• I Keep a Personal Journal
    Life Story

    5 Reasons I Keep a Personal Journal

    I keep a personal journal to… I keep a personal journal to remember. By writing down my experiences, it helps me remember them more clearly. I want to remember the little details I might otherwise forget. Additionally, I include my thoughts and how I felt at the time. I want to remember those happy joyful moments during the hard times. Also, I write about those harder experiences too, because, while they are often painful, I learn so much from them. Writing in my personal journal helps me see my challenges more clearly, so I am better able to work through them or deal with them. Writing the situation down helps…

  • Scripture Study
    Faith,  Scripture Study

    7 Faith Based Journal Ideas

    Benefits from Keeping Faith Based Journals Through keeping faith-based journals I have been benefited in increasing my understanding of the scriptures, growing in faith, and becoming more intentional in my prayers. Also, I love exploring different options for faith-based journals. It’s worth noting that different styles clarify and/or deepen understanding in varied ways. While I have used most of these faith-based journal ideas in my own journaling, I don’t use them all at once. Additionally, Find what works best for you with your goals and your season of life. Likewise, feel free to combine ideas or create them into something new that works for you.  7 Faith Based Journal Ideas:…

  • Intentional Prayer Journal
    Family Story,  Life Story

    Prayer Journal

    Create a Prayer Journal to Help Increase Intentional Prayer Why create a prayer journal? Personally, I’ve found a prayer journal useful for: First, writing down questions or concerns in prayer allows me to see them. Second, and more importantly, I record answers to prayers and recognize blessings that have come through prayer. I’m more aware of the answers when I’m looking for them. Also, so answers stand out, consider circling them or putting a star or something else that helps differentiate them by or around them.  Additionally, writing down concerns or questions I have helps me to be more intentional. My words carry more thought vs. habit. If becoming more…

  • Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series
    Around the Wold Dinners,  Family Time

    10 English Cuisine Ideas

    Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series 10 English cuisine ideas for an English dinner or dessert, as part of a series of around the world family meals. Share an English dinner (or dessert) with your family. For ideas of when you might plan an English family meal, check out my original post, Around the World Dinner (or Dessert). Definitely, my focus is on creating an experience as a whole rather than being exact with recipes from a specific location. I wan’t to reiterate that I’m not expert in around the world cuisine or English dining. Still, I have collected a list of English recipes and ideas our family uses…

  • Creating a Personal Journal Writing Routine
    Life Story

    When Will I Find Time to Write?

    Creating a personal journal writing routine Creating a personal journal writing routine may seem overwhelming when you’re wondering “When will I find time to write”? The short answer is, it’s essential to create the time. You can start small. Even five minutes set aside for writing can help form a habit that can be built upon later. From my own experiences, I have realized how beneficial keeping a personal journal can be. That being said, my personal journal writing routine has shifted with my life’s circumstances over the years. First, how often would you like to write? Daily? Once a week? Somewhere in between? My suggestion for creating a routine…

  • World Family Dinner
    Family Story,  Family Time,  Life Story

    Around the World Dinner

    Family Dinners from Around the World Gather as a family for dinner (or dessert) to enjoy a new cuisine from around the world. For myself, the main goals of an around the world dinner are to enjoy a family meal together (or dessert), open up a conversation, and possibly learn something new. Also, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to introduce the family to new food and possibly a new location. What is an around the world dinner? A dinner inspired around a specific cuisine, either a country, or possibly smaller (or larger) demographic, depending on your preference.  How to include an around the world themed family dinner into your…

  • verse by verse study
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Journal Study

    Study Verse by Verse Scripture journal study verse by verse is beneficial in concentrating your focus on only a few words and/or sentences at a time. Additionally, it provides opportunity for increased understanding that might otherwise be lost during a faster read. While it is a slower process, it provides time for reflection and comprehension. What is a verse by verse scripture journal? It’s a journal where you study one verse at a time. You can study more than one verse a day, but you concentrate on only one verse at a time. Some options for this method include: Working your way through a book (or more) one verse at…

  • Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family
    School

    School Year Theme

    Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family Why and how to create a school year theme for your family? First, why? Creating a family school year theme can help unite the family with a specific goal or focus for the school year. Additionally, it may encourage the kids in that goal or focus throughout the school year. The family has something common to remember and draw strength from. Also, with a united theme, the family can encourage each other in their efforts. Second, How? Start with thinking over concerns or goals you have for your kids? Have there been any new transitions from last school…

  • Back to School Traditions
    Family Time,  School

    Back to School Traditions

    Creating Back to School Memories Creating back to school traditions can lead to lasting memories. Additionally, back to school traditions may help ease that transitional time. I really enjoy having my kids’ home during summer break and I look forward to summertime. As summer draws to a close, I want to help create pleasant memories for my kids return back to school. Through creating traditions that celebrate, with the kids, their return to school, I have come to look forward to those celebrations and traditions. (It helps me prepare too.) 5 simple traditions we have enjoyed for creating back to school memories: One on One Time with Back to School…

  • Ancestor Inspired Dinner
    Family Story

    Family History Dinner

    Ancestor Inspired Dinner (or Dessert) Creating an ancestor inspired dinner (or dessert) is a fun and inclusive way to involve your family in their family history. What is an ancestor inspired dinner (or dessert)? It’s a planned dinner or dessert inspired by where your ancestor(s) lived, or maybe a recipe they used that was passed down (if you’re blessed to have one). Creating Family History Dinner (or dessert) takes just a few simple steps: Select an ancestor (or ancestors) of yours to share. Next, look to see where that ancestor is from. Look up food ideas for that area. Afterwards, look up recipes that are inspired by the area. Most…

  • 3 Ways to share Journal
    Life Story

    Journal Sharing?

    3 Ways to share your personal journal Journal sharing? Share your personal journal? Isn’t it “personal” for a reason? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Firstly, when I write in my personal journal it is for me. Why share your personal journal? Selectively sharing entries from your personal journal is a beneficial tool in sharing a piece of your story with someone else. In addition to what I show and how much of what I share, I’m selective in who I share part of my journal with and how I share it.  How I share my journal: Relate Stories: While I can recall some stories without my journal, I find that through…