Chunky Crochet Blanket pattern

I normally prefer knitting to crocheting but when the time comes to make a bulky afghan, I firmly believe that crochet is the way to go.  This pattern is very simple and perfect for beginners. (Or, in my case, not-so-beginners who can only do very simple projects while riding in the car or they will […]

Our Super Simple Job Jars

In an effort to motivate our kids to do their daily chores, I have tried many charts and organizational ideas throughout my parenting years: sticker charts, expensive pre-made charts, written daily lists, picture charts, rocks in a jar, etc.  Often these tools will work well for a short time, but then either the kids lose […]

Swirly Pumpkin Embroidery Pattern

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.  I adore crisp, cool sweater weather.  Hot chocolate, homemade soup and caramel apples make my heart go pitter-pat. More than anything, I love using pumpkins and other natural elements to decorate our home. Every year my pumpkin decor collection grows a little bit. So it’s probably not […]

Apple Picking: a Story of Kindness

I saw him walking toward us as we pulled up to the orchard. He was slightly stooped from years of carrying heavy apple pails and walked slowly with an old gray-haired dog by his side.  The big kids clambered out of the car while I wrestled Elijah out of his carseat and we all gathered […]