Oct 26, 2012

A Change Of Plans (and family pictures)

We've had a busy week but I wanted to drop in and share a quick update about our week. We've certainly had some lovely autumn weather which inspired me to take pictures of everyone out in the piles of leaves in our yard.

Oct 19, 2012

Feminine Friday: She Speaks With Wisdom And Kindness

Our ninth Feminine Behavior - we have two more still to come - is "She speaks with wisdom and kindness." This is obviously a virtue for all women and wives but I am specifically going to focus today on how this can be applied to us as mothers. As a mother of three, I so very often deeply desire to speak with wisdom and kindness to my little ones but I know I regularly fail. It's easier said than done but let's delve into this pertinent topic together and see if we can't take something away to apply today.

Oct 17, 2012

Homemade Pumpkin Muffins (GF/DF)

It's that time of the year where every time we turn around we're reading about another pumpkin recipe. So why not add another to the galore of pumpkin recipes "out there?" I am going to share with you a "makeover" of one of my favorite gluten free recipes that just so happens to be Pumpkin Muffins. These delightful muffins make for a great breakfast. They're mildly sweet and filling, not to mention they are pretty healthy! My kids gobble these up fast so I hope they hit the spot with your family too.

Oct 15, 2012

Making Bird Feeders With Young Children

It's week three of the Fall Lessons For Young Children series and this week we're doing a fun, messy craft that my boys were so excited to dive into. We made bird feeders! I'm sure the peanut butter didn't have anything to do with their excitement... wink! I hope your little ones enjoy this craft as much as mine!

Oct 12, 2012

Feminine Friday: She Anticipates and Prepares

I'm so glad you have joined me for the eighth Feminine Behavior, "She Anticipates and Prepares." I promise you I didn't even plan it this way but this virtue just happens to fall (no pun intended) at the most appropriate time of the year. It's a chilly 47 degrees here and I am so glad that I took the time last week to switch our wardrobes from warm weather to cool weather. As each morning grew cooler and cooler, it was no problem to dig into freshly organized dresser drawers to pull out long-sleeved shirts, pants, or warm tights. It was a simple process really, all I did was keep an eye on the weather and when I anticipated cool weather approaching, I set aside part of my day to prepare for it.

Oct 10, 2012

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

Waking up each morning to hungry children can sometimes put a damper on my Oh what a beautiful morning! mood. I've learned that preparing ahead by menu planning and utilizing tools like my slow cooker, we can all better enjoy our weekday mornings. I am so very excited to share this week's recipe Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal because it has been such a huge hit with our family! It is easy to prepare, cooks overnight, is ready in the morning when we get up, and the clean up is a breeze!

Oct 8, 2012

Baking Cookies With Young Children

Welcome back to week 2 of Fall Lessons For Young Children. This week we're making cookies! I had such a picture in my head of sitting down at the table with my two boys and happily making cookies one afternoon. They were going to be having so much fun that they would listen closely and follow instructions well. We were going to have so much fun! Then we actually did embark on making cookies together. Reality... Not always so picturesque. I hope you enjoy our pictures and real behind-the-scenese anecdotes from this experience!

Oct 5, 2012

Feminine Friday: She is Generous and Hospitable


"She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy."
Proverbs 31:20 (NASB)
Our seventh Feminine Behavior is "she is generous and hospitable." To hear someone described as generous and hospitable, I imagine a kind and unselfish lady who would be willing to help me out when I am in need even when it perhaps isn't convenient for her. I know that I get really wrapped up in the comings and goings of my own little family and sometimes I don't take the time to consider where I might be able to bless someone else. Let's dig in a little deeper to better understand this passage so we can apply it in our lives.

Oct 3, 2012

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

I love, LOVE to cook with pumpkin in the fall (I sneak it in throughout the year actually! ☺). The easiest way to get a yummy, spicy treat is by keeping pumpkin pie spice on hand. It perfectly complements pumpkin flavored foods. However, if you run out to the store you might get sticker shock from the tiny little bottle that costs almost $5! Why not make it yourself and save a little cash?

Oct 1, 2012

Leaf Rubbing with Young Children

Welcome our first week of fall lessons to teach your children. The leaves are changing colors and falling softly to the ground on the breeze. The yard is filling up with crunchy leaves. Why not use a few for a fun and fairly easy craft project? This week I am sharing our adventure in gathering leaves and attempting to do a leaf rubbing.