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

Dear Stay At Home Mom: You Are Not Forgotten

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I champion the working mom.  I champion the single mom.  I honestly don’t think I would do well at either. God truly gives us the strength where and when we need it.  I have seen this in the mama’s I come into contact with every day. Sometimes, the motherhood that quietly watches on as the […]

September

Rescued: Raising Teens In A Drowning Culture

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I’ve heard it spoken. We hurt more than our children do as we watch them grow. My heart can tell you this is true. And in this house, the whole family is stretched when a teen is working through a problem, a trial or a moment of stretching themselves. We all feel it.  We all […]

September

A Monday Prayer: Keeping It Together When You Feel Like You Have Already Lost It

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The press of a little thumb on my forehead and a pulling, tugging on my blanket as the morning sun just peeks through my blinds is my morning wake up call. She carries her blankie to my bedside and covers me sweetly. She is thirsty, and wants to begin her morning with her tender heart […]

September

Giving In Or Getting To The Problem (Raising Kids That Hear You)

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“Do you hear me? I am tired of saying the same thing over and over.” “We have been through this before and you are still not getting it.  What do I need to do for you to hear what I am saying?” Children do not hear you when you are yelling. They are hearing the […]

September

For The Mom Who Feels She Is Falling Short At Every Turn

“I am headlong into teaching Latin, Arithmetic and ignoring my cellulite.” Just this morning I had a crazy, silly texting message going on with one of my friends about our waistlines and the bodies we are learning or trying to learn to accept as beautiful. I’m in the middle of teaching John 1 in Latin […]

September

So, You Have a Dysfunctional Family: What About Thanksgiving?

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There is nothing more truth telling to the struggles and inner workings of a family, then living in an ICU unit together for three weeks.  And if this isn’t enough, try going through rehab with a member of your family, watching the layers of stress peel away. Of course, perhaps the only difference between this […]

September

You Are Not The Only Mother Who Fears The Future

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Our children are here and then they are gone. It is not the emptiness I fear when I think about my children leaving home. I do not fear that I may not see them very often, or that they may remember to poke their head into my life and whisper a hello. I fear that […]

September

The Secret To A Fabulous Thanksgiving

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If you were busy being kind, Before you knew it, you would find You’d soon forget to think ’twas true That someone was unkind to you. If you were busy being glad, And cheering people who are sad, Although your heart might ache a bit, You’d soon forget to notice it. If you were busy […]

September