3 Things that Binaural Beats Meditation Can Be Used For

  The biggest problem that most people have in their life is stress. There are so many ways that a person can reduce the amount of stress that they have in their life. Among the most used ways to relieve stress is meditation. One of the most used forms of meditation is binaural beats meditation. […]

Maddie’s Mark 2015 October 5k and Virtual 5k

As you may know, September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.  You can support a great cause this October by participating in a Maddie’s Mark 5k.  Maddie’s Mark is a not for profit Foundation dedicated to helping people enjoy their ‘best days ever’.  The foundation was created in memory of Madeline Musto, who became passed in February 2012, […]

Help for the Grieving… Living After Loss

  When you are faced with your worst case scenario and you don’t know where to go… here are some of the resources, groups and ideas to help you along your new life on the grieving path… This is a crazy ride, a long and hard journey and a road no one wants to travel- […]

Being a Child and Living with Loss

There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family member is gone and you don’t understand.  Imagine this new world of missing, and all that comes along with it.  The  emotional and grieving adults around you […]

Hope in the Holidays

I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a very trying year, and I look forward to being with family, friends and having some sort of sense of normal in the traditions.  Last year […]

Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss

  Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely set of three girls’ go?  It obviously went somewhere.  Maybe it was always not the way it was anyway… or maybe it is broken right now.  […]

How to Help When a Family Has a Loss

  When  a child dies… A day will come when most of us will be faced with knowing, maybe being very close to, a family who loses a child.  Odds are, you will not know what to do, what will help, how to show that you care… how to make moving through life easier for […]

“Living” Without: Loss of a Child

  One never starts this adventure of being a mom thinking that their story will change like mine has.  To think that my daughter Madeline would die before she lost her first tooth, read a chapter book or graduated from Kindergarten… never. My daughter Madeline, Maddie to many, was an amazing, kind and vibrant 5 […]

Less of a Mom

They don’t come very often, but there are days I would rather gouge my eyes out with a teeny tiny baby spoon than to deal with one more tantrum, one more whiney voice, one more sleepless babe, one more “Why?”, one more bout of “I’m thirsty” or “I need to potty” for the umpteenth time […]

Easter vs. Easter

As a mom, I feel that we can be swept up in the whirlwind of “traditions” that typically surrounds Easter, including visiting the Easter bunny and Easter Egg hunts…and it Texas….our bluebonnets. With all these secular traditions, though, do you know where they come from?  And, with the fun that surrounds Easter activities, do you […]

Stewardship, Part 3

In this third post on stewardship, I want to talk about our responsibilities to the earth. Remember the definition of stewardship? The conducting, managing or caring of something, especially the careful management of something entrusted into one’s care. The earth is ours. It belongs to all people and has been given to us for the […]

Stewardship, Part 2

If you want to be a good Christian, citizen, role model to your children, or just respect the people and family around you, this topic should be important to you. For a Christian, stewardship should be the overflow of our relationship to God. In this post, I want to discuss the time management aspect of […]

A Noble Woman (Stewardship, part I)

I am learning to be more honest with myself. This means that I have to take a hard look at my life, actions and attitudes and realize that I struggle. I struggle with selfishness, pride, laziness and self-dislike, to name a few. In the next two to three posts, I am going to talk about […]

To Save a Life

“Smart choices for the whole family” . Here are a few movies that I think all teens should watch.  They teach some pretty great lessons that I think almost every teen struggles with (or has a friend that does).  I am only recommending these movies for teens and above because the first two have a […]

Death: The Forbidden, But Incredibly Important Topic

  I am at a stage in life when I am losing grandparents and some of my older friends. Many of my parent’s peers are getting sick and dying. I even have friends my age that are getting sick and dying. It stinks. But a couple of recent experiences have encouraged me to share what […]

Oncologist’s Office-Perspective on Motherhood

Our family had an experience a few months ago that changed us. Enough time has passed that I can share. In November, at a doctor’s appointment I had my blood taken. The quick results came back with a problem. Anemia. Anemia is a lack of iron. Iron helps your body take in oxygen. You need […]

A Stay-At-Home Mother’s Thanks

Being a stay-at-home mom at times is difficult.  Okay, it’s always difficult, but the rewards are great as well.  Oftentimes I have to remind myself of all for which I am thankful.  Often. I am thankful for the dirty diapers that need to be washed, the toddler and the baby that keep clinging on to […]

Family Activities: Encouraging Gratitude

In an attempt to discover how gratitude affected our health, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study with three groups of volunteers. One group kept a daily log, writing down 5 hassles or complaints. The second group kept a daily log where they wrote down 5 ways they thought they were better off than their […]

Saving Savannah

I can’t tell you how blessed I feel that I have been asked to write a guest post for The Village of Moms.  You see I am one of the luckiest Mami’s in The Village, because of the “Gift” that I received from another Mom…a Mom I may never meet but who changed my life […]

Every Mother’s Worst Nightmare

I tell people I have 7 children; however, anyone who takes the time to count heads will notice there are not 7 children trailing along behind me. There are 6. I am living every mother’s worst nightmare. In February of 2008, I awoke to my 5th child, Emily, struggling to breath. She had been through […]

Blessings and Miracles

I thought that I would stray away from Smart Tip Tuesday today, and give some food for thought.  BUT, If you would like to read the continuation from last week’s DIY Cloth Pocket Diaper, click here. You know those stories you hear about missionaries in far off countries who share about the ways God has […]

Be Careful What You Ask For…

Pary Moppins spends her days living in grace trying to run a perfectly practical household with her hubby Engineer and their daughter Diva. What?! Are you kidding me?! I have only met this lady twice in my life! A few weeks ago my Mom had mentioned that I was on Mrs. DooDah’s Lifeline call list as she handed […]

Building Families and Raising Adults

At church this month we had a lesson on the family’s dynamics based on Ephesians 5 and 6.  I loved this study, and though, I am not going to delve too far into it, I wanted to highlight the topic just a little (mostly focusing on parenting). Wives, submit to your husbands as to the […]