What I Did While I Was Away

I want to thank you all for being so gracious during my unplanned time away. I remind you all, frequently, to hold your plans loosely, knowing that the Lord’s plan for your days is always better. It’s still important to plan, of course, but it’s also important to be able to discern when it’s […]

Copper’s Day Off – Play Ball!

Will had the opportunity to play in a summer baseball league. It’s through the same organization that he played ball with during the regular season. The league is meant to be, more or less, “just for fun” with no trophies, uniforms, etc. We’ve missed baseball these last few weeks, and it’s fun to know that […]

The Weekly Menu – Week of July 30, 2012

August arrives this month, and with it all of the end-of-summer craziness of trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as we can, while still allowing ourselves enough time to plan, organize and get ready for the start of school in September. We have several family birthdays this month, summer baseball happens this month […]

Beautiful Baby Boy – Welcome Grandbaby #7!

In case you missed the announcement on my Facebook page, my seventh grandchild was born this last week.


My seventh grandbaby!

He was a big boy, weighing in at 9 lbs. 5 ounces, but he’s perfect in every way.


I’m not buying his tale of woe.

He was trying to convince […]

It Doesn’t Always Have To Be A Recipe (Quick, Guilt-free Meal Ideas)

Some of my best dinners, at least as far as the kids are concerned, aren’t really “recipes”. They’re quick to fix, fast food at home favorites. While you might not want to serve your family this sort of food on a regular basis, there are seasons when it’s okay. In fact, it might be necessary!


When It All Comes Crashing Down

Can I be brutally honest? It’s been a tough couple of days! I emailed a friend this morning and told her that all of those plates I’ve been spinning on poles had not only started wobbling, but one plate had crashed to the ground and a couple more were threatening to fall. I was snapping […]

I Don’t Have Time to Plan – Three Menu Planning Tips for Busy Moms

“Cheryl – I’d love to plan my menus in advance. But with my part time job, running kids to soccer practice and just keeping up with the laundry, I never seem to find the time and we end up eating fast food. Any suggestions for how I can find enough time to do menu planning? […]

A Word About Using Pinterest As A Tool For Homemakers

Pinterest is a lot of fun. I enjoy spending time on Pinterest pinning things I’ve found online and repinning beautiful, creative or fun pins that others have pinned before me. Pinterest can be a good way to relax, but it can also be a helpful tool in the homemaker’s tool chest if it’s used wisely.


Copper’s Day Off – A Curriculum Ordering, Home Improving, Productively Sewing Kind of Day

The heat of summer has arrived here in northern California, so we spent the majority of the day working inside. We all were busy with various, separate tasks and managed, between us, to accomplish not much of anything! Days like that happen.

The day was still productive, we just don’t have much to show for […]

Menu Plan for a Week in Mid-July

We enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day, and ate ourselves silly at our feast in the park! It was fabulous to have all four of my children and all six of my grandchildren there, along with a good friend and his family. We were quite a big group, but it was delightful!

We’ll reach mid-July by […]