Archives For January 2011

I do not know how I would manage my busy household without my fleet of crock pots. I personally think they are the greatest modern household invention.  Put the food in at 8:00 a.m. Cover and ignore. Open and eat at 6:00 p.m.

Why, you may ask, am I mentioning my crock pot as a Frontline Moms tip? Because the crock pot answers for me dozens of parenting excuses:

We are just too busy to cook dinner at home.

We didn’t have time for family dinner. No one has time to cook.

We had to go through the drive thru. I forgot to get anything together for dinner.

Continue reading “Use the Crock Pot Method: Tip of the Week #16” »

As we travel on the weekends to speak at the Acquire the Fire meetings, we have one ongoing logistical challenge.  How to take all our brochures and extra products with us without incurring overweight charges or extra baggage fees.

God is faithfully bringing us the resources to purchase our airline tickets, and we still economize in every way we can think of.   We bring food along so that we can minimize our airport purchasing.  We stuff every extra nook and cranny with our health food favorites: rice cakes, apples, nutrition bars, etc.

And since each 50 lb. bag costs $46 round trip, we have come up with many creative strategies to cram bookmarks and pamphlets into our carryon bags. 

Continue reading “Travel Weight Games and the Rolling Apple: Funny Friday” »

Stuck in a long, slow line at the grocery check-out line, I found myself awash in the images and headlines of the culture we live in.

The magazines with their darlings, the celebrities, lined my way on both sides. I couldn’t help but notice the highlights lowpoints of their lifestyles.

So and so’s new relationship with so and so…
So in so divorces so and so…
So and so fights for baby in bitter custody battle…
So and so looks good on the beach…

Continue reading “Tide Warning: Sex Education by Celebrity Lifestyle – Wisdom Wednesday” »

Surprising. Powerful. Timely. These are the words I’m using to describe our trip to the Houston Acquire the Fire.

As we drove to St. Louis to board our flight very early Friday morning, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from our trip…or my travel partner.

Kalyn and I were excited to begin the second season of our 23 city tour. At Christmas, she and her husband had made the exciting announcement of a precious little baby on board, due in August. This left us wondering how her morning sick tummy would perform at 30,000 feet.

Continue reading “Houston, the Pregnant Mama, and the POTTS” »

It was a fiasco. I had a 6-month-old, a 21-month-old, a 3-year-old, and a 4½-year-old who all needed baths before bedtime. Every night. Doug was usually working late hours. My three older children were tired of little kid land, and I had to face bath time all alone.

I dreaded it. It seemed like no matter how much patience I would muster, I would end up in a “Just get in your beds, NOW,” sort of yell before the last light was off. There went my composure, spiraling down the drain with the bath water.

Failure. Bad Mom. Those accusing words sounded in my heart as I stepped down the hallway toward my room. Continue reading “Consider Making a Change: Tip of the Week #15” »