Making a Home

I love home making. I mean I really love making a house into a home. We have learned through the years that we can turn any livable area into an inviting and charming home. In a little over a decade of marriage we have lived in basement apartments, traditional apartments, rented rooms in big houses,…

This Year, Resolve To Do The Real Work!

I start every new year, every new month, every week, every day, sometimes even every hour with resolve. My mind becomes inflamed with an idea, a dream, a goal and I get super motivated. It could be to save more money, to get into better shape, to be a better wife, a better mom, home…

Winning at life: goals and systems.

Define your goal, identify your system, implement your system, tweak your system, achieve your goal. Every day I learn more and grow  into what God has made me to be. I make mistakes, I learn, I forget, I learn again, I find joy and rediscover joy…

Bringing home baby

We are coming up on two weeks of being parents to five precious girls. The transition from four to five has been smooth so far. Our baby, Lara Penelope, has been restful and healthy, nursing well and sleeping often. While it is certainly a lot of work to care for a newborn and maintain a…

Finding the Joys of Childbearing in the Midst of the Trials.

We are expecting our fifth daughter this November. My house is getting a little less organized, a little more dusty, foot prints can be seen on the hardwood and dust bunnies have settled in the corners. There are often times that someone steps out of the shower to find there are no clean towels in…

I confess! I’m a Target-loving Mama, and here’s why.

In need of diapers and malt-o-meal, we plan our monthly- er, my bank account is showing weekly trip to Target. We all get dressed, all children are even wearing shoes, and at least three out of four have had their hair brushed. We find that shady parking space way far away from the entrance because…

Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Trader Joe’s lemon curd

Spring is officially here and this quick and easy cake is amazing for special occasions or a fancy after lunch tea party with my girls. They ask for it all the time and Auston and I love it too. It’s rare for me to find a dessert that I like that doesn’t include chocolate so…