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3 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children About Faith

Faith—we all have it. And we all are teaching our children to have faith in someone or something whether we like it or not. In the mornings as you grumble and mumble incoherent babblings while groggily shuffling your feet toward the coffee maker . . . or as I like to call it, the happy, sunshine face maker, you demonstrate …

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How to Get Your Lazy Preschooler Excited About School

It’s official. There is a vast difference and I mean an infinitely, whopping, gargantuan-type vast difference between my oldest son and my middle son. For example, my oldest prefers to stay generally clean while my middle boy enjoys slathering himself with all things germ infested and gross. And then there’s school. My firstborn couldn’t have been more thrilled to leave …

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When Infertility Is Only the Beginning

It’s only natural, we think. First, we fall madly in love with our soulmate. Then, we create the Pinterest perfect wedding and blissful marriage to follow. And finally after our set allotted time, we have lots of babies…or just one or two…you get the picture. We have it all planned out. But what happens when God says no to OUR …

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How to Skip the Terrible Twos In 3 Easy Steps

I’ve been there . . . that moment when you realize your tiny, innocent baby is now a big, loud-mouthed, whiny toddler. How did this happen? And why-oh-why me? Maybe your experience with raising humans is a lot like mine. I’ve researched every parenting resource out there and have heeded advice from parents who have gone before me. I’ve set …

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How Another Woman’s Loss Was My Gain

Most days are jam-packed with to-do lists (which I might complete half of), washing mounds of dishes and laundry, and refereeing wrestling matches in the living room. But on that rare, oh-so-sweet occasion that I actually have a few minutes ALL to myself (this may or may not be a dream), I like to stuff myself like a burrito into …

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From Mommy to My Firstborn

Just like clockwork, here you are. As I watch you groggily rub your half-squinted sleepy eyes while dragging your feet across the living room floor to where I’ve been hunkered down for the past couple of hours in the comfort of couch, blanket, and pillows, practically in a Netflix coma, the anticipation of some rare cuddle time fills my mommy …

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To My Strong-Willed Child

My dear strong-willed child, I see you. You might not think that I do, but I really do see you. Through the long and tiresome (did I mention long) evening clean-ups when picking up just one more block seems like an astronomical feat you just CANNOT complete, I see you. Through the preschool work meltdowns when coloring one more leaf …

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Why Dating In Marriage Is Better Than Dating Before the “I Dos”

Dating my husband before we were married was exciting, spontaneous, and romantic. But honestly, it didn’t compare to dating now that we’re married. Sure there might have been more mystery and butterflies in those early days, but I’ve come to love our “comfort” style of dating. Right off that may sound like a snoozefest to some people. So let me …

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Why I Refuse To Teach My Children Religion

The most important fact you need to know about me above being a mom, wife, or writer is that I am a “Jesus freak.” All good DC Talk lovin’ 90s kids know exactly what I’m talking about. I believe in God and trust in what Jesus Christ did for me when he died a gruesome death on the cross. Call …

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4 Items Moms Should Never Leave Home Without

When you have a growing family like mine, life gets hectic to say the least. Heading to the grocery store or the doctor’s office is a movie-type adventure involving plenty of action (bathroom casualties), drama (pre-nap meltdowns), and a touch of comic relief (boys using playground equipment as urinals). And on these daily adventures, you have to be prepared for …