6 Ways to Keep Your Summer Sanity

Whether your excited, a little bit, or a lot a bit dreading it, summer break is on its way! Here are 6 ways you can keep your sanity while bonding as a family along the way.


Living on a Prayer

Lord, help me accept life for what it is, while keeping hope that You take GOOD care of me & those I love. Even in the times where that isn't obvious to me, help me still trust that somehow the hardships we are enduring, are building a nest inside of us for peace to dwell. 

We Should Have Stayed

Sometimes we are so caught up in our pain that we end up constantly looking for reasons to leave, rather than looking for ways to connect. Here is a part of our story that can hopefully inspire you to do better than we did.

This Is Our Song

Sometimes we simply need to dim the lights & put on "our song". Reminding ourselves of the fierce love we had on the day we committed to forever. Fan the flames with this week's playlist!

I Now Pronounce You: Angry & Absent

Almost twelve years ago when we got married, we didn't plan on becoming angry & absent in our relationship. But, we did decide that if we ever arrived at that destination,  we would refuse to stay there. THIS decision is what matters most. The choice.

Weekly Affirmations – Flexible

So whatever comes up this week. Smacks me in the face. Rips the rug out from under my feet. Produces so much happiness that I just don't even know how to express it all. Whatever happens, I choose right now, on this Monday morning that I will remind myself of the above affirmation. I will continue to use positive truths to train my powerful mind to work for me & not against me.

Team Awesome Dance Party

Life can get heavy. Our chores & lists of to-dos can add up, feeling pretty overwhelming, but if we can take a minute or an hour to relax & be a little goofy it definitely makes a difference in our homes. So here is a fun family dance party playlist! Feel free to crank it up & dance around the house with your kiddos!

Weekly Affirmations – Joy

Life gets crazy & sometimes I feel like keeping hold of my joy is like chasing a crazed chicken around a coop. But even when it feels impossible, I try my best to remind myself: I can do difficult things. I can have a grateful heart & live in joy no matter what life throws my way.

Money Money Money

Our differences can be used to strengthen our relationships or sabotage them. One area where this is especially obvious is finances. Here is a playlist all about money, with some resources on how to handle your finances in a successful manner.

A Soundtrack for Unconditional Love

Over & over again we are reminded that love is not about what others do to earn it. Love is about the heart of the person giving it. We can choose to give a love without strings & conditions. Here's a playlist to inspire your love & to keep moving forward.

Above Water

Music is a wonderful language of its own. Here is a playlist that speaks encouragement, feistiness, joy, & determination, as you stay above the water & connect with others.

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

This is a playlist that includes a mixture of songs about being alone, about friendship, & about being vulnerable. Manmade islands have benefits but aren't meant to be permanent! Seeking connection with others is risky, but worth it. May these songs inspire you to do just that.

Stubbornly Hopeful

Life has a way of producing ominous storm clouds that eventually evolve into full blown storms. Here is some encouragement that you aren’t alone in remaining stubbornly hopeful.

Let Me Count the Ways

Feeling connected to your partner can seem daunting or near impossible. This post can inspire you to connect in simple ways & maybe give you a few new ideas along the way.

Flowers for Mimi

Even the smallest acts of kindness can be monumental to someone else. In this post I share about something we did to help our daughter transition into her forever home with us, that was simple but powerful.