TobyMac “Speak Life”: Simple Gift Sunday

TobyMac Speak Life video and devotion

I'm up in the middle of the night wondering what God morsel God has for me. Do you ever do that?  Some things weigh heavy on my mind. Our oldest son Joshua is getting married in just four months. At that time his fiance will have just graduated from college, and our son will still have at least a year and a half left with seminary … [Read more...]

Raising Healthy Kids in a Busy Family

Raising Healthy Kids from Marty's Musings

I am the mom of five children, both adopted and biological, ranging in age from 14 to 24, with a son-in-law thrown into the mix! We now only have 2 dogs and 2 cats. The most we ever had squished into our 2000 sq. ft. ranch home was 5 kids, 3 dogs, 4 cats and a variety of hamsters, guinea pig and fish! We are a homeschooling … [Read more...]

Jaci Velasquez “Lay It Down”: Simple Gift Sunday

Lay it Down

Sometimes my heart just aches over my children. Not because of choices or circumstances or influences. But in the crushing reality that our earthly life is so hard. Our family knows hard. Our family knows pain. And this overwhelming sense of unrest before surrender sweeps over me. I know that you know that my heart is … [Read more...]

Music is in Me: Scrapbooking Layout

Music in Me Layout from Marty's Musings

Since I went scrapbooking last weekend I thought I'd share the Music is in Me layout I created about my oldest son. As you can tell, there is nothing very complicated in my scapbooking style. I like a nice clean (usually symmetrical) combination of journaling and pictures. This layout just makes me happy. I love tracing my son's musical … [Read more...]

Steven Curtis Chapman “One Heartbeat at a Time:” Simple Gift Sunday

One Heartbeat at a Time by Marty's Musings

(My daughter Rachel on her wedding day) I posted this last year on February 23, ran across it again and wanted to post it because it's such great encouragement for moms. Being a mother is the most exhilarating and challenging call on  my life. Some days I'm up for the challenge and some days I feel like a total failure. Then I get up and do … [Read more...]

Today is a Gift

Are You Drowning? by Marty's Musings

(I am on a scrapbooking retreat but wanted to leave this post, published first in January of this year, as encouragement for today.) Do you ever feel like you are drowning? Losing yourself in your kids or your job or your home or the demands on your life? For me, since our adoption it has been losing "me" in the craziness and trials of … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned in a Corn Maze

Lessons from the Corn Maze from Marty's Musings

What do you do when you want to find a fun activity for your family? You buy a Groupon, of course! I purchased a buy one get one free groupon for the local corn maze in our area. Thinking I was being smart, I bought two deals which gave me four tickets.  That was for us and our younger two. I had already talked to our married duaghter and she … [Read more...]

Project Life August 2012 Week 3

Project Life August 2012 Collage

This week's Project Life layout centered around my son Joshua and his move-in for sophomore year of college. The left side of the layout has hand written journaling as well as pics of my son and the oatmeal packets we made him for college. His seminary does not have a cafeteria so I try to send him some homemade frozen foods to make sure … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Connect

5 minute friday

It’s easy to join in, just: Check what the prompt is on my blog. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog. Link over here and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url but your post url } Using the linky … [Read more...]

52 Lists in 52 Weeks #32

2012 Beach Vacation

List #32: Tidbits for my College Son Go food shopping BEFORE your food runs out. Don't forget to ask for help, from adults and other students. Your family misses you every day. You can bring your laundry home. Skype is a wonderful thing :-) Go to the beach one weekend. Text your older sister sometimes. She misses you, … [Read more...]