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Tuesday’s Tips: A Must-Have Mother’s Day Gift and Your Chance to WIN it HERE!

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 […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: For Any Mom Who Has Ever Looked For God in the Laundry Pile

From the moment I cradled my first baby doll with sleepy eyes and pouty pink lips, I wanted to be a mommy.  A little girl in love with babies, I asked for one each Christmas until I grew old enough to understand that Santa couldn’t help me and young enough to believe that my parents […]

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Why We Can’t Trust Our Feelings When Life Feels Gray

I’m lingering in the shower (okay, hiding in the shower), when I think of her.    Her hallow eyes flash through my mind as I stand beneath the steamy stream in hopes of washing away my melancholy.    I remember her sad laugh as I try to shed the heavy gray that’s wrapped itself around […]

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When the New Year Blows In

As the hands of the clock pushed midnight on New Year’s Eve, the wind began to howl. Its lonely whistle echoed in the darkness like a freight train bound for dawn. Abandoned soccer balls somersaulting across the yard tripped the floodlights, then rolled to a tangled halt in the swaying prairie grass beyond the swing […]

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The Only Resolution I Need

We ended 2011 with sparkles of light, rainbow cackles of joy streaking across the lawn. My little ones danced and twirled, sang happy new year to you, and hopped like glittering frogs across the pool of December darkness. I wanted to capture the fun, to record one final memory before the old year dissolved into […]

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Lingering in the Light

We began the morning as shepherds, four mothers who had stepped away from the hills of homemaking to warm ourselves by the fires of friendship for an hour. Caretakers of our own little flocks, we gathered round a coffee table set with twenty flickering flames and lingered long in one another’s quiet company.  We who dwell […]

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When Heaven Intrudes Upon Earth

I can’t believe the twelve days of Christmas are upon us. Soon we will celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth.  But I don’t want my Christmas accolades to be contained to one day. I want Christmas to interrupt my life. I want the hope of Heaven to break through the piles of laundry demanding to […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: When Giving Up Means Great Gain

Today I’m linking up with Hearts at Home to ponder this question:  “What have you given up so your family can have more?”    I’ve been musing on this thought for weeks and feel nearly guilty for writing anything at all.  Quite honestly, what I’ve “given up” along the way seems small and insignificant. My […]

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When You’re Stuck in the Kitchen…

  Some days I feel like I never leave the kitchen.  Dishes piled high, groceries to unload, meals to prepare, and a constant stream of snack times keep me bound to the sticky linoleum floor for hours. And with my kids underfoot, a simple endeavor like making supper can turn into an Olympic-sized event. One […]

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Why Jesus Gave Us Mommies

We were savoring autumn’s end at a playground near the lake when my middle-born asked, “Mommy? Could we take a little walk in the leaves?”   I would have been content to remain seated in the sand at the bottom of the slide, and to continue applauding my toddler’s bravery each time she plunged down […]

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