Speaking Your Child’s Love Language (learning to love your children for who they are)

The moments that your words are preaching to yourself and not your children. “You need to realize that living in this home is like living in a town.” “There are so many people, so many personalities, so many needs, as well as individual strengths and weaknesses.” “We all must learn to work with one another, […]

September

When Motherhood Knocks The Stuffing Right Out Of You

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The ten year old mini version of my builder man has a way of getting under my skin. There, I said it. I could dance around the motherhood lingo for hours in a small group or take all of the blame for not getting him. But, the truth in raising a growing boy with integrity, […]

September

A Plea From The Next Generation

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Being a new parent is awesome. It really is just that. I am constantly being infused with hope and wonder for such good things to come. However, there is one thing that seems to keep coming against Bethany and I in our parenting, and though I don’t usually like to use social media as a […]

September

Dear Parent Of A Bully

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As a mom of four, one of whom happens to be on the autism spectrum, I am all too familiar with bullying and the damage caused by bullying.  Bullying comes in many disguises.  And, bullying comes from many people- peers and adults. This is what I would like to say to the parents of the […]

September

Keeping Your Home In Sync With Your Life (simply put: a chore system for your family)

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My home will never be spotless.  I honest to goodness gave up on caring about shiny railings, spotless windows and neatly folded towels in my home while raising a house full of children. We clean and we scrub and we apply elbow grease, organization and run a tight ship, but in the end, I came […]

September

When Fear Keeps You From The Good Stuff

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Ice Skating terrified me.  Right to the brink of never skating again. Falling through the ice as a young child, away from the deep end of a dock on a very dark, frozen lake was my last time ice skating. And I was fine with that.   There is always a time for lasts.  But, […]

September

My Family Is Ginormous (or so I’ve been told)

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I hung sixteen stockings this year.  All matching, because I discovered that it was time to replace and re-decorate most of them, and.. we have had a few new blessed additions. I was excited to find a great sale and get “stocked up.” It’s funny how red stands out. Like the day that I bought […]

September

Motherhood Isn’t About Choosing When You Will Be There (or not)

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If the floor wasn’t a constant lego battle zone and the room was big enough for us to have regular chats, then I might have taken more time to step into his world. He use to invite me in on occasion. To see his creations and to show me the solar system display on his […]

September

A Mother’s Memo: How To String Pearls And Untie Knots

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There were twenty little boxes for her to choose from.  Each one that she chose to press, would play a small selection of the Christmas album advertised.  We pass this kiosk every time we are in the seasonal section.  And each time, she pushes the same one.  This is what she loves about the merry […]

September

Find Your Joy Friday (a weekend of refreshing your spirit)

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The rare moments when my builder is home in the morning after the sun comes up and can afford a little time to hold me and tell me that it is going to be a good day.  No matter what. Those days are some of my favorites. Although the bitter cold reason he is home […]

September