It's the beginning of August and you realize you've been vacationing through other people's Facebook posts, but not a single vacation was one you actually took. Oops. But, luckily, there are still a few days left for some summer fun. I'm not saying vacations are a must, I'm actually against the planned, yearly trips, but I do think summer is the time where you check off some things on your bucket list. Because our kids are so young and we wanted to keep the spending to a minimum, we decided to do a little staycation. What is a staycation you might ask? Well, my definition is--a little vacation...

"It was Friday the 13th of 2002, and the first anniversary of 9/11 was coming up, and I just kept having this dreaded feeling that Friday the 13th was going to be a really bad day. I had no idea why, so I went on with my day.  Lindsay came home from school and decided she was going to go work out with her best friend.   About an hour later after she left, the phone rang, and it was her best friend Morgan. She said, “Kathy, Lindsay fainted. You need to get over here right away.” She fainted at the gym on the treadmill.  So, at...

E Elyjah, L Live or die-- he had a choice to make, whether to let his situation will determine his purpose or not. 31 days in children's hospital led him to a mature mental state unheard of for his age. Y You may be thinking he's gone. However, J Jumping to conclusions usually doesn't produce a positive outcome. The A Aftermath of a brain abscess turned him into a beast on the inside and a cub on the outside, and became a part of who he was, and what he felt the need to preach through his own experiences. Most wouldn't understand nor agree with an idea that the H Holy Spirit was now inside him. N (k)nowledge...

There it is--I'm turning Thirty tomorrow morning. I've spent many of my early years counting down the days until my birthday.  Not so patiently waiting for my own copy of Beauty & The Beast and my friends to play pin the tail on the donkey, before smashing some ice-cream cake. And I've spent some years anticipating new found freedoms. Like driving a car, smoking a cigarette, and ordering a glass of wine on my own.  Though, I've spent a good portion of my life dreading my birthday.  Mainly because something always seemed to go wrong, and my birthday wish never seemed to come true. But, this year is different for many...

Food By Bel provides grocery shopping, custom meal plans, meal delivery, and in-home meal prep services. Isabel, or Bel, also provides her custom meals plans worldwide. Her business, based in Westerville, had its start earlier this year and has been rapidly growing since. Serving clients throughout the larger Columbus area and on the web, she has begun to establish herself as one of the competitive meal delivery services in the area. For the past two weeks Isabel has been coming to my house dropping off our groceries. It has been a game changer. It’s the same as Amazon Prime but better, because it’s a thousand times...

We’ve actually touched on this before, but figured we could revisit.   Quality time. This past weekend, my husband and I spur of the moment (kind-of), decided to go out of town.  And, it made me extremely anxious to leave the girls for the first time.  Also, extremely anxious to do something spur of the moment.  I’m a “Type A-plan ahead” kinda gal. The last time my husband and I went away together out of state was when I was 5-months-pregnant.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast and played  the board game Life far too many times. And, I complained the entire way up a mountain. We...

There's no question that when you think of barbeque, you think of City Barbeque. How could you not, really? The beef brisket (my all-time favorite), the pulled pork, baked beans, corn pudding, I could go on. The barbeque is so good that it's been given many awards, countless times, in local and national articles, competitions, and festivals. How did this place get so good?  Why is it so good?  And, who makes it happen? There's definitely a story behind it. It all started almost 17 years ago in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rick Malir, one of the Founders of City Barbeque, quit his day job at John Deere & Co....

I found my face getting heavier. It was becoming difficult to lift the corners of my mouth into a smile. It had been too long since I’d laughed, or really had fun. So, the weekend came and we did our usual “What do you want to do today?”  We opted for the park, to let the kids run off some steam and somewhere in the midst of that typical monotony, I found my smile. I’m the type of mom who usually sits on the sidelines watching the kids. It seems the more energy they have, the less I do. Until I see the youngest teetering toward the...

Throughout her 15 years in youth ministry, Pam Lozano has heard countless stories from teen girls about their lives. Some of these teen girls came from amazing homes and supportive families, yet still faced normal teenage challenges of insecurity and self-image issues. While others faced more difficult situations and did not have support from home. Instead, they had parents who were too busy, too distracted, or unable to give their kids the time and attention needed.  Stories surfaced of girls who had faced sexual abuse from relatives, struggled with eating disorders, or engaged in self-harm through cutting. But, what they all seemed to have in common---...

Jan’s story I grew up as an ordinary kid, but my life story has little too many unplanned and unexpected turns that made me the person who I am today. Sit tight, and stay with me while I take you through my roller coaster journey. I am from Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the south tip of India. I grew up as the eldest child in the family with my younger brother. My brother was born with a heart defect, and the doctors determined that there was no cure. He was under the constant watch of my parents; nevertheless, no one could tell he...