Seasons of Motherhood

Seasons of Motherhood @

Seasons of Motherhood I've had five children of my own. I remember the early days, when I just had two and they were little. My oldest child, was quite the handful. I struggled on a daily basis to figure out how to best discipline him, keep him out of trouble, and enjoy being his mom. We used to go to the park every day when the weather was nice. I'd pack a picnic lunch and we'd feed the ducks, and while he played on the playground I'd push Sarah - who was just a year old - in the … [Read more...]

Co-Sleeping & The Family Bed

The Benefits and Risks of Co-Sleeping and the Family Bed @

From Chaos to Calm: Day 65 You can read the rest of the devotions in the From Chaos to Calm series here. Perhaps this idea seems counter productive considering, yesterday we talked about how to keep the romance alive, but it needn't be so. If you are creative, nothing will keep you and your husband from sharing special time together! I have always been a supporter of co-sleeping with babies and children. Especially during the breastfeeding years. I slept with each of my children when they … [Read more...]

Family Game Night {Day 60}

How often do you have fun together as a family? {From Chaos to Calm: 15 Weeks to a Happy Home} Day 60 @

Photo Credit: John Morgan From Chaos to Calm: Day 60 Scripture Memory: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 ESV How often do you have fun together as a family? In our house, games are a regular activity – in fact game nights are very often going on several nights a week. Talk about fun! While we are always very busy, night time is usually family … [Read more...]

The Blessing of Family Worship

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14 NLT @

Sometimes when you've done something over and over for years it becomes routine. Worship can be like that. Even going to church can become routine. And although I've always enjoyed our family worship times... sometimes it can feel dull - routine - commonplace. This evening was not like that. It began like most evenings. We were busy. Too busy really. I was preparing to leave for the weekend - for a weekend women's retreat five hours from my home. I'd spent the day doing working on A … [Read more...]

Getting Started with Family Worship

Getting Started with Family Worship with Melissa Ringstaff @

Today I'm sharing ideas for how to get started with family worship over at where I am a contributor. Getting Started with Family Worship “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 As a mother for more than two decades, I’ve had my share of heart aches, worries, and fears. Being a mom is not for the faint of heart! And there are times when I’ve wondered if my children would follow Jesus into their adult years. It’s so … [Read more...]