Keeping Up With The Joneses

This morning I was reading through Luke 12. A lot of verses stuck out to me but particularly this one: “And He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (verse 15).

In all of our ‘getting’ we need to remember that is not where happiness and contentedness comes from. We need to guard ourselves from envy of other’s things. Our culture does not lend a helping hand to this, as we often feel the pressure to keep up with the Joneses. Continue reading

Less Stress! {An Easy Way to Menu Plan!}

As of family of seven, we try to menu plan based on pay days, so around the 15th and 30th. I leave one day for left overs, and try to keep the other meals simple. Breakfast and Lunch are normally the same around here, so it is more for  Dinner. I’d also like to add in here, I am trying to stick with the Trim Healthy Mama plan, although I don’t always eat on plan. AND, I like variety. I think my husband and children could eat just about the same few meals, but, I get bored easily. Continue reading

Stay at Home Mom {How I Help Our Family}

Being a stay at home, homeschooling mom is amazing. And difficult. And stressful. And fantastic! It’s the real prize in my life right now. Living on one income can be challenging at times but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My husband works a full time job, and is also part time worship leader at our church. There are months where there are more days and needs than there is money. I’m sure some of you can relate. As our family grows, (that’s not a hint to a baby, just the fact that babies get bigger!) so do our expenses. I’d rather have Greg home than taking on more work. Build a Menu has been a huge blessing in helping me see how much I am spending at the grocery store (our biggest expense!) before we even go! Continue reading

Should Christians Do Yoga?

For the past 2 weeks, I have been doing a yoga dvd workout at home. Honestly? I have been loving it! The low-impact exercise leaves my muscles sore, my skin sweaty, and me out of breath! It is the only exercise that I have stuck with for more than a few days! While I enjoy high impact exercise, or HIIT workouts, yoga has found it’s place as one of my favorite exercises now. Continue reading

Hospitality {A Party!}

I don’t know about you, but I really love having people over to my house! Despite the stress of getting the house cleaned up (and I’m slowly getting over feeling like it needs to be spotless!) the relationships built around the dinner table are something to be cherished. I feel that today, we are so busy doing other things, whatever they are, that we no longer open up our homes to those around us. Growing up, I remember my parents inviting new couples or families from church over for lunch all. the. time. It was just a way of life for us.serving tray

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