Give Your Child Every Thing They Want (and the world will lose the gift of gratitude)

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Straight up from the toaster and onto the delicate plate.  Two slices of bread, buttered to the edges and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.  An even dusting across the top and then neatly stacked to line up the edges.  This is where we would get fancy. As fancy as cinnamon toast goes. With careful and […]

September

Because You’re The Mom Who Just Needs A Little Space (Monday at its finest)

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We are like velcro.  We were born with it as young girls, and we become more sticky as we grow.  And as we move into motherhood, the velcro grows into our skin and we become a part of it. Sometimes not even realizing that we are attached at the hip with little people, big people, […]

September

Tell Them What He Has Done For You (the mountains AND the valleys)

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In 100 years, no one will remember my story.  My life lessons. The only story I would ever want to be re-told is the biggest event in history to change the world. my world.  and my children and prayerfully …their children. this gospel story.  A living and dying and living again. Giving birth to a […]

September

31 Days Of Fall Fun

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Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I purpose to enjoy every opportunity that I can.  Here are some ideas that you can try in 31 days, to make every day full of fall fun! 1. Create a thankful tree for your home.  Your family will love this! 2. Try these Delicious Pumpkin […]

September

Falling In Love With Your Spouse (all over again)

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The silence was so thick, it pressed on my heart like a vice.  I would sit at the dinner table and inwardly fume at all of the imperfections I felt were looming in the man at the head of our table.  Hearing him rise and leave in the morning turned to relief for me, giving my […]

September

A Meeting At The Well (the faces of motherhood)

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The back of my throat was scratchy and calling the cool water I held in my hands. I had forgotten it was there, it had been in my grip for so long, waiting for a break in the gathering of these precious women. This was the third time I had delivered the same workshop to […]

September

I Wish That I Could Protect You From… (Life)

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Dear Child of Mine It is hard to tell you this.  I do not really have all of the answers you may seek as you grow up. I want you to remember that I wish I could protect you from the cares of this world. But, that wouldn’t be the best thing I could do […]

September

Grumble The Weekend Away (or give your heart a re-set)

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Something is in the air. The Saturday chores are taking longer to finish, the children are squabbling over breakfast and my coffee has lost its normal perk. There is always housework, and preparing for Sunday’s big meal. The chores, the laundry, the entertaining, and the more time we spend working together, the more opportunities to […]

September

Your Calling Is To Be Present In Your Story

We were seated in the middle of a couple hundred folding chairs, under high ceilings built together with wooden beams, with windows opened around the perimeter to let the summer breeze bring any refreshment it could afford. My friends were on the stage in front of me, playing their instruments and singing to the Lord. […]

September

Freedom ~ When Motherhood Doesn’t Need A Label

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She wasn’t able to rip the annoyance out of the seam without my help.  I find the scissors mingled into the silverware drawer ( the first miracle of the day – finding an item with out an all out man-hunt), cutting along the edge of her sweater,careful to not catch the attached threads – all […]

September