (It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.) Amish Friendship Bread is an old-fashioned way to send a little package of happy to your friends, neighbors and shut-ins.
This recipe does come with a warning . . . after a couple of batches you will probably be friendship bread finished. It’s okay to call it quits. Someone else can start a new batch when they are ready to share the love. I remember when I finally threw out my bag of starter 28 years ago I was afraid that I had ended hundreds of years of Amish bread love. I hung my head in the “bakers’ hall of shame.” But, trust me, the tradition and friendship-love-fest will continue on without your little bag of starter.
Go have some mother and daughter fun in the kitchen. Share some friendship bread, smiles and some hugs with others. I promise you it will make someone’s day! Read More
We are weeks away, and for some just days away, from the end of summer, but fun family gatherings don't have to end just because you've entered a new season. At the start of each school year, our family would pick one new and different activity to gather around on a regular basis.
As your children get older and have their own activities, family gatherings becomes more challenging. However, you will find it worth the effort if you can create the space to make it happen. A few ideas are: Read More
Each family is unique, and playing off your uniqueness as a family builds bonds and creates stories that binds hearts and families for a lifetime. Summer is a great time of the year to create regular rhythms that turn into family traditions. Read More
Time…over time…over time…
In the book, Playing for Keeps, Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy have a more visual way to help us parents to be intentional about investing in our children’s lives time over time over time again.
Reggie encourages parents to get a jar and put a marble in the jar for each week they have left with their child until high school graduation. If they are a newborn it would hold approximately 936 marbles. If they are 10 it would hold approximately 416 marbles. So the number of marbles in the jar would match the number of weeks parents have left with each child until graduation.
Then the parents were given a simple assignment. Read More
Whether you are in a good relationship with your child or not, you are connected. It’s an indisputable fact. The umbilical cord is cut, but the connection remains.
Let me share a personal example of this. My mom is 82 years old. Her father was an angry alcoholic. He would come home drunk at night and chase the kids with an axe. My mom and her brother would hide in the woodshed. Read More
This is my beloved dog, Millie. I lovingly referred to her as my “third furry child.” Sweet Millie is no longer with us. However, if the Disney movie “All Dogs Go to Heaven” is true, Millie is there waiting for me at the pearly gates.
She was, in my opinion, a true beauty. Just look at her! Read More
Moms, we are teaching our girls the importance of using their heads to say "yes" to obedience. This headband is a symbolic reminder of this truth. These triple-braided headbands are cute to wear and fun to make. It takes some prep time, but it is well worth the labor. Read More