Guilt transformed into Grace

from guilt to grace

I woke up this morning with the Hot Dog Story on my heart.

The original story happened in the summer of 2008. My kids were in preschool. I wish I had the exact date circled on my calendar because it’s the day in my life that mom guilt transformed into mom grace.

I had no way of knowing it, but I was forever changed by the hot dog incident.

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Pea Salad for a Crowd

crowd pleasing pea salad

When I first shared my pea salad recipe in the summer of 2012, I shared a recipe that makes two servings. It’s perfect for everyday  family life. It doesn’t leave leftovers – yay!

But for holiday gatherings and crowd pleasing picnic or barbecue buffets, I need to scale the recipe up.

Since my pea salad tends to be a popular item on Pinterest around the holidays, I thought I’d share the scaled up quantities for the best pea salad ever.

(for more photos and the original recipe, check out this post on the best pea salad ever)

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Developing Character in Children

character training in children

When my kids were little, I didn’t do anything intentional for developing character in children.  It just kind of happened along the way. As they grew older, I relied on the influence of church and Christian schooling to help mold their characters.

It wasn’t like I didn’t care. I didn’t know how.

This fall, as we began our homeschooling journey, the idea of character education threatened to overwhelm me. I felt a huge burden to be intentional in developing good character traits and habits in my sons. I did a ton of reading and researching and praying on the subject. At the end of that obsession, I’m happy to say I found answers.

What I learned about character education applies to everyone. Not just homeschoolers. Not just moms with young kids. Not just kids. It applies to everyone.  Even me.

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Three gifts every mom needs

three gifts for every mom

This is my third installment of gifts every mom needs (and can give herself).  No matter your budget, age, size, or hair color I can promise you that these gifts are a perfect fit!

In 2012, I shared a guest post on Mothering From Scratch and recommended that every mom give herself the gifts of Simplicity, Significance, and Perspective.

In 2013, I suggested that every mom give herself the gifts of Grace, Laughter, and Peace.

It’s 2014 and I’ve dreamed up three new gifts to give yourself.

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