World's Toughest Job

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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.

A Mother's Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

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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…

The Beauty of Female Friendship

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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…

An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

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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…

Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

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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…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

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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…

9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

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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…

Pass the Truth, Please: Guest Post by Gloria Furman

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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…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

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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.…

On the Job Meditations: 25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms

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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…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

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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…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

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Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

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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…

Seven Practical and Easy Ways to Help a New Mom

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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…
3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

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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…

Lessons from The First Trimester

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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…
I'm Glad I Left My Family and 10 Reasons You Should Too

10 Reasons I'm Glad I Left My Family and Why You Should, Too

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Yes, I left my family...for two nights this past weekend. Almost two years ago my best friend, Erika, suggested to me and a few other of our friends from the past (I knew all of these girls as early…

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

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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…

I Declare War On...

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...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…
A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Best Parenting Book I've Read Lately: A Praying Life by Paul Miller

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If I'm totally honest with myself, a book about the topic of prayer would typically make my eyes glaze over with boredom.  Or is it my heart glazed over with cynicism? Note: Some of the links in this…

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

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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. …

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help for Moms

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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,…

On the Job Meditations for Moms

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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. …