Ten hidden gems you might have missed



Since I tend to march to the beat of a very different drummer, I am sharing my top ten hidden gems rather than just showing you my top ten posts. After all, you’ve probably already seen the most popular posts of all time in the right sidebar. :-)

Here they are, in no particular order. I hope you draw encouragement, learn something new and useful, or gather ideas to solve a problem or two!




 Gray. Washed out. Worn out. Just plain tired.

Do you feel as a mom sometimes that you just don’t have what it takes anymore?

Read the rest here.



What love language do you speak?


Have you ever met with a teacher, computer tech, doctor, lawyer, or other professional, and found your eyes glazing as they used words and phrases that were meaningless to you, but were the heart and soul, the language, of their profession?

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Read the rest here.



Are you being sugared off?


We have seasons in our lives of joy, sorrow, of challenge and triumph.

Often, they are intermingled, but there are times when a particularly difficult one seems to last for so very long.

Read the rest here.





Ahh, the feel of the warm sand at the beach as you curl your toes and gather up its gritty wonderfulness.

We bring those grains home with us, those wonderful reminders of the salty ocean breezes, the loud cries of the gulls, the joy and peace of the day.

Those eventually annoying, can’t get them out of our cars, our clothes, or off the floors, irritating specks of sand.

The whole experience reminds me of our relationships.

Read the rest here.


Are you raising a praise junkie?


Good girl!  Good boy!  Good job!

Are those phrases a familiar part of your parenting repertoire?

As much as we believe we are being supportive and loving of our children when we use these phrases, we actually might be raising a junkie.

That’s right. You heard me.

A praise junkie.

Read the rest here.



Starting conversations with your kids: Pillow Journals


How do your conversations go with your school age kids?

Let me take a stab at what might pass for a run-of-the-mill give and take between the two of you.

Read the rest here.



How to hold that BIG conversation about money with your Boomerang


You are a parent, possibly with younger kids still at home, and one day, you get that dreaded call from one of your 20-something adult children, whether they have been out in the workplace or are nearing the end of their college years: “Mom, I can’t afford to live on my own. I need to move back home.”

Although some of these kids want to get back out into the world as soon as possible, too many take advantage of the situation. It is just soooo nice to have all the comforts of home at their fingertips again, minus those nasty things like rent and bills. You provide comforts they could not afford on their own, things like a nice home that is fully furnished,  a stocked refrigerator,  a plethora of electronics, and a soft bed which keeps them warm and comfy every day, until they decide to greet the morning…around noontime.

How do you handle the latter sort, who just seems to have settled in for the long haul, because it is just easier to live off with mom and dad than to make their own financial way?

Read the rest here.



An offering of loaves and fish


Do you think sometimes that you don’t really have much to offer to others when they are in need?

That your words are too ordinary to help?

That because you are in a hole financially, emotionally, relationally or spiritually that you couldn’t possibly have anything of use?

Read the rest here.



Leading, following, and embracing


Have you ever thought of a family or organization in this way, that the leader cannot lead without followers?

And have you ever thought about the importance of each and every component of the organization?

I am not talking about mere lip service here, dear readers, where you repeat the mantra that there is no shame in doing or being “x”.

I am talking about embracing each and every part.

Read the rest here.



Praying in the midst of a storm


Have you ever had a friend or relative suggest prayer-gasp!-as a means of helping you find your way out of the depths of a personal storm?

Uh huh.

I’m sure you practically bit your tongue off so you didn’t drive them out of your life forever welcomed that suggestion with open arms.

Prayer? Really?

I remember thinking prayer was for the really pious, for the cute little old white haired, perfectly manicured ladies who went to Mass a hundred times a week.

Read the rest here.



I hope you have enjoyed these small treasures and have taken away information that will help you have stronger and more satisfying relationships in your life.

Thank you so much for joining me here, and I pray you all have a wonderful new year!

Sharing at NOBH, Finding Heaven, PYHO

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  1. This is such a good idea, Kim. You are so creative and I am so excited to read some of these!!
    Jen Ferguson recently posted…Happy New Year and the Soli Deo Gloria PartyMy Profile

    • Thanks, Jen! Sometimes I think blogging is like being a mom—there are times some of your best features are overlooked. :-)

  2. What a great year! I’m so glad your n my little club! Here’s to a great 2013.
    Auntie Em recently posted…Just Do ItMy Profile

  3. I march to the beat of a quirky drummer, too :) Thanks for the links and synopses! That boomerang one looks good… We’ve got a college graduation on the horizon, so hopefully that bird will find his own nest!

    Blessings to you in 2013, Kim!
    Susan recently posted…What do you mean, it’s 2013?My Profile

    • A quirky drummer…I like that! Praying your birdie flies off to his own nest. If not, be sure to come back and read the script. It is a winner! Blessings to you as well, Susan. It has been great getting to know you this year!

  4. Your gems are truly gems to me, Kim! And Fiona and I have still kept up with our pillow journal!
    ilene recently posted…Finding The FireMy Profile

    • Hi Ilene, thanks so much, and happy new year! Awww, you made my day by sharing that. I’m so glad you and Fiona are chatting via the Pillow Journal!

  5. You really did write some gems. I loved the one on What Love Language Do You Speak?
    I must say that I enjoy your posts and have been greatly enlightened by them.

  6. Stoppong by from the blog hop! So nice to meet you!
    Stephanie SassyModernMom recently posted…This Is How You Found Me? I’m So Proud.My Profile

  7. so glad you posted this list!

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