10 Essential Steps For Starting A Blog

Everyone has a Story to Tell An experience. A revelation. A passion. Everyone is an expert at something. If you really want to write, encourage, teach, inspire, inform or just untangle your thoughts, then I’m sure there are people that want to hear about it. Traditional Marketing is Dead Smaller, niche tribe and relationship building […]

The Old Testament in Legos – The Brick Bible

Three weeks ago, when I came across this book in my favorite store in Dallas, Whole Earth Provision, I immediately decided to buy it. And, of course, my 9 year old, Lego Master of the Universe, has not put it down since. Click here to see it on Amazon. And how exciting to see that there […]

The Sock Bun Undone: Easy Hair-Do For Busy Moms With Long Hair

You’re thinking “My hair is straight and boring and stringy and never looks good and is a hassle to make look good and I could go on!” This post is for you. This hair-style was billed for “busy-moms.”  That made me laugh.  It’s quick and easy and, of course, it works for anyone with long […]

How I Used Several Vera Bradley Purses & Made My Life More Efficient

It took about a week of deep thought on how to achieve “Purse Efficiency” for all of my different needs.  But then…. the Ah-Ha Moment!  I finally figured it out! Layer Your Purses You know how we layer our clothes, especially if it’s cold in the morning and then gets hot in the afternoon?  Do […]

Finding The Perfect Daily Schedule

I said to my husband the other night ‘I’m always looking for that perfect formula of beauty and function” (whether it’s the daily schedule or how to arrange the furniture in a room.) He reminded me, “For the schedule, you will never find it, because life is always changing.” Oh. Right. Remembering that IS key, […]

Paperchase – What documents are necessary to adopt?

I started this post about a year ago and got distracted midway through.  I know you know what I’m talking about!  The addition of our precious, new little girl Sally, from Ethiopia, Classical Conversations (a new homeschool adventure we will discuss later), another adoption on the horizon, commitments to get the kids and me exercising […]

Adopt? “You are not yet 50 years old….”

  This is a story about one of those God moments that completely and totally changes one’s perspective.  And boy did I need it. It was November 5, 2010.  We had started the adoption process for Sally in the fall of 2009.  Almost a year had gone by.  We were in the waiting stage. And […]

Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake – Delicious

A little aside before we begin with this yummy recipe.  I miss writing this blog.  But with bringing our new baby girl home from Ethiopia in May 2011 AND stepping up our homeschool program by joining Classical Conversations in Sept 2011, there has been precious little time.  Slowly,  I am perfecting our system of raising, […]

Ethiopia Adoption – Lalibela – A Holy City – Part 12

The view at dusk from Lalibela Sunday, May 15, noon Though I will, I do not feel able or qualified to write about the last 24 hours. We are on a small prop plane, a Bombadier, that has a capacity of 75 people. We are heading back to Addis after 24 hours in Lalibela.  Pronounced […]

Ethiopia Adoption Part 11

Friday, May 13, 2011  6pm Yesterday I found out more detail on how children are matched with adoptive parents.  Apparently Duni’s mother runs an orphanage and I guess has for years.  Remember, Duni was our adoption agency coordinator over here in Addis.  Many of these orphanages are private.  A person just decides to start one. […]

Ethiopia Adoption – Pt 10 – Back to Africa!

May 11, 2011  Noon We are all 5, Matthew, Emma and Meg (our daughters 13 and 10,) my mother and I, in our seats on Ethiopian Airlines about to depart Washington DC straight, nonstop, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  A 13 hour flight. From Oklahoma City you must do a 16 hour layover to connect to […]