How To Trust God In The Eye of the Storm

About a month ago, things were looking really lousy around the Elwood home.

It was like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  We were sick, A was going through a sleep regression, J had lost his job (more on that at another time), our car was acting up, and so on, and so forth.

The whole time, I couldn’t stop myself from asking: God, where the heck are you?

33 Creative Ways to Make Learning More Fun: Guest Post

Hey there! I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

For those who aren’t familiar, My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily for Christian homeschooling moms.  They have lots of tips and tricks to make homeschooling more doable, and encouragement for moms who are struggling.

As someone who is planning to homeschool in the future, I’m a big fan… which is why I really enjoy writing for them!

My latest post focuses on the creative things you can do with your kids as a homeschool mom.  Because you don’t have to have a lesson plan suitable for 20-30 kids, you can tailor what you want to teach to suit your kids’ interests.

7 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Police Wives

This post contains affiliate links.  Read full disclosure here.

In my last post, I mentioned how hard men are to shop for.  Which is totally true…  But I also realize the flipside of that is that they tend to have a hard time shopping for women.

I mean, maybe not all – but I know my husband gets a little stuck on gift ideas for me.  And I figure if I’ve given you ladies a guide to help you shop, it’s only fair your husband gets a little assistance, too!

So even though I normally target my posts to you women – this time I’m talking to your husbands.  So go ahead and forward this to him if you think he might get stuck this year 😉

3 Ways To Have a Merry Christmas Without Your Husband

When you’re married to a first responder, you pretty much get used to doing things alone.  Trips with the kids, eating dinner, going to family events, etc.

But when Christmas comes around and your spouse has to work, that’s when his demanding schedule can get especially frustrating.  Whether that’s because he’s putting out house fires, pulling over drunk drivers, or because he’s battling overseas for his country, the holidays just aren’t meant to be spent alone.

But even if the holidays aren’t exactly what gets portrayed as the “perfect” family gathering, there are still plenty of ways to feel the joy of the holidays.

Is the Dollar Shave Club Worth It?

This post contains affiliate links.  Read full disclosure here.

If you use Facebook in any capacity, I’m sure that, by now, you’ve heard of the Dollar Shave Club a few times.  If you haven’t used it, you might be wondering: is it worth it?

I’d seen the ads a few times, and I’d heard a lot of good things about it from friends, but something just kept holding me back.  I guess I was thinking, is it really that good of a deal, or is one of those spammy subscription services that I’ll regret ever signing up for?

We’ve been using the service for a few months now, and I really wish I’d signed up before, because it’s an awesome deal.

3 Ways to Be Happier, Even When Life Is Hard

I know that the holidays are typically associated with happiness and love, but the truth is, that’s not always the case.  Whether you’re facing financial issues, conflicts with family or friends (especially after an election year), a death in the family, or any other hardship, you might just not be feeling all that jolly this year.

And heck, while we’re talking about hard things, maybe it’s all the crappy stuff about cops in the news that’s getting you down.

Whatever it is, I get it.  It’s sucky to be in a season where you want so badly to be happy and you’re just… not.

So if this sounds like you in any way, I want to help you out.

10 Gifts For Police Officers (That Will Actually Get Used)

This post contains affiliate links.  Read full disclosure here.

I know it’s still a smidge early to be talking about Christmas, but I personally start thinking about Christmas way earlier than December.  To be honest, since most of my gifts are handmade, I start the planning process around December 26th each year.

But I wanted to help you guys out in case you’re not sure what to get your husband this year.  I know gift giving for men can be hard, but I think giving things to a police officer, you have a small advantage because there are certain things you know he’ll love and use regularly.

When Your Husband Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

One of the biggest challenges of being married to a first responder is the fact that they see awful things day in and day out, things that they don’t want to tell you about (or bring up at all, ever.)

If you’re married to someone who works at, say, a bank, it’s pretty easy to ask them, “Hey, how was your day?”  It’ll probably be a lot of boring stuff, maybe drama with a coworker or two or frustrations with his boss.

I mean, sure, banks occasionally get robbed.  Sometimes exciting things happen.  But really, for the most part, the answer you get to this most basic question is going to be pretty bland.

Why Being Incompatible With Your Spouse Is A Good Thing

At some point in your marriage, it’s going to be glaringly obvious how different you and your spouse are… and there’s a good chance it’s going to frustrate the crap out of you.

I don’t know whether that difference is going to be a fight over where to go to dinner, or if your husband accuses you of being too trusting (and you, in turn, accusing him of being jaded.)  Maybe it’s a difference of opinion in how to approach your toddler’s tantrums, or how to deal with a wayward teenager.  You think he’s too harsh, he thinks you’re too soft, or vice versa.

Whatever it is, whatever is currently frustrating you, I think some perspective might be in order (for both of you, but let’s focus on you right now, since you’re the one reading this :))

3 Reasons to Study Genealogy With Your Kids: Guest Post

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

If you’re not familiar with My Joy-Filled Life, it’s a blog mainly for homeschooling families.  While we don’t yet consider ourselves a homeschooling family (simply because A is only a year old), it’s something we’re really excited about doing in the future. 

Both my husband and I love to learn, and would love to teach our son to enjoy learning just as much.