the one thing I hope my kids fight over when I die

This may sound a little crazy, because really, who wants their kids fighting over their possessions when they die? I’ve seen some nasty fights break out within families over money, or houses, or whatever. BUT. There was one thing I really, really wanted when my grandma died in 2013. She had 6 kids, 17 grandkids […]

5 ways to get your kids involved in giving back

With 4 kids, plus fostering another one, many ways I would love to give aren’t for this exact time in my life.  I look for ways that can involve my children so that they can learn to love giving back as well, because what we teach them while they’re at home is paramount to who they become as […]

Traveling with kids: the good, the bad, and the realistic

We’ve done lots of traveling in our 11 years of parenting, and the number of children in our family just keeps growing! (although we are halted at 5, for now at least!) I know that many people are intimidated to travel with their children, and believe me, I get that. It definitely is LOTS of […]

The One Item That Makes a Sam’s Club Membership Worth It

I wrote a post last year about whether a Sam’s Club Membership is worth the money or not. Even though we get to use a card through my husband’s job, I know now that I would buy our own membership in a heartbeat for this one reason. I mentioned in the original post that we […]

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Giveaway If I Want to ;)

Hey friends! Today I’m celebrating another year of life. Actually I celebrated all weekend with friends and family and am feeling so loved. My parents plus my sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew came in town to see me. We had dinner with a few friends on Friday night, then my sister babysat Saturday night […]

How your Marriage *Can* Survive a Storm

With so many marriages- even Christian ones- falling apart, how can we protect our marriage when tough times hit? I wanted to share today something I wrote several years ago but is so applicable today.  When couples stand before their friends and families on their wedding day and pledge to love one another “for better […]