Happy New Year, Time For A DETOX!

 Happy New Year!  I am still officially on “break” so No Weekend Potluck here today, just head over to one of my lovely co-hosts if you are looking for yummy food.  

  I am over at Marathon Mom guest posting about a New Years DETOX!

  See you next week, I have missed you….

Hugs, T



Being A 5 Loaves & 2 Fishes Mom

 John 6:5-13

Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”  He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”  Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”  “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.)  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.  After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

5 loaves and 2 fish

Have you ever stopped and thought about the Mom in the above story?

I think we can learn a lot from her.

I think it’s time we stop worrying about using perfect moments to teach our kids about God, and start using those God-designed moments perfectly, according to His plan.

To equip our kids each day before they leave our home, and let God do the rest.    

  So, what IS a 5 Loaves & 2 Fish Mom?  

Come on over to Marathon Mom and find out…


Healthy Habits at Marathon Mom

 Talking about Healthy Habits this month at Marathon Mom……

Guess what I felt led to share?

Yup, Dear Mom on the iPhone!


Bad phone habits plague many a home and dinner table, and not just mom, dad and children, too.  It is my hope that this message, will be received as the Check Point it is.  And if just one person today, sets their phone aside, and instead engages with their family, then its mission has been accomplished.

Come see me!

Hugs, T

Organizing Chaos

  You know I am a Super OCD Pillow Fluffin’ Fool, right?!  I probably fix my pillows like 15 times a day.  The kids have “Clean Up Time” at least 3 times a day, because I think they play better when it’s not messy.
I can’t stand clutter, and I am grumpy if I am not organized, and everything has its own space.


  HOWEVER, I HAVE 4 CHILDREN AND A HUSBAND, my life no longer stays tidy!

  So, I have come up with a method to Organize my Chaos…………

  Come on over to Marathon Mom to see me!  


Thinking Outside the Lunch Box at Marathon Mom


  It’s time to think outside the Lunch Box!  Whether you are planning to pack a sack lunch every day, feed your Homeschool family, or just need something delicious for your Preschool age kids, THIS is the post for you!

Come on over to see me at Marathon Mom today!


What Will The Harvest Of Your Home Bring?

 Being a Mom is EXHAUSTING!

Who are these kids?

  And some days we loose our cool……

grumpy mom

  If your daily words and actions are planting seeds in the Garden of your Children’s Lives, what WILL the Harvest of your Home bring?

  Today is my day to share at Marathon Mom! Come on over to read more….


So The Kids Are Home….Now What?

   I have been waiting and waiting and WAITING for us all to be home together full time again.  Man, I love it when we are all home with no school!  Well, after the first 2 weeks I do.  

  I don’t know what it is, maybe a change in the amount of playmates, or the excitement turned fights over games and toys, but the first 2 weeks home from school and the first 2 weeks back in school, are the hardest.

Yeah, at times it can look a bit like this around here……

Fighting Fergusons

That being said, why don’t you head on over to Marathon Mom to read a post I wrote called,

5 Ways to Make It a Great Summer

  I am a contributing writer over there now, so once a month we will head her way for a post instead of reading it here.

 Please come see me!!!!! 🙂


  For those asking, Yes, this photo was staged just for this post.  I told the kids I was glad I had never seen them pull hair or ears and been that MAD before! They were good actors, don’t you think?   🙂



Amish Cheeseburger Soup

I am guest posting at Marathon Mom again today, and I will be sharing this delicious Amish Cheeseburger Soup recipe plus several more, come see me!


Amish Cheeseburger Soup

(Click recipe title for easy printable)

Amish Cheeseburger Soup


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter, Divided
  • 1-½ cup Carrots, Sliced or Roughly Chopped
  • 1-½ cup Celery, Sliced
  • 1 whole Small Onion Chopped
  • Fresh Parsley, Snipped
  • Basil, To Taste
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 8 cups Peeled And Cubed Potatoes
  • ½ cups Flour
  • 3 cups Milk
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces Velveeta or a more real cheese like 16 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated is lovely
  • 16 ounces, weight Sour Cream

In a skillet, cook ground beef and set aside. In a large stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons butter and saute carrots, celery, onion, parsley and basil. After 10 minutes, add the chicken broth and potatoes, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.

In a saucepan, make your roux by melting the remaining butter. Add flour, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until bubbly, about a minute. Slowly, add milk and cook on medium, stirring constantly until thickened. Add to the broth and veggies. Turn the heat to low and add the cheese and beef. When the cheese is melted, stir in the sour cream. Taste and add more seasonings according to your liking.