There’s light at the end of the tunnel!

So tonight my newly married daughter, Erica, accompanied me to a speaking engagement in Morris, IL. After it was over and we were packing up the book table she said, “You did a great job tonight, Mom. I think the last time I helped you (which was a couple of...

A Different Dream for My Child

As a parent of older children, I’ve learned that my older children may not share the dream I personally have for their life. Coming to grips with the reality of that is an essential part of letting go and launching them into adulthood.But what if the...

“Plugged In” is a great resource for parents

When our kids started wanting to go to movies with their friends, Mark and I discovered Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In” Resource. We subscribed to the monthly magazine and tapped into their online movie and video reviews. In fact, our kids soon...

The "why" behind our cell phone decision

Yesterday, a blog friend asked why my husband and I feel cell phones are “bad” for our kids. I’d like to share with you the “why” behind our decision.First, we don’t think cell phones are necessarily bad for kids. We just...

Life is So Unfair!

So my 13-year-old son wants the world to know that he is the ONLY kid in 8th grade who doesn’t have a cell phone. I told him I was happy to tell the world for him. After all, I think it’s only fair for people to know how unfair Mark and I are to our children. And...

Happy Birthday, Austin

It’s hard to believe that I experienced my last labor and delivery 13 years ago today! My baby is a teenager!In Savage birthday celebration style, we started the day with cake and ice cream for breakfast!Happy 13th Birthday, Austin!

Life is Hard

Life is hard. We want to shield our kids from the hurts of this world.But we can’t.For the last three semesters of college, Erica has had an art professor she absolutely loved. “Joe,” as the professor instructed the kids to call him, had been that...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Communication Strategies for Parentsby Jill SavageWhen our youngest son was in preschool he sat at the kitchen island telling me about his day at school. I was busy fixing dinner so I multitasked while listening to his story. Finally, he stopped and said, “Mom,...

A Different Kind of “Yes”

Our youngest son, Austin, is at church camp this week. It’s his second year to go to the week-long camp in Clinton, Illinois with his friend, Mason. (Mason left, Austin right)Last year I made sure that Austin received a letter or a postcard from someone in the...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Home As A Pep RallyBy Jill SavageErica was playing her best game ever. Not only were Mark and I there to cheer her on, but her four siblings as well. She had her own cheering section! Every home can serve as a pep rally for each member of the family. Just living under...

Great summer ideas!

Wow, these summer ideas are so good! If you haven’t read through the comments on this post you’ll want to do so! Just click here!A couple of great links every mom should know about were...

It’s Summer!

My boys summer break officially begins today! It’s our first day home for the summer. To celebrate, they slept in our camper last night…right out in the driveway. It’s one of their favorite things to do in the summer.Many years ago I decided to give...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Taking Care of the Me in MommyBy Jill Savage “Why do I feel like I want to run away from home?” asked the weary mom sitting across the table from me. “I love my family, but I feel like I’ve lost myself somewhere along the way,” she lamented. I reassured this young mom...

Real Moms…Real Jesus Chapter 7 Discussion

It’s Tuesday’s Real Moms…Real Jesus chapter discussion! Feel free to answer or comment on any or all of the following:This chapter’s “Perspective” deals with being so tired. The Perspective starts with the true story of a mom who...