Winners from the No More Frumpy Mommy Challenge Announced

Thanks to everyone who participated in the No More Frumpy Mommy Moms’ Night Out challenge! I had so much fun reading through your entries and other tips you shared. I’m happy to announce the grand prize winner, who will receive $200 for her own moms’ night out, is . . . skiwee50! The runner-up winners, who will receive Fandango gift cards and copies of Moms’ Night Out and Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss, are: Valarie McCoy Rachel DeVaughn Carolyn Deevers Jenn {Read More}

Our Walled-Off Hearts | Guest Post by Mary DeMuth (Plus a Giveaway)

Our Walled-Off Hearts Recently, a reader on my blog wrote something quite astute: “As much as tearing the walls down hurts, it doesn’t seem to be as painful as maintaining them.” We live in a walled-off world—walls we erect because we’ve been hurt by someone or several someones. It seems easier (and safer) to protect our hearts at any cost, brick by brick. But the problem comes when that wall becomes the very fortress that prevents joy in our lives. {Read More}

Behind the Scenes of the Moms’ Night Out Premiere (Part 2)

Ever want to know what happens behind the scenes at a movie premiere? Just a few days ago I got to experience just that! If you missed the Part 1 of Behind the Scenes of the Moms’ Night Out Premiere, you can read it here. So how did I get asked to be part of a Hollywood Premiere? In December I was asked to write the novelization of Moms’ Night Out. What’s a novelization? Basically, I watched the movie (over {Read More}

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic I don’t know about you, but about this time of year, I am ready for summer. I’m ready for flowers to bloom, leaves on the trees, stepping outside and feeling the warm sun on my skin, wearing shorts and sundresses. Do you feel the same way? What’s my other favorite part of summer? Spending time outside, whether it’s a family vacation, a barbecue with my kids and neighbors in our {Read More}

Behind the Scenes of the Moms’ Night Out Premiere (Part 1)

In December I was asked to write the novelization of Moms’ Night Out. What’s a novelization? Basically, I watched the movie (over and over again) and turned it into a book! It was such a great movie that I loved every minute of it. (Don’t tell my editor, Dawn, but it almost didn’t feel like work.) Here is the book with, like, the best cover ever! —> And take note of my name on the front! And, because I had {Read More}

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!  

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}

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