3 Things to Remember in the Crazy Seasons of Parenting

If you've read my book, you might remember reading about what I refer to as the Worst. Summer. Ever. Casiday was 13 and it rained all summer long. We didn't get to do much except watch it rain. And get on each other's nerves. It was not my finest moment as a mom. But the rain and the heat and the humidity — and the 13-year-old hormones. Y'all, it wasn't pretty or fun. But we survived. And now, six years later, we can laugh about it as we enjoy our time together. Maybe you're in one of ... [Read More]

3 Reasons Family Traditions Are Important

Last year we completely renovated Scott's grandparents' home. We moved in just before Casiday graduated and in time for all the summer holidays. By the time Fourth of July rolled around, we had already hosted more events in our new home than we had in the house we'd lived in the previous seven years. Building relationships is important to us. Opening our home to others is one way we do that. Whether it's a barn party for the students at our church or a New Year's Eve party with all our ... [Read More]

The Secret to Joy for Your Family {guest post by Kristen Welch, author of Raising World Changers in a Changing World}

A long time ago, I won a beautiful Vintage Pearl necklace for telling a story about how we were one of "those" families.  I also read along as one of my favorite family/DIY bloggers went on a Compassion Trip to Kenya. At a conference I had the opportunity to meet Kristen Welch and tell her how much I had been changed and inspired by what she was doing with Mercy House.  Since then, I've been honored to share the word about her books like Rhinestone Jesus and Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled ... [Read More]

Don’t Forget to Remember {or why you need Thanksgiving traditions}

"Take care lest you forget ..." Several times in Deuteronomy the Lord speaks these words to the Israelites. He knew their hearts could easily be distracted from all He had done for them— things like, rescuing them from their bondage in Egypt, splitting the Red Sea, providing them manna and quail in the wilderness, sand guiding them to the Promised Land. Can you imagine forgetting to remember those things? Letting the mundane of life sweep aside the powerful ways God had delivered you? ... [Read More]

3 Ways to Invest in Your Marriage

I didn't want to write this post. In fact, I've avoided it for longer than I'd care to admit. But here's the thing, my stomach hurts over this. I have agonized and prayed and wept for hours ... because marriage is seriously under attack! Over the past few years, twenty marriages of people we know have either ended in divorce or come dangerously close. For every year we have been married, the marriage of someone we know has ended. I recently read a popular blogger's explanation for her ... [Read More]

Things I’m Loving These Days

Y'all, it's been a crazy few weeks for the Underwood family.  We've had parties and ball games and family visits and all three of us managed to get sick too. {Because, really, what's a busy holiday season without everyone needing antibiotic and steriod shots. ha!} But here's the thing, I know I won't have much time to write again before the end of the year.  I do have a few posts scheduled but I'm making the choice to be offline or at least mostly offline. By offline I mean, I'll be ... [Read More]