Family & Relationships

Baby Emma’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated my daughter Emma’s 1st birthday over the weekend. We don’t have family around right now, because we moved in 2016 for Jay’s job in the military. I considered throwing her a little party out here with a few of our friends, but honestly there was something really appealing about just doing an intimate […] Read more…

How to Choose the Right Camera for Your Child

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.
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A Servant’s Heart: We need Mary’s AND Martha’s! (5 Thanksgiving Survival Tips)

Do you have a servants’ heart? — the world needs Martha’s like you! (Especially on holidays like Thanksgiving — wink wink.) I want you to know, God loves the way you take care of people. The way you put others first. It’s a beautiful thing.  The trick is not letting all those well-intentioned tasks blind us from […] Read more…

7-Day Memory-Keeping Challenge for “Starting a Family Journal”

Hey friends! I’m launching a 7-Day Memory-Keeping Challenge for “Starting a Family Journal.” With Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years on the horizon, this is the time of year families are wanting to enjoy that quality time together, and documenting memories is a high priority this time of year — so its really the perfect time […] Read more…

My Life Inventory: A stream of memories… the world through my eyes.

I am currently going through a blogging course called Write Your Worth by Alicia Cain. She is guiding us through the process of finding our unique voice and telling our story. This Life Inventory is one of our first activities, which is to go through our memories and document what you saw, felt, did, experienced. Even if your observations were of big world events or something you witnessed happening to someone else, you were still present for them and experienced them, and what you saw became a part of who you are. Here is my list:
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When We Lost The Baby ~ A Story About Grief & Loss

Three Things to Say to Your Child Every Day

   I see you.  You matter. I love to watch you.  “When spoken and repeated every day,” she writes, “these messages begin to take up residence in a little one’s soul. He begins to believe in his worth. She begins to carry these messages with her. He learns how to see others. She learns how […] Read more…

Guest Post : A Heroic Love

I did it! Finally got my college diploma.

I’m the first person in my family to get a college degree. I know this means a lot to my mom and dad as well. They are both very smart and educated and have built very successful businesses here in America after sacrificing everything for us to live here. It was always a dream of theirs, as well, for me to get a degree someday, so I would have options they didn’t have… Read more…

Seeing others through the eyes of Heaven

What is really important to you? How to protect it.

One day at a time ~ Living in the moment

You are Loved ~ Happy Valentines Day!

Good Morning & Happy Valentines Day! We had a fun morning at the Willems Home. We don’t normally do a ton for Valentines Day because we have two birthdays, and an anniversary in the same month, but this year with Olivia being almost 2, I wanted to do something a little more special. Read more…

Printable Chore Chart by Age ~ Teaching Kids Responsibility

I LOVE this age specific chore chart printable from thirtyhandmadedays.com! My almost 2-year-old helps clean up her toys and throws her diapers in the trash and likes to “help” wipe counters and dust, but I’m excited to start working on some of the other Toddler Age Chores. She can start taking her clothes to the laundry, but putting clean clothes away might need some help from mommy. She’s not in a toddler bed yet, so I don’t need to mess with the make bed one yet. The “little helper” years are already upon us in the Willems household and I think its the cutest. <3  Read more…

What is a Busy-Bag? One of the Best Ways to Keep Your Toddler Occupied! (Plus Resources for Ideas)

If you have a toddler of your own or have ever watched a toddler, you understand this strange phenomenon they have where the most random, ordinary things in your home, are one-thousand times more interesting and engaging to a little one than the toys you spent good money on. Sad, but quite often true.

Toddler love to sort, organize, touch, tug, pull, scribble, stack. The name of the game is physical exploration and experimentation. This is the stage where they really focus on mastering their fine-motor skills and making connections on how things work… and concepts like cause and effect.

So your toddler keeps getting into all the things in your home that are not traditionally for children. What do you do? Fight it or embrace it? Why not make this interest in ordinary things and discovery and use it as an opportunity to inspire and engage your young toddler.

Enter Toddler Busy-Bags!! What is a toddler busy-bag, you ask?  Read more…

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