If you search Amazon for “graduation gift,” you will get 20 pages of keychains, cheesy books, jewelry, and knick knacks like this graduation angel. So trust me when I tell you this list is the best of Amazon’s offerings for a graduation gift. Or don’t. Scroll through the endless pages of subpar graduation gifts until … Read More about Chips Picks: Graduation Gift Ideas Plus a Free Wall Art Printable!
“Make sure to have your children in the fall because everything in life will be easier for them if they have fall birthdays.” This nugget of wisdom was bestowed upon me when I was seventeen years old. At the time, it seemed completely irrelevant since I was still in high school, unmarried, and not … Read More about Should You “Redshirt” Your Kindergartner?
I invited a friend to a social gathering recently, and when I told her the location and venue she said she won’t have fun if her kids are bored. I was shocked. I wasn’t shocked because of the bluntness of the suggestion. I was shocked because worrying about my kids’ boredom had never even crossed my mind. … Read More about Why I Don’t Care if my Kids are Bored
Amazon has about a billion different items for sale. This is a bit of a nightmare for me. I like to weigh my options very carefully before making a decision. For example, I have been trying to decide between a satchel, messenger bag, and a briefcase from Saddleback Leather for 17 months, and I am … Read More about Chip’s Amazon Picks: Mother’s Day Edition
When I was seven months pregnant with our fourth child, our third child was only 18 months old and still wasn’t consistently sleeping through the night. This sleep deprivation coupled with some general life stress and a discovery of a love of iced mocha frappachinos led my husband, Chip, to begin buying a coffee every … Read More about Why I Love My Broken Coffee Pot: One Small Way to Reduce Debt
It’s 11:00 in the morning, and I feel super guilty. All I’ve gotten done since dropping my kids off at Parent’s Day Out almost two hours ago is a 30 minute jog and a shower. As I sit here looking around my living room, there are no less than twelve loads of clean laundry that … Read More about What My Two Year Old Taught Me About Guilt
In America, seven people die in house fires every day. Seven people every day. This is an incredibly frightening statistic to me because home fires are often completely unpreventable. There are some things we can do to help prevent them like emptying lint screens and cleaning off cook tops, but I am not an electrician or mechanically … Read More about Drills to Run with Your Kids: House Fire
When our first daughter was born we were living eight hours away from my family, my husband was in seminary, and we were both working full time jobs. We were in the process of renovating our home and I was about to make a career change. To say that it was a difficult season of … Read More about Ten Ways to Help a Mom with a New Baby
I love adoption. I love everything about it. I love the joy of finding a forever home for parentless children. I love the excitement of a family bringing in a new member. I love hearing adoption stories. I love that adoption is the best physical representation of what God did for us by making us … Read More about 10 Tips for the Adoption Process
My friend, Terri, has talked for years about “seasons of life.” She uses this phrase when describing a particularly difficult time that her family is going through – the sleepless nights of having a newborn, the stress of living three hours away from her husband while waiting for their house to sell, homeschooling her rambunctious … Read More about The Sushi Season of Life: Finding Joy in Hard Seasons
When our second child was three, he had to start going to “big church” because that was the nursery’s policy. If this had been our first born, there would be no story to tell except that she sat quietly and did exactly like I asked. But this was Dax. Our fiesty, spirited, precocious, outspoken, loud, … Read More about Four Ways to Help Kids Sit Through Church