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Tuesday’s Tips: Raising Playful Children, Part 2

    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 […]

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How To Start Your Day With A Tiny Taste Of Heaven

I should have known better than to blog about the power of play.    Obviously, when I wrote that I never want to grow too big to play, I should have expected a test of those words.   God stops at nothing to keep this blogger authentic and honest.   So I don’t know why I […]

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play redeeming time

I think more than anything, Play has the power to grow gratitude. As I’ve begun to embrace the gift of play, I find myself constantly reminded of just that…. play is a gift. Life is a gift. Playing baseball in the yard is a gift… I CAN because today I have breath and legs that hold me […]

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The Greatest Gift A Mother Can Give

 “Unarguably the greatest gift you can give another is your attention,” Leonard Sweet declares in his intriguing book, Nudge.   I’ve been thinking about that statement lately as my house bursts at the seams with children and echoes with constant noise.  I love the fullness of summer- the invigorating string of great ideas that grow large in […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: The Book Bucket List (Or a basket of great summer reads)

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 […]

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On Being God’s Favorite

“How was Bible School today?” I asked Josh as we drove home from our morning at church yesterday.   “Great,” he replied with a satisfied smile, “My teacher PICKED ME FIRST when we were playing duck-duck-goose!!”             Joshua’s green eyes sparkled as he rehearsed the play-by-play of the head-patting, circle-racing […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: Giving up the Cape (Or What Motherhood Has Taught Me About Grace

  I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts blog hop.  Hearts at Home seeks “to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” Today, we’re sharing ways that motherhood has changed us for better or worse. Won’t you join us?    When I […]

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When We Long to Hear His Voice

  They were squatted in the tall grass, still as lions waiting to pounce.    Hannah lifted her index finger to her pursed pink lips as I drew near. “Shh….” she said, “We’re listening for God.”   Her little brother, green eyes wide with expectation, stared at the soil beneath his feet as if he […]

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Walk With Him Wednesdays: Why We Can’t Throw Out the Easter Tree Just Yet

She stumbled into the kitchen for a drink and  caught me red-handed. I thought she was asleep. Thought they were all asleep as I tidied up the counter and swept away the last crumbs of dinner.   That’s when I’d spotted it- that dried up centerpiece that had squatted silent in the middle of our table since […]

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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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