Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

As moms, we are going to have rough days. Maybe we feel like we were too harsh with our kids, or maybe we wish we had more money to send them to that private school, or maybe we are just exhausted from staying up all night with a sick toddler. At one time or another, … Continue reading Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

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To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

The most challenging part of motherhood to date is watching my child struggle. I am not referring to minor frustrations and difficulties, but challenges that permeate all areas of life. For our family, the struggle includes a long list of mental health challenges that cause issues at school and home. We lived on a roller … Continue reading To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

Creating Family Fun with October Fall Adventures

When the calendar flips to the month of October, I officially feel like Fall is upon us. I know technically Fall starts at the end of September, but it doesn’t feel real until we turn the page of the calendar and start plotting our Fall adventures. The weekends of October are quickly filled with Fall … Continue reading Creating Family Fun with October Fall Adventures

Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Motherhood is a celebration of firsts. We wait with anticipation for the first smile, laugh, and steps.  The list goes on and on.  What we talk about less often is that motherhood is also filled with a series of lasts. The last moments often go by unnoticed, just a blip on the radar of our … Continue reading Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Why We Need the Family Job Chart

Five people live in our beautiful house. Five people and all of their stuff fill every corner of our beautiful house. Five people also wear clothes, use dishes, take showers, and brush their teeth in this beautiful house. Because five people contribute to the clutter and mess, five people should participate in keeping the house … Continue reading Why We Need the Family Job Chart

How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

We have three children with very different tastes, attitudes, and opinions on food. I am the one and only mom who plans, shops for, and cooks all the meals in our house. We also have one Daddy who eats what I make no matter what and gives his opinion on the meal when asked. Much … Continue reading How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

Today marked the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. My two girls started 7th and 2nd grade. Both girls were in new spaces with new teachers, one middle school and the other a lower elementary classroom. In our cozy Montessori environment, new classrooms are a huge deal. Change does not take place every year … Continue reading Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

Navigating Screen Time Limits in the Real World

How many parents have a love/hate relationship with screen time? Are the hands flying into the air? I know mine is! We live in a technology filled world. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways; information, entertainment, convenience. Technology has a dark side as well, from less than stellar content, to cyber bullies … Continue reading Navigating Screen Time Limits in the Real World

Summer Confessions from the Land of Mom Guilt

We have two weeks left to our Summer Vacation. When the school year ends, I always make a beautiful picture of how the summer will go. In my head, I have goals for what we will accomplish in our time free from school schedules and extra-curricular activities. It is such a beautiful portrait in my … Continue reading Summer Confessions from the Land of Mom Guilt

For the Love of Learning and Laughter

My journey into the world of Jen Hatmaker seems quite random and accidental. A friend of mine was reading Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be and while waiting for the book on the library hold list, I came across the … Continue reading For the Love of Learning and Laughter