Hospitality: Healing, changing, and setting boundaries

Hospitality: Healing, changing, and setting boundaries

Reading Time: 6 minutes Today we are jumping right into the practice of hospitality in our everyday real lives. In my experience, the reason many are nervous or anxious about the idea of hospitality usually originates from one of the following: the memory of a negative past experience, perfectionist ideas and unrealistic expectations, and not knowing when or how to set boundaries.

Our surprise blessing... Van Sant Baby #3

Our surprise blessing… baby announcement

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our 2018 was a year of extremes filled with ecstatic highs and devastating lows. So many dramatic life changes! So many conflicting emotions! And all over such a short span of time. Two days before my mom’s memorial service, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. I have no idea why, immediately after losing Mom, the Lord chose to bless us with a surprise baby but I trust that He has a plan. This little one may have been an unexpected surprise, but I know in my heart that he is also a blessing, a precious gift.

Deciding to wean early

Reading Time: 8 minutes Breastfeeding can be a contentious topic, and so can the conversation around when and how to wean a breastfed baby. It can make the decision to wean early a difficult one for some mothers. We may set plans or goals, but we need to retain a certain level of flexibility. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise that we cannot anticipate, and we need to re-evaluate our goals. It is okay to wean early.

Our Two-Year-Old’s 12 Favorite Books (that I enjoy too)

Reading Time: 6 minutes [Disclosure: The links in this post may be affiliate links, meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a commission for purchases. Learn more. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.] If you are a parent of young children or remember the days when your kids were little, then you know that

The Pumping Mama’s Ultimate List of Must-Have Items

Reading Time: 7 minutes Whether you are an exclusive pumper like me (what I like to call “full-time”), you are a working mama pumping during business hours (“part-time”), you just need to pump a little extra for a trip or to have some emergency storage, or if you are a lucky mama that has to pump to relieve over-production (Hey, it does happen!), here are some must-have items to make your time pumping easier.

Seriously. These items are life-savers!

Lydia Samson of The Unchaotic Life

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Every day I pray that I am the Christian whose works are bringing people to God,” says Lydia of The Unchaotic Life. In the second in a series of interviews with featured bloggers, entrepreneurs, and independent ministries, we will chat with Lydia — wife, mother, financial blogger, author, social media manager and insurance agent and financial consultant — about following her God-given dream.

His Encouragement: Ephesians 5:19

Reading Time: 3 minutes I love music, and I especially love singing hymns. Music is so powerful. It can influence our mood for good or for ill, which is why I love beautiful music, especially music that praises the Lord. So if you are exhausted, emotionally drained, feeling down, put on some beautiful music and praise the Lord.

His Encourgement: Acts 17:30

Reading Time: 3 minutes A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also

How to cluster pump with an example schedule

Reading Time: 4 minutes As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my secret weapons — aka most effective methods — I used to increase my milk supply was to mimic a nursing baby’s cluster feeding. Milk production, after all, is a supply and demand process. When more is demanded, supply is usually increased to meet those demands.