The Fifteen or Thirty Minute Principle

You know from reading the Mom’s Corners and the Managers books that I really encourage moms to take a little piece of time–thirty minutes or even just fifteen minutes–each day to tackle a project that seems overwhelming or isn’t happening. Do that consistently for a week and on into a month to see just what happens.

I want to share a recent story about that, which was sent to me:

I’ve been reading Managers of Their Homes recently and came across getting overwhelmed with cleaning and organizing. You mentioned setting an alarm for 15 minutes and working on an area that long, then going on to something else. I put this in place for my daughter and me both in some areas, and I was simply amazed at how much we got done. 

I casually mentioned this to my oldest married daughter. This morning I got a message from her saying ‘this fifteen minutes stuff is working great for me.’  I just laughed and praised the Lord.

C’mon, Moms. Your time matters!

“Remember how short my time is…”
Psalms 89:47

New Yorkers: Please Vote!

Calling all New Yorkers: please vote on Tuesday, April 19th, for a godly man for president, Ted Cruz. This presidential election is crucial for our nation. It’s important for your children’s future.

If you don’t live in New York, maybe you have friends there. Please e-mail them and encourage them to cast their vote for Senator Cruz.

Sarah for the rest

Vote for the little children’s sake!

“For for this cause pay ye tribute also:
for they are God’s ministers, attending continually
upon this very thing.”
Romans 13:6

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wait. What’s going on? Celebrating Mother’s Day in April? Sure, why not?

We know that the official Mother’s Day is May 8th, but we decided to throw a surprise early Mother’s Day celebration.

We cooked Mom’s favorite meals and truly celebrated. But the evening was the best part, because we could then reveal our very special gift.

We shocked Mom with a trip to True Woman ’16 this September! It’s something she’s wanted to go to, and we have all the details in place: plane ticket, conference and hotel reservations, and rooming with a sweet sister in Christ who is coming from overseas. The gift was definitely a huge hit, because she cried happy tears. She was in shock until this morning still. We’re really excited for her to have this opportunity.

How many of you all are going? It’d be awesome to meet up with Mom at some point during the conference.

So, happy early Mother’s Day, Mom! And don’t y’all worry; she’s such an amazing mom, we’ll celebrate then too. That makes two Mother’s Days: can you ever have enough?



This is my creative sister, Mary, for you!
This is my creative sister, Mary, for you!

“Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31

Saturday Projects

Saturday, Dad and Mary had time available to help out with projects at Christopher and Anna Marie’s. It was again one of those amazing, sunny spring days that you can’t help but love.




I wandered over there with Ellie, who loves to be outside when it’s not too hot (seriously: she doesn’t know what summer is like in Kansas yet!).

At 30+ pounds, she is quite an armful to hold.





Then, Anna Marie and Mary washed screens, and Ellie thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.


This is the end result of a puppy playing in the water.
This is the end result of a puppy playing in the water.


“The labour of the righteous tendeth to life…”
Proverbs 10:16

Creative Way to Announce the Gender of Your Baby

Sweet friends of ours sent us this video, and it was so creative, we had to share (they gave permission). There are many ways to announce the gender of a baby, but I thought this one was especially creative.


“And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply
thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb….”
Deuteronomy 7:13

Laughter and Sunshine

I don’t know about you, but I think these spring days with vivid blue skies and moderate temperatures are amazing.

Anna and Mary host aunties’ playtime on Monday afternoons, which, if you’ve been a blog reader for long, you’re familiar with. Last week I grabbed some pictures. I love the little kids’ expressions. Can you imagine how neat it would have been to live near aunts and uncles when you were young? Now, in this second generation of large families, it’s an actual reality.


Betsy is a born runner.
Betsy is a born runner.





“My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

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