I just want a win.

If you would have asked me weeks ago how I would have rated my parenting on a scale of 1-10, I would’ve most likely said a solid 8. We had our stickered chore charts completed, routines mastered, multiple sporting events to attend, a family vacation to plan, and more than enough church gatherings to keep…
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Armor Prayer for Children

Last year, I had one of those moments. You know…the moment we’ve allllll been waiting for? My 6-year-old came home from her public school with a whole slew of new ideas and thoughts that did not line up with our values. We were sitting at the kitchen table talking as a family, and in the…
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Taming Toddler Obsessions

Kids go through phases, right? Take the movie Frozen for example – how many times have you seen that movie? Too many times is probably most of our answers. The toddler girls who I know just love to fight over who is Elsa for dress up. And if you would have walked into my house…
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My Oasis of Silence

My motherhood has reached a point now where most mornings look like this: I wake up at 6:15 to my kids’ hugs, then I casually roll over and grab my phone and start responding to messages. About 15 minutes later, I roll out of bed (clearly there’s a lot of rolling), put on my thermal…
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I Stopped Praying For Sleep

I always wanted to be a mom. Growing up, it had always been a huge part of my vision of what I’d be as an adult. And not just a mom, a stay-at-home mom. It was my main aspiration. I was constantly babysitting, either my own siblings who were six and twelve years younger than…
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Finding Refreshment

Do you remember what it was like when you were at home with your 5-day old baby, still in bed, healing from the most amazing and difficult thing you’d ever been through? I do. I was introducing my brand new baby to my friend who had come to visit. She walked in with a meal…
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Mommy has the Munchies

For many of us, the close of the holiday season marks an end to countless spreads of delicious desserts, tasty munchies, and the mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres right at our fingertips. Though the holidays only come around a few times a year, unfortunately for this stay-at-home mom, my desire to “overdo it” can be a daily…
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Parenting in the Messy Seasons

Don’t you wish life was predictable? I do. I long for a well-planned, predictable, orderly schedule and lifestyle. My personality thrives on things going as planned. When I was single, I was able to manage this to a degree. But as more people were added to my life…well, let’s just say I had to adjust.…
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I don’t make my child apologize

I don’t make my child apologize. That’s right, if she yells at another child on the playground for messing up the perfect grid of “treasures” she’s collected from the uber-disgusting public sandpit, and even pushes said child out of her way, I won’t make her say she’s sorry. Don’t panic—calm down—I didn’t say I would…
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Finding Joy when Hubby is Away

One evening recently, I found myself at home with the kids alone while my husband was bowling in a league. It had been just me and the kids all day…and now we were going to be home all evening together too.  I couldn’t help but feel grumpy and bitter. I became a little short with…
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