The Ultimate Family Gift Guide 2018

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Our Holiday Gift Guide only includes the BEST. We have lots of ideas for every age but only included something if we have personally used it and loved it or it has come highly recommended by a trusted…

How Losing 2 1/2 Months of Sleep Taught Me About God’s Love

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Today’s post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…
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7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

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 by Nathan Tiemeyer, Pastor at The Crossing (and Rachel's husband). This post was first published on Every Square Inch. Many of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with…

Childlike Remembrance: A Lesson From My Little Ones About the Heart of God

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Today's post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…

Top 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know

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I always say, there are plenty of things I do as a parent that I'm sure I'll regret. But, I'm confident in one thing...I won't regret spending time reading to my children. Thanks to the example and advice…
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10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs to Know

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by Keith Simon, Co-Lead Pastor of The Crossing. First posted at Every Square Inch. Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design…

3 Devotional Books for Elementary Kids We Are Loving

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If I get one thing right as a parent...it's not to get them the right education. It's not to make sure they play the right sports. It's not to help them avoid pain at all cost. And it's not even to make…

7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

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Today's post comes from our long-time blogging pal, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy. If your poke around on Julie's blog, you can't help but feel uplifted, encouraged, and empowered as a mom. She's got LOADS…

Motherhood Instinct Gone Wrong

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Motherhood instinct is a powerful thing. It has served myself and millions of other moms well since the beginning of humanity. Moms tend to just know. Know when a kid is really sick or just faking. Know…

8 Things I'm Loving

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I have a recipe that I need to share. But to be honest, I just didn't have the energy to go there. I'm in a writing mood and combing through ingredient formatting and editing Pesto Burger photos just wasn't…
Happy Mother's Day

3 Things I Want to Tell Every Mom (+ Mother's Day Goodies for You!)

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Our goal at Thriving Home from the very beginning has been to encourage and equip moms to thrive at home. Polly and I know that what you do day in and day out isn't always seen or appreciated. We also…

Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

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My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche…

Table Talk Cards

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Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them…

One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning…

Christmas Tree Troubles

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Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted…

Two Ways to Prepare Your Heart and Your Kids' Hearts for Christmas

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Last night in my church small group, a few of the members expressed their concerns about getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. I'm right there with them. While I know that…

Grow the Faith of Your Family with Seeds Family Box {Giveaway Expired}

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4 Reasons a Cooking Birthday Party at Hy-Vee Is a Steal of a Deal

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A kids' cooking birthday party at Hy-Vee is a hidden gem. Every kid (ages 6-10) absolutely loved this hour and a half of hands-on cooking and eating fun. And it was the most low-stress, enjoyable birthday…

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…
Before you fire off an email or social media post, be sure to read this article about some great ways to encourage your teacher.

How NOT to Encourage Your Child's Teacher

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By Jennifer Shackelford, Contributing Author Friends, I have determined that there are two types of people in this world. Those whose phone looks like this....(Yes, this is my home screen. Yes,…

3 Ridiculous Arguments I Continue to Have with My Preschooler

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I absolutely love the things that come out of preschoolers’ mouths. There are too many one liners to keep track of. The stream of thought dialogue is innocent, precious, and sometimes, down right hilarious.…

I'm Not the Mom I Thought I'd Be

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Yesterday, I was in a flurry of busyness. I was attempting to bring some order to the office in our new home but my productivity was being thwarted by my three little people who sensed my distraction.…

We Need to Tell Our Kids That It's Hard to Follow Jesus

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Photo credit: All photos in this post are property of The Crossing, Columbia, MO. See originals here. I just spent the past year with a team at my church writing and producing a curriculum for our one-week…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

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I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…