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Son You’re Fully Capable of House Work

I was at an event once that involved about 6 families. We all had our kids with us and it was really interesting to watch what happened when it came time to clean up. The parents asked the kids to help and get involved in the clean up.  Both boys and girls were given task […]

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Friends are Not Friends Forever

After living in another country for 8 years now I have to disagree with Michael W. Smith’s words– friends are not friends forever. Maybe if I lived years ago when people stayed in the same small town their whole life I’d feel differently but the reality is we live in a transient society where people […]

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I Am Doing Something In Your Midst & Scripture Art

I love when the simultaneous occurrence of events align and point to something that I’m already pursuing. Lately, I’ve had so many things confirming that my One Word choice (I share it here) is definitely the journey I need to be on this year. The other morning I was having my devotional time and my time […]

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And They Saw Pornography

It was a beautiful warm spring day and the boys were outside playing. I could hear them running around and screaming (good screaming) as they chased each other.  I love watching and listening in on their make believe world. Little did I know that their childhood innocence would be snatched away that morning. I’m still […]

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My One Word

Happy New Year!  I love the fresh start of a new year! It’s like a blank canvas dancing with joy at the thought of paint about to splash and embrace it. Feliz Año Nuevo 2016! If you know me, you know I like to have dreams, goals, plans, ideas…  For years I’ve picked one word […]

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The Messages We Send to Our Girls with Our Eating Habits

Note from the editor: I’m so thankful for Jenny’s article on this topic! I don’t really watch talk shows but I remember stopping at one because a group of moms and daughters were embracing and crying.  I caught the end of what was such an eye opening show.  The talk show host brought in a […]

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When We Lost Our Christmas Cheer

  I was knee deep and I mean literally knee deep in Christmas cheer surrounded by boxes of Christmas decor and carols playing in the back ground, when I received a call from my husband. From the sound of his voice I knew it wasn’t going to be good news. All I remember was being […]

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8 Things Children Don’t Need to be Happy This Christmas

My Christmas morning as a child didn’t always involve presents. It wasn’t that my parents were trying to simplify Christmas and focus on experiences over presents, but it was because they had no means of buying anything from the long wish list we would make every year.  I clearly remember there were tough years when […]

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Gratitude Prompts Family Activity

Honestly, some evenings, I’m not thinking about how to instill gratitude in my children, much less feeling thankful myself. By dinner time I’m in task mode. I’m thinking get them food, get homework done and get them in bed.  My task oriented self forgets about what my soul longs to do–instill gratitude in my children […]

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The Gift of Friends for My Birthday

I realized I did not want a party where people stood making small talk and eating all of my delicious birthday cake. This time it was the longing for connection that took me by surprise. My heart longed to connect. I wanted to have time with friends and family whether virtually or face to face. […]

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I Love This About Our Home

As you know, I’m knee deep in practicing thankfulness. We try to do it year round but this is our time to hone in on it and embrace the daily little miracles. Well todays prompt (you can download your free one here) is, “I love this about our home…”.  We live in a rental but […]

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Gratitude Nature Hike

I never hiked a single mountain trail until I went away for college. I grew up in the big bustling city of Houston where concrete is king.  Once I discovered hiking trails in the mountains, I was hooked. It was absolutely exhilarating to run through the trails in the forest and lose myself in it. […]

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10 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge

  This year I want to change things up a bit for our 21 Days of Gratitude. For starters we are only doing 1o Days!  Secondly, I’m adding a photo challenge aspect to it for those of us who want to practice your photography and take in the world around you through your lens. We’ve […]

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From Blue to Silver Hair

Not too long ago, you would have caught me saying things like, “The group was mostly older people, like in their 40′s. Forty is like when you start dying your hair blue or silver to cover all your grays.”  Or muttering something ridiculous like this to my friends, “I can’t wait to be old and […]

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When Giving a Little is More Than Enough

When Giving a Little is More Than Enough Contributing Writer: Jenny Howell Don’t miss any of our fun family articles! You can follow along now via:Pinterest  Facebook or Twitter and our readers preferred way via email. It was Saturday morning and I was in the middle of the football mom hustle. You’ve been there right? Those moments when we enter into crazy mom […]

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The Fatherless Baby

The Fatherless Baby I held her sweet precious baby in my arms, rocking her–back and forth, back and forth. Remembering the days when I once held my own little ones.  Oh, the pride we feel as moms as we hold a miracle in our arms. Just minutes after this lovely moment, I then held the […]

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Expat Mom: Keeping our Traditions at All Cost

Expat Mom: Keeping our Traditions at All Cost (well maybe not at all cost) I had so much fun reminiscing and laughing at the preposterous things we have done in the name of tradition. But the reality is, for us traditions are more than driving around and getting lost trying to find the “perfect” Christmas […]

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Can’t Shake Off That Restless Feeling

You know those days when the synchronicity of events lines up in all areas of your life? The song that comes on reminds you of what you’ve been trying to ignore, during the whole sermon message you know the pastor was looking directly at you but you shake it off with, “I’m sure I just […]

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