By Meredith Mills Friday nights are a favorite around our house. After running full speed all week, each family member looks forward to an evening of doing nothing. Well, not really nothing. We do have plans, but they’re fun plans, plans to stop everything and enjoy just being together. Most of the time, this means … Continue reading What’s the Purpose of Your Face?
My son loves building with Legos. His room looks like a Lego museum – and often like a construction zone, with tiny bricks strewn all over the floor, just waiting for an unsuspecting parent to walk in and step on them. At the end of this school year, he completed a report on our home … Continue reading Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master
How many grace-filled blessings are hiding in the middle of my everyday struggles?
It's funny what kids remember. "Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?" My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the … Continue reading Lessons from a People Mover
Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I … Continue reading Taming the Tongue
“I’m writing a note to God,” my preschooler announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess. Each of those mismatched … Continue reading The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long
And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them … Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down
We call it “One-Oh Time” in our house. My littlest coined the phrase a while back. In was her baby-talk way of asking me to spend “one-on-one time” with her. We laughed at the cute expression, but it stuck. Now we all use the term for our special mommy-and-me times. We started this practice of … Continue reading One-on-One Time
What happened to my joy? The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless. How I … Continue reading When Depression Moves In
Saturday is our family’s favorite day of the week. From Sunday through Friday, we’re busy with school, work, church, sports, music, playdates, and the general busyness which accompanies family life. But on Saturday, we take a breath. We eat waffles for breakfast and the kids listen to radio adventures on a local Christian station. Most … Continue reading Slowing Down