Does God Really Know Who You Are?

Who You Are

I was recently watching a favorite television show of mine. One of the characters stated something so thought-provoking to me that I just had to share my thoughts on it. In the show, the main character's brother was dying. She was at the hospital chapel trying to figure out how to pray and she said this phrase that made me stop in my tracks: "God doesn't even know who I am..." Read that again and let it sink in. To me this is a powerful belief. To believe that God has no idea who who you … [Read more...]

Lush Decor Giveaway

Lush decor

Have you ever been on Pinterest just drooling at bedding and home decor products? I know I have! Now is your chance to get some of those items you've been dreaming about from Lush Decor is a fashion retailer that has products in Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Boscov’s, Sears, and more. They carry beautiful bedding sets, window treatments for every window in your home, and gorgeous showers curtains that will make your bathroom the envy of every house on the block.  About … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Help Your Child Eat More Food

Help Your Child Eat More

As a mother to two special needs kids with feeding disorders, I have learned a lot of ways to help my kids eat more of a variety of foods. Sometimes the ways are tiny and small, but they do work, and so I thought I would share them with you! Whether you have a child who is a picky eater or a child who has a feeding disorder of sorts, these tips will help you help your child eat more food! 5 Steps to Help Your Child Eat More Food: 1. Give your child less food. I know, I know, this … [Read more...]

How to Create an Effective Morning Routine for Moms

morning routine

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you will ever do as a mother. Kids rely on moms to be at the top of their game, to empathize with their sorrows, to kiss all the boo boos, and to celebrate their greatest victories no matter how small. And the only way you can manage to do this is by taking really good care of yourself. By putting yourself at the top of the to-do list. Because when you take good care of yourself, nurturing your own spirit, it’s so much easier to give … [Read more...]

Dear Deployment: Sincerely, Joy


Dear Deployment, After visiting us 8 times, you’d think the 9th time wouldn’t be so difficult. But you’re always different when you come to stay. Usually, you’re only with us 60-75 days. This time, that number 220 on the orders looked very daunting. It’s scary. I battled depression and anxiety in the days and weeks leading up to your arrival. I wasn’t ready. I’m never ready. But once you came and hubby left, I got a bit of peace. I forced myself into the mindset of “we can do this” and … [Read more...]

Why Moms Should Prioritize and Protect Sleep


One of the hardest parts about being a mom is that sleep somehow always falls by the wayside. You know, before kids you could take naps and sleep in and all the good stuff. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is awesome. I know you wouldn’t trade it for the world, but if we are all honest, then it’s fair to say that motherhood is truly exhausting most days. So there are a multitude of important reasons that you, the mama, should consider getting more sleep. Did you know that the majority of … [Read more...]

My Twitter Strategy: 10 Tips for Gaining Followers


It's taken awhile for me to get used to Twitter, but I think I finally have a handle on it! Twitter can be complicated to understand and follow, but gaining followers on this social media profile is a must! The steps below is the strategy that I have come up with to help me grow on Twitter and especially to grow my followers and audience. So much of this comes from reading articles about Twitter and keeping up with the bloggers and businesses who have larger Twitter audiences. I hope that … [Read more...]

My One Word for 2015: Grace


To be honest, 2014 was nothing like I expected... or wanted. Since January of this year we have been through one thing after another trying to help our daughter with her complicated medical conditions. From being diagnosed with Failure to Thrive, Lyrangomalsia, Aspiration and Apnea, to surgery, a feeding tube, and 7 hospital stays, my daughter's short life has been one of many trials and complications. My word for 2014 was supposed to be "relationship." I stated that I wanted to work on my … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts of 2014

top 10

2014 has been a crazy year. My daughter has had a lot of health issues which led to a total of 7 hospital visits this year alone. Somehow through it all I managed to blog when I had the time. It wasn't as many posts as other years, but there were still a lot of good ones!   Here are the top 10 posts for this year: 10. Overcoming the 9 Most Overlooked Marriage Threats My response to a Huffington Post article about marriage that just rubbed me the wrong way. You don’t always have to … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

It's close to Christmas and it's that time of year where everyone is baking delicious Christmas-themed cakes, cookies, and goodies for family and friends! My friend Sarah is no different. She is a fellow Air Force wife who has posted several recipes here on the blog before - one of which went viral and to-date has over 700,000 hits! You can see all of her recipes here: Sarah's Recipes. This year Sarah wanted to share another one of her amazing desserts with YOU! You don't want to miss this … [Read more...]