Category: For Mommas

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Your Family Needs You to Relax

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

My normal Saturday in Spring usually looks like an early morning soccer game followed by house work. Yay. Sometimes I think that I’ll get caught up on laundry or take on some outdoorsy project (like planting flowers that I know will die in three weeks) or cleaning up the backyard toys (that will be strewn…

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When God Calls a Mom…

Monday, March 27th, 2017

  I can’t say that my story is much like I anticipated. I did intend to be a stay at home mom. I did hope to be in some sort of ministry (ten years ago I would have crossed my fingers to be a pastor’s wife). But I can’t say that working at home speaking…

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“Will It Be Enough?”

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

I ask myself every year, “Will it be enough?” No matter how many presents are under the Christmas tree, no matter how special I try and make the day, no matter how many surprises I can or can’t pull off, I always wonder, “Will my love be enough for my family?” I always wonder if…

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Dear Stranger: Here’s How to Speak to My Shy (Selective) Kid

Monday, December 19th, 2016

I used to call my daughter shy, but then I decided that our children hear, listen, and believe what we say about them. And while she might actually be shy, she’s also very brave. And I would rather her remember that she’s brave and wild and adventurous than believe the label I give her every…

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The Seven Year Chair

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

We wandered around a boutique-like store full of baby furniture and the hottest nursery items. We had nearly everything we needed before our first baby arrived just a few weeks later. There was only one item left to complete our little boy’s nursery. I wanted a comfy rocking chair. The store had everything from antique…

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When We Cut the Feet Off of Their Pajamas…

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

“Will you please grab the pajamas in Jaxton’s drawer before you put that pile away?” I shouted as my mom walked toward my boys’ room with a freshly folded stack of pjs. We had folded what seemed like thirty loads of laundry that evening. (I’d like to pause for a brief moment of gratitude for…

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Clutter-Free Heart & Home Before Christmas

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

If you’re anything like me, the first batch of Christmas presents that you ordered online should be arriving any day now. Boxes and shipments and trips to the store all mean one thing… there will be more stuff in your house. Call me crazy, but my guess is that idea doesn’t thrill you or you…

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For the Lonely Momma This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

My husband asked me to marry him a few days before Christmas. That year, I went to our family Christmas gathering as his fiance. We chatted with relatives about our new love. We ate a full meal and enjoyed delicious desserts. We enjoyed visiting with all of our relatives. The years that followed were much…

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Her Son Wasn’t Wearing Shoes at the Zoo

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Her son wasn’t wearing shoes at the zoo.  That wasn’t the first thing I noticed about her or the little blonde-haired boy with her. And the fact that he didn’t have shoes on definitely isn’t the point of this story. But sometimes little bare feet expose our hearts… My husband and I took our three…

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You’re Supposed to Love This

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

There’s this ache that says, “You’re supposed to love this. You’re supposed to love this and be better at all of this. There’s probably something wrong with you. You need to figure it out. Get it together. Figure out how to make yourself enjoy it all more.” And you believe it. So you look around…

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How My Dad’s 40 Year Old Secret Saved My Marriage

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Space. You can feel it. That space in between you and your husband… You’re not quite sure where it came from, but you know it’s there. And some days it seems like it is growing. Things used to be different. Before kids became a part of your story, things were so very different. There was…

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What I Don’t Want My Kids to Believe

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

It was well after midnight, and I scrambled to find a pen and paper. I have a hard enough time locating a pen during the day, but I was able to find a marker in my kitchen junk drawer. It was a blank sheet of white paper waiting to be filled – a clean slate.…

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Why I Bought My Daughter a Dress Even Though She Disobeyed

I Bought My Daughter a Dress Even Though She Disobeyed

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

I tried to calm her. Sweetheart, just put the dress on the counter so we can pay for it. Okay? Look. See all of these people patiently waiting in line behind us? This nice lady at the register wants to finish with us so she can help the other customers too. I just need you…

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Ready or Not! – To Read on the First Day of School

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

  The house is quiet. I’m walking from room to room looking in each. Everything is still until I hear a little bit of giggling coming from a not-so-secretive little girl. “Ready or not, here I come!” I shout, giving her a little warning that I’m on my way. More giggling. I pull open the…

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It Will Be Our Turn… Later

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

I’m almost to the end of another day. I got my kids up and took them to church and fixed lunch and answered a million questions and solved a million fights and detached a million stuck Legos. There are so many things I need to do. But I know any minute my kids will be…

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