December 1, 2015

The One Word Vocabulary Shift That Profoundly Changed Me


Our eyes glimpsed the deer grazing across the pond. Birds sang, ducks swam, and a cacophony of crickets serenaded. As the sun set on our outdoor conversation, a more serene backdrop couldn’t be envisioned, yet our hearts’ cry was anything but. […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris


“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 […]

Are you naturally beautiful? (The answer is YES.)


Hi folks! Katie here. I am attracted to inner beauty, just as Jen wrote about here in her post on Meaningful beauty that came from glimpses of poverty. Sometimes, it’s so easy to let ourselves get distracted by the way people look […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors – a Simple Reminder


Five years ago, I shared this post and yet as I re-read it tonight, I needed this reminder – again. No new editing, no additional words, just this. In these moments, when the days are long, and I’m exhausted on all […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1


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 […]

Shy, Tired or Rude? How do we encourage that 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 […]

Magical Memories: Best Inside Forts + Reading


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!


(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


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


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


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


“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. […]

What Should I Do For a Picky Eater?


 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


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)


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 […]

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