Can a Tidy Home Exist with Children?

Is it possible to keep a tidy home with three or more children under the age of five or is more sane and realistic to accept the fact that it will be a mess?
Wouldn’t it be great if everything…

The Art of Making a House a Home

Recently I was asked to address a group of relatively young homemakers. I say relatively young because anyone who has been around only thirty plus years is considered young to yours truly. Many in this age group are just beginning…

Hidden Gifts of the Season

With the approaching holidays most homemakers have mixed emotions. On one hand there is the desire and anticipation that everything will be peaceful and beautiful but on the other hand, the reality of the season can bring human and sometimes…

Does it Really Matter to the Kids?

On a recent visit back to Chicago, my daughter-in-law shared a dear tale about our little four and a half year old grandson, Ben. On most days he is driven to pre-school by his mother or grandmother who also picks…

A Mother’s Day Tribute to a Special Homemaker

Recently I had the privilege to be part of the celebration of a dear friend who turned one hundred. The entire event sparked special memories of that wonderful mother who brought me up and if her life had not ended…

Sparking Motivation in Teenagers

It has been a long time since my kids were teenagers. It has been so long that we now have six grandchildren that are experiencing that strange and wonderful period of life. As I look back on those years in…

Just a Little Thing?

The other day I was thinking about the value of all the little things we take for granted and yet the difference they make in others’ lives. What prompted me to think about little things was an article I read…

Great Expectations

What are your expectations of your spouse or children at home? You might be a little puzzled by this question, so let me explain. We all have preconceived notions of how we want our family to contribute to caring for…