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The sky is falling.

I sit and gaze out my window as one by one, the familiar landmarks of my farm are laid under blankets of white.

The branches bow down humbly; the forest surrenders to weightless strength.


The snowy scene brings a sense of purity and peace.

But all is not peace.

As I sit in my cozy chair next to a blazing fire and peer out at the peaceful wonderland, I can’t help but think of other places in the world that are the very opposite of peace on this day…

Countries filled with violence,

Landscapes marred by death,

Homes wracked by terror,

People sinking in despair.

The fire crackles and I struggle to make sense of it all.

Why should I be sitting here enjoying peace, beauty and safety? 

After all, I am no better than anyone else. The violent crimes that mar the world and my own “little” sins both have their origins in the same human nature. I’m not perfect, and yet, I live in peace.


Even through the glass, I can hear the children shrieking with delight as they roll and jump and slide in the snow.

I want to smile, but something inside me recoils from joining in their joy. How can I rejoice in this moment when the world is mourning?

All week I’ve turned this question over and over in my mind and gotten nowhere.


The snow falls heavy and the clock ticks softly and the thought comes slowly –

I’ve been given a gift and I’m failing to unwrap it.

So much joy and anticipation on the part of the Giver – and so little notice have I taken of it. This moment is a gift that will quickly fade away.

Dan enters the room and finds me struggling into my many layers of snow gear. I drape a scarf over my head, snatch my camera from the counter, and stomp out into the snow…

And into the wonder.


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This afternoon of crystalline beauty is a wonderful gift – an undeserved, unmerited, unearned blessing.

Sorrow, anxiety and worry have the potential to freeze my heart into a state of unthankfulness, but today I refuse to let this gift sit, unwrapped and unappreciated.

Yes, I will have empathy and weep with those who suffer. Yes, I will learn from tragic world events to recognize the end result of all sin.

But I also will choose be thankful for each gift that is given to me – the gifts of each momentbecause who knows what tomorrow may bring for my family, my church or my country? One day, I may awaken to find all of the horrors of the world on my own doorstep.

What will I do then?

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I will choose to unwrap the gifts.

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The flakes land softly on my face.

The children’s laughter floats across the yard to where I stand, fixed – watching for a muskrat’s head to emerge from the frigid water.


This exact moment will never come again, so I will unwrap the gifts that are to be found in it.

I open my heart and thank the Giver for each and every one.


Mothering Monday: The Freedom to Imagine

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“Popcorn! Get your fresh popcorn here!”

“Delicious hot cider! Right this way!”

“Cotton candy! Tootsie Rolls!”

Wild waving and shouting encompassed Dan’s car as he slowly made his way up the driveway.

He had driven right into the midst of the tangible evidence of our children’s imaginations – the long-awaited circus!


The highly-anticipated event had in the works for months. What started out as an idea to hold their own circus slowly evolved into a bigger event that might have been more aptly named a “fair” or an “exhibition”!

The event that had been slated for late summer had to be pushed back several times because of illness and trips. It finally took place a few weeks ago, much to everyone’s delight.

During the weeks leading up to the circus, I would often observe the children scurrying to and fro through the garage door, in all manner of secret preparations. I overheard snatches of excited, but hushed, conversations as plans were being made. I was asked for a binder clip or another roll of tape or a bowl or a utensil – not knowing what in the world they would be used for.

The date of the great event was announced and the schedule of events posted.


My sister, her kids, Dan and I were all invited to be both spectators and participants.

The day turned out to be a bit chilly and damp and windy, but we all had a blast! From the foot races for all age groups (even us old fogies!) to the delicious snacks and drinks made by the children to the trick bike riding, it was a success and fun for everyone!



Do you remember some of the imaginary games you played as a child?

I remember blanket houses, “ships” on bunk beds and hideouts in trees.

I remember grand exploring adventures in the woods or on our bikes.

I remember making up shows, plays, and radio programs (on tape!); playing school, church and grocery store; and creating board games with my siblings.

The imagination of children is an amazing thing to witness. Their ideas are as varied and unique as they are! If I put all six of my children in a room with an empty refrigerator box, they will have at LEAST six different ideas about what to use it for!

Why is imagination important?

Since the beginning of time, the freedom to imagine has given birth to countless new ideas and inventions. Just think about all of the great innovators we read about in history. How much time do you think they spent imagining? Even if our children never invent something that changes the world, giving their imagination plenty of exercise in their youth will serve them well in adulthood in a variety of ways.

When children engage in imaginative play, they learn to solve problems. Problem-solving is sorely lacking in our adult society. It seems like any people want to be handed an answer on a silver platter rather than coming up with a solution on their own. The ability to problem-solve is a valuable skill to possess no matter what a person ends up doing for his or her life work.

When our children were setting up their circus, they ran into many obstacles that they had to overcome without any adult input. How to get their concession stands to stay up in windy weather, what to use for “barrels” for barrel racing and what activities they could add to the schedule of events to both entertain the little ones and make them feel important were problems that they tackled with gusto.

Additionally, when children to imagine together, great ideas can develop. Some children are naturally better at coming up with ideas than others, but sometimes the “visionary” children aren’t very good at coming up with ways to actually implement their ideas. That’s where the more practical imagination of other children comes in. And yet other less-imaginative children learn to stretch their imaginations when they participate in creative play. They can all learn from each other as they imagine and brainstorm new ideas and games.


Imagination comes naturally to children – we don’t have to teach them how to do it. And yet, we as moms often have the power to either nourish or squelch that imagination.

Let’s look at three ways we can help our children’s God-given skill of imagination to flourish!


1. Give them time

Time to play.

Time to imagine.

Time to create.

Time is absolutely essential if we want our children’s imaginations to flourish. {Read all of the wonderful benefits of playtime in my post “Time to Play“.}  It’s not only preschool-aged children that need time to imagine. Older children need time to be with their thoughts, too. Imagination shows itself differently with older children – in their creativity with building, designing and artistic pursuits like music, art (graphic design), dance and creative writing.

If a child’s schedule is jam-packed with activities from morning ’til night, there is little opportunity for imagining! We might be wise to keep this in mind as we go about scheduling our family’s activities. For more thoughts on this, see “Guarding Our Time


2. Provide good food and exercise

There are very few truly original thoughts; great thinkers often build upon the ideas of their predecessors.

When we give our children a steady diet of great ideas, they have plenty of fuel for their imaginations to build upon.

Great ideas can be transmitted in many ways. Here are a few to consider:

Non-fiction books – Interesting books can be the inspiration for endless hours of imaginative play and creativity. Books about inventors, scientists, adventurers, explorers, people in history, missionaries, artists and musicians are very inspiring to children, who can imagine themselves in those roles. In addition, a good supply of “how-to” books is an important part of a good home library.

A few examples for elementary-aged children:

  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 – Brian Floca
  • John Muir and Stickeen
  • Pippo the Fool – Tracy E. Fern
  • Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express – Margaret Wetterer
  • Edvard Grieg, Boy of the Northland – Sybil Deucher
  • Linnea in Monet’s Garden – Bjork
  • Journal of Inventions: Leonardo daVinci  – Jasper Bark
  • Missionary Stories and the Millers – Mildred Martin
  • Exploring the Bismark and Exploring the Titanic – Robert Ballard
  • The Dangerous Book For Boys

If you’re working on building a home library for your child, don’t be tempted to stick to only subjects that your child professes interest in. Sometimes they just don’t know what types of ideas are out there!

Imaginative fiction – Although fairy tales and fantasy stories have their place in our library, many of the books that inspire my children to use their imagination are about “regular” children that imagine, too. (Psst…a book doesn’t have to feature witches, vampires or magic spells to inspire imagination!)

A few our family’s favorites to read aloud:

  • Swallows and Amazons and sequels – Arthur Ransome
  • Gone-Away Lake and sequel – Elizabeth Enright
  • The Story of the Treasure-Seekers and The Wouldbegoods – E. Nesbit
  • My Side of the Mountain and sequels – Jean Craighead George
  • Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
  • Beatrix Potter stories
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  • Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  • The Borrowers and sequelsMary Norton

Imaginative poetry Poetry facilitates imagination by providing rich details and different ways of looking at things. Here are a few favorites for young children.

  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A.A. Milne
  • Edward Lear
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Robert Frost

We can also help our children exercise their “imagination muscles” by providing stories without any visual media to accompany them.

Oral storytelling – Oral storytelling is becoming a lost art, yet there are few things that help stretch the imagination more. You can read about one way we incorporate this in our home here:  Adventures with Daddy

Audio books and adventures – Another format of oral storytelling that we love to utilize on the road

Some of our favorites include:


3. Offer understanding and encouragement

It’s all to easy for moms to lose our skill of imagination as the burdens of parenting and home management weigh on us. It can be tempting to dismiss imaginative play or other creative pursuits as frivolous time wasters. But our willingness to enter into our children’s world of imagination (at least once in a while) gives their imagination validity.

When I realized how much my kids had worked the circus up I their minds, I volunteered to make a few contributions of my own, such as purchasing apple cider and being the popcorn maker. As we were heading outside for the start of the circus, I had more than one child excitedly hug me and say something like, “THANK YOU for helping us and actually treating our circus like it’s a REAL event!”


Another way we can show understanding is giving children the freedom to make a mess. {The fruit of imagination is often a BIG mess!} When our children know they have space to make a mess without us getting angry about it (with boundaries, of course), they are usually more willing to give something new a try.

We can encourage our children to use their imaginations by providing materials. This doesn’t necessarily mean fancy things or expensive craft materials. Everyday household objects such as tape, scissors, newspapers, cardboard boxes, old blankets, old clothes (for dressing up), art supplies and tools can help their imaginings really take off!

Of course, sometimes their imaginations run away with them and we have to pull them back into reality (like when they want to try and recreate some of DaVinci’s flying machines and test them out from the top of the barn roof). :)

But in general, our understanding and encouragement will make a big difference in our children’s skills in imagination.

Let’s give our children the freedom to imagine and watch them soar!


Something to try:

Take some time this week to tell your children about an imaginary game that you played as a child! Relate as many details as possible to give them a glimpse of your capacity for imagination!

Be sure to visit the “Where My Treasure Is” Facebook page to view the entire album of photos from the circus!


When you just don’t feel like being thankful…


Jonathan wasn’t very thankful after Dan’s pickup splattered him with mud!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t feel like being thankful.

Just because I’ve written quite a few blog posts about the importance of thankfulness, that doesn’t mean that I’m always in a thankful frame of mind!

There may be circumstances going on in my life that make me feel as though there really isn’t a single thing that I could be thankful for at that particular moment. I may have some health issues going on or one of my children is suffering with an illness. I might be going through a difficult transition and am feeling very discouraged.

{Or, if I’m completely honest, sometimes I’m simply in a bad mood and it feels a teensy-weensy bit good to be there, stumping around in my thoughts.}

Reading yet another social media post about thankfulness might leave me rolling my eyes – yeah, it’s easy for HER to be thankful! It’s not like she has to deal with…

I’ve found myself in all of the above frames of mind before. I just didn’t feel like being thankful.

But, do you know what?

Christians are admonished to be thankful in all things.

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:18


What can I be thankful for when there seems to be nothing to be thankful for? How can I be thankful when there is seemingly nothing in my life that is praiseworthy or good at this moment?

Do you know what I like to do I times like these?

I take a fresh look at God’s creation.

Sometimes I have to simply look away from my own problems and look up and out at the glory of God.

God’s creation is teeming with a never-ending supply of wonders. There is always something new to learn about.

“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.”
Psalm 40:5

Wherever I live on earth, I can look up to the heavens and wonder at God’s glory.

Whether I live in the country or the city, I can look out my window and see tiny wonders all around.

Even if I am confined to a sickbed, I can look in books or on the Internet and discover more about the amazing things that God has created.

When I take the time to learn something new about creation, the scale of my problems becomes smaller as my mind focuses on praising God. I can carry my burdens more easily when I know that the one who made ALL THIS has my life in His hands. My mind can ruminate over the intricate details of the creation as I go about the mundane or exhausting or grueling work that is set before me.

This week, I’ve added to my thankful list a few small (and one really big!) parts of God’s creation that I’ve learned about lately that cause me to say, “Wow!”

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{photos by Abigail}

#772 – the shaggy mane mushroom

How in the world could a mushroom be amazing? I didn’t know that was even possible, until we brought one of these into our house one day while we were studying mushrooms. When we awoke the very next morning, nothing was left of the mushroom but a puddle of black inkish looking stuff on the counter. We were intrigued! Apparently the mushroom “deliquesces” soon after it dies (or is picked). Hop over and read more about this amazing little piece of God’s handiwork HERE.


#773 – the skeleton flower

These don’t grow in our yard, but I saw them online and was intrigued. These beautiful flowers have petals that turn crystal clear when they get wet! Why? What would be the purpose of this? It is a tiny, yet marvelous witness to God’s creative mind! Click over and see more pictures HERE.

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#774 – the crimson worm

I heard about this little creature at a seminar a long time ago, but it still fascinates me. The crimson worm is mentioned in Psalm 22 (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). The female worm attaches herself to a tree and sacrifices herself alive for her babies. Read more about it HERE.


#775 – space

How much space is in space? It’s difficult for those of us who live on earth to really comprehend it. We’ve all seen those elementary school models of the solar system, where the foam balls are so close that they almost bump into one another. I came across this online model of the solar system that really put the word “space” into perspective. You can scroll through this 1/2-mile long website and really get a good feel for how much space is out there!

What an infinite Creator we have!

So, if you’re having one of those days when you just don’t feel like being thankful…

Take a fresh look.

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How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all…

I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.

Psalm 104: 24, 33-34


Let’s encourage one another to be thankful as we learn about God’s glorious creation!

Please leave a comment below or hop over to my Facebook page and share a photo, video or link about something that you’ve discovered in God’s creation that makes you say “Wow!”

Are you stuck inside on this cool, rainy day? Check out this post that is full of links to amazing creation videos!
God’s Amazing Creation {Free Video Links}

Still feeling like there is nothing to be thankful for? Please let me encourage you further –
Is a Thankful List for Everyone?


Summer in November


Tuesday was such a gorgeous day that we just couldn’t spend it cooped up inside! After all, it’s not very often that we get 76-degree weather in November!

I decided to take the children on an unplanned field trip to our local nature center that we had never actually taken the time to explore it before.  Our nature study for this term is focused on trees, so I thought a change of scenery from our own property would make for interesting discussions and sketches.

The nature center far exceeded our expectations!


The kids were excited to examine up-close many local species of animals, insects, reptiles and birds (many that we have on our own property…and a few that we don’t!)



There were several hands-on learning stations – an area for identifying different animal tracks, skulls and furs, an active beehive for viewing, and good-sized rock and mineral collections.


After taking a bit of time to explore inside (we plan to come again!), we headed out into the glorious fall sunshine to hike a few of the trails. With Caroline in the Ergo and my camera in my hands, I tried to keep up with the kids as they stumped their way through the crunching leaves.


Even though in November the forest appears dead, we still found plenty of interesting things to observe and comment on as we hiked along.


At the center of the property is a cool “treehouse” that towers above the forest floor and offers beautiful views all around.


We decided to stop there so the kids could make some entries in their nature journals.

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It was a perfect spot for Caroline to get down and explore, as it was tightly fenced all about. She decided that she wanted to do some sketching, too. :)



After their sketching, Emma became fascinated by a ladybug that was playing hide-and-seek with her and the big kids took to measuring the nearby trees.

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On our way back, we took a different trail that followed the river’s edge.


The soft and gentle water beckoned us to stop and stare for a while and the trail map beseeched us to follow the stone footpath that led to another trail up along the ridge.


We couldn’t stay long because the little ones needed naps, but we are already making plans to return during the different seasons and sketch what we see there.

I absolutely love the flexibility that homeschooling affords us. In my earlier years of homeschooling, I was more hesitant to disturb the schedule with field trips. The older I get, however, the more I realize how fleeting time really is.

We need to grab on to these rare opportunities when we get the chance!


Every Time I Think of You {A Journey of Thankfulness}


“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”

Philippians 1:3 (NLT)

If you keep a thankful list, it’s very likely that you put your spouse or children right up near the top. I am certainly thankful for the wonderful blessings of Dan and each one of my children!

Our joy and thankfulness regarding our family doesn’t have to end in their mere existence, however!

I’ve been working on a new habit for whenever I find myself in a less-than-stellar attitude.

The habit is this – find something specific that I am thankful for in one of my family members – and then tell them about it!

I am not a naturally verbally encouraging person – it’s something that I really have to be very intentional about. However, the more I’ve been doing it, the easier it has become and the more joyful I feel – not to mention the joy that encouraging words and a thankful heart brings to my family!

Taking the time to stop and think about specific ways in which we’re grateful for each family member is a wonderful way to keep our hearts in a thankful spirit and build each other up at the same time.

So, as you’re adding to your thankful list this week, why stop at “I’m thankful for my family”? Learn to express thankfulness for the small, but special, ways in which they bring joy to your life.

Are you ready for this week’s challenge?

List three specific things that you are thankful for in your spouse, child or other family member ~ then share them with that person!

Here are a few that I’ve added to my list as I make my way to one thousand gifts…



 #761 – Dan taking time to teach Jonathan how things are done




#762 – My children’s desire to cultivate their musical gifts and share them with others




#763 – Jonathan’s love of being a big brother


#764 – Iliana’s attention to the tiny details of creation – and her sharing them with me

#765 – Iliana’s smile that lights up the room!


#766 – Abigail’s unending love and service to the little ones


#767 – Jonathan’s dedication to serving the family

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#768 – Emma’s never-ending supply of giggles


#769 – The analytical side of my children’s brains

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#770 – Caroline’s constant companionship
(I don’t know how I’ve ever lived without a refrigerator cleaning assistant before!)


#771 – Dan’s vision and goals for our family and homestead

How is your thankful list coming along?

You can share your gifts here with us in the comments or record them in a journal or share them on my blog Facebook page or share them your children or simply rejoice in the knowledge that God is the giver of every good gift.

I hope that you will join me on this thankfulness journey as we discover together the wonderful benefits of cultivating a thankful heart!


Related post: The Gift of Encouraging Words

Mothering Monday: The Family Dinner {Is it worth the trouble?}


“In Jesus’ name we pray, ame-

Owwwww! Jonathan was squeezing my hand too hard!!

Why didn’t I get any water?

Daddy, guess what I found today in my—

Daddy! Grace got a new doll set!!

Will somebody please pass the—

*Outbursts of laughter from the crowd*

Are you O.K.?!?! How many times have I told you not to tip back in your chair?!

{Everyone settling back down}

So, children, why don’t you tell Daddy what you learned today in —

Ooooooooops!! I didn’t try to spill that! *tears* Sorry, Mommy!! 

It’s OK, Emma.


Will somebody please give the baby another bite of food real quick while I clean up the milk?

Would somebody PLEASE pass the butter?!?!?!


Ahhh….the family dinner.

We know it’s a good thing. We’ve read the studies. We may have fond memories of family dinners growing up. We want to incorporate more family dinners into our lives.

It looks so easy in photos, doesn’t it?

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But I’m guessing that many of you, especially those of you with young children, have family dinners that more closely resemble the scenario I related at the start of this blog post than the photo above.

Do you sometimes wonder if it’s even worth all the trouble?

I mean, is the gargantuan effort that goes into trying to train children to behave in a civilized manner at the table actually worth that elusive “peaceful family dinner” that we dream about?

{You might guess by the 30-second transcript of a typical dinnertime in our home that I shared above, that I ask myself this question quite often! You would be correct.}

Perhaps my goals are too lofty. I hope that my children will grow into adults who know how to behave themselves in a nice restaurant with other civilized people. I want my children to have wonderful memories of family dinnertime like the ones I had growing up. We enjoyed many fun times and long hours of conversation as we grew into adults.

Peaceful, well-mannered meals seem but a distant dream as I struggle to hear what Dan is trying to tell me across the table over the excited chatter and the many mishaps.

But, do you know what?

I’ve come to realize that there are very real benefits of a family dinner even now during the training years. {Yes! Even in the midst of the chaos and the mess!}

Any little effort we put forth to make the family dinner a priority in our home is energy well spent.

Why do I believe this?

Because the family dinner isn’t about perfection – perfect meals, perfect manners, perfectly clean tablecloths, perfectly folded napkins or perfectly timed anecdotes and stories.

Family dinners are all about one thing –



Here are a few benefits that can be gleaned even in the midst of the mess…

1. Undivided attention from Daddy

Ok, well, it isn’t always completely undivided because sometimes the children interrupt each other in their eagerness to talk to him. :) But if Daddy leaves behind his work, his devices and his projects, dinner can be a wonderful (and sadly, all-too-rare) opportunity to enjoy that face-to-face interaction that they thrive on! Even with all of the distractions of having young children at the table, Daddy’s presence is a strong stabilizer in the family.

2. The value of each family member

The family dinner can be a time in which children see that their presence really matters. We are not simply a cafeteria where friends happen to meet by chance. Whenever possible, we wait for everyone to come to the table before we pray. We wait for everyone to finish before we dismiss anyone – even the toddlers. We give everyone the opportunity to share their views – even the toddlers. Even though there are often plenty of interruptions (Hey – we’re working on it!), we keep coming back to the reality that each person in the family counts. This may seem like an insignificant point, but I believe it is a subtle, yet powerful message that sinks in to each child.


3. Fertile soil for growth in selflessness and patience

The family dinner affords so many little opportunities to grow in selflessness and patience – waiting for someone to pass the butter and maple syrup as your pancakes sit there getting cold, waiting for your turn to speak, putting up with 3 people interrupting you during one sentence when you do finally get the chance to speak, leaving the biggest piece of dessert on the tray for someone else, helping a younger sibling with their bib, serving water, helping to clean up spilled water – the list goes on and on. {And the training isn’t only for the children, either!}

As we grow together in selflessness and patience, our family draws closer to each other.

4. Shared experiences

Studies show that shared experiences (such as eating a delicious meal) draw people together. The funny stories, the relating of exciting experiences from the day, and the smiles and laughter that flow through the dinner hour can be wonderful stress relievers. The crazy antics that often accompany family dinners with small children become the basis of tall tales for years to come. A family’s oral traditions are often shared around the dinner table. Even on our worst days, just knowing that “we’re in this together” can lift us up.


Remember, there is no “right” way to have a family dinner. It doesn’t have to be at a specific time or in a specific place or for a specific number of days per week.  Family dinners are as unique the families that eat them!

So tonight, as you round up your children for yet another meal, be encouraged!

Every time you make the effort – it matters.


There are so many benefits that can come from making the family dinner a priority. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your experiences, struggles, joys and tips in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!


Here are a few resources to help you make the most of your family dinners:

The Family Dinner Project – an awesome website filled with all sorts of ideas for busy families

The Benefits of Family Mealtime and How to Make Them Happen – article from Focus on the Family

Table Talk – a blog post with ideas for conversation starters for all ages

How to Deal With a Picky Eater – a blog post with thoughts on helping children to be thankful eaters

Mothering Monday: Guarding Our Time – encouragement to think about how we’re organizing our family’s time


Join me on a journey of thankfulness! {What’s in Your Hand?}


Do you remember that list of 1,000 Gifts?

The one I’ve been adding to here on my blog for the last eight years?

I still haven’t made it up to 1,000. {I think my list stopped somewhere around #750.}

Although my thankful list here was frozen in time,

I never really stopped counting.

Over the years, the practice of thankfulness became a lifeline for me. When I am feeling tired, discouraged or downtrodden, it is a sure way to lift my spirits and re-adjust my focus on the One who in control of everything.

Over the years, the habit of thankfulness has made a huge difference in my life. Now I’m working on instilling this habit into the lives of my children, as well, so that they will be blessed by it.

Giving thanks to God is a very simple thing, but sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin!

Sometimes all we need is a little prompt – a thought to get us started heading down the trail of thankfulness.

As I get back into the habit of sharing the things I’m thankful for here on my blog, I want to invite you to join me by offering a simple prompt with each of my weekly posts.

Are you ready?

List 3 gifts from God that you can hold in your hands.

Here are mine…


#758 Warm mugs of tea for sore throats


#759. Delicious rewards of her garden labor


#760 A rare calming gift for my rambunctious boy

Did you think of three? {I’m guessing that you probably thought of even more than three!}

You can share your gifts here with us in the comments or record them in a journal or share them with your online community or share them your children or simply rejoice in the knowledge that God is the giver of every good gift.

I hope that you will join me on this journey as I get back into regular blog posts on the wonderful benefits of cultivating a thankful heart!


For extra inspiration to help you add to your list of 1,000 gifts, you may want to check out these printable “Joy Dares” that give 3 suggestions for gifts to look for each and every day of the year!


Join me on my new Facebook page for Where My Treasure Is!

I hope that the page will become a place where we can encourage each other even more through interactive discussions on my blog topics! See you over there!