Jan 17, 2017
My Top 5 Reads from 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that help me grow. I made the goal to read 12 non-fiction learning books in the year 2016. I surpassed that goal and actually read 15 books in 2016. That number doesn’t include about a handful of fiction or the books I read to my children. Today, I want to share 5 of my favorite books of the year in no particular order.

Here are my Top 5 Reads from 2016:

  • What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

This book isn’t a “Christian” book, but it was life-changing for me. Last year, I read Dr. Caroline Leaf’s “Switch on Your Brain” and was ...

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Jan 10, 2017
6 Tips to a Debt Free Vacation

 

If you’d like to have a debt free vacation, now is the time to begin planning for it. It is possible, but it wouldn’t happen without dedication, some sacrifice, and commitment.

In the summer of 2015, my family took a road trip to the West Coast of Canada. This is a 24- hour drive for us. We paid cash for the entire trip. Today, I want to tell you a little bit about how we did it.

First, let’s deal with some myths:

Myth #1: It’s not possible to pay cash for a vacation unless you are very wealthy

This is simply not true. Obviously, if you are on a budget, you will have to make realistic adjustments to ...

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Jan 6, 2017
Everyday Friday-Holiday Edition

*Everyday Friday is a weekly feature where I share a glimpse of our week through words and pictures. If you love to get a peek into how other families’ live their lives, you will enjoy this little glimpse into our world.

I’ve taken a few weeks off of this weekly feature. This week, I’m going to share a glimpse of our holidays which will cover several weeks.

A Blizzard

Christmas was quite the Christmas in our neck of the woods. The week before Christmas, the forecast already said we would be getting a blizzard and a big one at that. Some family’s canceled Christmas a week before hand. Others traveled anyway and hoped for the best. Still, others were forced ...

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Jan 3, 2017

December Thoughts

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December Thoughts

Each month of 2016, I enjoyed rifling through the pages of my journal, looking back on what I’ve written, and then writing a blog post about it all. You can check out all the rest of the posts here- January, February, March, April, MayJune,  July, August, September,  October, and November. 

Where did the year go?

At the beginning of the month, I wrote in my journal; “It’s really hard to believe that it’s already December. Wow!” In some ways, 2016 felt like it lasted forever and yet like it was gone in the blink of an eye. The kids ...

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Dec 30, 2016
3 Reasons to Consider Reading Through the Bible Next Year

 

*Before I start this post, I want to say that I didn’t write this post to inflict guilt. I know that some of you mamas are not in the place where you have the time to read through the Bible in one year. I think that you could still make it your goal to read through the Bible, just maybe not in one year. Or maybe you could take the time to study one topic in depth for a few months or even the year. I wrote this post because I think there is great value in knowing the Word of God.

This past year, I was challenged by a friend to read through the Bible. It’s not that ...

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Dec 27, 2016
Embracing the Beauty of God’s Unconditional Love

 

Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

From early on in our marriage, I have been blown away by my husband’s ability to forgive without strings attached. I was young when we got married. He is almost 8 years older. I had a lot of plans and ideas of how our marriage should be. (I still do, sometimes, all these years later).

Every, single time, without fail, he has forgiven me when I asked. Not only does he forgive, he also forgets about it and loves me unconditionally.

Over the years, I’ve been brought to me my knees when I realized that this is ...

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Dec 20, 2016
For when Christmas Joy is hard to find

 

All around us, there is evidence of Christmas cheer.

The lights. The decorations.

The gifts. The wrapping paper.

The food. The parties. The family gatherings.

The abundance of people enjoying each other.

We Proclaim, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

All these things are wonderful. All of them amazing.

Yet, some don’t always “feel” that excitement.

Some are lonely.

Some are living far away from their families.

Some have no money to buy gifts.

Some will be facing their first Christmas without a loved one.

Some will be facing yet another reminder that their loved one is gone.

Some are just going through the motions because they believe that’s what expected of them.

Some carry guilt that ...

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Dec 16, 2016
Everyday Friday-Birthday Week

*Everyday Friday is a weekly feature where I share a glimpse of our week through words and pictures. If you love to get a peek into how other families’ live their lives, you will enjoy this little glimpse into our world.

‘Nea’s 9th Birthday

‘Nea had her birthday this weekend. She had been excited about it for a very long time. We like to keep birthdays fairly simple around here, but still fun. Each year, we invite both sets of Grandparents over for either supper and cake or just cake. On another day, we have a birthday party with some of her friends. This year, she choose to have a craft-themed birthday party. This girl loves her crafts! We kept ...

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Dec 9, 2016
Everyday Friday-The week we made gingerbread houses

*Everyday Friday is a weekly feature where I share a glimpse of our week through words and pictures. If you love to get a peek into how other families’ live their lives, you will enjoy this little glimpse into our world.

‘Nea all excited about her gingerbread house

BJ working hard on her gingerbread house

Two of our finished houses

Gingerbread House Fun

This year is the first year that we have done gingerbread houses. I had personally never done these before, but I was in Walmart and saw a kit. I just had to buy it! The kids and I had an awesome time decorating these houses together. It was definitely something that we would do again.

Bernd made ...

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Dec 6, 2016

November Thoughts

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November Thoughts

 

Each month of this year, I have enjoyed rifling through the pages of my journal, looking back on what I’ve written, and then writing a blog post about it all. You can check out the other posts here-January, February, March, April, MayJune,  July, August, September, and October.

Taking a Step Back From Facebook

This is my moment, to be honest. I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I believe it can be an awesome tool, but it can also be a tremendous time suck. It’s so easy to go on there to message someone, share a blog ...

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