ABC’s of Summer Fun {P is for Picnic}

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P is for Picnic You can read the rest of this series here. Summer just wouldn’t be summer unless we experienced lots of picnics. Our family loves eating outdoors in the sunshine under a shade tree. There’s something so peaceful about enjoying an afternoon or evening outside, munching on something yummy and sipping something cold – and watching the kids run around. That’s what summer’s

Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home I’m on a mission to create a home for my family that welcomes the weary soul and captures a spirit of peace and love. I want my family to long for home no matter where they may travel or find themselves on any given day. I want our home to be a place that draws people in and envelops them in comfort.

Loving the Home You Have {Contentment}

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Home You may remember that my One Word for the year was/ is HOME. I began this year with the determination that I would get a lot of long overdo projects done around my house and that my focus would be on homemaking and love my home. Well, the year is half over and I’m happy to say that I have accomplished a couple of

{5 Steps} Quick Clean Up

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Today I’m sharing this post from a few years ago. Well, today is Sunday. Which for me, generally means, getting the house back in shape if I am behind – which, today I am very behind. We spent nearly everyday last week working in the garden/ yard. I’ll share pictures of that later! I don’t think I have ever worked so hard in my life!

How to Stay Motivated at Home

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How to Stay Motivated at Home If you and I are called to the ministry of homemaking and homemaking requires us to stay focused 365 days of the year {minus sick days and vacations}, how can we stay motivated without feeling discouraged or burn-out? It’s easier to be a good homemaker if you feel happy. At least, I’ve found that when I’m feeling discouraged or

Learning to Juggle It All… Again

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I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling these last couple of months to juggle our busy, happy life. Just when I thought I was falling into a solid routine, our schedule changed. Again. Between kids in homeschool, kids in college, ¬†orthodontist appointments, ice skating, multiple children in music lessons, choir practice, church, minister meetings, and blogging – life’s been pretty crazy since the beginning of February!

Ideas for Spring and Easter

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I woke up this morning to sunshine… something that’s been severely lacking in my neck of the woods… all winter long. And the weather. Oh, it feels like spring! I love spring time. My yard fills with blooms, we like to do school outside on blankets, we can enjoy riding the horses again. As Easter or (as I prefer to call it) Resurrection Day approaches,

Setting Goals & My One Word

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Setting Goals Goal setting is important. That’s why so many people set goals at the beginning of the year. The problem is that most of those goals tend to fall by the way side within just a few weeks of New Year’s Day. In fact, according to, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. So, should we even bother with setting goals?

My Morning Alarm

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Music in the Morning I’m sure I’m not the only one who uses my iPhone for my alarm clock. Every morning I wake up to this song by Moriah Peters and it just sets my mood in the right place. Do you have a favorite song you wake up to in the morning? Waking up early is so helpful for moms who want to find

Sharing Your Home: Hospitality

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A Time to Clean: Day 24 You can read the rest of the posts in this series here. Yesterday we talked about how homemaking isn’t about perfection. And about how homemaking is about creating a space that feels like home. You know that feeling you get when you walk through the door of your home after being gone for a few days? Coming home is