A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

“We need a balance between work and play, between kindness and firmness, between waiting and praying, between saving and spending, between wanting too much and expecting too little, between warm acceptance and keen discernment, between grace and truth. The longer I live, the more I must fight the tendency...

Balcony Girls See Easter Come to Life!

Balcony Girls See Easter Come to Life!

I’ve been thinking ahead to Easter next week. I must admit that the Easter baskets and gifts, candy purchases and games, have dwindled now, as my kids have gotten older. And that is a good thing. Because that means my kids are expecting less hubbub and hoopla, as they...

Make it a Priority!

Make it a Priority!

I frequently hear people say that they don’t have the time to practice hospitality. I wonder if they really don’t have the time, or if they just don’t know how to make it a priority? My niece, who is a new mommy again, made it a priority with our...

Munchkins Part III: Time to Relax

Munchkins Part III: Time to Relax

The dinner is over. It’s time to relax. Can this really be done with a bunch of little kids running around? What do you do with guests, to make the “after dinner time” peaceful and relaxing? There were quite a few dinner parties where our guests would leave their...

Munchkins Part II: Mealtime

Munchkins Part II: Mealtime

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it!” Bill CosbyWhat are some of my best memories of entertaining while our kids were little? Was it crying babies, emergency diaper changes or kids fighting over toys? No...

Munchkins Part I: Laughter and Planning Ahead!

Munchkins Part I: Laughter and Planning Ahead!

“Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.” Irish BlessingAs I reach back into my memory bank, remembering “how I did it” (entertained) with little kids in the house, I came up with one important factor: Laughter! Don’t our lives revolve around the...

Munchkins Underfoot!

Munchkins Underfoot!

I have the dishes, the napkins, the crystal, the love of cooking and baking … but how do you do it (entertain) with little ones?I recently received this letter from a reader with her 4th baby on the way. I love it when I see the hearts of young...

Attitude of Gratitude – Another Balcony Girls Lesson (and new GIVEAWAY winner!)

Attitude of Gratitude – Another Balcony Girls Lesson (and new GIVEAWAY winner!)

It’s been a while since my Balcony Girls and I met, so yesterday was an afternoon full of excitement and anticipation as we came together to learn a lesson on gratitude. Gratitude: A feeling of being grateful or thankful. It comes from being content and it comes from our...