A Fun Detour Through Iowa

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In October of last year, we took a big family road trip. We started our travels through Wyoming, then hit South Dakota. As we neared the end of our trip through South Dakota, our plans changed due to weather. It was cold, wet and snowy on the route we intended to take on our way to Chicago. We ended up detouring to Des Moines, IA, and on the way, we made a fun stop in Le Mars, IA. We Continue Reading

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In Praise of Slow Decision Making @ The Art of Simple Avoiding Burnout in an Age of Busyness @ Modern Mrs. Darcy Dear People Who Want Me to Vaccinate My Child @ Live Renewed Using a Bad Day to Point your Child to the Gospel @ Simple Life Messy Life   Continue Reading

Dear First-Time Mom Who is Waiting on Labor to Start


Dear First Time Mom Who is Waiting on Labor Start, You are almost there! The day you have been waiting for since you found out you were pregnant, and you're eager, oh so eager, to hold your baby in your arms. You're tired of imagining that little nose and tired of guessing whose eyes your baby will have. You're tired of having someone else tie your shoes and tired of running to the bathroom Continue Reading

From My Bookshelf to Yours: What I Read in February

What I Read in February - Intentional By Grace

I didn't create a reading list for this year. Instead, I challenged myself to a reading challenge. You can read more about my 2015 Reading Challenge here. This month I challenged myself to read at least one book on relationships, but as I expected, I didn't read just one book. Here's the list I read in February:  Pulling Back the Shades by Dr. Juli Slattery  & Dannah K. Gresh - This was Continue Reading

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Activities

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons activities

When I first read a Pete the Cat book, I was a little put off. I'm not sure why. Perhaps I'm just not that cool? But over time, Pete the Cat has grown on me. My son and I really enjoy reading these sing-song books. One of our favorite Pete the Cat books is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. It's a great book for teaching basic math concepts at a preschool level. Plus it's loaded with Continue Reading

A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Healthy Meals for Your Family

A Step By Step Guide To Creating Healthy Meals For Your Family (2) - Keeper of the Home

It's five o'clock. What's for dinner? For many years, if I didn't have a menu plan with printed off recipes, when five o'clock rolled around we'd resort to going out to eat or grab carry out. We had the delivery pizza guy on speed dial and knew which nights had happy hour for cheap appetizers. I didn't know how to create healthy meals for my family without a detailed recipe telling me exactly Continue Reading

Treasures of Grace: Deals and Freebies to Help You Live for Him

Are you looking for deals and freebies to help you in your Christian walk? Check out Treasures for Grace! A new feature of IntentioanlByGrace.com to find free and cheap resources to help you live for Him!

Each Tuesday, I share deals and freebies from around the web that will help you be intentional in your Christian walk. If you have a deal or freebie you would like included, you just need to submit a deal. It’s so easy! Are You Subscribed to My Deals and Freebies Newsletter? Enter Your Email Address Signing up for the Treasures of Grace email updates will ensure you get Continue Reading

9 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy and Boost Your Fertility

9 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy and boost your fertility.

Another month passed, and my monthly cycle was late. Yet the stick screamed "not pregnant." Not pregnant? But I'm five days late. How can this be? Not to mention, I'm exhausted and beyond irritable. Clearly I should be pregnant. These are early signs of pregnancy! Nevertheless after a year of praying for a baby, my womb remained empty. The question continued to be - do I trust God with my Continue Reading

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The Dirt Under the Swings (& the Lesson it Taught) @ The Humbled Homemaker To Moms of Little Ones; No You Can't Do it All @ The Better Mom It's Never Too Late to Set Goals... No Matter How Small @ Young Wife's Guide Keeping a Marriage Strong When Raising a Special Needs Child @ Creative Homekeeper A Satisfying & Fitting Conclusion: Jesus is Bigger @ When Mercy Found Me Love Continue Reading

How to Keep Your Children Quiet in Church

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We've walked through the gamut of opinions and convictions on whether or not our children will stay in the church service with us or go to their own individual classes. We didn't set out thinking that we would train our children to stay in service with us, but in the end that's what we've settled on. In the end, that's just what works for our family. It's the answer we're most comfortable with Continue Reading