Life has been full lately. With the start of a new year, I have found myself going through a transitional time. I’ve noticed that within our family, the “seasons” are changing. I don’t have to bend down quite so far to hug my son anymore. My daughter is growing and changing and no longer a toddler, rather a “big kid like her brudder.” Soon-to-be kindergarten student.  I have filled my little and newfound free time (wait, what was that?) with… Read more »

The holidays are my favorite, and over the years, we have created new traditions that we now treasure. One of our favorite things, as with most, is decorating the Christmas tree. When we moved into our current home a couple of years ago, we needed a bigger tree for our high-ceilinged living room. We purchased a new, taller tree, but my sentimental side longed to keep up the original tree my husband and I purchased together, years before we had… Read more »

I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  Luke 2:10-11 Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I really intended to wait until after Thanksgiving to put out my Christmas decorations. But last night, a burst of Christmas cheer appeared, and up to the attic went the fall decorations and down came the many Christmas boxes.  My children were… Read more »

I wrote a blog review earlier about the devotions we like to use as a family at nighttime. You can read that here. But my youngest child, my daughter, still enjoys smaller picture books. She enjoys a quick read with sight words she can recognize, which makes her feel like a “big kid reader” like her older brother. He likes to read books to us, and when the books have basic sight words, she likes to “read” also.    Recently,… Read more »

Our most recent visit to Walt Disney World included a stay in a studio villa at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. These rooms are a part of the Disney Vacation Club “side” at the Boardwalk, but are definitely not limited to those in the Disney Vacation Club. These rooms can be booked the same as any other and are considered Deluxe Villas. We opted to receive a text when our room was ready and were pleasantly surprised to get the notification shortly… Read more »

My favorite thing to do when I get a minute to myself is to read a good book. Sometimes, I will stay up until the early morning hours reading, because when you have little children, there is little time to quietly read a book during the day. Often, I read fiction, but I also enjoy a change every  now and then and delve into other genres. When given the opporunity to review Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically… Read more »

When we visit Walt Disney World, we always stay at a Disney resort. The extra benefits of being onsite (like complimentary transportation and extra-magic hours) and constantly amongst the Disney magic is must-do for us. On a recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in what is perhaps the most royally perfect room in all of the resorts! This particular room is called a Royal Room and is available at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.     Though the room… Read more »

Of the many characters my children love to either watch on tv or read about in books, the VeggieTales are some of their favorites! While they enjoy a good VeggieTales movie now and again, they really love reading about them. When I was given the opportunity to review the new Every Day with God: 365 Daily Devos for Girls for review, I was SO excited! (My children were too!)    We are a family of routine and scheduled days, and one… Read more »

The older I get, the more details I seem to lose sight of from the past. I like to think it is because I am making so many new memories along the way. But even though some things get foggy and I can’t quite remember every little detail, I remember this time seven years ago as if it just happened. Around this time seven years ago, currently 3:30 am, I was wide awake as I am now. Only then, I… Read more »

Many years ago, a little over seven to be exact, my husband and I traveled often. Well, we still travel often, but back then it was just the two of us. On those trips, I could eat my entire meal, while it was still warm, at my leisure. We could do daring excursions like zip lining through the rainforest in Jamaica or snorkeling in the Caymans. We could stay up as late as we wanted and sleep in as late as we pleased. You… Read more »