10 Gifts That Encourage During Hard Times

Have someone on your gift list who is in a season of illness, grief, or difficult times?  Here are 10 gift ideas that are soothing and encouraging.  They are practical, helpful, wholesome, and inspiring.  They have been my favorite things in my current season fighting chronic illness. Click underlined affiliate shopping links to purchase online. [...]

Top 10 Faith Inspiring Gifts for Little Kids

Oh how I love things that build Faith, strengthen relationship with Yahweh, and inspire passion for God's Word.  I have my own personal favorite authors, song writers, artists, and speakers.  And I have favorites for teens from our years in youth ministry.  But, until now, I had no idea about kid and family products.  Now [...]

GF DF Blueberry Waffles

This post contains associate links. No additional costs are added.  Americans do breakfast right.  I could eat American breakfast for every meal.  Some days I have.  Rich sausage and crispy hash browns drenched in maple syrup.  I'm drooling just thinking about it.  And it's not just the menu.  The full gift of an American breakfast is the people.  [...]

Open Blinds

"Everyone opens their blinds in the morning. It's weird that you have them closed." His judgmental tone rang in my ears as he went around the room and pulled open all the bent and broken metal blinds. He was happy.  I was not. The "Youth House" was on the corner of the church property.  A busy [...]

Review: Coffee Joy = AeroPress

This post contains associate links. No additional costs are added.  Coffee. Oh hot bitter syrup. Thick and strong. I like you. Each morning my amazing husband makes me a cup of coffee.  "Love Coffee," I call it.  I love that it's sitting and waiting for me in the kitchen.  A reminder that he cares for me.  [...]

Summer Reading

This post contains associate links. No additional costs are added.  Hello Summer!  These sweet, hot, outdoorsy days are the perfect backdrop for massive amounts of reading.  I feel like the sun brings my heart alive and books are no longer just an escape from the  depression of the all-too-long cold rainy season.  In the Summer, books are [...]

GF DF SF Coconut Quinoa Bean & Veg Casserole

This post contains associate links. No additional costs are added.  The things we learn as children are the things we rely on as adults.  Our childhood becomes a foundation for an instinctual autopilot of sorts.  A failsafe.  A default set of assumptions that we rely on every day.  For our actions and reactions.  For every day relationships [...]

Top 5: Products for Flying with Little Kids

This post contains associate links. No additional costs are added.  Flying with kids is fun. And crazy.  Flying long distances with kids is ridiculous.  But, for us, it's the only way for my kids to see their grandparents. We have to cross the Pacific Ocean whether we like it or not. I love flying and [...]