The Hard Truth: Self-Pity is Killing You & Your Family

Warning: transparency ahead. I pray it’s not too much. I had become more and more prone to self-pity, resulting in less joy, more frustration and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed. Oh I wouldn’t have called it self-pity. But the reality was that consciously or unconsciously, I blamed them–my kids or my husband for the way […]

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Postpartum Life

Postpartum life is not as fun at 43 than I remember at a younger age. (Although having a little baby in the house is!) But the upside is that I’ve had enough babies to expect and prepare for the crazy roller coaster of hormones that is my life after giving birth. I just thought it’d […]

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Simple Homeschooling: What My Kids Need to Learn

Homeschooling is a lot of wonderful things, but sometimes it can be confusing, even for (especially for) veteran moms, staring at the ocean of curricula, the endless teaching possibilities, and the myriad of styles and approaches. It is helpful for me to go back to the basics sometimes, and reevaluate what an “education” is, what […]

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Baby Zane is Born!

We are so excited and grateful to the Lord for the arrival of Zane Emory! After heading toward the hospital Sunday night around 11, contractions let up and we turned around and came home, grabbing a few hours of sleep and then heading back around 3:30 am. (Deciding when to go was tortuous for me […]

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Re-thinking Education: Are School Subjects Necessary?

Rethinking Education: Are School Subjects Necessary

Ever since I taught in a high school classroom, I have felt that something was inherently wrong with the way we teach. But I still came home, fourteen years ago to homeschool, and tried to recreate all I knew–all any of us know–the only way to “do school.” But what if a method, so ingrained that […]

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Words of Warfare–The Simple Tool of the Christian

Words of Warfare--The Simple Tool of the Christian

It has taken me thirty-two years (I’m 43 now. I wrote this a few years ago.) to really grasp the literal meaning of God’s Word being:  “powerful as a two-edged sword, piercing to the inmost parts of men.” The Bible is full of wisdom about the power of the Word. In 2 Corinthians Paul says “the […]

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What I Would Like to Say When People Make Me Feel Like a Freak For Having Children

Reposted from the archives. Originally posted in 2013. And it happens a lot. (Please accept the partial tongue-in-cheekiness of this post…it’s satire, and though it has a personal angle, it’s much more about addressing a faulty logic that permeates society.) For a long time, I tried to have a clever answer for the jaw-dropping, invasive […]

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What Do You Do When You’re Suffering? Is There More to It?

  I’m over at Redeeming Childbirth, reaching out to moms who are struggling, whether with pregnancy or other life matters. I think you’ll want to read Dear Mama, Your Suffering is not Just for Enduring.

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It’s Here! “Fiercely Devoted, Love Mom” is Your One Stop for the Mom & Wife Encouragement You Need

Fiercely Devoted, Love Mom is all the best, most-loved and shared articles from 8 years of archives here at Generation Cedar. I’ve done the work and put them all in one, 90-page ebook making it super easy for you to keep close by for “those days”, or to share with a friend who needs some […]

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Motherhood: It’s Not Just Something I Am

It’s hard for me to understand how the masses became convinced that motherhood was a “peripheral” job. In an interview I recently had, I concluded: Being a wife and mother is not just something we ARE; it’s something we DO. And that changes everything. Because that “doing” is magnanimous. What we do, that is, what […]

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