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The Mighty Mundane

As an expectant mom, I doubt I’m alone when I confess that I have some anxieties and fears about the unknowns of what the future holds. Along with the excitement and anticipation of a new baby, there is also a touch of nervousness. I mean, will I be able to handle three kids? Am I …Read More

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Giving the Gift of Time To Our Kids for Christmas

Guest post by Erin Anderson. Being six years younger than my sister, I always wanted to be more than an annoying little sister. That’s likely why I still remember when she invited me at the age of 14 to stay with her at college for a weekend. When I was in elementary school my dad …Read More

5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving in 2015

There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I’m fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our children–especially books that encourage them to have a bigger, truer view of our God. Over the past year or …Read More

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Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

I’m currently in a pretty large women’s Bible study filled with moms. What I’ve learned from listening to moms in all stages–some with their first infant, to some with kids in college–is that most families have a tough kid in the batch. We’ve finessed it down to calling them our “firecracker” kid. Some have more …Read More

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Polly’s Big News

Woot woot!! I’ve been dying to share fun our news with you all.  Today is finally the day! In April, my husband and I will be officially outnumbered by children. You guys. Now that I can openly talk about this, I must tell you that the first trimester kicked my butt. Like, really hard. This …Read More

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Pacifier, Be Gone!

The time had come. My 2 year old, pacifier-loving son has reached a point in his manhood that takes much courage. Much strength. Much hardship. It was his time. His time to lose the pacifier. Every young man comes to this turning point in his life. Some at the ripe age of 6 months. Some …Read More

When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

This guest post by Rebekah, from Barren to Beautiful, has touched my heart. It had me laughing and crying all in the same 5 minutes. Rebekah has a true gift of sharing her heart and providing much-needed encouragement for mothers. We are thankful to have her share on Thriving Home today.   “Don’t touch Mommy when she’s …Read More

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Personalized Books are the BEST Gifts for Kids! (+ You Can Win One!)

Disclaimer: Affiliate links included. This doesn’t affect you or purchase price in any way. It just means that if you decide to make a purchase through our link, you help support Thriving Home because we get a small percentage of the purchase total. So thanks! P.S. All opinions are our own, always! I’m always on …Read More

Free resources in leading children in daily Bible study.

FREE Resources for Leading Your Children in Daily Bible Study

Guest post by Holli Best. For the past few years my husband and I have tried to uphold some sort of daily spiritual pattern as a family. Some months are better than others. Really taking the time to teach our children Biblical truths can, to be honest, sometimes take a back seat with all the …Read More

Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

Hey there, Thriving Home readers! My name is Julie and I blog over at Happy Home Fairy. One of my favorite things to do on my site is create fun FREE Printables that help sweet mamas like you build a happy home! Polly and Rachel asked if I would share a few of my Summer …Read More

No time for grumps--perspective for motherhood

No Time for Grumps

This morning I was woken up at 5:30 a.m. by my dog, who sleeps under our bed, scratching. And scratching. And scratching. I still have no idea why we let our 70 pound lab/Shepard mix sleep under our bed but we do. He’s got issues. I laid there for a good 10 minutes in hopes …Read More

Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

Guest post by Keith Simon, our friend and pastor at The Crossing, as well as, father of four children. This post was originally posted at Every Square Inch. Inequality is in the news. There’s economic inequality (1% vs. 99%), racial inequality (see Ferguson and Baltimore), and educational inequality (all schools are not created the same) …Read More

Make This Summer with Your Kids Count - How to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in kids' lives.

Make This Summer with Your Kids Count (2015 Edition)

Ah, summer. For many of us, the word is synonymous with any number of good things: long, sun-drenched days, vacations, going to the pool, the smell of freshly cut grass, baseball, etc. But the summer months also offer a great chance for parents to help their kids grow and develop in an intentional way. As …Read More

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Mother’s Day Special: 50% Off Verse Cards for Moms

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, last minute gift idea for a mom, we have an idea for you! For one week only we are offering 50% off our Bible verse cards. (This is our biggest discount of the year on these!) Swing by our store and use the coupon: Weheartmoms15

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These are the Best Days

The following post is from a college friend of mine, Justin Ricklefs. His warm and authentic reflections on family, marriage and relationships have captured the heart and attention of many readers. Reclaiming the meaning of what matters most is what motivates his writing and it is evident in everything he shares. We are honored to have him …Read More

Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks is one of the simplest learning activities for many ages.

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

This activity isn’t rocket science…but it might further your child toward that career. Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! You mean hand my child those sharp pointy objects!? They will poke their sibling’s eye out! Yes, hand them toothpicks. And then hand them a bizillion little marshmallows and watch the miracle of their imaginations come …Read More

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Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Boy

This little man is turning TWO! This affectionate, rowdy, passionate, curious, risk-taker, adventurous, sweet, funny, food-loving, shoe-chucker, sister-follower, bird-lover, blankie-snuggler, stranger-greeter, doggy-chaser, water-splashing, good-napper, snuggly little boy is TWO. Sorry for sounding like every other single parent out there when I say, “When did that happen!?” Anyway, we are gearing up for a birthday celebration and …Read More

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Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

We’ve been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something… stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting and can actually do it now without creating a masterpiece on the table, wall, her body… you get the …Read More