Stories and videos guaranteed to inspire and encourage.  Some are funny and others require tissues.  But we promise our ever-growing collection will keep you coming back for more.  Grab a cup of something yummy and settle in for our favorite picks.  All are short and sweet-just for you.

Quotes & sayings for those special moments.

Our fur babies love to have behind their ears scratched.  Sometimes they make us scratch our own heads in wonder.  Check here often for useful information intended to enhance your pet parenting experience.  Also, stop by to enjoy our favorite pet moments caught on video along with some pawful precious stories.


Need to address some of those delicate parenting topics?  Sooner or later, we all need some of this information.  We’re your 411 connection to dealing with today’s parenting challenges.  Please let us know if you’d like to see more about any topic that might not be here.  

There’s a fine line between what is work and what is fun when entertaining kids who are young.  Maybe that’s why many families do less fun time together as the kids get older.  Everyone is tired from those early years of “having fun.”  But making memories should be a top priority!  If the kids are older, or grown, you’ve more than earned this time to really enjoy each other.  We’re always finding easy, affordable ways to amuse and entertain our own family without breaking the bank.  Let us share our ever-growing ideas with you so that your family might find more ways to make those memories!  Life is less about how many breaths we take and more about how many moments take our breath away.  Enjoy it!

DIY ideas that are fun to make.  We’ve already tested each one so you can trust that the projects are doable and worth the effort.  Some are a little more advanced than others.  But we’ve added easy options to help you succeed at every single one!  And just in case you’re not into the do it yourself thing, we’ve got you covered.  You’ll want to visit here often!   


I love a great hack…but I’m not the most imaginative person ever.  So full disclosure here.  These will be the bright ideas of others. I’m just sharing!

Why Empty Nest Mess?  

The last two kids are almost grown, and the nest is already too spacious.  But I do love this time for reflection as we look forward to what’s next in each of our lives. 

Looking back on our experiences, and how they formed each of us into the people we are meant to be, I am in awe.  Each experience confirmed my faith and belief that we’re all here with a purpose and our lives do have meaning. 

Just this past year, our family was challenged in ways I never dreamed we could be.  There were so many tribulations, but always so much more grace.  There were personal storms that threatened to pull us under but ended with the most beautiful rainbows.  There were heartbreaks that shattered some dreams, but God gave life to new ones. 

Long ago I learned that when we truly let go of our lives and hand them over to God, things seldom go as we planned, but His plan is always better.  And the outcome is always brighter when we live by that faith. 

None of our recent experiences were what we’d expected the final years of raising kids to be like. But we are okay…in some ways better than before.

…And the name “Empty Nest Mess…” It came to me as I pondered the 20+ years that passed too quickly, and I contemplated the future when my nest will soon be empty.  As excited as I am for my kids’ futures to take shape, I’m a little anxious about how to reshape my life without that full nest.  There is so much I still long to share and so much more worth noting…Hence, the birth of Empty Nest Mess.