I’m a European Shopper

Over the years, I’ve read a lot of articles on how to save money on your family food budget by having a meal plan in place, preparing a grocery list, and only going to the store once a month. Articles like this and this. And I’ve tried, really, I have! I’ve made up...

A Change of Perspective

As we walked through the smoke-filled lobby, I was a little concerned. Was this really where we were going to be staying? In the ten years that John and I have been doing mission trips, we’ve often repeated a phrase my friend taught me right before a weekend retreat....

Walk Away the Workday

“50 is the new 40,” “Blush is the new neutral,” “This is the new that” is very trendy. We do our best to make people feel younger and in style. But the “this is the new that” trend has taken a nasty turn. I heard it the other day: “Sitting is the new smoking!” How is...

All for the Love of a Little Confetti!

I’ve never been the athletic type. I don’t like to run. I stink at tennis and, well, most every other sport so when Fitbits came out I stayed far, far away from them. I didn’t need some piece of electronic equipment telling me what a slug I am. Around Christmastime,...

The Great Christmas Tree Topple

While discussing Christmas trees with a group of moms the other day, I heard several stories of toppled trees. I walked away thinking it must just be a rite of passage for parents to have their Christmas tree tip over at least once while their kids are young. I won’t...