Contentment: The Resolution for Women Chapter 1

LauraThe Resolution for Women

Psychologists say that you can test the IQ of young children by giving them a marshmallow. As they munch that marshmallow, tell them that they can choose: 1. to receive one more marshmallow right now! OR… 2. to receive two marshmallows in one hour. The theory is that the more intelligent children will choose option #2. They’ll wait for the … Read More

I Notice a Gender Difference!

LauraMotherhood

From the day we brought Malachi home, folks have been asking if I notice any difference between “girls and boys”. Until recently, I only noticed the differences in personality. But since Kai has been up and moving (everywhere), I can confidently say, “Yes! I notice a gender difference!” In fact, I’m so confident that it’s a gender difference – and … Read More

The Resolution for Women: Week 1 Bible Study

LauraThe Resolution for Women

A small group of women from my home town are gathering together every week to read The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer. When I’m able, I prepare an additional lesson from Scripture to accompany our discussion. I’ll share my thoughts with you, too. The first week we met, I felt that it was important to explore where we’d get … Read More

My 2012 Booklist (xoxo): Or, I didn’t do that for nothing!

LauraAll Posts, Book Reports

(Although I posted this last week, all of the links were broken. I finally fixed them, and decided that the effort was worth a re-post. Now you can really dig in and enjoy, my faithful readers!) Putting this list together felt like a spa treatment. I love day-dreaming about books. I also love actually reading them. SO, here’s my ambitious … Read More

What about the baguette??

LauraFrench Girl

You may have noticed that I did not purchase a baguette during my French-girl shopping trip. Why not? BECAUSE… I’ve been making my own bread using the amazing Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. So far, I’ve used their classic Boule recipe as well as their gluten-free recipe (found in this book). Both are delicious, but the classic Boule … Read More

January’s French Girl Groceries

LauraAll Posts

After cranking out a full American Girl shopping trip, it’s hard to slip in the proper mindset for the French Girl shopping trip, evidenced by the fact that I forgot the dark chocolate! Oh, dear. But I did purchase organic kale for our morning green smoothies, and that’s good, right? I’m happy with my simple beginnings: some posies and a … Read More

Pray and Plan

LauraMarriage, Motherhood

Recently, Ryan and I took a weekend to pray and plan for the upcoming year. Some friends of ours sent us a template of topics to work through – everything from finances to intellectual growth. Our friends have enjoyed their annual Pray-and-Plan Retreats and inspired us to begin our own. It was encouraging to our marriage and I think it … Read More

“The Sky is Blue” and How My Prayer Life Has Soared

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood

Our Sunday School class just finished an incredible book called The Praying Life by Paul Miller. Ryan and I are still reading it aloud together, so we’ll be savoring it for a while. One of the most powerful take-away points for me was Miller’s encouragement to pray about the things that seem as unchangeable as the color of the sky. … Read More

Broken Links

LauraAll Posts

Sorry about the broken links! ‘Don’t know if I’ll have a moment to fix them or not. I just wanted to spare you from clicking through the book lists looking for a link that works! If you’re interested in the book, simply look up the title on Amazon or through your local library’s website.