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Why Rocks are Better Than Cheetos (Or How to Find Your Way Home When You Get Lost)

I found the first stone by the table, right beneath the chair where Daddy sits when he’s home for diner.  Caked with mud and a light dusting of sand, it looked like a recent excavation right from the sandbox.  I picked it up, tossed it out the screen door and headed for the laundry room.  […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: On Juggling and Jesus

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I […]

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Just Ask: The Prayer God LOVES to Answer

photo credit  When I was buried deep in diapers and sleep-deprivation, I secretly believed that setting aside more than five minutes to linger with the Lord was impossible.    In–depth Bible study? Prolonged prayer times? Maybe at 3 A.M.—after I strip the bed sheets that my potty–trainee wet in the middle of the night and […]

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Multitude Mondays: Because I Can’t Keep Those Kids From Growing…

Over the weekend, my firstborn girl celebrated her twelfth birthday with a surprise breakfast date and strawberry pancakes.Her big brother marked his  fourteenth with half-a-dozen boys and seventy-two-pieces of pizza.And her little brother raced at least one hundred circles around the house as he tried out his new kindergarten shoes. And this mom who can’t keep her […]

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Why Every Mom Needs a Superhero Besides the One on Her Little Boy’s Briefs

I am folding underwear at eleven o’clock when he finally walks through the door in his blue scrubs.    The black rings that bridge the gap between his cheek bones and his blood-shot eyes testify to the nineteen hour work day he’s just finished.    But the sparkle in his weary smile is one I’ve […]

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Keeping Boredom at Bay: The Power of a Playful Spirit

I’m delighted to be linking up with Hearts at Home today and joining other moms in a discussion of how to keep summer boredom at bay.    If you haven’t yet met Jill Savage or visited the Hearts at Home website, be sure to check out this go-to place for moms of all ages and stages.  […]

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Multitude Mondays: When We Find Music in the Mayhem

picture credit She sat smack in the middle of the clamor,her curly-haired head bent low over her book on the cluttered counter. My head throbbed from the noise ricocheting off the terracotta kitchen walls. At our house, the sound of summer is LOUD. The sun was sinking but the evening stretched ahead like a never-ending country […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Growing Playful Kids

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane? Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?  Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky and […]

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What M.D. Really Means (Or Why We Celebrate Our Daddy Every Day!)

 Eleven years ago this month, I had taken him out for breakfast to savor a quiet moment before all the gala began.  Later that evening my husband would don a regal black gown with a deep gold sash. I would sit long and still in my fancy black dress and marvel that this day had finally come. […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Reading for Roller Coasters (Or how to keep a book in your kid’s hand all summer long!)

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS? Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky […]

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