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…

'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…

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…
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

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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…

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…

The Mighty Mundane

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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…

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…
Free resources in leading children in daily Bible study.

FREE Resources for Leading Your Children in Daily Bible Study

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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…
No time for grumps--perspective for motherhood

No Time for Grumps

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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…
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

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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…

These are the Best Days

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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…

Where is God When You Can't Get Pregnant?

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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…

"Do You Sometimes Just Cry?"

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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…

When Grace is So Good That It Hurts

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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,…

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

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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…

"Mommy, Are You Happy?"

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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…
talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

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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…

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

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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…

Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

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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…

A Word to the Struggling New Mom

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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…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

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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,…