Reflecting on 2016: A Year of Building

I began 2016 with a long list of goals and the one word: BUILD. As 2016 is closing, I can say we built a lot of things but not quite how I expected. We had a lot of disappointments, discoveries and delights. We approached each of them with determination to build better things. The Name

The Hidden Costs of Working at Home

I come downstairs most mornings, and my husband is home. His work fills the dining room table and spills over into the floor all around him. I step around boxes to begin fixing breakfast. I serve it buffet style, and we find an available spot in the living room to eat. Sometimes the clutter of

August Building Blocks

August. The days were hot and full as we moved from spontaneous schedules to preparation for school to start. Building Spiritual Life I finished up my study on Proverbs 31 and studied the book of Esther. I began Deuteronomy as well. The Lord continually teaches me new things in amazing ways. Building Relationships Our oldest

Interviewing a Work-At-Home Mom: Kimberly Bagley

Kimberly has been homeschooling her four beautiful daughters since 2008. She loves to organize and find awesome tools to help make life simpler for others. Get 100’s of Tips on Organizing your Homeschool, Family and Business on her website at Here is the conversation we had over e-mail in the “fringe” hours of our

May Building Blocks

  May. It is always a busy month, finishing up the school year and preparing for the summer. Building Spiritual Life I read Luke, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus and Philemon this month. The Lord has been working in my personal life in amazing ways, teaching me new things. Building Relationships Jessica and

How a Mother of Littles Can Pray Without Ceasing

Note: I wrote this over three years ago. I am sharing it with you even now that I have older children. The principles still ring true even without little ones hanging on to me all day long.  They are three little words that at once create a hunger and frustration within me: I Thessalonians 5:17,

When You Feel Like You’re Free Falling

There is a moment where time stands still and seems to suspend for a long while. There is a feeling of free falling, fearing reaching the bottom but fearing the fall at the same time. There is only one solution to defy that pull of gravity. Gravity, being a law put in place by the

Decluttering Our Theology

“How did we get here?” I ask, overwhelmed and shaking my head, as I look around my kids’ room. Why is this room so difficult to keep clean?  I gather some dirty clothes from one corner of the room, then place some crumpled paper in the waste basket. I spot random toys defying categorization across

Cherishing My World

  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son…” So familiar. Such a beloved verse. But I question, do I love enough to give? Cherishing life broadens from those people and things closest to me. But sometimes, I’m narrow-minded and think only of those things I naturally cherish and love. The

Cherishing the Celebrations

  Like any other family, we have special traditions over the year. Here is a quick pictorial tour of our year: