Category Archives: Miscellany

Give the Gift of Holiday Freedom

We didn’t spend Thanksgiving with a single one of our five children.  Did it feel odd? Yes. Was it the best for everyone? We think so. Our oldest daughter and her husband alternate holidays with his family and our family; … Continue reading

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I’m Grateful…for Online Shopping

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I want you to know I’m grateful for YOU!  I love hanging out in the cyberworld with you. I love hearing your ideas and benefiting from your wisdom when we interact!  I truly hope tomorrow … Continue reading

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5 Travel Tools I Use On Every Trip

“The Sound of Music” is one of my favorite musicals and “These Are A Few of My Favorite Things” is one of my favorite songs in the musical!  It’s one that I find myself humming without even realizing it. That’s why … Continue reading

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What’s Your Mothering Personality?

Understanding ourselves and understanding others are two key components in improving relationships. Do you have a friend who drives you crazy? She probably has a different personality style than you do. In our book Better Together, my daughter Anne and … Continue reading

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There’s Still Time!

It took forever for me to understand that taking care of ME is taking care of my FAMILY.   I hesitated spending money on attending a conference or a class that bettered me.  I said no to opportunities to spend … Continue reading

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Our Kitchen & Bathroom Makeover

It only took ten months, but we finally finished!  Bless Mark’s heart, he would do remodels all day for his Sawhorse Homes business and come home to do our remodel on nights and weekends. It was a labor of love for … Continue reading

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You’re Still At Home?

I was a stay-at-home mom for over twenty years. In fact, my first book, Professionalizing Motherhood was written specifically for moms at home. It’s still in print and making a difference in the lives of moms at home all over … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Dad, I am so grateful for you. You showed me how to love. You have always showed unconditional love. You showed me how to lead. I watched you lead at work, at church, and in the community. You shared with … Continue reading

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Managing Money in Marriage

Mark: Money. You gotta have it. You’ve gotta manage it. You’ve gotta talk about it. You’ve gotta learn how to make decisions about it together. Jill: We’ve certainly had plenty of financial frustration in our marriage and we know we’re … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mom!

Someone once asked me what the best advice was that I received from my mom.  I thought about the question a lot and I couldn’t think of specific advice I got from my mom. What I realized is that my … Continue reading

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I Can’t Believe in a God Who Lets Innocent People Die

Iraq. Afghanistan. New York. Boston. Kenya. Paris. Brussels.   All beautiful places in this world. All filled with innocent people whose lives were changed in an instant. The question posed by so many people is, “Where is God in all … Continue reading

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Are You A Fountain of Life to Your Kids?

Dr. Todd Cartmell is a speaker at our 2016 Hearts at Home conferences. His newest book 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids, is also one of our newest Hearts at Home resources! Every time I sit in on one … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“Being fully me is so much better than being an imitation of someone else.”                                                     … Continue reading

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