3 Beautiful Ways To Preserve Your Summer Memories

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By contributing writer, Jane What was the highlight of your summer this year? Whether your family went camping, hosted an ice cream social with friends, or enjoyed a staycation, I bet your family did at least a few fun things this summer. I also bet you took more than a few pictures in the midst of all the fun.  Nowadays, we don't often have to be reminded to take pictures. Many of us Continue Reading

8 Summer Travel Bag Necessities

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By contributing writer, Victoria Summer time and family vacations just go together hand in hand. Most of us have wonderful memories of family vacations when we were kids and can't wait to create similar memories with our own families. Whether it be the all-American road trip or a vacation where you travel by plane, vacations can create once in a life time memories. But they can also Continue Reading

11 Helpful Tips for a Successful Staycation

11 Helpful Tips for a Successful Staycation | How to create a fun and relaxing vacation at home. | IntentionalByGrace.com

By contributing writer, Amy Our family has a somewhat troubled past when it comes to vacations.  I don't believe in "luck," but if I did, I'd have to say vacations bring us bad luck. There was the year we went camping at the beach in the heat of August....the time a hurricane hit out vacation rental the day after we arrived....and the trip when our van's air conditioning broke more than nine Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Christmas Advent: Our 2013 Plan

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I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! Counting down to Christmas is a beautiful way to demonstrate to our children how the world was holding it's breath as it waited for the Messiah, waiting for the Savior of the world. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas with our little ones. This year my oldest will be nearly three years old. Continue Reading

Family Game Nights: 6 Board Games to Play with a Two Year Old

Need some board game ideas for your next family night? These 6 board games are even great for two year olds!

We love family game nights with our two year old. It is so much fun! The choice to implement family game nights means we are spending intentional, uninterrupted time with our toddler. This is quality time spent as a family while our son has the chance to learn some valuable lessons through play! I've shared some of our adventures on Instagram and have in turn answered a lot of questions Continue Reading

Why Our Family Prepares, Eats, and Cleans Up Meals Together

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As we enter the busy holiday season, it's easy to let family time suffer. I know this is the time of year when I want to slow down. I want to enjoy my family and really focus on Christ. But with busyness of the season, it can be hard. We have to be intentional to guard our family time.  Family meal time is sacred for our family. Sometimes it is the only time of the day we actually sit down Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Brothers & Family Devotions {Day 2}

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Brothers. Sweet, sweet brothers. I'm through the roof excited that we welcomed another little boy to our family. Boys are just sweet on their mamas. Yes they are dirty, rambunctious, and loud, but mamas get a sweetness shared with them that compares with nothing else. Moms of boys, you know what I mean.  This moment captured - I never want to forget it. "Timmy, who made you? God made Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: A Bath Interrupted {Day 1}

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This post is part of 31 Days of Everyday Grace series. You can see all the posts here. My throat ached and my eyes drooped. Sickness set in on our family like a thief in the night. With the lack of sleep and changing seasons, my immune system plummeted and there was no escaping the evil cold complete with sore throat and achy bones. My oldest was enthralled in a movie with Daddy. I looked at Continue Reading

Clear Your Calendar Day and Ignore the Mud on the Floor

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Last week I posted this picture on our Facebook page with the following words: I have dishes in my sink, floors covered in mud, beds unmade, and laundry the size of Mount Everest. So I decided to do some painting with my toddler. #priorities I was overwhelmed with the response to this simple little gesture to encourage others to just let it all slide for a day. One fellow mom said: I Continue Reading