Posts tagged: motherhood/parenting

All’s Not Hair in Love and War

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It took me 5 children to realize that I might need to say it out loud:  "You are not allowed to cut yours or anyone else's hair". You must hear it from the start... I have had hair woes my whole life. Too thin, too fine, too--not what I wanted it to be. I deal ...

What Does a Stay-at-Home Mom Do All Day?

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Quite honestly, I don't like the term "stay-at-home mom".  It testifies to the fact that there are moms who don't stay at home and I wish it didn't have to be so. But there's an enormous gulf now between "has to work" and "wants to work."  The gulf was a complicated build, and now we can't ...

Love Covers…

Even though I'm in a hurry, I prop on my full buggy and motion her, with her three items in hand, to go in front of me...it's only treating her the way I want to be treated.  But then, the hasty shuffle past me, and never a grateful glance. A short response from someone I love... a ...

How Birth Contol and Catheters are Related…and Advice to a New Mother

From time to time I choose to publicly answer a reader who has emailed me with a question or thought.  The following question is, I'm sure, a universal one among couples who have approached the issue of birth control and children differently from the norm: "I am a Christian, homeschooling mom...My husband and I have a daughter who ...

Why it’s Important for Stay-at-Home Moms to Stay Home

On the assumption that a mother wants to stay home with her children because she thinks it's the best thing for them, the "at home" part can't be overlooked.  (I don't mean to state the obvious, but....) And there are practical reasons why. I've been thinking about those reasons, per a conversation I had with a woman ...

Helping Our Children Walk in Wisdom…Self Control

"Ponder all the life-implications of a well-controlled adult and see if he will not look back on his devoted mother with all the gratitude his life can muster and attribute to her the bulk of his earthly successes!" Mothering became a full time job I knew I had to devote my life to when I began ...

Our Interview With Kevin Swanson About Home Business

There is little more humbling than hearing one's self recorded (especially when one's self is from the South :-D).   Nevertheless, I was grateful to spend some time yesterday talking to Kevin Swanson on his radio program Generations With Vision, about family economics, sharing a little about our home business and how it all started.  (There ...

Remember Joy…

If I could be reminded of but one thing, (and the need of reminding is daily), it is that no day should be too busy or sad or trying that there is no room for joy. And isn't joy merely a state of mind and heart, not of circumstance?  Of course there's the deep, internal joy ...

One Crazy Lady With Her Large Family

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They say that I am crazy for letting you be born, But one look at your angel face makes crazy all the scorn. They say we can't afford you--that you'll need a lot of stuff, But your pudgy cheeks remind us that our God is big enough. They say it's strange--eight kids so far--and ask what's wrong with us, How ...

A Penny Saved is MORE than a Penny Earned: Can a Mother Afford to Come Home?

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A penny saved is MORE than a penny earned:  Can a mother afford to come home? (From the archives...I thought this may be a timely post about saving money!) Most families believe that the wife and mother simply MUST work to make ends meet.  Sometimes they don't even consider any other possibility.  In many cases, however, she ...

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