July 22, 2014

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7
From that Eldest Son of Mine

(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 […]

7 Highly Effective Ways to Raise Lazy and Entitled Children

May13
Simple, but Highly Effective Ways to Raise Lazy and Entitled Chidlren

As I think back over our two decades of raising children (yes, we just hit that mile marker),  I’ve often shared here on the blog how the journey towards building character in our children is exhausting, difficult, requires consistency, but […]

Play Like a Girl

Nov21
Play like a Girl

Coffee prepped, bags filled with magazines, snacks, water bottles, comfy clothes on and patience as long as the day – yep, I am definitely a sports mom. Over the last few months, I have spent untold hours at the football […]

To Every Mom Who Makes a School Lunch

Nov5
The Importance of Making School Lunches

Every morning, I drag myself down the stairs, grind the coffee beans and wait for that first drip to percolate. Early morning hours and I aren’t always on the best of terms,  so there’s something about making  that school lunch […]

Just One Minute, Honey

Oct13
31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

“Just a minute, honey, I’m almost done.” “That’s what you said last time, mom.” “I know, but really, just give me one more minute. I’ll be right there. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed as I worked on my latest project. […]

Shy, Tired or Rude?

Oct11
Tips for the Shy Child

Grasping my skirt like a lifeline, our young daughter refused to let go. “Say ‘hi’ to Mr. Smith, honey. He’s been daddy’s friend since he was a little boy. Just give a quick hello.” I could feel her fingers clench […]

What Should I Do For a Picky Eater?

Oct7
Suggestions for Picky Eaters

 Overdue with our second child, who finally came out at 10 pounds, 1 ounce – yes, a crazy natural birth, my mom journeyed to help us with our eldest son while I was in the hospital. The night she arrived, […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Oct3
This Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

31 Days with a Mentor Mom (who’s keeping it real)

Sep30
31 Days with a Mentor Mom

My husband flippantly mentioned something about us being “middle aged.” I gasped, “What are you talking about? I am not middle aged! I feel so young.” His eyebrows raised and while attempting to avoid a mind field reaction, he kindly […]

When You’re Told Your Floors Are Tacky

Aug17
Precious feet

Beyond ecstatic, I hung up the phone overcome with gratitude. After seventeen years in our home, the home with five children (four teenagers), three dogs, and two cats tearing up the same worn carpet and ripped vinyl floors, one of […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris

Feb28

“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

How Do I Deal with My Hectic Schedule?

Feb15
Frantic Women Rat Race

As the door screeched open, my feet met muddy water. Having been gone all day, exhaustion hit. I entered my haven, anticipating my place of refuge, yet on entry to that supposed respite from the frantic world, mud greeted me. […]

Little by Little: Life Lesson for Moms and Kids

Aug17
Little By Little

Within a few weeks, kids everywhere will be back in school. Whether one schools at home or structured in the classroom, I find that the start of the school year gives way to a plethora of opportunities that just begs […]

How a Magazine Outted My Age & What I am Doing About It

Jun28
All You magazine Super Savers

Last week, a reader left a comment. “Jen, I just opened up my new issue of All You magazine and saw you featured. How Cool!” It was at that moment that I realized I had not yet renewed my subscription […]

Easter, The Bunny, and Me: Sunday Ponderings

Mar25
cross-rocks

As a young mom, with four babies in five years, many years of my life swirled around a few choice things. One, that all oatmeal pieces were out of my hair by noon. Two, that all my personal undergarments were […]