Real Moms, Real Lives, Real Stories

This real mom, real story comes from my friend MarLo who shared this on her blog. I thought her perspective was incredibly valuable for any parent and I asked her if I could share it with you. May you be encouraged by her words today:My six-year-old daughter had her...

Making Memories Day 2

Wow, already we’ve had six great ideas submitted for creative ways to keep the memories for your kids! I just love it when we can share with one another like this. If you haven’t already read the six ideas submitted, you’ll find them here. Remember...

Making Memories

I’ve stated before that I tend to have an “all or nothing” mindset. This sometimes keeps me from doing the things I want to do because if I can’t do them right then I don’t do them at all.Almost twenty years ago I decided to keep a...

Read thru the Bible with your kids

I love the start of a new year. It’s a great time to evaluate and start fresh in whatever area of our life we want to do in a different way. Last week when Mark and I did our “advance decision making” conversation, we discussed wanting to do...

Real Gift Giving

Do you have your baking done? Is you shopping finished? Do you have the house cleaned? Are you packed for traveling? There are so many things to get done to “do” Christmas. Isn’t it time to let go of some of the expectations for a...

Real Life

The weekend was a busy one for company in our home with 15 extended family visiting and 10 of them spending the night at our house plus about 50 people who joined us for Erica’s graduation open house on Saturday. That was the best part of the weekend.But in the...

Winter Wonderland

It’s been a busy weekend at the Savage homestead. Thursday evening we got the predicted ice storm. And as you can see by the picture…we were hit hard. We will likely lose a couple of trees that have been damaged by the ice.Tonight we lost our power for a...

Happy Birthday and Happy Graduation, Erica!

Today is a special day at the Savage household. We’re celebrating our daughter’s 18th birthday and her high school graduation.Erica was always a fun child, very inquisitive, and very funny. Finding her pulling all the toilet paper off the roll was a daily...

We’re not alone!

Well from the response to my “Life’s Not Fair” post, I’d say there’s alot more of us “mean” parents out there than we realized! I’ve loved reading about the boundaries you’ve set in your families. I’d say...

Life’s so not fair!

Did you all know that my 12-year-old son is the ONLY kid in seventh grade who doesn’t have his own phone? Well at least that’s what he just told me. Honestly, when picking him up after a school basketball game last week, my husband told me that every kid...

Dream Maker or Dream Taker?

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Columbia, Missouri. I traveled here today with four teenagers…what was I thinking?Four weeks ago, our 17-year-old daughter, Erica, told me that she and her friend Elizabeth wanted to give their boyfriends an early...

All in a days work

Today I just found joy in the simple, yet diverse tasks of mothering. There was the usual laundry, making dinner, and checking homework. But today it was two of my older kids that needed my encouragement and time.After making new curtains for her bedroom this weekend...

Interview with an author

Several years ago when our oldest son was a high school senior, my husband and I found out he had skipped school. We kept quiet, deciding that we would let him deal with the natural consequences of the school and once he got in trouble at school, we would administer...

For a Season and a Reason

The Savage’s are enjoying a much-needed Spring Break. But when it’s over, I’ll be returning to something that I thought I’d never do again: homeschool.Many years ago I homeschooled Anne in 7th grade and Evan in 5th and 6th grade. We made the...