Teddy Graham Treasures

Christmas 1993 was an emotional season as my husband had been out of work for five months. It was a humbling time for our family, with four children age eight and under. We knew that our Father, who had the authority to change our situation in an instant (but hadn’t as of yet), was doing…
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Your Child is God’s Child

Sometimes I feel like I just can’t be good enough as a mom. I don’t have the right kind of everlasting patience, boundless energy, or the exceptional wisdom it takes to raise children well. But then my Heavenly Father nudges my heart and reminds me that these children are actually his children too. And he…
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Bringing Jesus into Christmas

Morning Moms Group has challenged me in so many ways, but I will never forget the time that I was encouraged to examine whether Jesus was at the center of my Christmas traditions or not. Now, this might seem like an obvious thing for a Christian to do. (I mean, Christmas does have the word…
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“Can you let me worry about it, please?”

Can you let me worry about it, please? These are words I utter on a regular basis in my house. My eight-year-old is a worrier. He likes to know what’s going on. He likes to supervise. And he likes to let you know if there’s something that doesn’t seem like it’s going the way he…
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My “To-Don’t” List

You know how all of those responsible moms who have a detailed to-do list? Those lists are great, aren’t they? They help you keep your sanity and get the laundry and the dishes done. (Just kidding, the laundry is never done.) Well, I think there’s something even better than a to-do list. It’s called a…
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The Gift of Peace

On many holidays, my sweet husband would ask what I would like as a gift. My response was almost always the same: I would like PEACE from my four delightful and totally normal children. No arguing, no complaining, no frustrations or fighting. Just peace. The funny thing is, though, that after all of these years,…
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Prayer Ideas for the Busy Mom

I had such high expectations for how I would raise my kids…before having kids. They were going to be well behaved (because I certainly wouldn’t have a child who thrashed about on the produce aisle at Cub); I would also pass on my faith to them naturally, considering how important my faith was to me; they…
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My Life as a Mom Sandwich

A long time ago, waaaaaaay before children, my cousin had a baby, quit her job, and became the most rockin’ stay-at-home mom I ever knew (next to my step-mom). She’d invite me over, let me play with her cuter-than-cute baby, feed me sandwiches, and even listen as I went on and on about how “busy”…
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Be Strong and Courageous (even around squirrels)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 I consider myself to be a pretty strong and courageous woman. I like to think of myself as tough and firmly grounded. I usually…
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When the Righteous Cry for Help

I had a really tough day about eight months ago. Tougher than my usual “tough days”. My 2 ½ year old daughter, Ellie, was brushing her teeth and she fell off her step stool and hit her chin on the marble bathroom counter and then hit the ground. As I lifted her up in the…
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