Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

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“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

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When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

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"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same…
How We Use Our 5 Minute Ride to School

How We Use Our 5 Minute Drive to School (+7 Devotional Resources for the Car)

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Every Monday through Friday my husband or I load our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9, into our gray Honda Odyssey (along with every other middle-aged, suburban parent, right?) at 7:20 a.m. to head to school. Our…

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

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My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

Character is Caught, Not Taught

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As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked door…

A Third Kid is Like...

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"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…
This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

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Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…

Dig In

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My kids’ room was a mess. They had been playing hard and managed to undo any type of organization I had attempted to create in the past 4 years. While I was thankful for the extended conflict-free play…

One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

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After having three babies, I've managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was…

'Tis the Season...to Not Keep Up with Life

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I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I'm just a person who is usually on…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

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10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

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Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…

He's HERE! Clayton's Birth Story

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He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 3): 6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series first. Before I wrap up this series with 6 practical helps for stay-at-home moms, I feel compelled to tell you three things I'd like to say to you face-to-face…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2): 8 Reasons It's Worth the Sacrifice

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You may want to read Part 1 of this blog series first. FYI, there may be some affiliate links within this post. "I must choose to do those things that will give satisfaction as I view my life as a whole,…
On Being a Stay At Home Mom

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 1): The Job With No Accolades

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Nine years ago when my first child was born, my husband and I decided that I would not work full-time anymore and would instead stay home (most of the time) with our children during their preschool…

Bed-Resting (Part 2)

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So, here we are. On bed rest. (If you want the backstory to how I got here, hop over to yesterday's post.) If I'm being completely honest with myself, the idea of being on bed rest for the last few weeks…

Bed-Resting (Part 1)

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Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I've decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest…
You'll never regret giving this thrifty, yet meaningful gift this Christmas.

Giving the Gift of Time To Our Kids for Christmas

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How we spend our time matters. We can always make more money, but we can never get more time. So when we give our time to someone, it can powerfully show how much they matter to us. Guest post…
5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

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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…

Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

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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…
When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

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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…
Mom Hack from Thriving Home