Mommy Needs a Raise, by Sarah Parshall Perry

Oh joy! Here’s another mothering book, jammed with hilarious anecdotes…very well-written. It amazes me how many moms must really struggle with what other people do, what other mothers think, what people think of them, etc. Many moms must set their own standards impossibly and unrealistically high. Because book, after mothering book, seems to be always about […]

All Saints, by Michael Spurlock

I received this book from the publisher to potentially review it. I am happy to recommend it. Very readable, this memoir is a fascinating look at a church, a minister’s life, and how the arrival of a foreign people group affects the life of the community. The Karen people were driven out of their Asian […]

My first t-shirt Quilt

Hi, Susan here! My first ever T-shirt quilt. Made for my older daughter. She really likes it for its heaviness, warmth, and the fact that her t-shirts are no longer sitting in a bag in her closet. Each shirt represents an accomplishment, event, or trip. The backing is dark purple cotton flannel, and the batting […]

Christmas Quilt #3 ~ Whack n Stack

This is a lap quilt, also sometimes called a throw. It was a lot of fun to make. I enjoy getting out a few seasonal quilts, then putting them away for next year. But while they are out, we do use them. See below for a little added JOY. Thank you for taking the time […]

Christmas Quilt #1, Rail Fence

This quilt has been in the making for a long time. I got the scraps, already cut into strips, at a rummage sale — oh, probably about eight years ago. Within a year or two of that, I had the top made — only to set it aside due to the busy teenage years of my […]

Passionate Parenting, by Cary Schmidt, a review by Susan Karsten

If you have children, and they are in, or nearing their teens, you will want this book (if you read). One of the absolute best books on this topic I have EVER read. In fact, I am seriously thinking about starting a book discussion group based on it as a community outreach to help others.

My Son, the College Graduate, by God’s grace alone

I give ALL the credit, honor, and glory to God for any success we’ve had. God has gifted, given, forgiven, blessed. I am a weak vessel and it’s only through Him that I do anything at all “good”. That said, we celebrated our son’s college graduation on May 24. What a wonderful time to revel […]

“100 Days of Blessing” (Volumes 1 & 2) by Nancy Campbell ~ a book review by Susan Karsten

When I saw that the second volume of the “100 Days of Blessing” devotional book was now available, I ordered it immediately. For someone who gets almost all her abundant reading material from the library, or from used book stores, this is saying a lot. The devotionals are exceptional and oh, so relatable. If you […]

You (esp. Mothers at Home) Represent God to your Children

Most of this post is an excerpt from Nancy Campbell’s latest email to moms around the world.  With Mother’s Day upon us, it is good to remember that our children look up to us. We are like “small g” gods to them. And therefore, we must give a true representation of Him as well as […]