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As women, we are multi-faceted.
My hope is this blog will encourage you and give you hope and direction in every area of your life.
Most of us are probably familiar with the first four lines of the Serenity Prayer. But how many of us are familiar with the last eight? When I read the remainder of this prayer that was written almost 80+ years ago by Reinhold Niebuhr, it caught my attention and has stayed with me whenever I found myself in a time of crisis. I would say America, which means all of us, is currently in a time of crisis, wouldn’t you? The Serenity Prayer has been used by Alcoholics Anonymous and many other 12-step programs for decades. I’m sure you’ve seen
There’s nothing better than a light, refreshing salad during the hot summer months. And in Arizona our hot months are HOT and LONG! So our summer salad vs. winter soup ideas need to be up to the challenge. Here are our family’s favorite summer salad recipes, and they are always crowd pleasers whenever they are shared with friends. As I stated in my One Dish Stove-Top Recipes post, I’m including the original post along with changes I have made for either taste, health, or dietary reasons. Enjoy! Cold or Side Salads ~ some may be great for side dishes and
I LOVE my family!! And I know not everyone can say that. But for many, I suspect, you have decent relationships with your parents, siblings, adult children, but the busyness of their lives and yours makes it hard to connect consistently. I want to share some ideas of what we have done in our family to keep our relationships strong. I would love to hear your stories in the comments. Be Intentional This has to be at the core, bottom line, back bone of making this work. If you wait for someone else to plan a time or try to
I have always wanted to have the fresh vegetables from a garden but the work and time involved would prevent me from moving forward. As someone who really does NOT like to get her hands dirty (literally!) and any flowers I’ve ever tried to grow always died quickly, I had resigned myself to gardening not being in my future. Then I saw the Tower Garden—it looked perfect for a beginner like me! A compact, keep-my-hands-dirt-free, aeroponic gardening system. It sounded perfect … until I saw the cost. I knew and agreed with all the research on its cost effectiveness over
Dreaming big dreams can be … scary, exhilarating, trigger insecurities, and offer hope all at the same time! Do you ever have the feeling that you were made for more than your current life circumstances? Day-to-day just seems to be so fast paced, the routine so ingrained, the demands so overwhelming, that even the idea of dreaming big dreams seems so unrealistic. And do they even make sense? Am I being selfish because I want more? I mean, shouldn’t I be content with this life God has given me? Then why is there this longing in my soul for something
I’m sure you, just like me, are over this “sheltering in place” and ready for life to return to “normal.” I think we can all acknowledge that we will have a “new normal” following this Pandemic of 2020 … similar to how we did after 9-11. And each of us will need to be making our own decisions on how we will live our future lives in light of this. That’s not what I want to talk about today. Instead, I want to share some thoughts on HOW we live, believe, and think TODAY that will help us come out
As I mentioned in my “Organizing My Pinterest Recipes” post, I like to print out recipes I use regularly so I can first of all, locate them; but secondly, so I can personalize the recipes for our health choices. One of my favorite way to cook are using recipes that I can make using primarily with one large dish and combines many of our food groups together. Plus they are usually large quantities so there are frequently leftovers – great for sharing, lunches or a night off from fixing dinner! Growing up in the Midwest, I still have an affinity
Do you ever feel stuck? Not sure which direction to go or what to do next? Or maybe you’re in a season of fear and feel paralyzed? You can barely remember to brush your teeth let alone take the next step in front of you? We all find ourselves in that place sometimes. And I believe it can be most challenging when we are there because of outside forces that are beyond our control—like this 2020 Pandemic! I listen to a variety of podcasts when I go out on my walks, and one of my favorites is by Emily P.
I’m writing this post to give hope to you moms who have that one child that you think just might be the death of you! You know the one … they make you question your ability to be a good parent along with your sanity!! Here’s what I learned from my “Tigger” (because he had boundless energy!) After 6 years of parenting our oldest child, our daughter, my husband and I were pretty impressed with ourselves. She was easy as a baby and we could take her anywhere–she was more like an additional accessory than a child. Easy to travel
Since beginning my health journey 5 years ago, I had to make major changes in the food I cooked for myself and for my family. At first, I was disappointed as I am a baker at heart, and I thought I would no longer be able to bake and enjoy all those yummy carb and sugar heavy treats. Instead, I found that there are so many good, healthy replacement recipes out there – and they are not found in my old Betty Crocker cookbooks, but rather mostly through Pinterest! So I began pinning and creating board after board, trying to
It’s a long one (55 years!) but I will try to condense it to the highlights–actually the majority of it has taken place in the last five years. You will find this post is not going to be your typical “I followed this plan, lost this amount of weight, and I’m so proud of my new body.” Instead, this is simply my journey that is far from over. Maybe you can relate? So to begin at the beginning … as my mom says, “We grew up eating organic before we even knew it was a thing.” My mom maintained a
So you’re one too? As someone who has lived with migraines for the past 40 years (ugh!) I have tried many, many prescription medications, holistic treatments and an elimination diet/food allergy testing over those years. About 3 years ago, I came to the end of the medical prescription route as it seemed as though my body was shutting down from all the medication over-use through the years. I felt toxic … and it wasn’t working anyway! So I weaned myself off of all medications over a period of six months and began experimenting with the homeopathic and natural route. I
March 16th was our 35th wedding anniversary. 35 years – for real?? My dad passed away right before my parents 34th anniversary and I remember thinking they had a long time together. Now that my mom has been on her own this past 21 years, I realize there’s still a lot of living left to do these next 30+ years! And I’m so grateful each day for the partner I get to live life with! I posted on my personal page a couple memorable pictures of my husband and I from our dating years and then again now. Pictures and
I’m an avid reader. Started as a pre-teen and my first “job” (volunteering) was at our little public library in the summertime where I would put away books that people returned. I thought it was the best place ever and my dream to become a librarian was born. As an adolescent who lived in the country, far away from friends and a neighborhood setting, I had all the time in the world to read. Now granted, there wasn’t a whole lot of beneficial content to what I read—mostly novels, although early American history was my favorite setting so I did
So I’m not one who struggles with this too often – thank goodness! But there are days … like when I’m not feeling well (I have chronic migraines), after my daughter and grandson leave our house from a weekend visit, and oh yes, when a virus turns the world upside-down! I thought I’d share with you a few ideas that have been helpful to me. Take the focus off myself. These are the times when my melancholy side seems to reign. I find it helpful if I intentionally think about others – there are people living in so much more
There is something to be said for gray hair (even when it’s been dyed blonde!) Perspective from years of living is a gift, but only if that gift is shared. The singing group, Mercy Me, has a beautiful, insightful song called “Dear Younger Me.” The title and the words of the song inspired me to write this letter to my younger self. Oh, what I would give to be able to go back and hear these words for myself, from the one who knows me best, decades earlier. Wouldn’t you? So here’s what I would like to say to my
I grew up my entire life believing in God. However, as a child it was the faith of my parents. As a teen, it was a faith put on the back burner until I started “adulting.” As a college-aged young person, it became my faith and my direction and my purpose in life. But life in those late teens/early 20s had many distractions—boys, career choices, boys, friends, boys … you get the picture! Enter in “The Boy” and you have wedding planning and eventually merging two lives into one. Early years of marriage were very challenging for both of us
November 18, 2019 will be a day I never forget … the day my first grandchild was born to my first-born daughter. Little Liam Noah arrived four weeks early but he was healthy and just over 6 lbs. I had no idea what I was in for … Over the last decade, I had observed many of my friends becoming grandparents. They seemed to go crazy over their grandchildren … and I didn’t quite get it. I thought, “Sure, it will be fun. But if it happens fine, and if not, I’m okay with that too.” For me, raising children
There have been a number of times in my life when I felt what I call a “holy nudge” and knew I had to act or change the course of my direction. Many were insignificant long-term but they still required a response on my part. However, there are three times where that “nudge” took me in a direction and path that changed the course of my life and others as well. The first was when I was expecting our second child. I had been working full-time after our first child’s arrival with the plan to be a stay-at-home mom when
It’s been about five years now that I’ve been on my journey to better health. Not only has this involved cleaning up my diet but also switching from man-made medicines to as many natural health products as possible. I’ve also cleaned up the products I use on my body and the cleaning and laundry products we use, but that’s a post for another day. In the beginning of this change, my knowledge base was to take Emergen-C powder at the sign of an impending illness. But did I need to take in the extra sugars? As my herbal and essential