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The M.O.M. Initiative: Raising Sweet Smelling Boys (and Praying One Another Through)

 I was sniffing men’s deodorant when our eyes met. Her grocery cart was piled high with diapers and baby wipes, and the toddler in the front seat was pulling tissues from her purse and shredding them into tiny scraps of homemade confetti. But she was too busy staring at me to notice her little one’s antics. […]

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The Mom Initiative: Honey, The Kids Shrunk Me!

When I was a little girl, I carried dollies around and told anyone who would listen, “When I’m BIG, I’m gonna be a Mommy.” In my four-year-old mind, motherhood was the ultimate mark of bigness. Thirty-eight years later, I agree that being a Mommy is a BIG JOB, indeed. But what I didn’t know as a little girl […]

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A Prayer for the One who will Hold my Son’s Heart

So, it’s dark outside. And the wind is howling its doleful dirge before dawn. And I’m sitting here in my polka-dot pajamas, cupping my steamy mug of coffee and praying for you. It’s a crazy thing—the way I love you already and we’ve never met; the way you sneak into my thoughts at the strangest […]

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Why Our Boys Don’t Have to Smell Like Stinky Gym Socks (for every mom who wants to raise a sweet-smelling son!)

 I was sniffing men’s deodorant when our eyes met. Her grocery cart was piled high with diapers and baby wipes, and the toddler in the front seat was pulling tissues from her purse and shredding them into tiny scraps of homemade confetti. But she was too busy staring at me to notice her little one’s antics. […]

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If You’re Haunted by Hurry (And a Give-away!)

I  knew something had to change when I yelled at my four-year-old for studying a caterpillar on the side walk.   It was a decade ago, but I remember the moment like it were yesterday…   We were making our way to the mini-van to drive to swimming lessons when the baby, already buckled in the […]

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Why Measuring Sticks Aren’t Made for Jousting (And How to Stop Hurting Ourselves!)

Welcome, friends! If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you’re here. Please make yourself at home and stay a while. I hope you’ll find that this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. And if you enjoy the encouragement you discover on these pages, let’s connect on […]

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The Day I Lost My Preschooler (And Why I’m Gonna Be Okay)

I lost my preschooler a few weeks ago.  One moment she was wobbling around the driveway on her pink training-wheeled bike, a raggedy teddy bear buckled onto the back with a red-loopy jump rope.  And the next minute, she was gone. I’ve been telling myself  for days that it will be okay.  That I will […]

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The Reason I’m Shrinking (And if you’re a mom, you might be, too!)

“Mom, I think you’re shrinking.” My firstborn stands beside me, the tip of his blonde head occupying the space above mine. He casts me one of his infectious grins as he puffs out his chest and holds his shoulders tall to prove the truth of his declaration. I stretch myself up on tiptoe so I […]

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For the Mom Whose Eyes Have Grown Dim

When I first laid eyes on my newborn son, I didn’t know that motherhood would impair my vision. On that day when I first drank deep the sight of him, all wet and wiggly and wonderful, I had no idea that I’d  be prone to blindness. When I lost myself in his baby blues, my labor-weary body ravished by […]

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If the School Year has Left Your Arms a Little Empty…

  I stood in the preschool parking lot feeling naked last week. No wigglers dangling willy nilly from my limbs, no pudgy little fingers wrapping themselves around my neck, no wet pink lips accessorizing my ears with secrets.  Just me and my empty hands. I swatted those stray tears that refused to stay perched in […]

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