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When Mommy Loses Her Cool {God’s Grace is Sufficient}

When Mommy Loses Her Cool {God’s Grace is Sufficient}

I had given a very specific instruction before I left to go to the basement to get laundry out of the dryer. I was probably gone for two minutes – not long at all. But one of my children greeted me at the top of the stairs. “I’m sorry, Mama.” Do you know that feeling of dread that settles over you when you hear those words without seeing what’s going on? It’s like your stomach falls into the floor. Oh. No.

My coffee. Everywhere. My instructions had not been followed and because of that, coffee had been spilled all over my Home Management Notebook that I had spent days making – and all our school papers – and my calendar. And it had spilled down the counter and leaked into the cabinets and drawers. Basically, it was everywhere. You know they say “Don’t cry over spilled milk!” Well, this was coffee, so I felt like it didn’t apply.

I don’t know if it was because I was so tired from lack of sleep the night before (Eli dealing with growing issues) or because my instructions hadn’t been followed or because something I had worked so hard to make was now a total mess. But, whatever it was…I lost it. I totally lost it. No excuses and no reason for it…but I went raving around the house like a complete lunatic.  (more…)



How to Host a Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

How to Host a Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

Post by Contributing Author, Becky Norvell from UnabridgedBecky.com.

I don’t know about you but it seems like kid birthday parties have gotten out of hand. From custom designed cakes to paying hundreds of dollars to rent bouncy houses for your backyard, the bill can easily rack up. Maybe you’re thinking… What? I don’t waste money on petting zoos?! Yet you still find yourself searching Etsy for the perfect personalized birthday tee under $35 that your little one will only wear for a few months but you have to have.

Sister, this can be stressful and expensive. Can we take a moment to reminisce about our childhood birthday parties? There wasn’t the sense of competition that we have today. We played outside, ate pizza or hot dogs, blew out our candles and then played some more. Things were simpler back then.

A simple search for “pirate birthday party ideas” brings ideas of homemade treasure maps, DIY planks and the easiest way to make a cake shaped like a pirate ship in 5 simple steps using only 3 ingredients, none of which are eggs, gluten or dairy. (What about sugar?!) I’m not sure about you, but I just don’t have time for that. With two kids in their toddler years, I’m just trying to stay above the fog. Pinterest can give us great DIY ideas but instead of trying to reinvent someone else’s party and focus on idealism, let’s look at how we can plan a fun birthday party without breaking the bank or losing our mind. (more…)



Mary Russell’s Carrot Cake

Mary Russell’s Carrot Cake

When I was little, there was a woman who attended church with us. Her name was Mary Russell. Not Mary. Not Miss Mary. Not Mrs. Russell. Mary Russell. Every time. I never called her anything else other than that – even when speaking directly to her. And now, at age 33, I have no idea why I did that. I think maybe everyone else did too – or at least the people in my family. Maybe it’s why I also refer to myself in third person regularly.

But anyway, Mary Russell was a baker. Not just any baker. She would put Sara Lee or Betty Crocker to shame. Betty Crocker who!? She sold baked goods – and not just any baked goods. Baked goods that would make you slap your mama or push your sister down. True story.  (more…)



Why Our Family Ditched the Laptop for a Desktop

Why Our Family Ditched the Laptop for a Desktop

Signs that your laptop might be dying:

  1. You’ve glued the screen on multiple times.
  2. It sounds like the joints of a 200 year old woman every time you open it.
  3. It randomly shuts off.
  4. You get the scary rainbow screen of death quite often.

I had to get a new computer…and I wasn’t happy about it. While the normal person gets excited about new technology, it makes me freak out. I hate learning new techy stuff. When I get comfortable with something, I want it to live FOREVER. Don’t die on me! I’ll never let go, Jack!

So – we got a new computer. After some long thought, I decided that I didn’t want another laptop. Main reason: (more…)



Frugal No-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Frugal No-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Contributing Author, Sonja Sarr from Practical Stewardship

Hello all! Sonja here, from Practical-Stewardship.com. Now that Stacy’s back (yay!), you’ll be seeing me monthly again.

THRIFTY THINKING

Frugal No-Candy Easter Basket Ideas. Hmm…by the title I am not saying “Frugal No-Fun Easter Baskets,” either. And I’m not saying there isn’t a place for candy. I just know that my kids will be surrounded by sweets, treats, and desserts from family, friends, and church. Anyone else in the same boat? In fact we have an old Easter basket bucket that we dump candy in from all of the holidays, and my kids still have candy in it from Christmas…2013. Oops! But they are just candy canes. Oh, they work their way through the basket, but there is no shortage of things to celebrate, and people often use candy as a go-to celebration tool. (more…)