Devotion in Motion: The Apple of My Eye


“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”Luke 10:38 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” When I was in the second grade, my class read a story about [...]

The Rockwood Files: Here Comes the Rings


By Gwen Rockwood, columnist and mama of 3 At any wedding, there are at least three people who are really, really nervous – the bride (because she wants everything to go perfectly), her mother (because her daughter wants everything to go perfectly), and the parents of the ring bearer or flower girl (because their kid [...]

Great Date Giveaway: We have a winner!

Congratulations to Steffi Kellam of Fayetteville! She and her husband are officially headed for a Great Date! Steffi won Motherlode’s Great Date Giveaway — two tickets to the Walton Arts Center and dinner at Bordinos Italian restaurant. “I’ll start working on finding a babysitter tonight!” said Steffi, mom to Katie, 7, Lucy, 4, and 2-year-old [...]

Great Date Giveaway: Win dinner and a show!


You know what the only thing better than a great date is? A FREE Great Date! As in, free tickets to a great show at the Walton Arts Center. Heck, we’ll even throw in dinner at Bordinos Italian restaurant, just down the street. All you need to do is send us an e-mail at, [...]

Life With Ladybug: Top Heavy

By Shannon, Ladybug’s mother I have been in purge mode. The most recent victim was my bedroom closet. I went through and dragged out all those hanging clothes that I NEVER wear anymore. Near the end of my grab, un-hanger and toss frenzy, I came upon a crisp, white shirt with three little buttons at [...]

5 Minutes With a Mom


Name: Gail Nation Residence: Fayetteville, Ark. Child(ren): Kelli, 22 and Chase, 20 Grandchild(ren): 22-month-old Matthew (Kelli’s little one) Born and raised: In Dumas, Ark. Where do you work? “I’m an RN, but right now I’m staying home with my grandson.” Favorite all-time movie? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Last book you read? The Gift [...]

Fashion Mama: My Closet Makeover

By Gwen, mama of 3 There have been many times I’ve watched the show “What Not to Wear” on TLC channel and secretly wished for my own wardrobe intervention – only without the public humiliation and national television exposure. The truth is, my wardrobe lost its mojo somewhere between the dressing room and the delivery [...]

Mealtime Mama: Juicy Fruit and Greens

My mom’s group was passing recipes around recently via e-mail and Megan Lawler, mom of two girls and a baby boy, sent out a message that reminded me: A) Of getting one over on your kids with the help of that book, Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld or that other one, The Sneaky Chef, by [...]

Devotion in Motion: Bucktoothed Babies – Unplugged


“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11, NKJV By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” My late father adored his grandchildren. He thought they should have anything they wanted. Anything, that is, except a pacifier. He hated pacifiers because he’d learned a hard lesson after dealing [...]

The Rockwood Files: Letter to my daughter

Dear Kate, I  know it seems strange to be writing you a letter now, seeing as how you’re only 1 ½ years old and can barely put two words together. But one day, about 14 years from now, I’ll dig this dusty letter out of a box and show it to you so you’ll understand [...]

5 Minutes With a Mom


Name: Christie Rollins Child(ren): Zach, age 2 Hometown: Fayetteville Where were you raised? St. Louis, Mo. What are your most prized possessions? My engagement and wedding rings. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Italy; beautiful and great food!!! Favorite vacation spot? Anyplace with the ocean and beach! If you [...]

All Akimbo: Baby’s got the preschool blues

By Kim Blakely, Mojo’s mama I usually love this time of year. All the pencils, pens, crisp sheets of notebook paper, staplers and paper clips, the desk organizers and book bags … aaaah, school supplies. But Mojo? Eh. He’s not all that interested in such things, and his lack of enthusiasm is putting a damper [...]

“Ask Amy” tackles wrinkle creams


Hi Amy! I love reading your tidbits and I love nwaMotherlode. Can you give me some advice as to some of the better anti-aging creams out there that don’t cost a mint? It seems like there is some new “miracle cream” every other week and I never know what to spend my money on. ~From [...]

Recipes: Pork Tenderloin and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

It’s the beginning of a new week and another round of dinners. These two recipes are from Fayetteville mom Nancy Firmin, who enjoys growing her own herbs and cooking from scratch. To read more about Nancy, click on the category “Mealtime Mama” and check out the post! Tenderloin Stuffed with Mushrooms and Herbs ½ c. [...]

Fayetteville mom cooks with herbs from her own garden

By Shannon Magsam FAYETTEVILLE — Nancy Firmin’s fellow cooking friends like to pilfer her herbs. She grows a wide variety: parsley, sage, rosemary, lemongrass, chives, parsley, mint, basil and cilantro. The herb garden is in the front yard, a seamless element of the landscaping. “That is the easiest kind of garden you can have,” Nancy [...]