Category: motherhood/family/parenting

7 Simple Things I’m Doing to Make This Year Better

In no particular order, instead of making new year's resolutions, I've been working on a list of  simple things I'm doing to make this year better. I am a simple girl, I love simple changes and I don't want to feel overwhelmed by resolutions I know I can't won't keep. Health There's nothing like aging that will make ...

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The BEST Thing You Can Do for Your Kids When You Feel Like A Bad Mom

  It's a long, arduous road, this parenting gig. There are the tiring years of baby and toddlerhood, when you're too sleepy to really enjoy it, and then the teen years crash upon you, and suddenly, between the emotional outbursts and vague feelings of alienation, you realize those former years were really pretty great and you ...

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How Being a Christian Should Change My Home

Sometimes I need to give myself a good old-fashioned "talkin' to" and you may as well eaves drop 'cause this is gonna be good. I find it easy to talk about this or that virtue of being a Christian--"be kindly affectionate to one another...", "in lowliness of mind, let each consider others better than himself...", and ...

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The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don't and I'm left nagging about chores half-done and a ...

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Are You Wasting or Living Life?

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes." -Harold Lee Do you ever feel like you're just busy waiting for the next phase, the next season, the next step? Once we arrive *here*"...life will be easier, slower, better. But... We are here. Now. Life is where we are in ...

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What to Do When You Can’t Get Past the Hard in Your Day

  Lean in hard and listen. We know all the verses, don't we, about rejoicing in adversity and taking joy in trials? But on those very hard days when you have a thousand things coming at you without the mental strength to process or deal with them all, those verses can seem more like a distant fairy ...

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Gratitude…At Any Cost

  (From a woman who woke up with both arms and legs amputated after contracting the flesh-eating bacteria, Strep A, after giving birth): "I'm so grateful....I'm so grateful." It starts right here with the "Queen of Blame."  I'm set like flint on a mission to root out attitudes of ungratefulness, victimization and blaming in myself and in my ...

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Character: What it is, & How We Encourage it in Our Children

We can’t be disillusioned by our children’s choices, blaming ourselves. God is the perfect parent and He has had prodigals since the beginning.  But I’m telling you, Satan wants to use it to tell you you’re a failure and cause you to be dismayed to the point that you feel like giving up on your other ...

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The ONE Parenting Tip That All the Others Hang On

I apologize in advance if this punches you in the gut, but you might take heart in knowing it did mine too. Because for all the desires of our heart to be good parents, we forget one colossal thing: they are children. Learning children. Growing children. Not yet finished children. And maybe we expect too much ...

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For Such a Time as This–Helping our Daughters Love God’s Word

  "Our greatest hope for this book is that girls will come away with a deeper understanding and love for Scripture." -Breezy Brookshire Oh how I love this book. Every square inch. "Stories of Women from the Bible, retold for girls." Written by Selah singer Todd Smith's wife, Angie, and magically illustrated by a friend of mine, Breezy ...

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