When the Photo Shoot (and life) are not Perfect, There is Still Joy!

Ever browse through social media for a few minutes and walk away feeling depleted? Less than perfect? As if everyone is having a great time? Your life doesn't measure up? When I scroll through social media posts, I sometimes get infected with the "woe is me" bug. Or I physically feel as if all the [...]

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25 Days of Thriving Through Christmas An Advent Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Families – Coming soon!

If you have adopted or foster children, this is for you. If you have a special needs child, this is for you. If even thinking about the busy Christmas season coming in a few months makes you break out into hives, this is for you. If you're thinking about skipping the festivities altogether because it's just [...]

Apple Picking at the Guire Shire

  Yesterday was a perfect day for apple picking. I've been a bit under the weather since my vacation trip to SC, too much doing and not enough being. I struggle with this. I want to get 'er all done, only half the time, I spread my efforts so thin that I don't accomplish much [...]

Don’t Rain on My Eclipse

Welcome guest poster, LeeAnn Stewart, a dear friend who recently started a blog! My children and I were standing outside staring expectantly at the sky. On our eyes were the eclipse glasses I had preemptively ordered weeks in advance, after much research on which ones were NASA approved. We had attached them to plates to [...]

When Nurturing Your Children Doesn’t Come Naturally

Friend Patty was sporty, fit and planned to become an astronaut. Instead, she became a wife and mother. Patty didn't feel as if she had a mothering instinct. Lovey-dovey stuff didn't come easy to her. She worked hard to curb her military manner. Because she worked so hard, she became an excellent parent. One of [...]