When Gratitude is Imperfect 5

As November started, I decided to start having a nightly gratitude session with my little ones. Each night, we would each share three things we were grateful for. I thought this was such a great idea, and I could teach my little ones the power of gratitude. It was going really well for two whole […]

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude


A Light at Last Chance Bay 1

In 1988, my father took two of my brothers and two of their friends on a trip to Lake Powell on our boat. It was tradition to take a yearly trip to Lake Powell and my parents were always willing allow us to invite friends. My brothers looked forward to these trips. Lake Powell is […]

A Light in the Darkness 1

I have been thinking this week a lot about light. I think it is interesting how light has so many different meanings. Light can be used to connote a source of light, like a lightbulb or a headlight or even a small candle. Another definition, according to Miriam Webster is “something that makes vision possible” […]

I am the light of the world John 812

The pessimist sess difficulty in every opportunity Winston Churchill

Lemons, Pebbles, and Optimism 3

I recently was asked to speak about “When Life Gives You Lemons” by a friend to a group of women in her church group. She wanted the focus to be on how we can find happiness and peace even in the midst of difficulty. I remember thinking: “Sure, I can do that!” But, then came […]

Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person 32

Fall is here.  I just made my first pot of chili with cornbread last night. It reminded me that we are there: Fall. I love the smells of fall, the colors, the beginning of the exciting holiday season.  I love the foods of Fall.  The sounds of leaves crunching under your boots.  I love the […]

Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person

Motherhood all love beings and ends there by Robert Browning

Mother Quotes that Will Touch Your Heart 3

I know that Mother’s Day is often a difficult time for many women. There were many years when Mother’s Day was painful and difficult for me. But, as I have become a mother, and as I look back at the wonderful years I have had with my own mother, I wanted to share some of those […]

Beef and Broccoli 30 minute meal Yum!

Beef with Broccoli 9

My husband loves red meat, and we don’t eat very much of it at our house. I finally caved and bought some red meat and we celebrated with this recipe: beef and broccoli. It was truly simple and delicious. The meat and broccoli cook so quickly, you can have this on the table before your […]

Individual Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts with a Sweet Surprise 7

I came across a great deal on blackberries and was wanting to make something delicious with them. I love cheesecake but didn’t want to bake them, so I made these individual no-bake cheesecake tarts! There is a small surpise inside! So yummy! I must admit that I would have liked my blackberry topping to be […]

Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts individual servings!

Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

Strawberry Banana Bread with Streusel Topping 20

So I had some brown bananas hanging out at my house and my little one kept asking for some banana bread. I decided to try something a little different and when I saw I also had strawberries, I thought: banana strawberry bread! I must admit that it turned out better than  my banana bread typically turns […]