Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)

If you'd have told me a year ago what I'd be packing in my diaper bag today, I probably would have laughed. As a first-time mom, the first few months of Eden's life I thought I needed to pack all the things. Now, for a newborn you do need to pack more-- because they will … Continue reading Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)


The Beautiful Result of Hurricane Harvey

What a week this country has had! Although most of us do not live in the area where Hurricane Harvey hit, our hearts are with them as well as our prayers. I live in "tornado country," and while I have never personally experienced any great loss other than countless trees and tree limbs, I do … Continue reading The Beautiful Result of Hurricane Harvey

DIY Toddler’s Craft Corner

At eighteen months my daughter is really starting to show her fun side. Don't get me wrong-- she's always been fun, but the past month or so her personality and humor and interest in certain things are really coming through. Some of her interests include playing with play-dough, coloring, sorting out or lining up her toys (or quirky little things she picks up around the house). 

Her attention span for books and certain activities is still pretty short because of her age, but it's getting longer as she gets older, so that makes doing crafts and reading or practicing ABCs and 123s a bit easier and that's something I am really starting to instill in our days now. 

We've had a little table for her in our kitchen/dining area for several months and she really enjoys sitting at it for snacks and playing. So I've set her up a little craft corner at it with a box of fun things for her to do-- and learning new skills as she plays, unbeknownst to her...

Walking by the Spirit

We're all the time hearing bad news these days. It's heartbreaking to see humans being so unkind to one another, hating people with different backgrounds or opinions or beliefs. What makes people want to be so evil and uncaring of others?In last night's sermon we studied Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is … Continue reading Walking by the Spirit

Finding Peace in the Hard Days of Motherhood

It's 11 PM and my day is finally coming to a close. The day was full of busy-ness. It was filled with messes, cries, tantrums, disciplining, boo-boos, and more messes. But it was also full of smiles, giggles, hugs, kisses, cuddles, and more smiles. I feel like I did it all today. My feet tell … Continue reading Finding Peace in the Hard Days of Motherhood