February 8, 2016

I Need to Focus on the Baton

Jan25

Shock and devastation erupted. The dreaded sound, which no relay runner wants to hear, permeated across the stadium. Ping. Ping. Ping. Four of the fastest runners in the world watched hope roll down the track. After an upset in the 2004 […]

Easy Playdough Recipe (Boredom Busters)

Jul20

It’s that time of the year when you begin to hear, “I’m bored.” Honestly, for years now, our children have learned that phrase is the kiss of death in our home because I can find plenty of things for them […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1

Apr15

Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

Enough With the Participation Trophy Mentality

Mar18

I remember that moment so many years ago. His name, yes, my precious baby boy’s name, announced for all to hear. Our tow headed blessing stepped forward and that grin, which captured the hearts of far too many four year old […]

I Want That To Describe Me

Dec20

Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her plastic bag, just in case her stomach caught up with […]

8 Father Son Activities (that get guys out of the house)

Dec8

Howdy! Katie from the storycatching shop, Gadanke.com with you again today. I can already see my son mimicking what he sees his daddy do. Those two are going to become peas in a pod. And I’ll be honest: with Christmas around the […]

Dear Mom of Teens: it’s time we start talking about this

Nov11

Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

Exhausted? Me too! (Encouragement & Printable)

Oct25

Dear sweet friends: I have a reminder for you today. If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep […]

Magical Memories: Best Inside Forts + Reading

Oct10

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy these pictures bring me. Since our children were young enough to page through picture books, building forts and then reading for hours have gone hand in hand with magic time. The […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children

Jun27

My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

I Want To Be Her When I Grow Up: Legacy of Mothering

May7

Not a day goes by when I’m not overcome with gratitude for the strong legacy that weaves through our family story. My life could have been so different and that is a fact I don’t take lightly. During my 31 […]

Teen Driving, Their Safety and Paying for It All

Apr14

Throughout the car, the music boomed loudly. Our teen driver leaned over, grabbed his ipod while driving and started scrolling through looking for a new song from his play list. Shocked,  I barked from the passenger seat, “What do you […]

Should My Son Play Football?

Apr6

I tried to sit down and count up the number of football games, practices and meetings that I’ve sat through, cheered at and/or helped organize. With three boys, each playing football which so far has spanned a ten year period […]

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Feb28

“I promise, Mom. Really, I PROOMMMMISE I will take care of her every day. I will walk her, feed her and take care of any accidents. PLEEEEAAASE????” Many times over the years, I’ve heard this plea. It started with our […]

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