• Life

    Expectations and Unexpected Blessings

    I don’t know if it is just me, but I always just assume I know how everything is going to play out. As if I can see into the future. Pssshhh…yeah…right. How ignorant of me! Do you ever do that? I mean, I am always the one to tell myself not to have expectations. I don’t believe having expectations are really fair. They aren’t fair to the ones we hold expectations of, or for ourselves. Yet still, here I am, expecting certain outcomes. I expect I know how changes will affect my family; or how they will effect my schedule. I expect I know how things will operate when certain…

  • Life

    Are You Struggling In Areas You Shouldn’t Be?

    Let me be honest with you up front…you may be slightly offended by some of the things I’m going to say.  It is never my intention to offend anyone, or step on any toes, but when God puts something on my heart that is black-and-white and nudges me to share that truth…it is never delivered sugar-coated. My desire is for each one of us to simple live out the lives God has called us to, and to do so in an intentional manner that can only cultivate joy within ourselves, and therefore our homes. That is the reason I reach out and share these things with you. So let’s just…

  • Motherhood

    An Often Silent Pain

    We were quite young when we had our first child. In fact, I was just 19. After such a surprise, I imagined we would have no problem having the large family I always dreamed of. However, that wasn’t the reality for us. Around the time our daughter turned two, we decided we would start trying for a second child in case it took a few months. One year later, I knew something was wrong. After some research I had a self-diagnosis of PCOS (Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome). It was still about a year later before I sought help in this department; and my doctor at that time didn’t really have the…

  • Frugal Finds

    Weekend Deals

    It’s that time of year…where we’re all starting to shop for our Fall and Winter clothing. And let’s be real…we could all stand to save a few bucks; especially if you’re like me and shopping for all the people. And let’s not forget the upcoming Christmas season…I’m always looking for great deals so I can get as much shopping done early as possible. So, I’ve put together a few eye catching deals for you that you can snag this weekend. (*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase through one of my provided links I will receive compensation for that at no extra cost…

  • Motherhood

    10 Ways To Be Intentional With Your Kids Day-to-Day

    Spending quality time with my kids has proven to become more difficult as our family continues to grow. Having more children is a huge blessing; however, it does naturally come with more demands. Those demands can leave us as parents feeling stretched thin. We know we need to spend time with our children…quality time. They each need opportunities to have their love tanks filled. But how do we fit it all in? First of all, the good news is you don’t need a special day set aside weekly for each child in order to fill their love tanks. You can be intentional with what time you have, right where you…

  • Uncategorized

    How Does Social Media Impact Your Life?

    Are you active on social media? Odds are if you’ve found your way here, you are. Social media is such a driving force in today’s society. It provides connection, influence and power, it can even serve as a source of income. It has many amazing benefits, but there are also some pitfalls. On Friday, I shared on Insta-stories asking followers the following questions: Why are you on social media?  Who are you following and why? I know it sounds a little odd to pair these thought provoking questions with social media use, but the reality is (whether we realize it or not) we all have a why when it comes…

  • Homeschool

    Why We Switched From Teaching Textbooks

    If you’ve read my curriculum review from last year (here), then you already know that we used Teaching Textbooks last year for math.   And we LOVED it!   However, we aren’t using again this year as we hoped we would.     We still love the company and the curriculum; however, we discovered our daughter might need some time with something a little bit different.   Over the summer we focused on improving math memorization and basic skills, as well as assessing our skill level. Although my oldest daughter did wonderful on much of this, it became evident that she struggled with retention. Each time we would go over…

  • Homemaking,  Motherhood

    Tips For Getting the Tribe Out of the House On Time

    Back when I had just one kid, getting out of the house on time was NEVER an issue. In fact, I was always early for everything. Annoyingly early sometimes. Many years and a few kids later, that is like a distant memory. Having four kids now makes getting anywhere on time a serious struggle. Can you relate?     I figured I wasn’t the only mom struggling with this, and that other moms out there had to have some ideas to help me out in this area that I just have not thought of yet. So, I reached out to my tribe…here are some of their best tips.   1.…

  • Motherhood

    Satan’s Greatest Tactic – Part 2

    I have never really been one to be incredibly selfish. I mean we’ve all had our moments, but even as a kid I can remember trying to be intentional about putting others before myself. God calls us to that. We teach our children to think of others first, and to be willing to sacrifice their own desires now and then to accommodate others.   But when did we start telling ourselves (and women in general) that putting others first MUST come at the cost of our whole selves?     I feel like it is safe to say that we all struggle with, or have struggled with, self-care. And I’ll…

  • What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

    What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday

    Happy Hump Day!! I hope you are having a fabulous week. It’s been a bit of a struggle around here if I’m being honest. We are on our first week back into full-on school and new routines, and yikes…we are riding the struggle bus y’all. But, this is my pick me up today…sharing some fun things with you that you might like in your life as well.   (Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase through the link I receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you. It is a great way that you can support this blog without spending any extra money. You…