Biblical Vs. Secular Femininity

What makes a man masculine and a woman feminine? Are you born with a gender or do you choose it? How should men and women interact with each other in relationships? It seems that everyone with a voice has an opinion on these topics, so how are we to determine what is right?

On the one side, we live in a culture that provides much of this framework for us – we are born into a worldview. On the other side, we have scriptural teachings that almost always conflict with that worldview. I want to take some time to reflect on how the world views womanhood while establishing a biblical framework that we can trust and abide by. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Believe it or not, I really love salads. I have an undeniable sweet tooth, so you’ve seen many dessert recipes from me since we launched ‘The Helpmates’. I think it’s time for a salad! photo 20140128-110604_zpsf7629ded.jpg

This cranberry pecan chicken salad is probably the most common one on our dinner table. I do many variations of it based off what I happen to have on hand, but I’ve arranged a good combination of flavors in the recipe for you. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

DIY Curtains on a Budget

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In our adorable new rental house, we have some living room windows that were just begging for curtains. I wanted to keep the look of the room pretty neutral, so I found these cute curtains at Walmart: Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

9 DIY Valentine’s Day ‘Cards’

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Feeling crafty? But not too crafty? Be inspired by these awesome folks below. Let their creativity direct your path as you make your own Valentine’s Day cards with your kids this year! Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Twenty-Three!

That’s right, I’m yet another year older. I don’t really feel any different, maybe because enough changes have been going on with the big move that a birthday doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore. But I still had a fun time celebrating! Here’s the rundown of the big day:

Sleeping in late, since it was a Saturday (definitely a birthday blessing). And then a little crafting – I extended my curtains to make them long enough, but you’ll see more of that soon!

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Measure Twice, Hang Once

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We’re still settling in here in Kentucky, and I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m hanging stuff up on the walls. Since I’m notoriously bad at eyeballing that kind of thing, I thought I’d share with you my trick for getting things up and straight with only one hole in the wall. Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Incredibly Moist Banana Nut Bread

Has anyone in their life ever actually sat down and thought to themselves “I’m going to buy some bananas and make banana bread“? Because it never works that way for me. We only ever end up with banana bread when I’ve forgotten about the bananas sitting on top of the fridge for so long that their last hope for being used is in bread. I’ve never consciously planned to make banana bread.

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Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

What to Talk About Before You Say ‘I Do’

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Steve & I have been married for a little over two years now (you can find our full story here), and even though our engagement was only nine weeks, we made sure to go through pre-marriage counseling before our big day.

Pre-marriage counseling isn’t a biblical or legal requirement for marriage, but we found it helpful in so many different ways. It served as an excellent foundation for our life together and allowed us to see how other wiser and much more experienced couples keep their marriages healthy and Christ-centered. Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Tips for Saving on Your Dog

I’ve lived almost my whole life with a dog. I’ve had two Cocker Spaniels and now I have a sweet German Shepherd, Nike. I love having dogs around, and my house always feels too empty without one.

Not only does Nike make me feel comfortable in my home, she gets me out of the house to exercise, she gives me a sense of security when Steve’s not home, and she makes me smile.

That’s a lot of reasons to have a dog, but they can certainly rack up the bills. Here are a few ways that I (and my sister, who has much more dog expertise than I) have found over the years to cut back on the costs of owning a dog.

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.