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The Mom Initiative: For the Mom Who Feels Like She’s Losing Her Marbles

Back when I was a mom of two tiny ones, I vowed that I would never be that woman who whittled away the years just waiting for the day her last baby would go to kindergarten. Of course, at the time, I had no idea then just how difficult it would be to keep that […]

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Why Every Marriage Needs a Good Fighter

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, I hope you’ll stop by often or find me on Facebook or Twitter.  Better yet, I’d love to connect with you […]

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A Prayer for The Empty

Dear friends, Last week when we gathered here, we dared to talk about those “empty seasons” that can leave us stumbling and sad– Those times when our optimism grows dim or our ambitions drain dry; when our dreams draw a blank or our best intentions leave us hollow. And we reminded ourselves that empty does not always […]

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The Mom Initiative: The Paradox of Motherhood

I remember the day a newly-engaged young woman asked me a thought-provoking question. “What do you love most about being a mom?” Her eyes glittered, fresh with the hope of someday–after choosing wedding colors and the perfect white dress–embracing the season I was living. A mom of five kids under the age of ten, my […]

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Every Epic Story Begins with an Empty Page

Welcome! Happy New Year!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I’m glad you’re here.   And I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, I hope you’ll stop by often or find me on Facebook or Twitter.  Better yet, I’d […]

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The MOM Initiative: Good News of Great Joy… For Real

Sometimes baby Jesus lingers in a stable. And sometimes He hangs out in pink backpacks. And sometimes I think six-year-olds understand Christmas far better than their mamas. Hope you’ll join me over at The MOM Initiative today for one more tale about nativity scene mayhem and the kind of good news that changes everything.  For […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway-The One Party You Won’t Want to Miss This Christmas

It was a simple conversation in the grocery store years ago that first sparked the idea for my favorite Christmas tradition. A mom with a cart full of little ones was standing ahead of me in the  long winding check-out line. The clerk in the fuzzy red Santa was listening to a customer complain about […]

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We Are His Daughters: When True Love Stoops

When my littlest girl was small, she often hid behind her dresser on the days when life was unraveling. Tucked in the corner of her room where nobody could see her, she’d cry quiet tears or wail in frustration. And more than once, her exasperated and exhausted mommy would crawl over mounds of toys and […]

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When Baby Jesus Goes Missing and The Secret to Finding Him This Christmas

Hi, friends. I’m so glad you’re here!  I know there are many places you could be today, and I’m thankful you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes with me.  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. […]

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The Mom Initiative: How to Hold on to Your Joy This Holiday Season

We haven’t even carved the Thanksgiving turkey yet, but Christmas tunes cackle in the aisles of every store and my inbox is flooded with Black Friday deals. My mailbox is bulging with catalogs that feed the ruthless GIMMES in our house. And my six-year-old is scripting letters to Santa. My nine-year-9ld is making wish lists and my teens […]

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