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Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard

  Making Mom Friends Can Be Hard Can I get an amen to that! Before I became a mom I had no problem making friends. In fact, in my single years and prior to having children I had lots of mom friends but when I became a mom things changed drastically. But I wasn’t going to […]

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15 Things I Want My Kids to Remember About Me

Yes, I realize that my picture says 10 but the more I thought about it, the more things came to my mind. So let’s just say 10 + things because at this point I may keep adding to this list. At the beginning of the year our family has a family meeting of sorts, where […]

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The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry

The Expat Life: The Star Spangled Banner Song Made Me Cry We live the global nomad life. We decided a little over seven years ago to raise our children in another country. We love raising them in a slow-paced culture, where family is valued and an adventure is always awaiting (whether we are seeking it […]

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Our Life in Pictures

Well, this is only a small glimpse of our life here in Quito, Ecuador. We love the slow paced life here. We love that our boys still get to be kids without the societal pressure of growing up faster than they should. I regularly get to watch them play hide and seek, tag, pretend play […]

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Kid Friendship Dilemmas: I’m Not Your Friend Anymore

Teaching Empathy in Friendships I was a school counselor for many years, the main type of situations I always found myself mediating was friendships gone awry. Giving our kids the tools so they can navigate their friendships is vital.  School friendships can make or break a child. I’ve seen kids who are always at the […]

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Moms Always Love

“In my experience, every good parent intuitively knows what is good and not good for his sons (daughters). The problem is, we ignore our intuitions and jump on the train loaded with mothers and fathers pushing their sons (daughters) to outshine the others. Get off of that train.” Moms Always Love You want to know the power […]

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Family Devotions: How We Made it Stick in the Busyness

We’ve tried so many things for our family devotions and when I say “many” I mean we tried it all. Well, not all, but I was a youth director and then a children’s director, so I had quite a few tricks up my sleeve. Things I wanted to try before we would give up. Some of […]

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Giving Them Space To Dream

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. It started with their dream–give our children a better life. An education. A future beyond what they could ever imagine. They didn’t let fear of the unknown, the language barrier, the financial struggles,  the reality of leaving their loved ones behind, hold […]

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Transform Your Marriage with These Two-Word Statements

Our marriage gets lost in the sea of daily life–a whining toddler, a tween who won’t take a bath and making sure your stunt man doesn’t fall out of the 12 ft high tree he’s decided to climb. Then there’s the overflowing basket of laundry and dishes, jeans to mend and meals to cook.  So, it only seems fair […]

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Teaching Boys Table Manners

Can you please stop pointing your gun at me? (straw turned into a gun) Why is your face inside your bowl? Corn does not go inside your nose! Farting at the table is not okay. Why are your LEGO toys at the table again? Oh. my. word. You’d think they’d get the point after the […]

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8 Ways to Thrive as a Homeschool Mom

So, just to be real, here you have it–I’m not always thriving.  Here’s a recent Facebook post I shared on my personal profile, just in case you don’t believe me. “Some days homeschooling depletes all of my patience. Me: “What’s 10-7?” My son: I don’t know. I respond: Son this is review, you know this. […]

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Because He Lives

The auditorium was dark, hot and surprisingly somewhat full.  I was just another grad student who had nothing to do on Friday night, so I went to the talent show. The first act was, well–just okay.  I debated for 10 minutes with leaving but then I heard Jerome would be singing.  I knew then, what […]

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The Question I Get Asked Most Often, “What Do You Do All Day?”

I love accessories. Especially hats.  So you’d think I’d have this wearing different hats and sometimes even two or three at one time, thing down. There are so many hats for me to wear throughout the day and sometimes I feel like I’m not wearing any of them well. Writing is therapeutic for me.  In […]

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A Warning to Single or Married Women

I feel like it’s my duty to warn all of you single or married ladies.  I know that many of you will thank me once you’ve read it. Sadly, I can relate to these words written by an unknown author. A Warning to Single or Married Women You’ve heard about people who have been abducted […]

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Things I Did Before Having Kids

I wouldn’t trade my life filled with burps, farts, car noises, wrestling matches, kisses from my little admirers, hand picked wild flowers and sometimes even dead bugs all just for me–for a mundane life of sanity, cleanliness and sleep. Nope, not this mama.  I love my life. This is just me reminiscing the days from […]

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Mothering on the Mission Field

I sat in my uncomfortably cold seat with puffy eyes from crying and a heavy heart from all the goodbyes as I counted down the hours to our new home. With every passing hour and with every announcement that the pilot made about our arrival, the reality was sinking in. We did it; we were […]

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You Are Enough

Am I enough? As women, this question haunts us every now and then. We ask this question of ourselves, from our boss, our spouse, our boyfriend, our parents, our friends, our teacher… But who knew that when I became a mother I would live with this question every single day of my life. Am I […]

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I Spy Random Acts of Kindness Jar!

It wasn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving it was just another month in the year when I watched my dad unload baskets of fruit, vegetables and bread out of the back of our car.  He laid the baskets on the side entrance of a low-income apartment complex and we then we drove away.  He didn’t wait to […]

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