Book Review and Giveaway: Dancing With My Father by Sally Clarkson

I read my first book by Sally Clarkson 4 years ago and immediately fell in love with her. I have recommended her book The Mission of Motherhood here on the blog, the message board and to many friends over the years. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that she has a blog over at I Take Joy. After connecting with her there, she gave me this awesome opportunity to not only review her newly released book but also give one away to one of my lucky readers! I have so enjoyed her new book Dancing With My […]

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3 Ways to Put "Merry" in "Merry Christmas"

The word “merry” means cheerful, joyous, and lighthearted. We all want to create a “Merry” Christmas for our families – but is our family experiencing a wife and mommy who is “merry”? Are you smiling at home? Who you are at home, is who you really are. You can smile at church, smile at your neighbors, smile at strangers in the grocery store – but if you aren’t smiling at home – then that’s who you really are. For the past 12 years of marriage, Christmas has been the season where being “merry” in the midst of the stress from […]

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Dealing With Loss During the Holidays

For some, you will experience your first Christmas without a loved one. Whether through death, divorce or distance you are dealing with loss. I want you to know that you are not alone. I am reminded of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who on Christmas day, 1864, received word that his son, a soldier in the Civil War, had been wounded. Just two years before, Henry had lost his wife in a fire. As this devout Christian man sat alone with his grief, on the most joyful of Holy Days, he penned words of hope to challenge his own despair. […]

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Will You Choose Joy or Defeat?

Little eyes stare up at me, her head is hot and feverish and she’s thirsty. With her lamby lovie in one arm and her purple blanket in the other she heads to the couch to get some rest and drink from her sippie. I lay a cold wash cloth on her head and the dimple gleams for a moment “thank you mommy.” She chooses joy. Little eyes stare up at me as he begs to play monopoly. Exhausted I answer, “Not tonight dear”. Son’s countenance falls…my heart feels heavy too – “go get the game.” We play, we laugh, we […]

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Managing Your Home With A Cheerful Heart

Today we continue to learn from Jeanette Wood from A Moment With Mom – a homeschooling mother of 10. If you missed Mondays post – scroll down and learn about Jeanette and how she deals with weariness. Next I asked Jeanette: “Not only do you have 10 children but you also run a farm. How do you do it all? What is your secret to managing your home with a cheerful heart?” Training my children in the small details of life and the big issues has been the most important ‘secret’ to our home running smoothly and cheerfully. I don’t […]

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Mailbag Question: Smiling At Home

My mailbag is PACKED full!!! And this question was asked a lot so I thought I’d start here: Here’s an email from Jamie: “I am a stay at home mom of a 3 and 5 yr old. i would love to be like you for my husband but I just can’t seem to keep my house clean, clothes washed and still find time for myself. How do you do it and still keep a cheery face on?” The video above answers “how I stay happy in the home” – but in regards to how I do it all…I use a […]

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Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

On Thursday my video blog was about how God helps us in times of need. An Anonymous commenter said “But practically speaking… what does that mean? HOW does He help us when the baby is sick and the floors are filthy and we haven’t slept in 48 hours and we don’t have help to cook meals. It’s one “theme” I haven’t understood as a Christian.” I repsonded back to her in the comments section and shared with her how our outside circumstances may not change when we cry out to God in prayer – but our inner self – our […]

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Fit Friday: The Art of the Bubble Bath

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” If you are stressed out from all the back-to-school homework, sports, errands, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and economic troubles…then you NEED a bubble bath. Here’s why – a bubble bath is something COMPLETELY free that only you can give yourself. I remember when my children were babies and my husband was traveling a lot, I would be at my wits end by evening – with no break coming from my husband since he was gone. I found solace in my bubble baths. As soon as […]

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Teaching Your Child the Joy of Giving

On Monday I posted how to throw a Princess party. Today I want to share with you another birthday idea that could really be thrown for someone any age! But in this scenario my friend Hope threw it for her 6 year old daughter. I found the idea so compelling I asked her to tell her story – so here’s what she wrote:************************* We knew my daughter Addie was going to have her first ‘friend party’ and have it at Chik-fil-a. One day we were riding in the van and she was talking about her party and her friends coming […]

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How To Throw a Cinderella Princess Party

Cinderella Princess Cake

For my daughter’s fourth birthday I threw a “Princess Party”. She chose a Cinderella dress to wear and so that became our theme. On our invitations, we invited all her little friends to the “Royal Ball” in our home and requested them to wear their “Royal Attire”. As the little girls arrived they were handed a dust rag and told to head into our living room to begin cleaning as Cinderella did. They all cooperated with smiles and made my living room shine When all the little girls had arrived a “Royal Announcement” was made by my sister – “Hear […]

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