Encouragement for Moms

Motherhood Instinct Gone Wrong

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 when a child needs a hug instead of a timeout. Know when ice

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3 Ridiculous Arguments I Continue to Have with My Preschooler

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. Recently, some friends and I were chatting about the hilarious things that kids say. Here are

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I’m Not the Mom I Thought I’d Be

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. I remember thinking, if I could just have an hour of alone time,

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely

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Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped

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

“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 is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more

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Why Mommy Meltdowns are OK Sometimes

A few weeks ago I was having a hard day. Minor things had been chipping away at me all day long and my resistance was low. When my infant refused to go down for an afternoon nap I hit my tipping point and began to crumble. A mommy meltdown was

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“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

“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 question around his age. How do I want to respond his question? What does my child

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

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 up multiple times, I was woken up by my husband talking. However, he

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Character is Caught, Not Taught

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 open. One particular Sunday morning we were in front of the Casey’s

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A Third Kid is Like…

“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 the realm of parenting, one’s experience is entirely dependent on the existing

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Dig In

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 time, I wasn’t thankful for the unearthing of every toy that existed

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‘Tis the Season…to Not Keep Up with Life

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 top of things. However, since my third child

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10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read our full disclosure policy here. Yesterday I shared a bit of our parenting struggles as of late (read: entitlement!) and

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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read our full disclosure policy here. We moved to a new school last August. My 3rd grader in particular has

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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

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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

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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.  

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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

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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

Don’t waste your summer with kids at home. It’s never too late to think about how to use these summer months intentionally. Here’s how to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in their lives. Ah, summer. For many of us, the word is synonymous with any number

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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

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Where is God When You Can’t Get Pregnant?

Today’s post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that they will encourage many women out there struggling with infertility. Please pass this

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“Do You Sometimes Just Cry?”

The blog helps me make friends. Seriously. People read my parenting posts (or parenting woes), totally relate, want to talk to me about their similar experiences, we connect over harrowing kid stories and eventually become friends.  Real life example: my friend, Laura.  This gal is a doll. Love her. Like

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When Grace is So Good That It Hurts

The following post is written by my dear friend, Sara. Despite being 9 months pregnant with her 3rd she is still full of spunk, fun, humor and wit. When she shared this post on her blog, Moves Like Jaeger, I couldn’t believe how well she articulated how I currently feel

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Seven Things I Swore I’d Never Do as a Parent

I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I’d be, the type of kids I’d raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless learning activities we would do together and so on.

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“Mommy, Are You Happy?”

Mommy Monster has been on the prowl. I’ve just found myself in a little funk in which I’ve been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with my kids. After a middle of the night battle with

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talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

Guest post by Nathan, Rachel’s husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our kids about sex. In fact, it might be better to say that we’ve been discussing how to

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The One Where I Admit I Can’t Do It All

I’ve been struggling with headaches for two years now–ever since I was done nursing my my last child. They seem to have gotten more frequent–about once a week I end up in bed. I’ve linked them to lack of sleep, sitting at my computer/behind the wheel, lifting kids, and stress

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Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

Guest post by my husband, Nathan. In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often ranks highly on the list of the world’s most powerful women and top executives in general.

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A Word to the Struggling New Mom

I recently got together with a sweet friend who has a six month old. It was the first time we had actually talked face-to-face since he was born and the first time I was able to hear firsthand about the struggle and hardship she had been going through since he

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Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

Read my much more updated post called “Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids” here. Today is my 1st grade son’s last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning, I’m ready! Summer provides a magical (well, at least at first) and unique

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World’s Toughest Job

World’s Toughest Job

This video has been going around for a while but I couldn’t help but smile and laugh my way through it. Happy Mother’s Day.

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A Mother’s Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

We’ve got a Mother’s Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25 printable verse cards called On the Job Meditations for Moms…because, well, we personally needed

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The Beauty of Female Friendship

This past weekend I gathered together with a group of 12 women made up of my best friends and various other women connected to our group in one way or another. While our initial reason for getting together was to live stream the IF Gathering, I look back on the

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An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already a bit shaky because I never got a really good pregnancy test. The second pink

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Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

On the tough days of motherhood I simply can’t understand why God says children are a “blessing.” I feel like I’m missing something OR he has given the “blessed” kids to someone else. Well, I read this blog post today on this topic over at Desiring God and thought it

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 5. Baby Gear: What do you actually need? 6. What to

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Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I’ve reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to Burst. If you have children at home, put a show on for the kids (and don’t feel

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9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy and colonoscopy. He had been sick for months and no one had a

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Pass the Truth, Please: Guest Post by Gloria Furman

I’m excited to share another guest post from our author and friend, Gloria Furman. When we told her about our printable Bible verses, On the Job Meditations for Moms, she offered to share this personal story in hopes that it would encourage other women to hide God’s Word in their

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Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

Reposted from January 2012 Here’s a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom… A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children. As I prepared a meal to take to

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25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms–Get Yours Today!

Just one minute of looking up instead of down–at the dirty floors or a crabby kid– can change your whole perspective as a mom. When you meditate on biblical truth throughout the day–whether it’s in the car, at the kitchen sink, or while changing a diaper–your heart and mind are

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Calm. Fair. Firm.

I’m only two years into parenting but one thing I’ve learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks and that is part of it. My two year old happens

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Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don’t recognize my family, per se, but recognize what’s going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as a REAL family. Toddler tantrum, tired baby, and me with my stay-at-home mom

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Find Life in the Mundane

  Ever since I started reading Glimpses of Grace, this quote has been on the forefront of my mind. I thought it was worth sharing.

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Lessons Learned Through Our Adoption Process

My name is Liz. I’m the wife to Jon, the mommy to Charlotte (5), Riley (3), and the soon-to be the mommy to Juliet (5 months). We moved to Seattle about 5 months ago and are adjusting to our new life in the Northwest. We’ve been in process for three

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

This post comes from my good friend, Sara. After reading it on her blog, Sara J. Writes, I immediately texted her and asked if I could share it. I hope you find Sara’s honesty and humor as refreshing as I do.  Growing Pains When I was little I would get

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40 Reasons To Go the Full 40

In hopes of encouraging me to endure these last few weeks of pregnancy, my RN mother forwarded me these resources from the OB Nurse manager at the hospital she works at. Hope they can help any other uncomfortable pregnant mamas out there to hang in there! Download a printable version of

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Thought-Provoking Quotes for Parents

Thought-Provoking Quotes for Parents

In six years’ time, our family went from this… To this… No, I’m not pointing out my husband’s drastic hair change. Although, like the addition of two more children, it was a much welcomed change. 🙂 Yes, it’s gone by fast so far. All those veteran parents who have told

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Seven Practical and Easy Ways to Help a New Mom

Motherhood confession: I had a very hard time transitioning to motherhood when my first child was born. For a lot of reasons I really struggled to enjoy that season of life. God got me through it and taught me A LOT but it was tough. Because of my experience, I

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My Favorite Christmas Decoration

My Favorite Christmas Decoration

  I typically don’t buy Christmas decorations- especially full price. Most of the decorations we have up have come from my parent’s basement. However, when I saw this print on Etsy, I couldn’t pass it up. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”  Not only does this come from

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His Dominion Will Endure

His Dominion Will Endure

The other day while watching the nightly news, I turned to my husband and anxiously asked, “What kind of world is our daughter going to grow up in?” I’m sure every parent and grandparent has shaken their head and worried about the shifting culture they see and grown anxious about

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3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

Note: You may want to read the full blog post on this topic called How to Cultivate a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child first. Proverbs 6:23 says, “Correction and instruction are the way to life….” Did you know that spending time correcting our children

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Lessons from The First Trimester

Well friends, I’m through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit more kindly than my first, there have still been many moments and days that I don’t want

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My Salary (I wish!)

My Salary (I wish!)

I stumbled on a little factoid when reading Real Simple that I thought our readers might find interesting. Did you know that the yearly salary of a 2012 stay-at-home mom would be $112,962 (that is, if she were paid), as determined by the career-advice website Salary.com. Real Simple states: “The

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The Pain of the Shot

The Pain of the Shot

Yesterday my youngest little guy, Ben, age 23 months, was so sick. High fever, listless, clingy. I took him to the doctor, and he determined Ben needed some heavy-duty antibiotic shots. These shots are some of the most painful ones a kid can get, from what I understand (and remember

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Mommy Spotlight: Shannon

Mommy Spotlight: Shannon

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today’s Mommy Spotlight guest is Shannon,

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Do We Make Parenting Too Complicated?

Do We Make Parenting Too Complicated?

There are times when I know I don’t think hard enough about the implications of my parenting and behavior toward my kids. Like this or this. There are other times that I make parenting too complicated, though. I know I do. All the parenting books I’ve read are helpful…to a

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Mommy Spotlight: Rebecca

Mommy Spotlight: Rebecca

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today’s Mommy Spotlight guest is Rebecca,

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Saturday Funny

Saturday Funny

The truth behind this picture makes me giggle. Hope it brings a smile to your day.

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Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

A friend of mine and reader of the blog emailed me a while back with several great questions about helping her picky eater, as well as incorporating healthy foods into their family’s diet. These are the same questions I was asking, researching, and anxious over only four years ago myself

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I love you because frame

A Craft That is Good for a Marriage

A Craft that is good for your marriage? What? Before I get to the craft idea, I need to give you a little back story. If you don’t care on how I arrived at this project, just scroll on down! I’ve been married almost three years now. I don’t think

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How God Refreshed My Soul in the ER {Guest Post}

How God Refreshed My Soul in the ER {Guest Post}

Today’s guest post is written by Gloria Furman from Domestic Kingdom. “I can’t believe we’re wasting a good family hair day,” I joked as I marched my three little ducklings out the door on the way to the Emergency Room. I was mostly kidding about the hair. Of course there

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I Declare War On…

I Declare War On…

…my impatience with my kids. That’s right. I’ve HAD it with my impatience. (Yes, my husband already pointed out the irony of my impatience with my impatience.) My little people mean way too much to me to carry on with business as usual. Want to read more about my ugly

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Mommy Spotlight: Kara

Mommy Spotlight: Kara

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today’s Mommy Spotlight guest is Kara

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10 verses to pray for fathers

A Non-Traditional Father’s Day Gift: Commit to Pray for Dad

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” -Billy Graham  Like many women out there, I struggle with what to get my husband for Father’s Day. Grilling tools? An iphone accessory? Gift cards? Some dads are

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Psalm 23 in Action: The Good Shepherd vs. A Monster

Psalm 23 in Action: The Good Shepherd vs. A Monster

My 5-year-old quietly traipsed downstairs. “Mommy, I keep seeing a monster in my mind and it won’t go away.” There are times when my kids use stall tactics at bedtime. You know, like, “I need to go potty!”, “I need a drink,” or “My toe hurts.”  I could tell this

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Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Growing up, Advent and Lent were seasons that not just my church but my family observed. Both were times of anticipation and waiting. Both were times of drawing closer to the manger and to the cross. Both were opportunities my parents used to start intentional conversations about the Gospel. Lent

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4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

One of my fears in writing a blog called Thriving Home and that sometimes speaks to parenting issues is that you’d get the ridiculous impression that I somehow have my act all together as a mother.  Excuse me while I have a good belly laugh at the thought. Bah, ha,

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Encouragement to be a Praying Mother

Encouragement to be a Praying Mother

As a new mom, I worry when my daughter is in someone else’s care – even if it’s her own grandma! I don’t think I can even begin to comprehend the worry a mother must feel if her child, no matter how old, is in danger or unreachable. Whether a

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Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Several months ago, my husband Jeremy pointed out that he had a couple of shirts that needed buttons sewn on. I remember looking at him like, “yeah right, I’ll get to that someday.” (Did I mention I have three kids, three and under, one of which was born this year,

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A Prayer for Moms: The Music of Loose Ends

A Prayer for Moms: The Music of Loose Ends

This prayer has been a great one for my quiet times. It is from the book, Powerful Prayers for Your Children. I hope this encourages you to rejoice in all of the little things we can be prone to complain about. If you want a printable version of this prayer, click HERE.

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Babies with Acid Reflux: Help for Moms

I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don’t use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a happy, delightful 7 month old who doesn’t even remember the rough days

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On the Job Meditations for Moms

On the Job Meditations for Moms

A dark, short silhouette hovers over you and whispers “Mommy. Why are you still asleep?”  You mutter a dry throat grunt in response, while your hand searches the end table for your glasses forged in 1999.  Once your sight is restored, you eye the glowing green numbers of the clock…6:05. 

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This Might Be My Favorite Morning Prayer

This Might Be My Favorite Morning Prayer

The prayer below is something I’ve returned to for years now.  It’s from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions or from this website that has some of those Puritan prayers listed.  My favorite line has to be the last one: “May I speak each word

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