Our Best Family Summer Vacation

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM1 Our Best Family Summer Vacation My son got married in California over the weekend!  I’ll be sharing some photos later, but I thought I’d share a bit about our trip, and just a few photos from the wedding. Since we were going to California, we made it our family vacation too.  So we packed a lot in {Read More}

Weekend Getaway Chicago Road Trip | Rt. 66, Museums, Mummies and More

My weekend getaway to Chicago, plus some money-saving Chicago travel tips My daughter and I have been planning a weekend getaway for months. She graduated from college last May, and rather than buy her a gift, I wanted to give her a weekend getaway instead so we could relax and make memories together.  I just didn’t realize at the time that it would take us over ten months to actually get away. She’s a 911 call center dispatcher with an {Read More}

Family Movie Night for My Really Weird Family + $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #YourTaxCash #CollectiveBias Gather your whole family together for a fun family movie night! Here’s how do it with a free movie,  free printables, and a $50 Walmart gift card giveaway! My family might look like a normal American family, but don’t let those smiling faces deceive you.

I’m the Keeper of First Moments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #YourTaxCash #CollectiveBias The first smile, the first tooth, the first steps. As parents, we remember those important first moments in our children’s lives. We remember the first time they stayed all night with a friend, then wanted to come back home. We remember the first time they tried to roller skate and had to hold our hands to stay upright. {Read More}

He Wore a Blue Bandana, Freckles, and a Smile

  Years ago when my daughter was just a little girl, she was going through some tough times in her life. Her beloved dog had gotten very sick and died, then she had surgery and was laid up for several weeks, then she found out her best friend was moving away. It was hard to watch her go through these tough times and not be able to do anything to make it better. But God knew exactly what she needed. His name was Jake.

He Saved the Best Rock for Last | A Love Story

There once was a little boy who climbed onto his friend’s bike that was too big for him. He tried to ride it down the driveway, but he fell and broke his arm.   A few years later, that same little boy climbed up another friend’s bunk bed, got his leg stuck in the ladder rung, and fell and broke his other arm. Years passed, and his poor frazzled mom thought he’d outgrown his arm-breaking tendencies, when she got a {Read More}

Puppies, Pico and a Pet Feeding Station | The Things We Do for Love

This is Pico. He’s the one with the furry face. He’s my middle son’s best little buddy.  But Pico has some problems, and as his human “mom,” I want to help him however I can.

Living Life on Purpose Inspirational Printable

Somewhere between the age of 14 and 17, my relationship with my youngest son changed. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened.  I just know the change has been much tougher on me than it has been on him. When he became a teenager, I naively thought he would be the easiest of my four kids to parent through these years. After all, I was an experienced mom, and had been through the teen years with three other kids.  So I should {Read More}

Paw Prints on Our Hearts | Saying Goodbye to Shiloh

A true friend leaves paw prints on your heart. We’ve known this day was coming for months, but it finally came time to put my oldest son’s beloved beagle Shiloh to sleep yesterday. Every pet owner has stories to tell about their beloved pets, so I hope you’ll indulge me while I share some of mine. I just need to talk about her today…

Kittens Seem to Find Us

Our family seems to be a magnet for kittens without families of their own. I vowed we were not getting any new animals. Three of my kids are young adults, and one has only a few years left in high school, so I don’t want to be the one left to take care of all the animals once all my kids fly the coop, but … You knew there was a “but,” right? My son was at his friend’s house and they {Read More}

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