What I’m Reading

You guys, I just finished an amazing book that was chosen for my book club by my friend, Janelle, and I wanted to tell you about it. It’s called Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, and it’s her story of not only surviving the Rwandan holocaust, but how she found God in the midst of it. Normally […]

Kitchen Shortcuts


Over at The Family CEO I recently wrote about some kitchen shortcuts that I thought the readers here might be interested in. Do you like bacon, chicken, or popcorn? Read more at 3 Kitchen Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier.

Spring Touches

Forsythia at CreatingThisLife.com

I’ve taken care of my camera issues so I’m popping in to share a few touches of spring, which seems to have taken on an accidental yellow theme this year. I hope you’re enjoying Spring where you are. P.S. If you’re interested in personal finance (saving & investing, paying for college, eliminating debt) and/or simplifying, I hope you’ll […]

Bedroom Updates and Some Links I’m Loving

Upholstered headboard and monogrammed pillows

Hello and I’m sorry to have been gone so long. Several of you have emailed or commented on the Facebook page and were wondering if all was okay. Thank you so much for checking in. How nice to be missed. All is fine. Just a very busy pace since the holidays, including trips to St. […]

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A Winter Reading List

Winter Reading Ideas

Hello from the frozen tundra that is Kansas City. Our fireplace is getting a workout, I’m drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate a day, and I’m spending a lot of my spare time with my covers piled high and reading, reading, reading. Here are my winter-themed book suggestions. I’d love to hear yours. […]

4 things I learned about Creating a Life in 2014


It’s a gift to have my family under one roof. I know these days will be fewer and fewer and, honestly, the almost empty nest has its advantages too, but for this year, Christmas 2014, all four of us have been under one roof for two full weeks, with two weeks still to go, and […]

The Happiest of Holidays to You

Piano and Christmas tree

Wishing you health, happiness, and all the peace of the season.

Christmas at Kansas City’s Union Station

Kansas City Union Station Christmas Tree

Grant took the train home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving and he said it was so neat to walk from the train and through Union Station all decorated for Christmas. Actually I’m sure he didn’t use the word neat. He probably used sweet or sick to describe it. If you have a teenage boy, you know what […]

On Nightstands

Nightstand closeup at Creating This Life

I’ve haven’t talked a lot about our bedroom on the blog. That’s because it’s a room in transition. My main goal has been to make it less matchy, starting with the bedroom set we bought 28+ years ago when we were still engaged. The bedroom set is a nice one; sturdy and well-built and in amazing […]

Weekend Links

Rome doorway at Christmas

Hello and happy Friday! I hope this end of the week finds you well. Every now and then I like to share some links that I’ve bookmarked in case you find them interesting or inspiring too. I’ll get to that in just a minute but first I wanted to take a look back at what […]