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Teaching Our Boys to Be Good Losers and Winners

  This week in our sort-of-kind-of book club we are in Chapter 2 and we are discussing boys whom the authors call “The Lover”  which are boys in between the ages of 5-8.  Join our FB group All Things Boys: The Art of Mothering our Little Men. Here are some of the characteristics the authors […]

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Parenting Toddler Boys–You Can Do This!

Only until recently have I discovered how boys, not just toddlers, get caught up in the storylines of the epic struggle between good and evil. Seriously, it’s interwoven in pretty much all of my boys pretend play and the adventures they come up with. When I started to listen in their little world pretend play, […]

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DIY Verse of the Week Holder

We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer. Not if we want things to change. Not if we want to be free–from whatever’s keeping us held down and held back. Not if we want our hearts whole and thriving and deep and grounded…different. Not if we want to reach our destinies and […]

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A Letter to My Son on His Birthday

A Letter to My Son on His Birthday–this is a letter I’ve handwritten for my first born in honor of him becoming a young man. He turned 12 this morning! I hope the words in this letter will give him courage when he’s afraid, guide him when he’s forgotten who he belongs to and serve […]

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The Expat Life

My good friend Beth and I are so excited to bring you our newest project called–Expat Sisterhood: Flourish!  Beth and I have partnered on LOTS of different projects over the past 8 years of friendship, but this one by far has me over-the-moon excited. Our project was met with some hurdles right off the bat, […]

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12 + Christ-Centered Easter Activities

As a family we’ve always found ways to weave into our Easter celebrations silliness and fun things like the Easter bunny or Easter Egg hunts. But I definitely like to use those things not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end–Christ. One of the most cherished memories I have is for […]

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10 Penny-Pinching Shopping Tips

I grew up shopping at yard sales and thrift stores and I loved it how cheap I can find gently used nothing.  I even had a yard sale monthly run where I highlighted all the yard sales in my area and I spent my Saturday morning shopping. Find a good bargain can be addicting and […]

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When Our Mama Heart is Overwhelmed

Yesterday my restless heart was awakened not because I heard a wee small voice calling me from the other room. Nor because I was feeling sick. Nor because something catastrophic happened. Plain and simple it was because the Lord called upon it.  He awakened me from my slumber and I hesitantly arose. Little did I […]

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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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