Generation Cedar

Homemaking: Building a Home Builds the Kingdom

Building a home, building people, building the Kingdom–this is the profound task we’ve been called to–commanded and privileged to do! Rebekah Merckle is fantastic at revealing the enormous scope of what it means to be a woman who glorifies the Lord in her calling, making everything better, and using all the gifts and opportunities he’s […]

Mom Hack: Spaghetti Sauce PACKED with Veggies (They Don’t Know!)

A few months ago, our family began a different way of eating. Most of you have probably heard of the Mediterranean Diet (again, not really a diet, but way of eating.) It’s doctor recommended for heart health, losing weight and overall health benefits. So far we are enjoying this way of eating. To be fair, […]

10 Ways Economic Hardship Can Benefit a Family

Prosperity equals advantage. Do you believe that? I am fascinated with the irony of this mentality most Americans hold dear.  Maybe even more so since I hear often, as a mother of nine, about “affording all those children.” All of us believe, somewhere deep within, that to prosper financially puts us at an advantage. And […]

How to Make an Easy, Cheap Personalized Gift–Printed Cutting Boards–or Buy Them

I wanted to let you know about a new business I’ve just started and am just tickled about! Bamboo & Burlap is the way to send your favorite people (including yourself!) a personalized cutting board–I’ll ship them a one-of-a-kind, charming gift! It’s becoming really popular with realtors or anyone who routinely buys gifts for their clients. A useful, personalized […]

Summer Boredom Busters or Helping Your Kids Be Productive

It can be tricky keeping kids busy doing productive things in the summer (if you’re off from school), especially with the lure of the Internet. I offer you some tips: My favorite inspiration for productivity is using summer to prepare for Christmas by making homemade gifts. Over the years, this has saved us thousands of […]

Cheap, Easy Meals for Large Families (Or Small Ones): Apple/Sausage Stir Fry

I personally love to come across a cheap and easy meal (I’m partial to the one or two dish kind), especially here in my late pregnancy where simplifying life is important. Last night we cooked up this meal (although the picture isn’t mine–we forgot, but it’s close to what it looked like). It took me […]

Christmas Thoughts and a Fun, Unique, Homemade Gift With an Offer For You

I pray you all are enjoying this blessed season of Advent, anticipating the celebration of Christ’s birth and enjoying making memories with friends and family. We, too, are seeking to find the beauty and joy in the simplicity of living–things like savoring the smell of cinnamon and deliberating soaking up moments of two-year-old sweetness, that […]

Easy, Cheap, Homemade Gift/Product Idea for Your Entrepreneurs (Canvas Pillows)

When my daughter got married, we used two large, canvas curtains for decoration. The cheapest solution was a painter’s drop cloth. (Harbor Freight (on line) was the cheapest place I found them, and right now, they’re on sale for $16.49 for a 9 x 12 piece.) Also, I googled for a coupon code and found this one for […]

Why “I Can’t Afford It” Could Be the Best Thing For Your Children

Americans are pretty obsessed with “affording” stuff. I saw a quote recently, though I can’t recall it, that said something like: “We work all the time to afford all the things we never have time to enjoy because we’re always working.” We’ve afforded bigger homes, nicer cars, longer vacations, but we can’t afford for mom to […]