Archives for April 2014

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway Thank you to everyone who entered my “Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses” giveaway. I loved reading about your favorite bridge and your most special kiss, both on your blogs and in your comments! The five winners of a collection of ten Amish novels are . . . Amy Bateman: Amy shared her favorite bridge, which is in Omaha, Nebraska! It crosses the Missouri River, so you can technically be in two places at once: {Read More}

Behind the Scenes of Dancing With the Stars

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you know that Monday nights are my night for hanging out with my Grandma and live tweeting Dancing with the Stars. So Monday nights I’m usually sitting on my grandma’s bed, watching her small TV. Last night I was wearing this: And I was doing this: Can you see John and me? We’re in the top right. That’s me with the white sweater, my arms raised! Thank you, Darlene, at Time Warp Wife for {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Richard Mabry (Plus a Giveaway)

My crowded (I prefer the term “cozy”) writing area, where with a simple twist of my chair I can move from desk to computer. I use a laptop attached to a monitor and keyboard, so if I have to leave home I can simply unhook, drop the laptop in a carrier bag, and work while I get the car serviced or whatever else comes up. (Jim Bell calls this “snatching time to write.”) Get a sneak peek at where @RichardMabry’s {Read More}

Help for Mayflower, Arkansas Tornado Victims

    Our good friends Dan and Kristin are FamilyLife staff and adoptive parents who homeschool! We attend church with them and they are an amazing, godly couple! This is what is left of their home:     If you would like to help them, our church has set up a Tornado relief fund. I will continue to up date you on their needs and how we can help!  

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching (And How To Fix That)

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching (And How To Fix That) I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and with three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go! Three of my children are adults. Cory is twenty-three years old, married, and he and Katie have a baby boy and one on the way. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is twenty and graduated from the University of {Read More}

Theme Park People & Happy Birthday Nathan!

We are a theme park type of family. In January for our family vacation we went to Disneyworld, and today–for my son Nathan’s 20th birthday–we went to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. When I say “we” I mean the whole family. (Minus our daughter in the Czech Republic.) Who went? Our oldest son, daughter-in-law, and their two kids. (The cutest grandkids ever.) Our 20-year-old son, my husband and I and our three little kids. Why theme parks? 1. Rides. {Read More}

Hello, Hollywood!

Hello, Hollywood! I was never one to dream about Hollywood growing up—of going there, or being a star, or seeing my name in lights. Instead, I wanted to get married, have a few kids, and become an elementary school teacher. I imagined living my whole life in the small town I’d grown up in. Just thinking of that made me content. Nothing I dreamed of came true—not that I’m complaining. And I’m ending up in Hollywood, not with my name {Read More}

Are Your Kids Empty Vessels?

Are Your Kids Empty Vessels? When my first set of kids were younger, I used to think of them more like empty vessels. I was the mom, and I believed it was my job to fill them up with all the good things of life—things to make them well-rounded and—let’s face it—better than any other kid who’s ever been born. I signed them up for sports, for music, for dance, because there was a lot to instill in these few, {Read More}

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman (Plus a Giveaway)

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman Once there was a fourteen-year-old who quickly realized her favorite authors simply could not write books fast enough. Because she was young, she decided she could write books, too. Her mother smiled and allowed her to write as part of her English. Slowly two novels grew on an old computer, paragraph by paragraph, page by page. She loved creating ideas, research, writing. The process {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: Pam Farrel and Fawn Weaver

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (4/24/14) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen.  This week on Living Inspired, please welcome Pam Farrel, author of Red Hot Romance Tips for Women, and Fawn Weaver, author of Happy Wives Club. If you’re reading this after 4/24/14 you’ll be able to find this show . . . and all my shows in the archive section. For your chance to win {Read More}

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