Make the Same Meals Every Week: 5 Surprising Benefits

LauraAll Posts, Food, Healthy Living, Motherhood8 Comments

Food used to be my biggest headache… There was a time when I would spend several hours composing our menu each week, downloading new recipes, ripping recipes from shiny magazines, and paging through my pile of cookbooks for inspiration. My grocery list would be a mile long with new ingredients that I never bought before and may never use again. … Read More

The Reluctant Meal-Planner’s Meal Plan: My Gift to You

LauraAll Posts, Food, Healthy Living, Motherhood

(mmm… delicious gluten-free granola bars that we bake every week) You need to know that food is not my forte. For years, it has been an up-hill battle…on a mountain of Jello. In our family of 7, it works logistically for me to take responsibility for menu planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation, but it isn’t my strength or my … Read More

5 Simple Choices for Postpartum Well-Being

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood

My postpartum experience had gotten progressively worse with each baby: increasing in depression each time. The worst was when I experienced unusual fear, paranoia, and disturbing thoughts after having our fourth child. So when I found out I was pregnant with Baby #5, I knew I had my work cut out for me. With five children relying on me, I … Read More

We Changed the Way We Talk About Sex with Our Kids

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood

We have the opportunity to establish a foundation around the word “sex” that is full of goodness, truth, beauty, strength, dignity, and gratitude long before the world has the opportunity to offer its cheap, degrading, and unstable perversion of it. I want to make the most of our opportunity as parents, but I haven’t quite known how to do it.

Kids Laugh A Lot, Too

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Marriage, Motherhood

When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.

Today’s Sigh of Relief: (You Can’t) Make This the Best Day Ever!

LauraHealthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I’m a sucker for self-help books and blogs that coach us how to live without regret and to make the most out of every day. But I’m also a critic of this type of writing because its “no regrets” message is the candy-coating of a big, fat cultural lie. We see the lie everywhere. It’s scripted on the pillows at Target, … 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

Not a Machine

LauraFarm Life, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I was buzzing about my day, accomplishing everything on my extensive to-do list, when one thought changed my life. It happened the day I pulled the car into the garage after grocery shopping – keeping within our budget, mind you – and using a handful of coupons. I had selected the finest fruits and vegetables, bought all-natural snacks, and befriended … Read More