Category: Family

Joy & Gratitude

Gratitude illuminates our blessings, creating joy, peace, and hope in our hearts.  We are now in the month of November, and as we head toward Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of gratitude and counting blessings – in all circumstances.  Even during the most difficult trials of life, we can always find blessings.  When my heart is sad […]

Pilgrim Hat Treats

Looking for a fun project and a delicious treat to make with your children or grandchildren this week?  Chocolate Pilgrim Hats are a family favorite and a Thanksgiving tradition.  It’s simple, with just five items needed to put these cute treats together.   Ingredients:  One package of shortbread cookies (they are striped with a chocolate […]

Off the Record (An Interview with a Young Man who Battled Depression)

Have you struggled to understand what your child is thinking and feeling as they battle depression and how you may help?  Maybe there is a clear reason that triggered the depression – a tragic life event or the loss of a loved one.  But more than likely, you are playing over and over in your […]

Eye-Opening Insights for Recognizing Depression & Anxiety in Millennials

Gripping fear, feelings of helplessness, living on edge, nightmares stealing sleep, and frustration – are the realities of a parent struggling to help their child battle anxiety, depression, and potential suicide.   Many parents are asking, how did we miss the signs?  The reclusive nature and moodiness of teens, causes parents to often dismiss behavior or […]

Simple, yet Brilliant Life Hacks

Today I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that are simple, yet brilliant.  These “life hacks” will make your day to day run more efficiently.  According to Wikipedia, “A life hack (or life hacking) is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.”  Yes, please! One of my favorite […]

Mini Retreat

Do you ever feel the need to escape, regroup, get it together, push the reset button, straighten out one or all of your kids, and put your priorities in order? When I feel overwhelmed, I take a mini-retreat. It hasn’t been an annual event, but a practice I’ve engaged in for years whenever I need […]

Simple Joys

“A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith.” – Brene Brown Often the smallest, simple things bring the greatest joys. The pitter-pat of rain drops, sunshine glistening on water like diamonds, laughter that makes your face hurt, comfort foods, friends who understand you, warm hugs, […]