Throwback Thursday: Designer Placemats

With spring in full swing and summer ahead, we will be enjoying parties outdoors. Simplify the picnic setup by combining the silverware, napkin and placemat into one designer bundle. With five, six-inch straight stitches you can make these functional placemats. They are wonderful gifts for a new bride too! Materials needed: tea towel, 34-inch-long ribbon, sewing machine. Fold the end of the tea towel up to form a 6-inch pocket. Stitch along the edges. Stitch a 3-inch pocket on the {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Intentional Hospitality

In Romans 12, Paul outlines the behaviors a Christian should portray in verses 9-21. These verses are the essential characteristics of a Christian, but we sometimes overlook the smaller essentials.  The first of these is love. Love “is the primary motivating factor in Christian living. Christlike behavior or character includes showing genuine love, without hypocrisy” (The Woman’s Study Bible, 1460). “Given to hospitality” is a phrase that some women cringe at. Most of us have our lists of reasons why {Read More}

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A Simple Christmas: Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

While speaking at a recent fall retreat, I participated in a craft session. I’m not particularly crafty. I would like to be. Everything I make looks homemade and nothing like the beautiful creations on Etsy–or at friends’ homes. I am glad I joined in this craft project and can now share how to make a muffin tin advent calendar with everyone today. My only regret is not making this when my kids were younger. Here’s how to make it: Supplies {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

DIY Fall Cake Stand

Do-It-Yourself projects are not my thing. I like the idea of being crafty, but let’s face it, I don’t do crafty well. For me to attempt and complete a project it has to be super easy, just a few pieces involved, and cheap to make. Creating a cake stand from a plate and candlestick fits the bill. Of course, all you DIY divas are thinking ‘that’s so last year’. You’re probably right, this project can be found on any number {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Wreath

Before we know it February will arrive with all its red, pink, and purple sparkles. In our corner of the world Valentine’s Day is a family affair. The best husband on the planet gets up in the wee hours of the morning to decorate the house with hearts, balloons, flowers, and all things Valentine.  When he was old enough to understand, our son was enlisted to help with the decorating and cards. Each of the girls gets a flower, something {Read More}

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When It’s All Too Much

When her family moved from Virginia to Guatemala with Servants4Him, my friend Maureen and her husband de-materialized.  That meant her family had to get rid of a lot of stuff for the big move. From their ten-year-old daughter to their junior in high school, the family was on board to downsize and de-clutter. Maureen let each child have one large Rubbermaid tub to fill with memories and treasures from their lifetime to put into storage. When I asked her what {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Memory Notebooks

I’m not creative enough to be rightfully called a “Scrapbooker.”  Or do they call those people “Scrappers”? I don’t own any specialty scissors.  I’m not sure what a “tag curler” is, and I’ve never purchased “embellishments.” We like to record our memories as much as the next family, but we just do it a little differently.  Our method isn’t as beautiful as scrapbooking, but it works for us.  And it is far superior to my old method of chronicling memories, {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Reflections of a Scrapbooker

I never dreamed scrapbooking could strengthen my walk with God.  Like most, I began scrapbooking to tell the stories of family photos and enjoy a creative outlet.  Surprisingly, the hobby I began as a craft spurred my faith in three key ways: I’ve recognized the value of difficulties. Life’s low points are as vital to document as the joys because hardships strengthen faith.  Seeing the benefit on paper helps me to be joyful in times of trouble.  Preserving these stories {Read More}

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Thanksgiving Placemats Everyone Will Love

I love new ways to bring memories to Thanksgiving. When I saw this idea in a magazine to make placemats, with a twist, I thought it would be a nice addition to our table this year. The making of the mats has been time well spent and I think they will be treasured by their new owners as a thoughtful gift. These placemats will require guests to read the words on the placemat and decide which one best describes them {Read More}

About Brenda Sain

Brenda Sain is a homeschooling mother of five who has a wonderful husband encouraging her to be the woman that God has created her to be. Together they are very intentional about spending time together as a family. She considers her daily life with her children as her ministry and has found many avenues to encourage others to live a lifestyle of learning. She is the founder of an online homeschool community, Our Lifestyle of Learning (http://www.ourlifestyleoflearning), and a curriculum review site authored by a group of well-known homeschool bloggers, Curriculum Choice (http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com). She blogs about their homeschool journey and family traditions at Tie That Binds Us. (http://www.thetiethatbindsus.blogspot.com).

Jewelry Joy!

Carla Anne Coroy www.carlaanne.com www.carlaannecoroy.blogspot.com I received an incredible blessing recently.  A new friend went on a month-long trip to the UK  and gifted me with a set of her house keys.  I took advantage of her generous hospitality and spent a very relaxing night and day at her house. Not only is her place calm, relaxing, refreshing and much tidier than mine – the organized feel of the place helped my chaotic self settle down quickly. Her color palette {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.