Loving: A Novel By Corin Hughs

Mommy, You so Crazy!

School has begun!
No matter your age, these words have meaning. If you’re a parent of a school-age child, these words may bring delightful feelings of routine and order, visible accomplishments and intentionally grooming the littles toward greater responsibility.
Or, you may wrestle with leaving them for six or more hours each day; entrusting them to the care of teachers, administrators and […] Read More

Last Weeks of EVER Being Pregnant

What did you do in your last weeks of pregnancy? How did you feel? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally?
Do you remember?
I remember spending sleepless nights searching for natural ways to induce labor. I did this countless times – with each of my prior three pregnancies – as though I would discover something new. I read about herbal supplements, sex, walking, orange juice […] Read More

What If You Were An Orphan?

In an instant, we can lose someone we love.
Our parents will not live on earth forever.
Slicing the darkness with my minivan, I followed the lines of the interstate and finally absorbed the magnitude of the day.
The October day could have been mistaken for July. My son’s day-long smile made me feel warmer inside than the bright sun and my daughter […] Read More

Why I’m Not Seeking a Happy Marriage

I married my high school sweetheart over 10 years ago. He is confident, smart, reliable, loyal, out-spoken, well-spoken, a mindful leader, organized, capable and, most importantly, he believes everything the Bible says about Jesus. Not to mention, he’s pretty cute (lucky for me because the three little people I care for daily look just like him!)!
My husband is my best […] Read More

EASY Experiments with Kids Using On-Hand Ingredients

If you ever find yourself looking for ways to entertain your kids for CHEAP, check out this list! I’ve done these things with kids from age 2-10+. No matter their age, kids like to explore!
From the time Micayla could walk, we strolled down the sidewalk in quest for “treasures!” I’d list off some things we could search for: a red […] Read More

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys!

David Thomas is co-author of Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. Don’t you just LOVE the title of the book? Yes, boys ARE wild! And, yes, I want in on the secret to nurturing my wild things!
I have not read his book (yet), but I’m sure it expands on all that you are about to read. This is, essentially, […] Read More

Control My Urge to “Fix It”…Or Maybe Start With My Urge to Control!

My first grader reluctantly exited my car to go to school this morning. I dropped her off via car line, our usual method. While snaking around the car line, she daily suggests we go back home. “I can be homeschooled,” she’ll resolve. We talk about this, I encourage her to share her smile and love and she heads off to […] Read More

All Because of a Kitchen Drying Mat…

My grandma got me this drying mat for my kitchen last year. It’s almost always covered in clean dishes; as soon as I put one batch away, I have a newly washed set of dishes covering it. Today was a rare occasion. The mat was nearly empty.
I caught a glimpse of the words on it: “My kitchen” and “Cooking with […] Read More

Wild About First Grade…Maybe

“Instead of [paying to go to] college, I want to buy a dolphin!” Micayla announced as we drove home from Clearwater Beach after seeing dolphins at the aquarium.
“No, Micayla, you can’t get a dolphin,” Luke replied from the third row. “Because if our neighbors come into our backyard and there’s a dolphin, then they’d be dead. Also, dolphins are old […] Read More

Pregnant After Miscarriage

What do you do when you first learn you are pregnant?
I learned I was pregnant in late April. With three beautiful children and three miscarriages, my response was fear. Confusion. Surprise. I desired to be excited and giddy. I wanted to have an urge to rush to my husband, all smiles, and share the news that our family of five […] Read More