Archive | January, 2012

“Loving Your Man When It Hurts” February Series

“To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”  Have you ever sat in the shower crying? Wondering what was I thinking, “What did I get into, how […]

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Tuesday Truth: Your Plans, My Plans, His Plans !

Contributing Artist: Kathleen Ang-Dalseno all of her wonderful work can be found at her Etsy store Plans, plans, plans. It’s what I love. Creating, charting, being in control of the future. I can’t help it. However, the way I use my gift needs to be tempered by God too. I’m not exactly in control of […]

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Establishing Family Devotions for the Busy Family

Featuring: Krista Branch, Student Ministry Director I hit the ground running at 5:00 a.m.  A workout is necessary to lose what was gained over the course of three pregnancies.  Then it’s back to the house to help Jim rush the girls through the morning routine of bed making, dressing, breakfast, hair detangling, and teeth brushing.  […]

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Ladybug Party

My boys had unexpected days off, hmmm, maybe I should say I didn’t check the calendar.  They asked if they could have friends over, so I decided this would be a good time to have a Valentines Kids Crafting Party!  We usually craft our V-day cards and gifts for teachers with just our family, but I thought […]

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Valentines Message Pillow

Contributing Writer: Virginia Davidson When thinking of Valentine’s Day it’s hard not to think of the candy hearts with messages. Playing with that idea a bit I wondered what a pillow would look like with secret messages for my hubby. Place the pillow on your bed and heart flap opens with a love message. Let […]

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From The Studio to Your Home: 5 Key Family Portrait Tips

Contributing Writer: Jill Tirrell As a professional photographer I am a firm believer in the importance of taking family portraits (with a professional) at least once a year.  However, I am also a huge believer in taking photos of your own family often!  Photography is complex and there is SO much that goes into it, but […]

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Second Chance: From A Resolution to a Reality

Contributing Writer: Ponderings of an Ohio Farm Girl- Leslie Foster So, tell me truthfully: how’re those New Year’s resolutions coming?  If you’re like most people, you might not have anything positive to say here, almost a month into the new year.  We are notoriously bad at sticking to our resolutions, and I think I know why that […]

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A Thousand Words

Contributing Photographer: Carla Ackermann

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Sweet Bacon Penne Pasta Salad

This colorful dish will bring some sunshine to your dreary cold winter days.  Warning this Pasta Salad is addictive. My boys kept coming in the kitchen and nibbling on it after I had served it to them for dinner.  It’s easy to whip up and delicious, I especially love all the colors in it! Sweet […]

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Frilly Frou Frou Ruffled Tablecloth

The girly girl inside me is loving all of the ruffles and rosettes that are trending in home decor. Dress your party table up with this lovely flowing ruffled tablecloth.  You won’t believe how easy it was to make, so stick around and I will show you how.  I bought the tablecloth on clearance after […]

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But God…

Contributing Writer: Virginia Davidson There are times in my life that I can feel overwhelmed with parts of my life story. I stand whining and complaining and ask “Why God!?”  ”Why do I have to struggle with anxiety? Why can’t I get over these seemingly simple things I try so hard not to do?  Why […]

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Acts of Love Valentines Day Countdown & Printable

Ask your toddler, tween or high schooler what pops into their head when they think of Valentines day?  You might get answers like: candy, chocolate, balloons, boyfriends, couples, girlfriends, gifts, kissing, stuffed animals, romantic date, holding hands etc….  This is probably what I would have said back in the day. The media, society and peer pressure are […]

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DIY Fabric Bucket

Contributing Writer: Michael Ann Hello everyone! I’m Michael Ann, from the blog Michael Ann Made where I love to share my crafting, sewing, and knitting projects and tutorials. I am so excited for the chance to share a New Year’s DIY with you today! This is the perfect time of year to get organized, and […]

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Ham and Vegetable Crockpot Soup

Contributing Writer: Jamie Sanders One of things I like to do is to get my kids involved in the kitchen.  They love to help me cook.  Eating what they helped prepare makes dinner time so much more fun.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to teach them about healthy eating and good nutrition. Usually I have both […]

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Kid Friendly Around the World Recipes: Thai Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

If your dinner time is anything like ours, your meals aren’t always greeted with excitement by your kids.  Unlike Proverbs 31 mom, my children are not rising up from the table and calling me blessed, when they see our dinner.  Nevertheless, I continue to dabble in Around the World recipes but adjusting them to a […]

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Out with the old …. Inspiration for 2012!

I am excited to introduce you to our Featured Blogger: Bec who blogs over at Little Lucy Lu.  She is sharing with us a fabulous  challenge on Living Simply for 2012 with the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  Don’t worry you dont’ have to do it in 40 consecutive days, read on and get the details. […]

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Not Your Mama’s Jeans

High-waisted, pleated, stone-washed, tapered-leg, cinched at the waist? Yep, those are Mom jeans. See Video.  Now be honest have you committed this fashion sin? If you have, there is still time to redeem yourself. Start by getting rid of those jeans, and while you’re at it, for goodness sakes, get rid of those 1990′s aerobic shoes with lime green […]

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Light Balsamic Roasted Veggies

Has “sweets” been a staple food group in your daily diet during these holidays?  Unfortunately, it has for me, I guess it’s time to turn over a new leaf and all since it’s the beginning of a new year. It’s still cold here so roasting veggies in the oven is a wonderful option for some healthy eating. Light Balsamic […]

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